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Review: Oliver! (Light Opera Works)

Eleven-year-old Michael Semanic in the title role is a sweet boy soprano, and the chorus of 18 boys are all adorable. The grown-up ensemble does a first-rate job, most notably in an exceptional version of "Who Will Buy?" (read more....

Review: The Chimes (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

If you are a huge fan of Nick Sandys and/or Charles Dickens – and there are good reasons to be both – you might find enough enjoyable moments here to make it worthwhile. The typical theatre-goer will want to look elsewhere for their holiday entertainment. (read more...)

Review: A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep)

Scrooge obviously is central to this story. But Director Aaron Posner has stripped away some of the nonessential trappings of past set designs and sets his sights on expanding the full range of emotions contained within this yuletide offering. (read more...)

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose (Raven Theatre)

This is certainly an enjoyable and family-friendly show. It also includes some Christmas songs that the audience is invited to join in on. Go in to sharpen your sleuthing skills and to see a skilled execution of a unique dramatization in live-radio format. (read more...)

Review: War Horse (Broadway in Chicago)

In nearly three spellbinding hours War Horse delivers indelible theater through pictures as much, if not more, than words. The cumulative effect resembles a rush of searing visions. (read more...)

Review: Our Last Night on Earth (Collaboraction)

This counts as theatre in the same way that a group of teenagers putting on a Murder Mystery party does. Mingled with the kind of idealistic earnestness normally seen in college students after their first week of taking a philosophyShow More Summary

Review: The Glass Menagerie (Mary-Arrchie Theatre)

Though Director Hans Fleischmann (who also plays Tom) loads his production with some ideas that are more distracting than productive, he deserves kudos for taking such a gutsy approach that brings new meaning to a piece many of us may feel we know inside and out. (read more....)

Review: The Rockette’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular (MSG Entertainment)

At its heart of this show is the high-kicking, precision-dancing Rockettes, interchangeable parts with non-stop smiles and high-kicking gams, an American icon in action. (read more...)

Review: Our Perfect Holiday (Strangeloop Theatre)

With some work on the script (including the removal of the sophomoric humor) and improved performances, this could be a much more enjoyable piece. (read more...)

Review: A Beer Carol (Drinking and Writing Theater)

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Review: A Dirty ‘30s Christmas (Chemically Imbalanced Comedy)

Despite a few problems, this rather unique show never gets dull. If you’re looking for a quick, casual evening that leaves you with a smile on your face, give A Dirty ‘30s Christmas a try. (read more...)

Review: The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet Chicago)

The Joffrey Ballet ’s silver anniversary production boasts impressive casting, sweet choreography and appealing if staid visuals, a pleasurable holiday confection for all. (read more...)

Review: The Mikado (The Hypocrites)

The Hypocrites have a strong talent pool, and Mikado displays several charming performances and production values. Even so, in the end, The Mikado comes off as being both messy and smug. (read more...)

Review: Over My Dead Body (Waltzing Mechanics)

This is the story, adapted from live interviews, of how the City of Chicago relocated a cemetery to make room for a new O’Hare Airport runway. Though poignant, there's still a static, cluttered feel to the production as a whole. (read more...)

Review: Tidings of Tap (Chicago Tap Theatre)

Tidings of Tap’s numbers are not only precisely danced, but well thought-out: the music provides a delightful underscore to the steps, in such exciting bits as “Carol of the Bells” and Beatcracker in a Nutshell. (read more....)

Review: Lula del Ray (Manual Cinema)

Lula del Ray is a sad and soulful coming-of-age story of young Lula growing up in rural mid-century America who runs away to the city. Though the plotline might seem a bit trite, but the way Lula’s story is told is incredibly charming and fresh: in shadow and song. Puppets and actors are concealed behind a screen, and overhead lights illuminate their silhouettes. (read more...)

Review: The Pirates of Penzance (The Hypocrites)

The genius of the costuming, the staging, the lighting, the entire feel of the show is that Sean Graney and Co. have clearly devoted much time and consideration to every detail to deliberately achieve this ostensibly accidental, whimsical quality. (read more...)

Review: Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer (Hell in a Handbag Productions)

For the 15th year, Hell In a Handbag Productions riffs on the Rankin-Bass franchise, using the time-honored message of Rudolph (be yourself), updating it for a more adult audience. Case in point: this time Rudolph is a cross-dresser. (read more....)

Review: The Other Cinderella (Black Ensemble Theatre)

This trip through the Land of Other is a great way to spend an evening. The music is stellar, the dance moves are smooth, and the laughs are steady running. It's another family treat for the holiday season! (read more...)

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