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Review: Brontë (Promethean Theatre Ensemble)

Brontë is a fitting tribute to Charlotte, Emily and Anne in their brilliant, complex glory, and Promethean’s production is nothing short of excellent and memorable. The sisters would be proud. Highly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Ten Dollar House (Pride Films and Plays)

                     Ten Dollar House Written by Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer  at Piccolo Theatre, Evanston (map) thru Jan 31  |  tix: $   |  more info         Check for half-price tickets            An amusing tale of unlikely love in the Cornwall of the Midwest         Pride Films and Plays presents      Ten […]

Review: Byhalia, Mississippi (The New Colony & Definition Theatre)

This world premiere collaboration is a beautifully acted and brutally realistic exploration of betrayal and the price of truth. Byhalia, Mississippi is a must see. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review....)

Review: Year of the Rooster (Red Theater Chicago)

A bad script can overwhelm even the best of productions, which is the case for Year of the Rooster. It’s lazy and completely unnecessary: a far departure from the overwhelming brilliance of their previous (and soon to be remounted) R+J: The Vineyard. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Play (Glass Apple Theatre)

The idea of a play within a play has obviously been around for hundreds of years, and Playwright Brian McKnight's spin on it isn't unique enough to warrant rushing out to see it. We've seen this play done more successfully overall. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Top 10 Chicago Plays of 2015

Another year, another 12 months of great Chicago theater! Taking into account the 700+ productions that were produced in the Windy City over the last year, here are our reviewer’s picks for the best of the best. Bravo!! (all summaries by Lauren Whalen)

Chicago’s Best Theater of 2015

2015 was a great year for theater in Chicago, making it a difficult task to whittle down all 500+ productions to our best and most memorable productions. That being said, here's a list (in alphabetical order) of our theater revierwer's top 25 stage productions for the year. (all summaries by Lauren Whalen)

Review: Gotta Dance (Broadway in Chicago)

Director Jerry Mitchell and company’s energy is infectious - Gotta Dance radiates positivity and sweetness from beginning to end. The inspiring story of a group of determined seniors is perfect fodder for a musical comedy. The seasoned elders of Gotta Dance demand respect and admiration. And they earn it, and then some. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Guys and Dolls (Light Opera Works)

With Light Opera Works' Guys and Dolls, director Rudy Hogenmiller, scenic designer Adam Veness and costume designer Brenda Winstead give us a colorful picture of the 1930s Times Square. Even though it opened in 1950, Guys and Dolls is as funny, tuneful and touching as ever. Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review)

Review: My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)

My Way is a delight from beginning to end. Fans of Theo Ubique will adore the show’s classic, intimate style, and newbies will enjoy an introduction to one of Chicago’s best-kept theater secrets. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Dynamite Divas-A Tribute to Women of Soul (Black Ensemble Theater)

True to this show’s title, the divas it celebrates were truly dynamite, and so are the singer/actresses playing them. We’re treated to some truly sensational performances of more predictable songs, and some delightfully unexpected choices as well. Show More Summary

Review: The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet, 2015)

The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic for a reason. With a poignant score, magnificent production values and gorgeous dancing, The Nutcracker truly has something for everyone. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....

Review: Baritones Unbound (Royal George Theatre)

At its heart, Baritones Unbound is genuine. As a performance, it’s superb. As a concept and a production, it’s a little thin and a lot indulgent. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Domesticated (Steppenwolf Theatre)

When it comes to sharp and biting social commentary, no one gets to the gut like Bruce Norris. Domesticated is a strong, horrifically funny script executed deliberately and beautifully by the best of the best. Highly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: The Orchestra (Akvavit Theatre)

Despite the faults with this loony Finnish script, director Brad Akin keeps his production interesting throughout. If you like oddball stories, The Orchestra should definitely will play to that fancy. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

YouTube Hallelujah Chorus–Christmas food court flash mob

     Mental Health Break   On Nov.13 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch at the Welland Seaway Mall, Ontario, Canada. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob, singing “Hallelujah Chorus” from George Handel’s Messiah. Sung by members of the Chorus Niagara. Interesting YouTube comments   The little? boy […]

YouTube Hallelujah Chorus–Christmas food court flash mob

Mental Health Break   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE]   On Nov.13 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch at the Welland Seaway Mall, Ontario, Canada. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob, singing “Hallelujah Chorus” from George Handel’s Messiah. Show More Summary

Review: The Heir Apparent (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Adapted by David Ives into modern English, with rhyming couplets and iambic pentameter, the resultant The Heir Apparent is a wild and zany romp. This energetic Chicago Shakespeare production delights the audience with a welcome change from the typical holiday show fare. Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: Twist Your Dickens or Scrooge You! (The Second City and Goodman Theatre, 2015)

Even better than last year's premiere, Twist Your Dickens makes a comically compelling case for its annual renewal with this sophomore redux, offering audiences the great gift of laughter when they need it most. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: Christmas Dearest (Hell in a Handbag Productions)

With Christmas Dearest, Hell in a Handbag Productions once again puts the Mary before Christmas, cooking up a great big ham with a side of gams worthy of any Dickens farce. When a cast is having this much fun on stage with source material this funny, it takes a heart of pure humbug to keep the laughter at bay. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review...)

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