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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...)

Review: We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre)

Though not a flawless production by any means, We Three Lizas is a snarky yet loving alternative to saccharine Christmas sap – and a big, high-heeled step forward. Perfect glitter-filled camp for the holidays! (read more...)

Review: Hansel und Gretel (Lyric Opera Chicago)

Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel is a perfect pick for children and adults or opera newbies and subscribers. The happily ever-after starts at the overture and plays straight through to the curtain. (read more...)

Review: Winter Series (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

Even as my eyes are welling up at the pure beauty in front of me, I can’t look away. And when the lights come up after curtain call, I want to stay under the spell. As a company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is nothing short of bewitching. (read more....)

Review: A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard)

If you find your heart a little Humbugged this holiday because ComicCon is still five months away, grab your mek’leth, eat some Rokeg blood pie, and transport yourself over to this endearingly dorky twist on a classic. (read more......

Review: It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (American Theater Company)

Despite minor issues, fans will appreciate this engaging 90-minute adaptation, which faithfully tells the story of one man’s unique opportunity to see how his seemingly ordinary, unexciting life made such a difference to so many. (read more...)

Review: The Shadow Box (rebekah theatre project)

As an inaugural outing, Rebekah Theatre Project has chosen an ambitious work both in scope and tone, and is largely rewarded for the effort.

Review: Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Again. (The Building Stage)

Blake Montgomery, as Charles Dickens, makes a charming host and keeps us smiling up until he lets the emotions of the story take over, where he reels us into the tale’s charms most effectively. Much of his comedy is improvised and interactive, with Montgomery moving through the audience at a number of points. (read more...)

Review: The Feast of Saint McGonagall (The Plagiarists)

William Topaz McGonagall dedicated his life to the art of poetry. Unfortunately, dedication does not always equal talent. However, his lack of talent was apparent to everybody but him. The Plagiarists latest offering is a hilarious testament to the life of this notoriously bad poet. (read more...)

Review: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Broadway in Chicago)

Warning: This show may cause hearts to grow three times their normal size. Side effects include holding hands in the streets and singing. Who likes the Grinch? The Who’s like Grinch. Me too! (read more...)

Review: Hannukatz the Musical (New National Pastime Theater)

It is clear that this is a well-meaning production meant to be a fun but offbeat family show, and it certainly has its moments. Unfortunately, due to its oddball humor, it comes across as bizarre and not quite as much fun as it tries to be. (read more...)

Review: You Never Can Tell (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

Shawn Douglass’ direction is even handed and keeps the tone of levity at all times even when there is deeper emotions present, thus paying homage to George Bernard Shaw's skill in adding texture and content to what could be a mere confection or comedy of manners. Kudos to Remy Bumppo for gifting Chicago with this radiant production! (read more...)

Review: Long Way Go Down (Jackalope Theatre)

Long Way Go Down juxtaposes humor with drama, nuance with catharsis, and thrills with poignancy. Its resolution satisfies, leaving you eager to muse about what happens to the characters five years down the road. Sequel, please. (read more...)

Review: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody (Royal George Theatre)

Prepared to by surrounded by drunken cougars who are in full hearted giggle-fest. This is the perfect Girls-Night-Out for Chicagoland gal pals. And if you're not into the story, watching the audience loosen up in enjoyment (fyi: alcohol is available) can become the entertainment. (read more...)

Review: Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater)

Thanks to Seth Bockley’s adventurous interpretation of Philip Dawkins’ fanciful script, Failure: A Love Story brings a cheerful perspective to life’s only certainty besides taxes – and an Our Town-esque testament to fleeting, precious time. (read more...)

Review: It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! (American Blues Theater)

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! is the gift to give yourself and loved ones this year. It’s a wonderful holiday memory to share. (read more...)

Review: El Stories: Holiday Train (Waltzing Mechanics)

CTA stories in a city full of people that have, at one time or another, had to deal with it is a wonderful idea for a play. But this production falls short of the relatable, warm and humorous must-see show that it could be yet it doesn’t fail entirely; it just needs to be consistent. (read more...)

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