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Review: Disconnect (Victory Gardens Theater)

Disconnect is an entertaining look inside an Indian call-center. But like the call center itself, there is a lot going on here, and in the clamor some focus gets lost. (read more...)

Review: columbinus (American Theater Company)

ATC has done a masterful job in bringing this script to updated life since its 2005 premiere. With surreal style and a surprising amount of levity and compassion, columbinus explores Columbine in excruciating detail that puts it on par with The Laramie Project as a relevant work of docudrama for the national discourse. (read more...)

Review: Die Meistersing von Nürnberg (Lyric Opera)

This is a new production. The set and costumes were designed by Vicki Mortimer's sets and costumes are majestic, moving us from cathedral to neighborhood street to cobbler house to townsquare. Mortimer uses the same framework, including a magnificent ceiling with a floral carving, in multiple scenes for town unity. (read more...)

Review: The Birthday Party (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Steppenwolf's mostly-distinguished cast does their best, but toil under the subpar script and Austin Pendleton’s baffling direction. Also, the dialects are so terrible I couldn’t tell if the play was set in England or Ireland until I read the press release later. (read more...)

Review: Successors (Signal Ensemble Theatre)

We recommend the Successors for anyone from Chicago or anyone with a family that fights over politics. This political comedy is an inside look into the Mayor’s dirty laundry. (read more...)

Review: Southbridge (Chicago Dramatists)

There’s potentially a good play in here, with some trimming of the overlong scenes and some fuller backstory or context. Right now, it feels longer than its two hours of stage time and fails to deliver the emotional punch it seeks. (read more...)

Review: Best Musical (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Maybe opening night is like the first pancake--it’s a test and should be thrown away. Alas, that happened, all too forgettably even for this transience, on as the improvisers failed to push the plot, let alone twist or satirize it. (read more...)

Review: Jeeves Takes a Bow (First Folio Theatre)

There isn't an iota of seriousness in this comedy, which is just as it should be. At times the humor gets a bit slapstick, perhaps more so than avid Wodehouse fans will be comfortable with, but it's all good fun. (read more...)

Review: Widowers’ Houses (ShawChicago)

ShawChicago’s method of production is staged readings by primarily Equity Actors. The bare-bone show puts the words center stage and is a reminder why George Bernard Shaw is a legend. Widowers’ Houses is an impressive launch to Shaw’s brilliant career. (read more...)

Review: Scary Tales 2013 (Clock Productions)

The lack of clarity about what emotion this show is trying to evoke is ultimately what makes it a less than enjoyable theater experience. Perhaps with focusing on just the 'horror' aspect of the show or just the 'comedy' aspect would help. (read more...)

Review: There Is A Happiness That Morning Is (Theater Oobleck)

“Happiness” is one of those shows that makes us grateful to playwrights like Mickle Maher for gifting us their creativity, and to casts like this for their labor of love. See this show and you will find yourself saying along with poet Blake: I happy am! (read more...)

Review: Sunset Boulevard (Drury Lane Theatre)

Christine Sherrill, as Norma Desmond, puts in a bravura performance, belting out the ballads like "With One Look" with enough power to shake the chandeliers. (read more...)

Review: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is a beautifully, devastating musical biography of a legend. We’ve lost Billie Holiday but for a limited engagement we have Alexis J. Rogers. This lady sings the blues... magnificently! (read more.....

Review: Sweet Charity (Writers’ Theatre)

Director Michael Halberstam and his crew have amped of the sex and dealt with the out-of-date aspects by giving the show a stylized, slightly surreal edge, making it almost fantasy. This "Sweet Charity" is worth the drive to Glencoe. (read more...)

Review: Sweet Charity (Writers’ Theatre)

insert picture with top margin and right margin of 5px, and bottom margins of 10px.               Sweet Charity  Book by Neil Simon Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields Directed by Michael Halberstam Musical direction by Doug Peck Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe (map) thru March 31  |  tickets: $35-$75   |  more [...]

Review: The Baker’s Wife in Concert (The Music Theatre Company)

Despite the lack of storyline sustenance, The Baker’s Wife (in Concert) is a sincere and tasty surprise. (read more...)

Review: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Broadway in Chicago)

After curtain call, Cathy Rigby flies over the audience. Two seats down from me, a little girl reached her arms up to catch the shower of sparkles. When the lights went up, I (the jaded critic) turned to my sister and said, “I do believe in fairies." (read more...)

Review: The Magnificents (The House Theatre)

By the time the grand finale rolls around, you’ll be wiping away a tear while smiling at the giddy wonder of the Magnificents. (read more...)

Review: Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker (Belarus Free Theatre @ Chicago Shakespeare)

              Minsk, 2011:      A Reply to Kathy Acker  Written by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin Directed by Vladimir Shcherban at Chicago Shakespeare, Navy Pier (map) thru Feb 3  |  tickets: $20   |  more info         Check for half-price tickets                        Read entire review                     Political satire loses [...]

Review: Skylight (Court Theatre)

In the end, David Hare’s play feels like a carefully scripted rhetoric competition. The performances may be well wrought, but Skylight has a very small window of actual drama. (read more...)

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