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More... STEPPENWOLF'S "THE HERD" IS FAMILY DRAMEDY AT ITS BEST    

STEPPENWOLF'S "THE HERD" IS FAMILY DRAMEDY AT ITS BEST

The way humor is so often used as an escape for such heavy subject matter in Kinnear’s “The Herd” is very true to life

When it comes to family, can there be boundaries crossed when mercy and forgiveness should no longer considered? And should this barrier be traversed upon, is it even possible to wholeheartedly exonerate those who do even if one wants to? In Rory Kinnear’s debut play The Herd (aptly named for so many reasons) these questions are raised as we are confronted with a fractured family, presumably from an upper-middle class suburb in England, who get…

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More... REVIEW: BETWEEN YOU, ME AND THE LAMPSHADE    

REVIEW: BETWEEN YOU, ME AND THE LAMPSHADE

The cast works well together under the direction of Ricardo Gutierrez

The play starts off with a rush of adrenaline as a mysteriously battered young woman (Aysette Munoz) breaks into the trailer home of Jesse (Sandra Marquez). Jesse stands armed with a rifle, and from there a riveting dialog about race, immigration and love unfolds over 90 minutes.

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More... THE GROWN-UP - SHATTERED GLOBE THEATRE    

THE GROWN-UP - SHATTERED GLOBE THEATRE

Shattered Globe has the talent to justify the one-hour run time of this play

In today’s culture of OnDemand and streaming entertainment, one has to wonder how theatre art will adapt. Accomplished playwright Jordan Harrison also currently writes for the hit Netflix series ‘Orange is the New Black.’ Nobody can argue that Mr. Harrison hasn’t mastered the one-hour drama format, but what we can argue is whether or not that form works in theatre. Often when audiences stand and applaud even poor performances, they’re standing to congratulate themselves, to…

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More... LOUIS AND KEELY, LIVE AT THE SAHARA- BRINGS TWO JAZZ PRODIGIES BACK TO LIFE!    

LOUIS AND KEELY, LIVE AT THE SAHARA- BRINGS TWO JAZZ PRODIGIES BACK TO LIFE!

Anthony Crivellos’ performance really has Tony Award written all over it

From the moment actor Anthony Crivello as Jazz great, Louis Prima, is wheeled onto the stage on a hospital bed speaking to us from a coma, and snaps his fingers to begin the story of his life, the audience is absolutely enthralled by his manic yet superbly commanding presence until the last moment of the show 90 minutes later.

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More... "CAROUSEL" IS A RIDE TO REMEMBER    

"CAROUSEL" IS A RIDE TO REMEMBER

Pasquale leads this gifted cast with his amazing vocal prowess, heartfelt passion and just the right amount of bravado

Roger and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” is always a treat, and that holds true especially with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s current production at the Civic Opera House. A true spectacle of colorful sets, scenic backdrops and larger than life dancing choreography envelope brilliant vocal performances in the fun classic. Of course, the carousel itself is eye candy in itself.

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More... “TITLE AND DEED” BY WILL ENO - BEAUTIFUL PROSE POETRY ON THE FUNERAL THAT IS LIFE”    

“TITLE AND DEED” BY WILL ENO - BEAUTIFUL PROSE POETRY ON THE FUNERAL THAT IS LIFE”

I absolutely adored Eno’s sparing, yet lyrical use of words

Title and Deed is a one man show, a 65 minute monologue delivered on a bare stage with a few subtle lighting changes and the gentle rolling of the lead actor’s wheelchair to signal movement throughout the play.  Will Eno’s writing is often compared to Beckett but I found Eno’s work to be much more sensitive, compassionate and outright funny than Beckett’s plays. 

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