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Monday, 10 March 2008 01:00

Jesus Christ is Still a Superstar!

Jesus Christ SuperstarTed Neely, 64, who has been performing this role for nearly forty years, is absolutely stunning in the role of Jesus, which requires an enormous amount of both technical skill and emotional maturity in order to pull it off to any satisfaction. I told Ted in our interview last year that I need for him to continue...

Monday, 10 March 2008 01:00

RENT at The Cadillac Palace

RentRent is the blockbuster musical hit of the nineties, a modern version of the opera La Boheme, depicting a community of young artists struggling to celebrate life while battling the first wave of the AIDS epidemic during the late eighties. I can never watch this production without thinking fondly of its...

Monday, 10 December 2007 00:00

A Christmas Carol to Sing About

A Christmas CarolDisneyland might be able to pull off the the same schtick night after night but come on; what does a heartless old fool like Ebenezer Scrooge have on Mickey Mouse and some kick ass Fireworks? Celebrating it's 30th year at the Goodman Theatre you would think enough is enough already. This might ring true if the show was performed the same year after year but we can...

Monday, 12 November 2007 00:00

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture ShowMy God, has it really been twenty years since the first time my friends and I dressed up in our best Goth and stumbled out at midnight to see what was surely the raciest, and most exciting, interactive movie of the time? Seeing director Steve Hildebrandt’s exciting and highly gifted, mostly Equity cast, brought back a flood of fun memories, and just in time for Halloween!

Thursday, 09 August 2007 01:00

It's time to RAGTIME again!

Ragtime!The epic sweep of Ragtime is captured in its opening prologue, a nine-minute kaleidoscope of fictional characters mingling with historical figures from the early 20th century as originally captured in E.L. Doctorow’s novel. As the story continues, we meet pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr. and his child's mother, Sarah who has been taken in by a respectable family...

Thursday, 10 May 2007 01:00

The Fleshtones Burlesque

Fleshtones BurlesqueI was both intrigued and a little bit hesitant to check out The Fleshtones Burlesque featuring a classic burlesque dancer “Satan’s Angel” the Devil’s own mistress! I am against any form of stripping or performance that women have to do that demeans them just to make money. I was very pleasantly surprised however by the artistry and imaginative performances I saw in this show.

 

Marijuana-loguesPurple Haze, Sticky-Icky-icky, Santa Maria, Sweet Malaysian Skunk Weed, Maui Waui, Muffman Delight, 7 Seconds, Purple Power, no matter what you call it this show makes marvelous sense out of the wonderful and wacky world of pot smoking. If you were unsure if an entire show about pot smoking could be funny, think no more because the Marijuana-Logues is hysterically funny...

Escanaba in da MoonlightLights...curtain...get ready to laugh! What’s better than a family on a hunting trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? The Soady family on a hunting trip in Northern Michigan...well maybe not better, but definitely funnier. In Theatre on the Hill’s latest production “Escanaba In Da Moonlight”, directed by Craig J. Engel, the Soady family, dad Albert and sons Rueben and Remnar are brilliantly...

Thursday, 25 January 2007 00:00

4-ISH is Del-ISH-ious

4-ISHThe Chicago Children’s Theatre brings in the New Year with the Chicago premiere of the international sensation 4- ISH. The Amsterdam based performance troupe combines Acrobatic stunts, street and break dancing, dancing on inline skates, video art, a live DJ and more. I was really impressed by their ability to utilize such an amazing array of diverse and unique talents and marry them in a way that eloquently showed off each person’s total uniqueness.

Thursday, 28 December 2006 00:00

The Snow Queen

The Snow QueenThe Snow Queen is a lovely Holiday production that tells the story of two childhood sweethearts- Gerda and Kai, who grow up in love together but are separated for a time as they grow into adulthood by the lonely and powerful Snow Queen. This production really reminds me of the old Chicago theatre days with its minimalist, modern and sparing production but which packs a lot of punch. The entire ensemble cast sings beautifully with many of the characters playing their own instruments as well.

Review: Machinal at Greenhouse Theater Center

16 August 2017 in Theatre in Review

Machinal refers to an automated or mechanical system. Sophie Treadwell's 1929 play "Machinal" takes its styling from this theme. Directed…

"The Rembrandt" begins September 7th with John Mahoney and Francis Guinan

14 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre Company opens its 42nd Season with the Chicago premiere of The Rembrandt, written by Jessica Dickey and directed…

Latin Paradise - Santana Live at Ravinia

13 August 2017 in In Concert

The summer concert season continues at Ravinia. Midsummer brings to the Midwest one of the toughest guitarists on the planet.…

Delbert McClinton - One of the Fortunate Few

10 August 2017 in In Concert

I have been waiting to see Delbert McClinton for a while. It just never happened for me…timing, etc. Finally, it…

Shattered Globe's The Heavens are Hung in Black - September 7 - October 21, 2017 at Theater Wit

09 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to launch its 2017-18 Season with the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize nominee James Still’s …

The American Mercy Tour: Mercy Killers and Side Effects - September 7 - October 8, 2017 at Greenhouse Theater Center

08 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

Greenhouse Theater Center and Poor Box Theater, in association with D.C’s award winning Taffety Punk Theatre Company, is pleased to…

The Casting Auction's annual CASTING PARTY - Friday, November 3, 2017 at Michelle's Ballroom

08 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

Anyone can be a star – for a price! The annual CASTING PARTY is a unique opportunity for amateur theatre…

William Petersen and more join the cast of Steppenwolf's upcoming "The Minutes" by Tracy Letts

03 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today additional casting for the highly anticipated world premiere of The Minutes by ensemble member, Pulitzer…

Shattered Globe Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season - Three Chicago Premieres!

03 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce its 2017-18 Season, featuring three Chicago premiere productions! The season kicks off this…

About Face Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season - Three Midwest Premieres!

03 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

About Face Theatre is pleased to announce its 2017-18 Season, featuring three Midwest premieres! The season kicks off this fall/winter…

Strawdog Opens with Robert O'Hara's "Barbecue" August 28th at Steppenwolf 1700 Theater

03 August 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Directors Michael Dailey, Heath Hays and Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the first production…

The great Delbert McClinton to play City Winery August 9th

03 August 2017 in In Concert

Delbert McClinton may not be a household name, but he should be. A singer-songwriter, harmonica player, pianist and guitarist, we…

 

 

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