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It's a bird, It's a plane, It's SupermanThe redux of 1940’s Superman comics has once again made its way to live theatre, giving audience members a chance to follow the man of steel in an all-out song and dance adventure. Drury Lane’s presentation of “It’s a Bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” contends with any summer musical thanks to a charming cast and a strategically retro stage set. The somewhat campy script...

Monday, 11 June 2007 06:00

Cat’s Cradle Keeps ‘em Guessing

 


Cat's CradleI’ve always been one for a good mystery, especially in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock or Agatha Christie, and that’s why Leslie Sands who-dun-it, Cat’s Cradle was such an intriguing experience. Directed by Jack Phillips in the 78-year-old Western Springs Theatre in Western Springs, Cat’s Cradle was filled with suspense from the moment London Inspector Jack Frost (played by Bill Hammack) made his way across...

Jesus Christ Superstar Ted Neeley PhotoIf you’ve ever watched Norm Jewison’s 1973 screen adaptation of Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar you were no doubt taken by Ted Neeley’s unique, but masterful, portrayal of Jesus Christ. Neely, who received Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Newcomer for his role, shined as Christ rocked his way through the final days leading up to his crucifixion.

Friday, 26 September 2008 06:16

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia 2008 National TourJust in time to add a last gasp of summer fun, Mamma Mia! comes sweeping into Chicago with song, dance and a talented cast that is sure to entertain each and every audience member from beginning to end. Mamma Mia! is currently playing at Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre through September 28th and will undoubtedly have show goers tapping their feet...

Sunday, 19 October 2008 19:05

Louis C.K.'s "Hilarious" Tour, Hilarious

Louis CKI realize Louis C.K. states in his new tour that the word “hilarious” is extremely overused in which its meaning no longer even comes into play, as in “You saw Lisa last night? That’s hilarious!” But Louis C.K. was exactly that – “hilarious” – just...
Thursday, 07 August 2008 06:00

Kumail Nanjiani: Undeniable

Kumail NanjianiGrowing up in Karachi, Pakistan, then relocating to Iowa (of all places), comedian Kumail Nanjiani now finds himself living in Chicago where he has been the star of the one-man show Unpronounceable directed by Paul Provenza, director of The Aristocrats. For Kumail the transition from the Middle East to the Midwest was a strange one. But what else could it be?

Michael Showalter PhotoWhether watching him in shows such as Stella or The State, or in films Wet Hot American Summer or The Baxter, Michael Showalter’s twisted, but profound, sense of humor has earned him heavy street credit as one of the nation’s talented young comics. David first made his mark appearing on MTV’s The State before joining David Wain and Michael Ian Black on Stella

Sunday, 08 July 2007 06:00

Patton Oswalt Knocks ‘Em Dead

Patton Oswalt PhotoLike that itch on your ass that you have to repeatedly scratch, Patton Oswalt kept the sold out crowd at Lakeshore Theatre laughing relentlessly from the moment Janeane Garofalo introduced him to the moment he triumphantly darted off the stage. Not a dry eye remained in the house as Patton’s one-hour plus hysterical routine delivered blow after blow – and then some. And though Patton’s clever premeditated material...

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"What's The Buzz?" Paramount's Reinvention of Jesus Christ Superstar is Boldly Delicious

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Of the many Andrew Lloyd Webber hits, Jesus Christ Superstar has always been a personal favorite of mine. It rocks,…

Review: Into the Beautiful North at 16th Street Theater

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It’s been quite a year in Chicagoland for Karen Zacarías, and it’s not over yet. One year after her The…

Disney's "Aladdin" Brings Classic Romance, Fun and Freedom for All to a 'Whole New World' of Theater Goers

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I have to admit Aladdin is one of my all-time favorite Disney films so I was very optimistic upon entering…

Seth Walker and Edward David Anderson at City Winery Make for Helluva Double Bill

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It was an interesting pairing of solo singer/guitar players last night at City Winery. I often check out artists I…

Review: "Marry Me A Little" at Stage 773

20 April 2017 in Theatre in Review

How nice that even songs Stephen Sondheim cut from his own musicals can still find a home. “Marry Me a…

Scapegoat, a Wild Story, Is Overloaded With Action and Characters

20 April 2017 in Theatre in Review

Scapegoat; Or (Why the Devil Always Loved Us) a satirical political drama now playing at the Den Theatre, takes the…

Becca Stevens at City Winery - Unfair Comparisons… Assume Nothing!

19 April 2017 in In Concert

It’s so easy to make comparisons with artists these days. He/she sounds like so and so, etc. My expectation before…

The Mystery of Love and Sex Today's Modern Family

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Following the lives of Charlotte and Jonny, The Mystery of Love and Sex cleverly explores a variety of subjects including…

Strangest Things! The Musical A Good Idea, But...

15 April 2017 in Theatre in Review

If you’ve followed Netflix’s big 2016 hit Stranger Things, this play will make all kinds of sense. You’ll get the…

Haven Theatre Company Presents "We're Gonna Die" at the Den Theatre

14 April 2017 in Upcoming Shows

Haven Theatre Company announces We’re Gonna Die, the final production in its fourth season, written by Young Jean Lee and…

After Six Months of Wedded Bliss, Tony N’ Tina's Wedding Chicago Announces New Cast Members Joining the “Family”

14 April 2017 in Upcoming Theatre

After hosting over 10,000 wedding crashers since opening in September 2016, one of Chicago’s longest-running smash-hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s…

Ravinia 2017 Chronological Listing of Events

14 April 2017 in In Concert

For ticket information, visit Ravinia.org or call 847-266-5100. The complete 2017 season schedule follows. Note that artists and programs are…

 

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