Author Archives: Carol Moore

“Roan @ the Gates” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** Decisions, decisions, decisions! Why do people make decisions? They make them for lots of reasons, both personally and professionally. They probably have the best intentions, they might think about possible outcomes, but they’re positive everything will come out the way they expected. The elephant in the room – all those unforeseen consequences.…

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“Madama Butterfly” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Not even a bout with the flu that was plaguing some of the cast members of Lyric’s latest “Madama Butterfly” could prevent this production from being a smashing success. At a recent Sunday matinee performance, a case of musical chairs took place regarding some of the casting. Thanks to the resourcefulness of Lyric’s management,…

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“The Times Are Racing” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** I’m having a hard time finding the right words to describe the Joffrey Ballet’s most recent engagement, “The Times Are Racing”. Combining two elegant pieces, “Commedia” and “Bliss”, set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, with a staccato pas de deux, “Mono Lisa”, a comedic slice of life, “The Sofa” and…

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“An American in Paris” is a Must-See – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** “An American in Paris” is a romantic, graceful yet athletic celebration in dance set to the glorious music of George Gershwin. ‘Amazing’ was the word I heard over and over in the Drury Lane lobby after the show. “An American in Paris” is in my top five favorite musicals, so I…

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“Bug” will Creep You Out! – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** Here’s my dilemma, I saw a play that totally creeped me out – and yet, it was incredibly well-acted. Who knew that Tracy Letts’ 1996 tragi-comedy; “Bug”, which literally made my skin crawl, is a cult classic. Although it played a couple of Chicago’s small stages back in the day, I’d never…

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“Jeeves Saves the Day” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** I love the P.G. Wodehouse stories about Bertie Wooster and his man, Jeeves because they never fail to make me laugh out loud. It is so much fun seeing Bertie and Jeeves come to life on the First Folio stage, they keep me laughing. Audiences must love them too, since “Jeeves Saves…

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“How to Defend Yourself” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** There was certainly quite a buzz in the air at the recent opening night performance of Liliana Padilla’s play “How to Defend Yourself.” As the audience members filled the lobby of the Victory Gardens Theater, the anticipation level was extremely high. Once inside and seated in their seats it definitely took on a party…

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Lots of Suspense in “How A Boy Falls” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Northlight Theatre’s production of “How a Boy Falls” is a wonderfully dark and twisted little mystery by Steven Dietz. It’s so tightly knit that just when you think you’ve figured it out, everything changes. With everyone having secrets, just who’s guilty? If you like mysteries or suspense novels for that matter, you’ll…

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“Sophisticated Ladies” is a Must-see – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** Ladies and Gentlemen, Duke Ellington is in Chicago! To be exact, a Duke Ellington celebration, “Sophisticated Ladies”, is wowing audiences at Porchlight Music Theatre. This absolutely fabulous must-see revue is a song and dance extravaganza. Don’t miss this one, it’s on my top ten list for the year! 4 BIG Spotlights…

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Very Human “Roe” Is a Must-See – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** The Goodman Theatre’s new production, “Roe”, should be on everyone’s must-see list.  Going in, I wasn’t looking forward to seeing this play because I thought it would be all strident and heavy, and yes, politically correct, but it wasn’t.  I never cared about the people involved in “Roe v Wade, but this…

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