Author Archives: Carol Moore

My Holiday Tradition “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” – Review by Carol Moore

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is rocking with the return of” “Q Brothers Christmas Carol”. IMPORTANT NOTE: this is not “A Christmas Carol” as Dickens wrote it. The Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax and Pos) have yanked Ebenezer Scrooge and the gang into the 21st century! I’ve seen this…

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“The Nutcracker” will dazzle You – Review by Carol Moore

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Chicago-centric” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, is quite simply magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon gave the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Every movement was graceful, precise and exquisitely performed. This will be the fourth time…

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“A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman is a Holiday Tradition – Review by Carol Moore

***** Highly Recommended ****** The Goodman Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol”, which remains essentially the same from year to year, is a holiday tradition for many families, spanning generations. The Goodman lobby is festive with decorations and a sparkling holiday shopping area. Now in its 42nd year, “A Christmas Carol” will put you…

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** Take your family on a nostalgic trip into the past with American Blues Theater’s 18th annual production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!”. You ‘ll have a rare opportunity to join a ‘live radio’ audience and watch a talented cast bring the voices of all the characters you love…

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“Mary Poppins” is Practically Perfect – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Drury Lane Theatre’s production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” is even more “practically perfect”. Sure, “Mary Poppins” is still dispensing “A Spoon Full of Sugar”, but there are also new songs and scenes and even technical derring-do. This is a Broadway quality musical; and yes, Mary Poppins does fly! This…

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Wishing for More Music in “Lindiwe” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** I’ve been struggling with this review for a few days – well more than a few days. After I talked to my friend Helen, who’d been my plus one at the opening, I was finally able to pull my thoughts together and get something written. At the core, Steppenwolf’s production of “Lindiwe”…

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Get in the Holiday Mood with “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** You can’t help but feel nostalgic when you see Theatre at the Center’s production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”. Just wait, the terrific cast will sing and dance themselves right into your hearts. You’ll be humming along to Berlin’s wonderful melodies, too. Unless you’re a curmudgeon, I guarantee you’ll be in…

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Valparaiso’s Own, Angie Shriner, appears in “Oedipus Rex” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended**** Court Theatre’s production of “Oedipus Rex” is powerful, gripping and ultimately poignant. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the word ‘Oedipus” but I wonder how many have actually read it. Written by Sophocles, it was first performed in about 429 BC as part of a trilogy. I must say, this most tragic of…

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Jane Austin Fans will love “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” – Review by Carol Moore

***** Highly Recommended ***** I’m a Jane Austin fan. I’ve read and reread all of her books, wry commentaries on the courtship rituals of the English gentry. The Bennett family, described so well in “Pride and Prejudice”, is dear to me. I loved Northlight Theatre’s 2016 production of “Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley”, so I…

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“The Niceties” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** Usually, liking a play or not liking a play is pretty spontaneous – happening while I’m watching.  In rare cases, however, it’ll grow on me.  “The Niceties”, the new production at Writers Theatre is one of those plays.  Although it’s interesting and very well-acted, I didn’t think I liked it.  In fact,…

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