Author Archives: Carol Moore

“Constellations” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** If it’s June, it must be time for Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of two true summer stock theaters in northwest Indiana. CST always begins the season with a drama rather than a musical in a very short run (4 days). This year, they’ve kicked off the season with a play called “Constellations”…

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“Smoke & Mirrors” – A Comedy Murder Mystery – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Dunes Summer Theatre is one of my favorite summer destinations. Combine my love for this ‘gem in the woods’ with my love of murder mysteries, and I had a perfect afternoon recently. I really enjoyed their production of “Smoke & Mirrors”, a farcical murder mystery. Although I’m pretty good at figuring out…

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“Dearly Departed” is a ‘Drop-Dead’ Funny Comedy

*** Recommended *** Beatnik Entertainment’s latest production, “Dearly Departed” is a drop-dead funny comedy (excuse the pun there, I couldn’t resist). The story opens at the breakfast table, with Raynelle Turpin (Bonnie Johnson) reading a letter out from her born-again sister-in-law to her husband, Bud (Rip Johnson). As she finishes the letter, Bud falls off…

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“Six” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** I have a new entry to my personal top ten musicals, “Six”! I loved this new pop-rock concert musical starring the six wives of Henry VIII so much that I’ve downloaded the soundtrack – and bought tickets to see it again! How’s that for a recommendation? I’m telling you, I LOVE…

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“Falsettos” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** “Falsettos” is an unusual musical in that it defies classification. It’s about the angst-ridden lives of six New Yorkers, but it’s not annoying – at least most of the time. It has funny bits, but it’s not a comedy. It has really sad bits, but it’s not a tragedy. The entire script…

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“The Adventures of Augie March” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** I’ve had a hard time writing about Court Theatre’s production of “The Adventures of Augie March”.  If you haven’t read Saul Bellow’s 1953 coming-of-age novel about a man-child – and I haven’t – you’ll probably have a hard time with this adaptation.  It was difficult to keep track of the forty-some characters…

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“La Havana Madrid” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** I was delighted when I read that Teatro Vista was restaging “La Havana Madrid”, this time at the Den Theatre. Sandra Delgado’s well-researched play about La Havana Madrid, a nightclub which was located on the second floor of a building on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield, melds the sounds of…

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“Miracle” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** I have to confess, I am a Cub fan, so, of course. I loved “Miracle”.  If I were a Sox fan – or a fan of any other major league team – I doubt if I’d be so excited.  “Miracle” is the perfect musical for Cub fans of all ages, because…

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Spotlight Associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Next to Normal”

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** What a joy it is to have the supremely talented director David Cromer back at Writers Theatre. The North Shore native, who has been living in New York City for the past decade, returns to direct his sixth show (but the first in the new Writers Theatre building) with a touching and simply…

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“The Winter’s Tale” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** I enjoyed everything about the Goodman Theatre’s production of “The Winter’s Tale”, which is so rarely produced I’d only seen it once before. “The Winter’s Tale” is not one of Shakespeare’s comedies, although it has some rather hilarious comedic elements. On the other hand, it’s not a tragedy, either. This tale of…

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