Author Archives: Carol Moore

Young Playwrights Festival – the Future of Chicago Theater

*** Recommended *** After a couple of weeks off, I always look forward to Pegasus Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival which is almost always the first theatrical opening of the year. This is a chance to see the future of Chicago theater – maybe the future of American theater. If you go, you’ll see three very…

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Your Tweens will love “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”

**** Recommended **** I was gobsmacked when I saw all the tweens in the lobby taking pictures and eagerly waiting to see “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”, based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling fantasy-adventure novel. It just goes to show, kids do still read – and they really like seeing their heroes come to…

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Towle Theater Season Preview

Early in the new year, after a couple weeks without theater, I find myself getting antsy, so I always look forward to the Towle Theater’s annual Season Preview, a lovely event. It’s a short evening, about an hour and a half, with a small reception (light hors d’oevres and drinks in the lobby) followed by…

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Broadway in Chicago’s “Fiddler on the Roof” is a Must-See

**** Recommended **** Although “Fiddler on the Roof” is considered by many to be a classic, it’s not one of my favorite musicals because it’s so sad – and I don’t think musicals should have a sad ending. That said, the Broadway in Chicago touring production of “Fiddler on the Roof”, with a really talented…

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Chicago Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is Magical!

**** Highly Recommended **** I really enjoyed Chicago Shakespeare’s new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. One of Shakespeare’s most magical plays with its three different sets of people who would probably never interact in real life, is funny, romantic and fun to watch. They’ve added music and dance, and the set is simply spectacular.…

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“Barney the Elf” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** If you have never seen the holiday show “Barney the Elf” before, right now may be just about the perfect time to enjoy this LGBTQ+-focused musical satire. This is the fourth annual production of “Barney the Elf” but the first at its new home, Pride Films and Plays. Written by Bryan Renaud and Emily…

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Goodman Theatre’s “Santaland Diaries” has Audiences Chuckling

**** Recommended **** Goodman Theatre’s production of “The Santaland Diaries”, written by David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. In his early days as a struggling writer in New York, Sedaris took a job as an elf at Macy’s Department Store. It’s irreverent, mischievous, snarky, and really, really funny. 4 Spotlights Matt…

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The Second City’s 107th Mainstage Revue, “Algorithm Nation or, The Static Quo”

**** Recommended **** The Second City continues to do what they do best, making people laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more, with their 107th Mainstage Revue, “Algorithm Nation or, The Static Quo”. The Second City formula – a revue filled with snarky commentary on the news of the day, silly sketches, music, improv, audience…

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Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest is Family Fun!

**** Recommended **** If you have kids, you definitely need a family outing to the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier. Instead of sporting events, trade shows or expose, Festival Hall (170,000 sq. ft.) has been transformed into Winter WonderFest, kind of a summer-time carnival dropped into the North Pole. Everywhere you look,…

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You’ll Laugh until Your Cheeks Hurts at “The Play that Goes Wrong”

**** Highly Recommended **** “The Play that Goes Wrong” is one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen. In fact, I can’t remember when I laughed so much, and I wasn’t alone. Everyone was laughing, all the time! The laughter, which started well before the show began, continued until the end. If you’re feeling blue,…

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