Author Archives: Carol Moore

The Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is still Amazing – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** The Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show pays tribute to 25 years of synchronized Irish dance in a spectacular fashion. The Anniversary Show features the beautiful scenery, haunting music, poetry and song of Ireland. Add in gorgeous costumes and a little extra zing from Spain, Russia and the USA, and you’ve gotta love it!…

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Court Theatre’s Quirky Production of “The Mousetrap” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** Mystery buffs! Do not miss Court Theatre’s delightfully quirky and quite hilarious production of “The Mousetrap”, Agatha Christie’s tour de force murder mystery which has been running in London’s West End since 1952. Christie’s eccentric characters are portrayed with campy style and finesse; interacting with just the right touch of humor,…

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Your Tweens & Teens will love “Short Shakespeare! Comedy of Errors” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** I am always in awe when I see one of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s “Short Shakespeare!” performances! The very idea that someone can abridge one of Shakespeare’s complicated plots into 75 minutes is mind-boggling. Even more impressive, Director Eli Newell staged a full production with an excellent cast, and definitely didn’t dumb…

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“The Gulf” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Two women. One boat. A rift between them that is wider than the Gulf of Mexico itself. As long-held little secrets eventually bubble to the surface during what is supposed to be a leisurely afternoon of fishing and sunbathing on the Alabama Delta, these two lovers of six years must face some pretty harsh…

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“Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** I took my niece Becka Salach Smith and her two little ones, Winston, age 4, and Maeve, age 2, to see “Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Disney is very, very good at putting an appealing show together, and this was no…

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“Stop Kiss” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** For the fifth time in the past 14 years the play “Stop Kiss” is being presented here in Chicago, and each production has been presented by vastly different companies. Ironically, four of the five (including this one) have opened in the month of January. Do we as Midwesterners crave dark and intellectually stimulating works…

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“Top Girls” – A Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** “Top Girls” is an unusual play written by British playwright Caryl Churchill. Since I’d seen the play before (a Dunes Summer Theatre production in 2010), I knew where it was going. A word of warning, what with the weird dream sequence in Act I, will be more or less incomprehensible – at…

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Towle Theater Season Preview

The Towle Theater’s annual Season Preview is always a lovely event. It’s a short evening, just about two hours, with a reception (light hors d’oevres and drinks in the lobby) followed by a season sampler, typically a short scene or a single song from each. Two plays and two musicals make up the Towle 2020…

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33rd Annual Young Playwrights Festival – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** After a couple of weeks off for the holidays, I look forward to the Young Playwrights Festival which is almost always the first theatrical opening of the year. This is the 33rd year of the annual event sponsored by Pegasus Theatre Chicago. This is a chance to see the future of Chicago…

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The Amazing “Champions of Magic” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Champions of Magic is an amazing show! Several of the award-winning stars have appeared on the CW’s “Penn and Teller: Fool Us. The five are: illusionists, Young and Strange; mind reader, Alex McAleer; escape artist, Fernando Velasquez; and close-up magician extraordinaire, Kayla Drescher. I was in awe watching them perform. The show…

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