Author Archives: Carol Moore

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Irreverent, Mischievous and Snarky “The Santaland Diaries” – Review by Carol Moore

**** 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. Steven Strafford stars in the one-man show directed by Steve Scott.…

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“The Land of Forgotten Toys” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** The holidays seem to be a time when more and more theater companies are adding seasonal programming to attract new patrons and entertain large groups or families. The slate of Christmas-themed shows this year seems to be particularly brimming with tantalizing and appealing options. With the field so chock-full of copious goodies, packed…

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“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Take your family on a nostalgic trip into the past with the Towle Theater’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play”, adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith with original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz. Forget about all your electronic devices – sit…

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“America’s Best Outcast Toy” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Have you ever stopped and wondered whatever happened to all of those toys that Rudolph discovered on the Island of Misfit Toys? Clearly, Larry Todd Cousineau and Cindy O’Connor have. Both of these talented folks are the creators of “America’s Best Outcast Toy,” with O’Connor composing the music while the book and lyrics were…

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“Always …Patsy Cline” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** There are not very many jukebox musicals that have an actual working jukebox on the stage. “Always…Patsy Cline,” which was created by Ted Swindley in 1988, is an early example of what a jukebox musical can be, long before that term was even widely used and the concept of taking well-known songs by popular…

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“Greetings” has a Beautiful Holiday Message – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** On the surface, “Greetings” looks like another “boy brings fiancée home for Christmas” story, but this interesting play about family ties has a plot twist you’ll never see coming! Playwright Tom Dudzick, who grew up Catholic in Buffalo, New York, takes on death, prejudice and objective versus subjective reality, seasoning his Catholicism…

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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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