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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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House Theatre’s Ballet-free Version of “The Nutcracker” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** If you mention “The Nutcracker” to anyone they will more than likely have visions of sugar plum fairies dancing through their head or at least the iconic music of Tchaikovsky’s famous “Suite” ringing in their ears. But for those of you who may want a slightly different interpretation than what the Joffrey Ballet…

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Lyric’s “Don Giovanni” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** The political and social landscape in America has changed dramatically over the course of the past five years. So, some eyebrows may have been raised when Lyric Opera of Chicago announced that they would present Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” After all, director Robert Falls’ production of this work, which premiered at Lyric during the…

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“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is Holiday Magic – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** After seeing Lookingglass Theatre’s production of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” for the second time, I can say this holiday pantomime is special every time you see it. If you’re looking for a holiday outing for your family, this should be the show. Featuring five uber-talented artists, amazing puppets, talented musicians, fantastical…

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A Young and Fresh “Romeo and Juliet” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Turnabout, as they say, is fair play.  Leonard Bernstein used the plot of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for his musical, “West Side Story”.  In setting their new production on an urban basketball court, Chicago Shakespeare borrowed the “West Side Story” feel for “Romeo and Juliet”, Shakespeare’s drama about teen angst, murder and…

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