Author Archives: Carol Moore


“Hoodoo Love” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** “I lost my soul because I didn’t know its worth” laments the male protagonist in Raven Theatre’s production of “Hoodoo Love.” Written by Katori Hall and an off-Broadway hit from 2007, this drama with music tells the tale of an aspiring blues singer living in Depression-era Memphis and the great lengths that she will…

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Fast-Moving “Do You Believe in Madness?” will keep You Laughing – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** The Second City continues to do what they do best, making people laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more, with their 108th Mainstage Revue, “Do You Believe in Madness?” The Second City formula – a revue filled with snarky commentary on the news of the day, silly sketches, music, improv, audience participation,…

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The Kids steal the show in Marriott’s “Oliver!” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** “Oliver!” is another of my favorite musicals.  I’ve seen the show so many times I can almost recite the dialogue, not to mention the lyrics of most of the songs, but so what!  The score is one great song after another starting with “Food, Glorious Food”.  Some other favorites – “I’d…

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Funky Fairy Tale – “The Other Cinderella” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** You’ve been invited to a ball in the kingdom of Other, you and all the single girls.  The prince is going to pick a bride!  Is this another Cinderella story, you might ask?  The answer would be no.  This is “The Other Cinderella”, Jackie Taylor’s magical musical version of the fairy tale. …

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Marian Theatre Guild presents “9 to 5, The Musical” – Review by Carol Moore

Whiting audiences are loving Marian Theatre Guild’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical”. The story is hilarious while Dolly Parton’s cheerful score is guaranteed to lift your spirits. If you’ve ever dreamed about vengeance against a hellacious boss, and you’re looking for an enjoyable evening, you can’t miss with “9 to 5.” 2 Spotlights…

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Beatniks on Conkey presents “Connecting Doors” – Review by Carol Moore

I really enjoyed the Beatniks’ production of “Communicating Doors”, a time-traveling comedy/murder mystery with a rather complicated plot. people are jumping through time – but the talented cast handled it well – and with credible British accents! 3 Spotlights One day in 2004, a young woman, Poopay (Bianca Borras-Watkins), who called herself a dominatrix arrived…

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Lyric Opera’s “Dead Man Walking” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** In 1989, Lyric Opera of Chicago launched an artistic initiative that came to be known as “Toward the 21st Century,” wherein the company was committed to presenting at least one 20th-century opera, whether American or European, each season for an entire decade. For the most part, that trend has continued well beyond that…

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“Sunset Boulevard” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Pretty soon the artistic and executive directors of Porchlight Music Theatre may have to add a newly minted moniker to the list of credits printed in the Playbill that they distribute at each performance: casting by Divas Central Management. Last autumn, Porchlight presented a highly-lauded production of “Gypsy” starring E. Faye Butler — a…

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“Kentucky” is a Quirky Play – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** “Kentucky” is a quirky little play about a very dysfunctional family.  “Kentucky” is an odd, eccentric play.  It’s funny until it’s not.  It has music, but it’s not a musical.  It’s a poignant story about going home, with a moral (if there is a moral) – no matter what you think you…

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“The Galaxy’s Greatest Hits” Blew Me Away! – Review by Carol Moore

I had the marvelous opportunity recently to go to Symphony Center to see/hear the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) conducted by Benjamin Northey. Although I a receive a lot more invitations to plays than to concerts, I always try to accept the ones I do get. MSO commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon…

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