Author Archives: Carol Moore

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s “Forge Forward” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has launched its 42nd season with an evening of three bold and exciting works, collectively titled “Forge Forward.” The title is appropriate. These edgy and slightly risky works prove once again that Hubbard Street is clearly Chicago’s best modern dance company and they have consistently established a reputation for…

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“Sundown, Yellow Moon” – Review by Carol Moore

**SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED** For the past 36 years, Raven Theatre has built a solid reputation by presenting season after season of well-balanced programming. Known primarily for producing classic works written by many of the legendary American playwrights, Raven has also mixed in amongst those heavy hitters’ work some wonderful contemporary writer’s plays to expose Chicago audiences…

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“Luisa Miller” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** The Early Verdi Series at Lyric Opera of Chicago is certainly off to a fantastic start. Over the course of the next several years, Lyric will be featuring a single Verdi opera each season which was composed either early or in the middle of his very long and prolific career. First up is “Luisa…

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“Sherlock’s Last Case” a Mystery with a Twist – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** I’ve never been a fan of the whole Sherlock Holmes thing, so I wasn’t all that excited about seeing “Sherlock’s Last Case”. I think I’ve always been a bit turned off by all that arrogant know-it-all behavior, so needless to say, a play called “Sherlock’s Last Case” wasn’t on my bucket list.…

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Spotlight on Lake associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Big Fish”

***RECOMMENDED***   As most of the local theatre companies are premiering new works or presenting highly anticipated productions within the past several weeks in order to kick off what has become a very busy beginning to the new season, one solid and beloved company is actually concluding their 15th season with a lovely and quite…

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Joffrey Ballet’s “Jane Eyre” is a Tour de Force for Amanda Assucena and Greig Matthews – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s absolutely magnificent “Jane Eyre” was an experience not to be missed! Words just don’t do it justice! After multiple readings of Charlotte Brontë’s novel, I’ve always come away with a sense of Jane’s aloneness – of the girl/woman facing an uncertain and usually hostile world alone. Jane is…

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“The Facts of Life: Satan’s School for Girls” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Just in time for a good-time Halloween haunting comes the newest show from those zany folks at Hell in a Handbag Productions, “The Facts of Life: Satan’s School for Girls.” This musical parody (book and lyrics by David Cerda and music by Cerda and Andrew Milliken) is loosely based upon the long-running 1980s sit-com.…

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A Fresh Look at “A Doll’s House” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended ****  I can’t remember the last time I saw, Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 classic, “A Doll’s House” – maybe when I was in college.  At the time, I remember thinking that the story line was totally out of touch.  Flash forward to 2019, Writers Theatre, and Sandra Delgado’s fresh modern adaptation.  With the #metoo…

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Why Why My Child? Asks the “Mother of the Maid” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** We think we know everything there is to know about celebrities –  even celebrities from history.  On the other hand, how would their choices in life look if we had a different perspective?  Why did my child do that ________ (fill in the blank)?  That’s the point of “Mother of the Maid”,…

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“The Barber of Seville” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Lyric Opera of Chicago has launched their 65th season with a massively entertaining production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” While this may be the 16th time that Lyric has presented this work — it was featured as the second opera of their inaugural season — it is only the first time that…

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