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“Short Shakespeare! Macbeth” – Review by Carol Moore

**** 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. That said, “Short Shakespeare! Macbeth” is an intense immersion into a dark world of greed and ambition. Although geared…

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“The Abuelas” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Last year, in the Teatro Vista production of Stephanie Alison Walker’s gripping drama, “The Madres”, we watched a mother’s desperate search for her daughter, one of Argentina’s disappeared. This winter, Teatro Vista brings us the sequel, “The Abuelas”, an equally gripping drama about a modern and very successful young woman living in…

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“Dear Evan Hansen” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Watching “Dear Evan Hansen” is a gut-wrenching experience. It’s like watching a train wreck – you know it’s coming so you just sit back and wait for the fall out. On the other hand, it’s a hauntingly beautiful musical about a troubled teen complete with redemption in the end. By the way,…

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“A Doll’s House, Part 2” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Sometimes, after reading a really good book or seeing a really good play, I wonder what happened to the characters after the story ended. Apparently playwright Lucas Hnath liked to speculate about that same topic. Evidently his curiosity led him into writing “A Doll’s House, Part 2”, a sequel to Ibsen’s classic…

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“The Producers” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Paramount Theatre has a huge hit with “The Producers”, the outrageously funny musical based on Mel Brooks’ 1968 Academy Award winning black and white cult classic film. An outrageous plot, fast-paced dialogue, clever lyrics, slapstick comedy, pratfalls and sight gags, guarantee…

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“All Childish Things” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Like the characters in “All Childish Things” at First Folio, I’m an avid collector of all things “Star Trek”. Although I might pay a lot of money to get something really rare – like the ComicCon Limited Edition of the U.S.S. Enterprise – I don’t think I’d become a thief to get…

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Indiana Dunes is NOW a National Park!

The 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that has 15 miles of beach area along Lake Michigan was re-designated by President Donald Trump as America’s 61st national park – the first national park in Indiana. Previously the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore was one of 418 “national park units.” Now it is part of an elite group of…

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“Elektra” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** To put it quite simply, Lyric’s current production of “Elektra” is electrifying! On opening night there was a pre-curtain announcement made from the stage that Swedish soprano Nina Stemme — making her highly-anticipated Lyric debut in the title role that has earned her widespread acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin, Munich and Vienna…

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“The Woman in Black” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** Are you a fan of old-fashioned thrillers? I’m not talking about the stories about monsters that go bump in the night. I’m talking about stories with a slow build-up leading, leading, leading to some kind of a terrifying incident. You know, stories about odd people or eerie happenings, punctuated with sudden…

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“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Porchlight Music Theatre has been enjoying quite a sensational season thus far. Fresh on the heels of their revamped version of the classic “Gypsy” (which was by far this company’s biggest box office success and could easily have run for several more months due to the high demand but limited seating within the…

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