Category Archives: Theatre

“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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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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White Christmas Coming to Munster

     Theatre at the Center Artistic Director Linda Fortunato has cast Matt Edmonds as Bob, Justin Brill as Phil, Casiena Raether as Judy, Erica Stephan as Betty and Neil Friedman as General Waverly in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a musical based on Paramount Pictures’ 1954 film of the same name starring Bing Crosby, Danny…

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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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Take a Break and See “9 to 5 the Musical”

   By Gayle Faulkner Kosalko       It’s 1979 just before the whole corporate greed and money is power scene of the 1980″s. Three women finally realize their importance, significance and strength in not only their personal lives, but also in the workplace.  The musical opens Saturday, November 2.      Directors Bette Diaz and DJ Halicky and a cast…

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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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