Category Archives: Theatre

2 Actors play 13 Roles in Zany Comedy “Murder for Two”

**** Highly Recommended **** I can’t remember when I’ve laughed as much and as hard as I did at Marriott Theatre’s “Murder for Two”. If you like a good murder mystery, you’ll love this whodunit. High energy, fast-paced dialogue/lyrics, campy, vampy characterizations, plenty of zany suspects, a spooky mansion, a silly twist and a pratfall…

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Canterbury Summer Theatre Presents Musical ‘Tick, Tick…Boom’

Canterbury Summer Theatre presents the area premiere of the musical comedy, Tick, Tick…Boom!, created by Jonathan Larson, the writer-composer of the Broadway phenomenon, Rent. The production runs July 18-28 at Canterbury Theatre, located at 807 Franklin St. Tick, Tick…Boom! was originally written as an autobiographical monologue with rock music, performed by Larson himself, and reflected…

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“The Cher Show” Dazzles!

*** Recommended *** Prepare to be dazzled, “The Cher Show” is in town. It’s fun, it’s glamorous, it’s got great music, but it really needs work. Playwright Rick Elice has chosen to frame Cher’s story inside a TV special, so a TV producer decides what will fit TV time constraints, instead of letting Cher tell…

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Spotlight associate, Jeffrey Leibham, reviews “The View Upstairs”

*** RECOMMENDED *** Not many people may remember the anti-gay massacre that occurred in New Orleans on June 24, 1973. The very popular LGBTQ bar, The UpStairs Lounge, was the location of a vicious and to-this-day unsolved arson attack that claimed the lives of 32 people. On the 40th anniversary of that tragedy the city…

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The Lady with ALL the Answers

     Janet Ulrich Brooks, making her Theatre at the Center (TATC) debut, is cast as advice columnist Ann Landers in the TATC production of The Lady With All the Answers. Previews begin July 12 with Opening Night on July 15 and performances continuing through August 12.      The Lady With All the Answers, written by…

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Chicago Street Theatre Announces 64th Season

     Although Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre has one more shows to wrap up to complete its 2017/2018 Season, they are thrilled to announce some entertaining and ambitious projects they have planned for their 64th Season of Plays.. Viewer’s Choice Season Passes as well as single tickets for the company’s 2018/2019 offerings will go on sale…

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series, “Decadance/Chicago”

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series, “Decadance/Chicago” by Ohad Naharin at the Harris Theatre. The performance was amazing. As always when I watch Hubbard Street, I am in awe of the grace and strength displayed by the entire ensemble. My friend Karen and I had a lovely…

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A Lot of History in “Burnham’s Dream: The White City”

*** Recommended *** There’s a lot of history in “Burnham’s Dream: The White City”, a musical about the building of the ‘white city’ for the 1893 Columbian Exposition here in Chicago. I enjoyed “Burnham’s Dream: The White City”, but an historical musical is tricky to pull off. While Lost and Found Productions made a valiant…

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“Guards at the Taj” is not for the squeamish!

** Somewhat Recommended ** When I review a play, I usually cite my reasons for my recommendation: the writing, the cast/acting, the staging, the direction. I respect the actors’ ability to deliver the playwright’s words as well as the director’s vision in a way that moves me, but sometimes blood and violence overwhelms beauty. That…

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“Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” is Theater of the Absurd

*** Recommended *** Frankly, I found “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” to be really heavy going. Even though it was superbly acted, it felt interminable, maybe because playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has adopted the techniques of ‘theater of the absurd’ as her own. Know before you go that “Father Comes…

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