Category Archives: Theatre

Towle Theater Season Preview

The Towle Theater’s annual Season Preview is always a lovely event. It’s a short evening, just about two hours, with a reception (light hors d’oevres and drinks in the lobby) followed by a season sampler, typically a short scene or a single song from each. Two plays and two musicals make up the Towle 2020…

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33rd Annual Young Playwrights Festival – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** After a couple of weeks off for the holidays, I look forward to the Young Playwrights Festival which is almost always the first theatrical opening of the year. This is the 33rd year of the annual event sponsored by Pegasus Theatre Chicago. This is a chance to see the future of Chicago…

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2020 Theatre Season At Towle Theater – Hammond

    The Towle Theater presented their annual 2020 SEASON.       The season begins with a one-woman show Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End performed by cast member, Laura MacGregor (last seen in Good Boys & True-2011) and directed by Suzanne Nyhan (seen in Mama’s Boy & Shirley Valentine). Performance Dates: FEB 21-23, 28-29, MAR…

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The Amazing “Champions of Magic” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Champions of Magic is an amazing show! Several of the award-winning stars have appeared on the CW’s “Penn and Teller: Fool Us. The five are: illusionists, Young and Strange; mind reader, Alex McAleer; escape artist, Fernando Velasquez; and close-up magician extraordinaire, Kayla Drescher. I was in awe watching them perform. The show…

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Irreverent, Mischievous and Snarky “The Santaland Diaries” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Goodman Theatre’s production of “The Santaland Diaries”, written by David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. In his early days as a struggling writer in New York, Sedaris took a job as an elf at Macy’s Department Store. Steven Strafford stars in the one-man show directed by Steve Scott.…

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“The Land of Forgotten Toys” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** The holidays seem to be a time when more and more theater companies are adding seasonal programming to attract new patrons and entertain large groups or families. The slate of Christmas-themed shows this year seems to be particularly brimming with tantalizing and appealing options. With the field so chock-full of copious goodies, packed…

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“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Take your family on a nostalgic trip into the past with the Towle Theater’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play”, adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith with original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz. Forget about all your electronic devices – sit…

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“America’s Best Outcast Toy” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Have you ever stopped and wondered whatever happened to all of those toys that Rudolph discovered on the Island of Misfit Toys? Clearly, Larry Todd Cousineau and Cindy O’Connor have. Both of these talented folks are the creators of “America’s Best Outcast Toy,” with O’Connor composing the music while the book and lyrics were…

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“Always …Patsy Cline” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** There are not very many jukebox musicals that have an actual working jukebox on the stage. “Always…Patsy Cline,” which was created by Ted Swindley in 1988, is an early example of what a jukebox musical can be, long before that term was even widely used and the concept of taking well-known songs by popular…

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“Greetings” has a Beautiful Holiday Message – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** On the surface, “Greetings” looks like another “boy brings fiancée home for Christmas” story, but this interesting play about family ties has a plot twist you’ll never see coming! Playwright Tom Dudzick, who grew up Catholic in Buffalo, New York, takes on death, prejudice and objective versus subjective reality, seasoning his Catholicism…

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