Category Archives: Theatre

Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Ghosts of War”

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Griffin Theatre Company’s “Ghosts of War” is based on Ryan Smithson’s novel, or rather memoir, of the same name which has been adapted for the stage by Griffin’s Artistic Director William Massolia. The show, which features Sam Krey as Ryan Smithson, has been on tour since last autumn and now receives its Chicago…

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Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Letters Home”

***RECOMMENDED*** Griffin Theatre Company’s “Letters Home” is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a remounted production at The Den Theatre. William Massolia, who is the Griffin’s Artistic Director, has essentially assembled actual letters that U.S. service men and women have written while they were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Massolia adapted for the stage and directed…

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One of My Favorite Musicals, “The Spitfire Grill” presented at the Windy City Café

**** Recommended **** “The Spitfire Grill” is one of my favorite musicals because of its unique folk/bluegrass score. When I heard that it was going to be staged in a real café, I knew had to be there! Kudos to Refuge Theatre Project, a newish company, for doing interesting work in both traditional and non-traditional…

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“L’Imitation of Life” is a Sparkly, Slightly Bawdy Romp

**** Recommended **** Hell in a Handbag is one of my favorite companies because I know I’m in for a lot of laughs watching their parodies of old movies and TV shows starring ‘tough’ women. “L’Imitation of Life” is a parody of the 1959 film, “Imitation of Life”, starring Lana Turner as a woman determined…

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Spotlight Associate Nancy Henke-Konopasek reviews “Annie” …

Footlight Theatre’s production of Annie, directed by Robert W. Komendera, was simply delightful from the orphanage to the mansion…from start to finish! Maddi Reese Ames, in the title role, was one of the best Annies I have seen in this role (including Chicago productions). Amy Crane, as Miss Hannigan, gave a hilarious performance with her…

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Silk Road Rising’s “Through the Elevated Line” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** Thanks so much to the folks at Silk Road Rising for allowing me – and Spotlight on Lake associate, Jeffrey Leibham – to attend one of the final performances of Novid Parsi’s play, “Through the Elevated Line”. I really enjoyed the performance, which was well-staged and very well acted, but the characters…

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First Folio’s “Mary’s Wedding” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** First Folio Theatre’s production of “Mary’s Wedding” is well written, well-acted and quite simply beautiful. A heart-wrenching story of young lovers parted by circumstances way beyond their control, “Mary’s Wedding” had me teary-eyed as soon as I figured out where it was going. Kudos to Director Melanie Keller and the cast,…

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Spotlight on Lake associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “The Gentleman Caller” …

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** “The Gentleman Caller” by Philip Dawkins, which is receiving its world premiere at Raven Theatre, is a highly theatrical if merely speculative scenario of the relationship (possibly sexual) between two of the 20th-century’s most important American playwrights: Tennessee Williams and William Inge. Constructed, somewhat, as a memory play, it is also very much…

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Marian Theatre Presents Farndale Murder Mystery

Marian Theatre Guild Presents F.A.H.E.T.G. by Gayle Faulkner Kosalko        After seeing the Marian Theatre Guild’s “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery,” you’ll remember how funny it was even if you can’t remember the name.  It’s long on title and long on laughs.   “There are several plays involving these…

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Bring Your Family to “The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician”

**** Highly Recommended **** My friend Helen and I had a wonderful time watching Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz’s brand of magic in “The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician”. We were seated at one of the cabaret tables, up close and personal, maybe even close enough, we thought, to spot some sleight of hand, but that just didn’t…

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