Category Archives: Theatre

“BLKS” – a Funny Play about living with Your Besties

**** Recommended **** “BLKS” is a really funny play about living with your besties. Like most twenty-somethings, roommates Octavia (Nora Carroll), June (Leea Ayers) and Imani (Celeste M. Cooper) are trying to find themselves – and a good job, pots of money and someone to love – at least until sh*t happens. Although I did…

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Mercury Theatre’s Production of “The Christmas Schooner” never fails to move me!

**** Highly Recommended **** Chicago’s very own bittersweet holiday musical, “The Christmas Schooner” has returned to the Mercury Theatre. No matter how many times I see “Schooner”, it still moves me to tears! You won’t want to miss Chicago’s holiday musical, it is truly special! An absolute must-see, I give “A Christmas Schooner” 4 Holiday…

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Hubbard Street Dance – Winter Series, “An Evening of Crystal Pite”

Last time I saw Hubbard Street Dance, I was sitting on the Harris Theatre stage looking out at the entire HSD company sitting in the seats waving at all of us on stage. What a unique experience! So I had some expectations for the HSD Winter Series, “An Evening of Crystal Pite”. HSD was back…

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“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” will leave You Rockin’!

***** Highly Recommended ***** “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” has returned to the Cadillac Palace and is dazzling Chicago audiences all over again. “Beautiful” is probably the best jukebox musical I’ve ever seen. Following in the footsteps of Jessie Mueller (Broadway) and her sister, Abby Mueller (original tour), is another Chicago actress, Sarah Bockel,…

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Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 provides the Background for “The Nutcracker”

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “new” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon is magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon gave the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights! Northwest Indiana note: Kelly Boersma, the new principal…

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“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Musical” Just didn’t Cut It

* Somewhat Recommended * I was actually looking forward to seeing “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Musical”. In fact, a friend had texted me to ask if I’d seen it, a week before I’d seen it, because it sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, it’s too long; it doesn’t have any original songs;…

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“A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” – a Tribute to Perry Como/Andy Williams TV Specials

**** Recommended **** Wow! The first time I reviewed “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” was in 2004! The show, a tribute to the old Perry Como/Andy Williams TV specials, is a nice blend of traditional and contemporary (written before 1960 contemporary) carols. “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” is a holiday must-see. 4 Spotlights “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas”…

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Beatniks Babes and Boys – Lots of Holiday Laughs

Over the weekend, I had a rare evening off, so I decided to catch Beatniks Babes and Boys, a very funny comedy/variety show and fundraiser for Beatniks on Conkey, home to Beatniks Productions and Hammond Community Theatre. Rip & Bonnie Johnson, owners of Beatniks on Conkey, who graciously interacted with their guests before the show…

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“Gobsmacked!” Absolutely blew Me Away!

**** Highly Recommended **** “Gobsmacked!” absolutely blew me away! The show is a fast-moving musical revue, featuring high-energy a cappella harmonics with beatbox support by international star, Ball-Zee (aka Patrick Hirst). While every member of the cast is a strong individual singer, it is when they blend their voices that they really shine! 4 Spotlights…

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Ebenezer Scrooge and the Gang meet are yanked into 2017 in Chicago Shakespeare’s “Q Brothers Christmas Carol”

***** Highly Recommended ***** Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s new venue, The Yard, is rocking with the return of “Q Brothers Christmas Carol”. Please note: this is not “A Christmas Carol” as Dickens wrote it. The Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax and Pos) have yanked Ebenezer Scrooge and the gang into the 21st century! I’ve seen…

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