Posts in category "Theater in Chicago"

The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: A must sea

The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: A must sea
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) summer family musical “The Little Mermaid” is a must sea. The story–which most already know, ad nauseum, from multiple viewings of Disney’s 1989 film, “The Little Mermaid”– centers around the mermaid Ariel (the youngest daughter of undersea monarch King Triton) who wants, oh so much, to be a human. Against her... Read more »

Moby Dick at Lookingglass Theatre: A Whale of a Production

Moby Dick at Lookingglass Theatre: A Whale of a Production
Moby Dick opened this weekend at Lookingglass Theatre in a whale of a production that, once again, cements the reputation of the Tony award-winning Lookingglass Theatre as the best of the best. Their treatment of Herman Melville’s age-old classic story of Captain Ahab and his obsession to get revenge on a huge white whale who... Read more »

On Your Feet! Musical will knock your socks off

On Your Feet! Musical will knock your socks off
“On Your Feet!” the Broadway Bound musical based on the real life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio, the legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur opened Wednesday at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. The show landed on its feet at Wednesday’s opening receiving the red carpet treatment with lights, cameras and action along with... Read more »
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Theater Review: Doubt at Writers Theatre

Theater Review: Doubt at Writers Theatre
Doubt: A Parable, currently running at Writers Theatre, utilizes a small cast and a site-specific installation to create maximum impact in its production by John Patrick Shanley and directed by William Brown at Glencoe Union Church. Shanley’s 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt: A Parable, tells its compelling story of possible child abuse by a priest from... Read more »

Theater Review: The Herd at Steppenwolf Theatre

Theater Review: The Herd at Steppenwolf Theatre
“Children can be horribly ungrateful cunts,” …Carol Life isn’t always a walk in the park as we quickly discover when we drop by a three generation, family get-together in Oliver-award winning actor Rory Kinnear’s, smart comic drama,  The Herd, now making its U.S. premiere at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre. The comfortably middle-class family has gathered in... Read more »

Talk Like Shakespeare Day: A Quick Primer On How To Talk Like The Bard

Talk Like Shakespeare Day: A Quick Primer On How To Talk Like The Bard
Today is Talk Like Shakespeare Day.  The day, originated by Chicago Shakespeare in 2009, celebrates the Bard by what could be referred to as Shakespeak–a chance to throw a few “thee-s” and “thou-s” into your speech in observation of the annual holiday. Nearly four centuries after his death in 1616, Shakespeare is a name that is... Read more »
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Carousel Lyric Opera of Chicago Review

Carousel Lyric Opera of Chicago Review
The Lyric Opera of Chicago has chosen, Carousel, the most operatic of all the musicals in the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s stable of productions for their spring musical theater selection. The show, which opened Saturday (through May 3rd), is an epic production featuring a who’s who of stars from Broadway, the world of ballet, television and... Read more »

The Upstairs Concierge: A Review of Kristoffer Diaz's World Premiere Comedy

The Upstairs Concierge: A Review of Kristoffer Diaz's World Premiere Comedy
Pandemonium rules at Kristoffer Diaz’s world premiere comedy, The Upstairs Concierge, that opened Monday night on the Goodman Theatre’s Owen stage. The farcical misadventures take place at The Hotelman Arms—a boutique hotel in Chicago—where no doors are locked and “everyone is family.” The play is a farce, which has been in development since 2013 by... Read more »

Win 4 Tickets to Louis and Keely, ‘Live’ at the Sahara at Royal George Theatre

Win 4 Tickets to Louis and Keely, ‘Live’ at the Sahara at Royal George Theatre
PLEASE NOTE: The ticket contest is now closed. All 12 winners of four tickets each have been notified. Thanks to all who entered the contest. Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane) presents the Chicago stage premiere of Academy Award winning director Taylor Hackford’s  Louis... Read more »
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Title and Deed Chicago: A Review

Title and Deed Chicago:  A Review
Can something be both haunting and fiercely funny? Pulitzer prize wining, author and playwright Will Eno’s “Title and Deed” which is making its Midwest premiere at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre has been called both haunting and fiercely funny.  Strangely enough that’s a pretty accurate description. Eno hammers away at the big questions–asking, “what’s it all about”... Read more »
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