"The Little Prince" (Lookingglass Theatre): Fantasy Turned Spectacle

"The Little Prince" (Lookingglass Theatre):  Fantasy Turned Spectacle
196 Lookingglass Theatre, in association with The Actors Gymnasium, presents THE LITTLE PRINCE. The novella Le Petit Prince was first published in 1943.  Since it’s genesis, the children’s book has been translated into over 250 languages and dialects.  The classic tale is about a lost aviator meeting a young prince from another world.  The prince... Read more »

"Tribes" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Multi-layered Opus

"Tribes" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Multi-layered Opus
Steppenwolf Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of TRIBES. At first hearing, TRIBES sounds like an R-rated Hallmark Channel movie.  Its focus seems dedicated to building sensitivity towards deaf people.  A family of intellectuals realizes they have excluded one of their own.  Their rapid-fire dialogue, riddled with inside jokes and elitist snobbery, omits the hearing impaired... Read more »

Winter Pageant (Redmoon Theatre): A Spectacle of Amusements

Winter Pageant (Redmoon Theatre): A Spectacle of Amusements
Reviewed by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan Redmoon Theatre offers a Winter Pageant filled with beauty, spectacle, and laughter.  The pageant uses dance, masks, machinery, song, and acrobatics to tell a story based on the poem “The conference of the Birds” by Farid ud-Din Atta.  The cast of the play does an excellent job and the music provided... Read more »
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"The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Chicago Shakes): Elegant Buffoonery to a Big Band Sound

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Chicago Shakes):  Elegant Buffoonery to a Big Band Sound
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Tis the season to make merry.  And Director Barbara Gaines does just that.  Shakespeare’s comedy classic gets an infusion of musicality and holiday spirit in Gaine’s production.  The story is familiar. Falstaff tries to secretly bed two women. His ruse backfires as the ladies end up... Read more »

"An Inspector Calls" (Remy Bumppo): :(

"An Inspector Calls" (Remy Bumppo):       :(
Remy Bumppo presents AN INSPECTOR CALLS. This show was billed as an Agatha Christie style mystery with a twist.  The only mystery to me is how AN INSPECTOR CALLS had an award-winning revival in the 1990s. Playwright J.B. Priestley debuted his post WWII play in 1945.  Having experienced active combat shared equally by classes, Priestley... Read more »

"A Q Brothers' Xmas Carol" (Chicago Shakes): *Unofficially* Excellent!

"A Q Brothers' Xmas Carol" (Chicago Shakes):  *Unofficially* Excellent!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions LTD present A Q BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL. This is my unofficial review of this workshop production. The play is considered a work-in-progress.  So, press have been asked not to critique it.  Most probably the world premiere will be next year’s holiday season. Off the record, I would describe it... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Feb 1 "The Seafarer" (Seanachai Theatre): The Drunken Holiday Show Alternative

EXTENDED Thru Feb 1 "The Seafarer" (Seanachai Theatre):  The Drunken Holiday Show Alternative
Seanachai Theatre presents THE SEAFARER. It’s Christmas time.  Richard plans to spend the holiday blind-stinking drunk…literally. Brad Armacost (Richard) is a boozer who lost his eyesight.  No one in Chicago plays a sloshed Irishman more charming than Armacost.  In The Seafarer, Armacost is hilariously inebriated.  A vivid storyteller, Armacost has this marvelous ability to draw the audience in... Read more »

A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard): Beam in for this new holiday classic

A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard): Beam in for this new holiday classic
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Commedia Beauregard presents A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL. Not being much of a Star Trek fan, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with A Klingon Christmas Carol, but I have to admit I was gobsmacked by a bait-and-switch in the early moments of these intergalactic proceedings. While Commedia Beauregard’s press materials... Read more »

Sandra Bernhard: Sandyland (MCA Stage): Still fighting the good fight

Sandra Bernhard: Sandyland (MCA Stage):  Still fighting the good fight
Reviewed by Tom Lawler MCA Stage presents SANDRA BERNHARD: SANDYLAND. In her latest production, Sandyland, Sandra Bernhard took the stage in a black cocktail dress and opened the evening not with a humorous story or two, but instead a cover of the Gordon Lightfoot classic, “If You Could Read My Mind.” Fronting her backing band,... Read more »
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"Detective Partner Hero Villain" (Strawdog Theatre): Existentialist Crisis SuperHero-sized

"Detective Partner Hero Villain" (Strawdog Theatre): Existentialist Crisis SuperHero-sized
Hugen Hall, in affiliation with Strawdog Theatre presents the World Premiere of  DETECTIVE PARTNER HERO VILLAIN.  Playwright Brett Neveu showcases an existentialist crisis superhero-sized. Neveu’s story intrigues for its quirky entanglements.  His dialogue is smart. Imagine if Woody Allen had written “The Incredibles,” that’s the DPHV banter.  The conversations are soul-searching quirky but witty, comic... Read more »