Archive for July 2010

Review "Shrek the Musical": Ogre the Top Laughs!

Broadway in Chicago presents SHREK THE MUSICALAt Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. RandolphBook and lyrics by David Lindsay-AbaireMusic by Jeanine TesoriMusic direction by Andy Grobengieser Directed by Jason Moore and Rob AshfordThru September 5th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours and forty minutes includes a twenty minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh On a road trip,... Read more »

Review "Red Noses": Plagued with Humor!

    Strawdog Theatre presents    RED NOSES     Written by Peter Barnes Directed by Matt Hawkins at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway (map) through August 15th |  tickets: $15-$20  |  more info reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘It’s easy to find someone to share your life with. What about someone to share your death?’  Serious contemplations... Read more »

Review "A Guide for The Perplexed": Hilarious Bromance of Redemption

Victory Gardens presents A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED At Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue Written by Joel Drake Johnson Directed by Sandy Shinner Thru August 15th Buy Tickets Running Time:  Two and a half hours includes delayed start and fifteen minute intermission.   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   An alcoholic, drug addict is released after... Read more »
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Review "The Philadelphia Story": McClain Channels Hepburn's Ghost!

Circle Theatre presents THE PHILADELPHIA STORY In Forest Park, 7300 W. Madison Written by Philip Barry Directed by Jim Schneider Thru September 5th Buy Tickets Running Time:  Two hours and twenty minutes includes two intermissions   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   ‘Now, gentle reader…’  The paparazzi ‘s fascination with Paris Hilton types is not a... Read more »

Review "This Train": Fitzpatrick's One Hobo Show!

16th Street Theater presents    THIS TRAIN     Written and performed by Tony Fitzpatrick Directed by Ann Filmer at Steppenwolf’s Merle Reskin Garage Theatre (map) through August 1st  |  tickets: $22  |  more info reviewed by Katy Walsh Imagine riding the Red Line with Michael Moore, John Goodman and Mother Theresa to the Morse Stop... Read more »

Review "Escape From Happiness": Trip To The Funny House

Infamous Commonwealth Theatre presents ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESSAt Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark StreetWritten by George F. WalkerDirected by Genevieve ThompsonThru August 8th BUY TICKETSRunning Time:  Two and a half hours includes a ten minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh A drunk deserts his family after trying to set the house on fire.  How does... Read more »
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TRAIN to ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS in PHILADELPHIA FOR THE PERPLEXED

Here’s the line up for me of new Chicago theatre offerings… 15th  This Train - 16th Street Theatre at Steppenwolf’s Merle Reskin Garage Theatre          View a preview video on YouTube 16th Escape From Happiness – Infamous Commonwealth at Raven Theater 18th  Philadelphia Story   – Circle Theatre 19th  Guide for the Perplexed - Victory Gardens 

Review "Aida": Big Ideas, Small Space...Still Beautiful!

Bailiwick Chicago presents      Aida    Book by L. Woolverton, Robert Falls and D.H. Hwang Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice Directed by Scott Ferguson Music Directed by Jimmy Morehead/Robert Ollis at American Theatre Company, 1909 W. Byron (map) through August 1st  |  Tickets:  $30-$45  |  more info reviewed by Katy Walsh Egypt... Read more »

Review "After The Fall": A Swift Flawless Plunge into Revelation

Eclipse Theatre presents AFTER THE FALL At Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln Written by Arthur Miller Directed by Steve Scott Thru August 22nd Buy Tickets Running Time:  Three hours includes a ten minute intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   In a lifetime of memories, what kinds of insignificant moments of significance haunt an existence?... Read more »
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Review "Parallelogram": All the Right Angles

Steppenwolf Theatre presents PARALLELOGRAM1650 N. HalstedWritten by Bruce NorrisDirected by Anna D. ShapiroThru August 29th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours includes a ten minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh If continuous lines run parallel looping the earth, they will eventually cross.  The crossed lines deliver a message like a telegram but more specifically, a parallelogram. ... Read more »