Archive for September 2010

Review "She Loves Me": Love Letter Delivers 1st Class Singing!

Writers’ Theatre presents     She Loves Me    Book by Joe Masteroff Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Directed by Michael Halberstam at Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe (map) through November 21st  |  tickets: $65-$70   |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh Dear Friend, ‘When a day brings petty aggravations and my... Read more »

Writers Followed by Bumppo Infusion of Lyric to Court Northlight

Six plays in five days!  But who could resist these shows? 9.29.10   She Loves Me  at Writers Theatre 9.30.10   Night and Day by Remy Bumppo at Greenhouse Theatre 9.30.10   Ghostbox by Infusion Theatre at Apollo Theatre 10.1.10   Macbeth at Lyric Opera of Chicago 10.2.10   Comedy of Errors at Court Theatre 10.3.10   Daddy Long Legs at... Read more »

Review "Candide": Zimmerman's Amazing Race Is An Optimistic Blur!

Goodman Theatre presentsCANDIDE At 170 N. DearbornBased on the novella by François-Marie Arouet aka VoltaireMusic by Leonard BernsteinBook adapted from Voltaire by Hugh WheelerLyrics by Richard WilburAdditional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard BernsteinMusically directed by Doug PeckDirected and newly adapted from Voltaire by Mary ZimmermanThru October 24th Buy... Read more »
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Review "Thieves Like Us": We Like Thieves!

The House Theatre of Chicago presents THIEVES LIKE USAt Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. DivisionWritten by Damon KielyBased on the novel by Edward AndersonDirected by Kimberly SeniorThru October 30th Buy TicketsRunning time:  One hour and fifty-five minutes includes a ten minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh An inmate is in the right place at the right time... Read more »

Review "A Brief History of Helen of Troy": Not So Pretty Dark Comedy

Steep Theatre presentsA BRIEF HISTORY OF HELEN OF TROY Written by Mark SchultzDirected by Joanie SchultzThru  October 30th Buy TicketsRunning time:  One hour and forty minutes with no intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   ‘Porn and I are a good match.’  A teenage girl tries to get her guidance counselor on board with her... Read more »

Review "Romeo & Juliet": Urban- Edgy Looks Fantastical, Sounds a Little Off-Key

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents ROMEO & JULIETOn Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand AvenueWritten by William ShakespeareDirected by Gale EdwardsBuy TicketsThru November 21st Running time:  Two hours and forty-five minutes includes a fifteen minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh Party crasher falls for host’s daughter.  Their love is doomed by a family feud.  They go for... Read more »
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Seeing a lot of people this week: "Romeo & Juliet", "Helen", "Thieves" and "Candide"

Starting tonight, it’s days of guys, gals and thieves!  9.22.10    Romeo & Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare 9.23.10    A Brief History of Helen of Troy at Steep Theatre 9.26.10    Thieves like Us by House Theatre at Chopin Theatre 9.27.10    Candide at Goodman Theatre   Check back to read my impressions.  

Review "Mamet Repertory": Cox-ed for Success!

American Theatre Company presentsTHE MAMET REPERTORY: “OLEANNA” and “SPEED-THE-PLOW”At 1909 W. Byron Street Written by David MametDirected by Rick Snyder “OLEANNA” Thru October 30th “SPEED-THE-PLOW” Thru October 31stBuy Tickets  Running Times:  “OLEANNA” is sixty minutes. “SPEED-THE-PLOW” is eighty minutes.  No intermissions. Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘You asked me to come.  I don’t understand.’  Common language... Read more »

Review "The Lady's not for Burning": Political Comedy Goes Long-Winded!

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre presents THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNINGAt No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Written by Christopher Fry Directed by Fred Anzevino Thru October 31st Buy Tickets Running Time:  Two hours and thirty minutes includes a fifteen minute intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   A convent drop-out, a drunken soldier, and an... Read more »
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Review "Wuthering Heights": This Show Captivates from Preface to Epilogue!

Lifeline Theatre presents WUTHERING HEIGHTSAt 6912 N. GlenwoodWritten by Emily BronteAdapted for the stage by Christina CalvitDirected by Elise KauzlaricThru October 31st Buy TicketsRunning time:  Two hours and thirty minutes includes a ten minute intermission and delayed start Reviewed by Katy Walsh Cathy and Heathcliff:  soulmates destined for eternity!  It’s not quite the pretty ‘happily... Read more »