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"Double Trouble" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Octuple Mayhem

"Double Trouble" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Octuple Mayhem
Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of DOUBLE TROUBLE. The Waltons meet the Aguilars in this zany musical about brotherly love.  Brothers Bob Walton and Jim Walton wrote the book, lyrics, and music for this lampoon about two brothers breaking into 1941 Hollywoodland.  The fictional brothers are a lyricist and a composer.  They are... Read more »

"LIVES OF THE PIGEONS" (Side Project Theatre): Quirky

"LIVES OF THE PIGEONS" (Side Project Theatre):  Quirky
Reviewed by Sara Eisenbaum “Lives of the Pigeons” turned out to be as quirky as it’s title. It left a lasting impression, although what the impression was is still very confusing. However, that may be the point. The main premise of the play is two gentleman playing a few games of chess. They have an... Read more »

Off Book Chats A Red Orchid, Second City and unlocks casting secrets at Chicago Shakes and Steppenwolf

Off Book Chats A Red Orchid, Second City and unlocks casting secrets at Chicago Shakes and Steppenwolf
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “In A Garden” at A Red Orchid Theatre and “Let Them Eat Chaos” at Second City.  Our special guests are Erica Daniels, Associate Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre and Bob Mason, Artistic Associate/Casting Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This April 26th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten... Read more »
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American Idiot (Broadway in Chicago): Punky youth and three-chord monsters

American Idiot (Broadway in Chicago): Punky youth and three-chord monsters
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Broadway in Chicago presents AMERICAN IDIOT. There are two ways to experience American Idiot, an exuberant, scrappy rock opera about a trio of suburban friends on separate journeys in a post-high school wasteland. On one hand, you can try to imagine yourself 10 or 15 years younger and taking in this... Read more »

"Foreverendia" (Black Ship Company): Glimpses of Brave New Kid World

"Foreverendia" (Black Ship Company):  Glimpses of Brave New Kid World
The Black Ship Company presents the Chicago premiere of FOREVERENDIA.  During a snowstorm, three kids escape reality in a shared fantasy.  Nim transports her new friends to her made-up land of Foreverendia. She even shares her pretend friend, Sir Babbles. The make-believe world allures them away from their gloomy family situations.  But how long can... Read more »

Gentleman’s Rule Sing A Capella and Act Accordingly

Gentleman’s Rule Sing A Capella and Act Accordingly
 Reviewed by Jennie Siering Going to see Gentleman’s Rule is not the experience that you typically associate with a night of traditional a capella.  The energetic group of 10 young men harmonizes well, using their voices as instruments and providing support for their own version of songs from all different genres and eras.  Music styles... Read more »
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"The Millionairess" (ShawChicago): A Rich Screwball Comedy!

"The Millionairess" (ShawChicago):  A Rich Screwball Comedy!
ShawChicago presents THE MILLIONAIRESS.  Epifania Fitzfassenden is a rich lady.  She has everything that money can buy… but love.  Her boyfriend uses her for her wealthy connections.  And her tennis player husband, Alastair is cheating on her.  Epifania decides to make some changes in her life.  She is going to get divorced and get a... Read more »

"Sweet and Sad" (Profiles Theatre): Cast is Perfect in Human Imperfection!

"Sweet and Sad" (Profiles Theatre): Cast is Perfect in Human Imperfection!
As adults when all my sisters finally gather around a table for a meal, it’s usually a special occasion of some kind.  It takes a holiday for the four of us to step out of our different worlds and step back into familial.  As the wine is poured, the meal conversation usually eases from surface... Read more »

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective): Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective):  Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home
When I was a kid, I believed things were black and white.  Actions were right or wrong.  People were good or bad.  Growing up I’ve learned nothing is that simple.  Friendships have blended the colors.  Humans are complicated; loving them requires compromise.  And every time a friend starts down a path of destruction, I have... Read more »
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“Dralion” (Cirque du Soleil): Don’t Even Pretend You Can Do This At Home

“Dralion” (Cirque du Soleil): Don’t Even Pretend You Can Do This At Home
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines To me, the coolest part of a Cirque du Soleil show is sitting in awe of an incredibly talented troupe, oohing and aahing as they perform impossible physical acts with ludicrous ease. Balancing on one hand and very slowly contorting oneself into various pretzel-inspired shapes with careful precision? Propelling oneself... Read more »