Posts tagged "Doug Peck"

"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 »

EXTENDED Thru Aug 18th "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theatre): A Dance on the Wild Side

EXTENDED Thru Aug 18th "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theatre):  A Dance on the Wild Side
Goodman Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE JUNGLE BOOK. Costumes.  Costumes! Costumes!! From the first glimpse of the sophisticated, stilted peacock, I fell in love with Designer Mara Blumenfeld’s 2013 Jungle Collection.  Blumenfeld terrifically combines Indian style garb and animal magnetism.  The ensemble is dressed elegantly with wildlife influences. Wolves have fur trimmed collars. ... Read more »

"Pal Joey" (Porchlight Music Theatre): McMonagle Bewitches!

"Pal Joey" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  McMonagle Bewitches!
Porchlight Music Theatre presents PAL JOEY.  Porchlight secured the rights to the 1940 original version of this Broadway musical play.  So, Chicago has the opportunity for the first-time ever to hear the full compilation of songs, including the restored number “I’m Talking to My Pal” that was cut before the premiere opening night.  Of course,... Read more »
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EXTENDED THRU April 14th "Sweet Charity" (Writers Theatre): Scrappy, Upbeat Charmer

EXTENDED THRU April 14th "Sweet Charity" (Writers Theatre):  Scrappy, Upbeat Charmer
Writers’ Theatre presents SWEET CHARITY.  For eight years, Charity has been a hostess at a dance hall.  She has had a string of user boyfriends.  Her latest one stole her savings and pushed her in the lake.  Despite the sour notes in her life, Charity keeps on dancing hoping the melody changes.  When a movie... Read more »

"The Dead" (Court Theatre): Irish Awakening Enchants

"The Dead" (Court Theatre):  Irish Awakening Enchants
Court Theatre presents THE DEAD.  The Morkans are having a party.  It’s 1904 in Dublin, Ireland.  To celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, Miss Julia and Miss Kate, along with their niece Mary Jane, throw their annual soiree.  The coveted invitation gathers friends and family to an evening of music.  The sisters encourage guests to... Read more »

[title of show] (Northlight Theatre): Clever Behind-The-Scenes Look

[title of show] (Northlight Theatre):  Clever Behind-The-Scenes Look
GEORGE: See, this should be a show. This is the show. JERRY: What? GEORGE: This. Just talking. JERRY: (dismissing) Yeah, right. GEORGE: I’m really serious. I think that’s a good idea. JERRY: Just talking? Well what’s the show about? GEORGE: It’s about nothing. -Seinfeld, Season 4, Episode 3 #112.  Northlight Theatre presents [title of show]. ... Read more »
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"A Catered Affair" (Porchlight Theatre): Mother of the Bride Captivates!

"A Catered Affair" (Porchlight Theatre):  Mother of the Bride Captivates!
#40.  Weddings are a lot of work.  Multiple variables can ruin the whole thing.  Wedding coordinators are hired to deal with the mundane and unexpected.  Their role is to keep it beautiful and special, no matter what. If they are good at their job, no one ever even knows there was an unpleasant moment. Unfortunately, marriages... Read more »

Review "Porgy & Bess": Splendid Re-Imagined Classic!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 2nd   Narrated by Joshua Volkers Court Theatre presents PORGY & BESSAt 5535 S. EllisLyrics by George and Ira Gershwin Libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Directed by Charles Newell  Music direction by Doug PeckWednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pmFridays at 8pmSaturdays at 3pm and 8pmSundays... Read more »

Review "Oh Coward" at Writer's Theatre: 'Mad About The Boy'!

Writers’ Theatre OH COWARD! A Musical Comedy Revue Words and music by Noel Coward Devised by Roderick Cook Musical direction by Doug Peck Directed by Jim Corti Thru May 16th (ticket info) “I am not a heavy drinker. I can sometimes go hours without touching a drop.” Writers’ Theatre presents OH COWARD!, a musical revue... Read more »
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