Posts tagged "Michael Mahler"

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (American Blues Theatre): Heart-warming, Eye-misting, Soul-lifting

 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (American Blues Theatre): Heart-warming, Eye-misting, Soul-lifting
American Blues Theater presents IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE:  LIVE IN CHICAGO! My parents came in from Indiana to see what I had described as “a radio play version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’”  Following the show, my mom said my description was “a gross understatement.”  She believes there was more emotion in this radio play... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Oct 12th "Hank Williams: Lost Highway" (American Blues Theatre): Hank Williams Resurrected

EXTENDED Thru Oct 12th "Hank Williams:  Lost Highway" (American Blues Theatre):  Hank Williams Resurrected
American Blues Theater presents HANK WILLIAMS:  LOST HIGHWAY. I wasn’t a particular fan of Hank Williams until I saw this show.  I thought he was a country singer.  I found out he was a genius.  He informally taught himself to play guitar, write songs and sing a cross-genre of blues meets country on their way... Read more »

"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed

"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents SHREK THE MUSICAL. The Dreamworks beloved animated classic is waving its “Freak Flag” on Navy Pier this summer.  The atypical ogre-gets-the-girl love story makes the perfect kid theatrical outing. Chicago Shakes has abbreviated and fine-tuned the familiar tale.  The big heaps of heart and comedy are concentrated into a tight family-friendly... Read more »
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"It's a Wonderful Life" (American Blues Theater): Carols, Cookies, Clarence, CHRISTMAS!

"It's a Wonderful Life" (American Blues Theater): Carols, Cookies, Clarence, CHRISTMAS!
This holiday show spells Christmas with a capital *C*… Carols, Cookies, Clarence! American Blues Theater presents It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph!  It’s a 1940 radio broadcast of the holiday classic.  Suicidal man sees how his life effected the entire town of Bedford Falls.  Clarence, an angel second class, is helping George Bailey vanquish his... Read more »

"The March" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Part History, Part Saga and All Spectacle

  #82.  Spring in Chicago 2012 will be remembered as epic.  Three of the major theatre companies are mounting large ensemble productions.  Court premiered Angels in America -Part 1 & 2.  Goodman is in final rehearsals for The Iceman Cometh.  And overon Halsted… Steppenwolf Theatre presents the world premiere of The March.  It’s the Civil War in 1864.  General William... Read more »

"It's a Wonderful Life: Live from the Biograph" (American Blues Theater): Wonderful!

"It's a Wonderful Life: Live from the Biograph" (American Blues Theater): Wonderful!
Books adapted to plays.  Plays adapted to movies.  Movies adapted to books.  It’s the entertainment cycle of a good story.  So, why not a play about the short story adapted into a movie adapted into a radio show?  For those who love the Jimmy Stewart holiday film classic, American Blues Theater presents IT’S A WONDERFUL... Read more »
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"The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" (Provision Theatre): A Christmas Focused on Jesus and the Children...MIRACLE!

Christmas is the new offensive C-word.  To be politically correct, people say ‘happy holidays.’  They send holiday cards.  They host holiday parties.  Only in private circles in hushed tones, might I inquire casually, ‘do you celebrate Christmas?’  If the person nods affirmatively, I muster up a hurried whispered ‘Merry Christmas.’  Even on stage, The Nutcracker,... Read more »

Review "The Illusion": My Love for this show is no illusion!

Court Theatre presents The Illusion At 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Written by Tony Kushner Adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion comique Directed by Charles Newell Thru April 11th Buy Tickets Running Time:  Two and a half hours includes a fifteen minute intermission   ‘Love is an illusion.’  ‘Love makes the world an illusion.’ From the dark... Read more »

"HIGH FIDELITY": The Movie is Awesome!

High FidelityThe Route 66 Theatre CompanyPipers AlleyChicago, IllinoisAugust 20, 2009 Mall-time “Top Five” reasons this production of High Fidelity doesn’t work…y #5. Too much of a good thing: Talented cast way under-utilized with limited character material. It’s most obvious when everyone is herded out on the stage to just sing back-up. Superfluous! Cut the cast... Read more »
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