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EXTENDED Thru Feb 1 "The Seafarer" (Seanachai Theatre): The Drunken Holiday Show Alternative

EXTENDED Thru Feb 1 "The Seafarer" (Seanachai Theatre):  The Drunken Holiday Show Alternative
Seanachai Theatre presents THE SEAFARER. It’s Christmas time.  Richard plans to spend the holiday blind-stinking drunk…literally. Brad Armacost (Richard) is a boozer who lost his eyesight.  No one in Chicago plays a sloshed Irishman more charming than Armacost.  In The Seafarer, Armacost is hilariously inebriated.  A vivid storyteller, Armacost has this marvelous ability to draw the audience in... Read more »

"The Dead Prince" (Strange Tree Group): Innovative Lyrical Lark

"The Dead Prince" (Strange Tree Group):  Innovative Lyrical Lark
Strange Tree Group presents THE DEAD PRINCE. Is it a fairytale, a folktale or a muzical? Yes. Playwright Emily Schwartz has concocted a play-full original.   Schwartz’s story is about a princess and her quest for true love.  The happily-ever after is challenging because her prince charming is dead.  Imagine “Princess Bride” meets “Twilight” on the way to... Read more »

"La Traviata" (Lyric Opera): 'What Joy!'

"La Traviata" (Lyric Opera):  'What Joy!'
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents LA TRAVIATA. Alongside the extensive spectacle of Wagner’s Parsifal, the Lyric is simultaneously offering a Verdi classic. La Traviata is simply gorgeous. After navigating through the complexity of Wagner’s world, we are back to opera basics, a tragic love story. As much as Parsifal is about the musical pageantry, La Traviata is all about passionate singing. Seeing... Read more »
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"Parsifal" (Lyric Opera): Electrifying Stunner!

"Parsifal" (Lyric Opera):  Electrifying Stunner!
A nearly five hour opera may frighten potential audience members away.  That would be a shame because Parsifal is electrifying!  It is described as a ‘festival music-drama‘ – not an opera.  This categorization fits, though the music is the lead in Parsifal.  Creating both the music and libretto, Richard Wagner masterfully weaves through his story with lengthy musical interludes.  The... Read more »

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre): W-I-N-N-E-R!

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre):  W-I-N-N-E-R!
Griffin Theatre Company opens its 25th Anniversary Season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. C-l-e-v-e-r! Rebecca Feldman originated the improvisational play “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E” to be performed by The Farm, an improv troupe in New York. The “Spelling Bee” was then workshopped and developed at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. With music and lyrics by William Finn, book... Read more »

Extended Thru Dec 14th"All Girl Frankenstein" (The Chicago Mammals): Gender-bender Monster Tale

Extended Thru Dec 14th"All Girl Frankenstein" (The Chicago Mammals): Gender-bender Monster Tale
Halloween is always a spookfest.  Neighborhoods, bars and theaters channel their inner ghoul. The Chicago Mammals have gotten into the holiday spirit presenting their own twist on a classic.  Adapter and director Bob Fisher follows up last year’s successful All Girl Moby Dick (our review) with an all female driven Frankenstein. Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
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"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre): Evocative Story Needs Tightening

"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre):  Evocative Story Needs Tightening
Poor Theatre presents GOOD THING. Playwright Jessica Goldberg tackles an evocative subject: drug addicts having babies. Goldberg approaches the topic with true grit. She never reduces it to Jerry Springer sensational. She keeps it real, focusing on the post high school life of four students and two teachers. Goldberg develops complex relationships between brothers, spouses, and unrequited... Read more »

"The Goddess" (The Artistic Home): Honest, True-Hollywood Revelations

"The Goddess" (The Artistic Home):  Honest, True-Hollywood Revelations
The Artistic Home presents THE GODDESS. Screen-playwright Paddy Chayefsky penned a Hollywood exposé.  He wrote about small town, unloved Emily Ann blossoming into Tinsel Town siren Rita.  Although Chayefsky denies that she is based on Marilyn Monroe, his Rita also became entangled with a sports celebrity and drugs on her climb to fame. The glamour of her... Read more »

Review "Pygmalion" (ShawChicago): Bloody Brilliant Depiction

Review "Pygmalion" (ShawChicago):  Bloody Brilliant Depiction
The short description of Pygmalion might be ‘My Fair Lady without the music.’ That explanation would truly be a disservice to George Bernard Shaw. Although I love the musical, especially the movie version with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, for its pageantry and catchy tunes, it does not fully capture the radical aspects of Shaw’s play. He intricately and... Read more »
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"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera): Exquisite Echalaz Entrances

"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera):  Exquisite Echalaz Entrances
Based on the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is an opera warhouse.  Since its world premiere in 1905, it has become a favorite of opera goers for its searing emotion.  This current production actualizes the bittersweet passion led by the fierce Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San).  Playing a naïve 15 year, Echalaz enchants in... Read more »