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RELENTLESS Interview with Playwright Tyla Abercrumbie & Director Ron OJ Parson

Pink Colorful Happy New Year Your Story For the last seven years, Let’s Play’s goal has always been about helping people see the hidden gems of Chicagoland theaters. Also, to reach an untapped audience of minorities overlooked and, in most cases, not even acknowledged. We continue this pursuit by interviewing the very best in theater... Read more »

Oklahoma! Updated 2.0 Leaves Many Bewildered by Why This Classic Was Ever Changed.

Let me start by saying we love the classic musicals, and Oklahoma is one of those musicals written by the duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein that’s at the top of the list. Featuring great songs of “Oh What a Beautiful Morinin’, I Cain’t Say No, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love and, of... Read more »

Let's Play 2021 Top Performances of the Year!

Best Director – Wardell Julius Clark Wardell Julius Clark is a genius at bringing unspoken issues of life to the forefront in a very passionate and knowledgeable way that leaves the audience walking away with a profound perspective of egalitarianism. He is a master of truth, and his reality of what theater should invoke can... Read more »

Dishwasher Dreams Is A Story of Love and Equality We Should All Be Dreaming.

The holidays are here. It’s that time of year when people worldwide believe that giving is better than receiving and sharing what we have with those less fortunate. When children dream of receiving gifts from Santa Claus and, unfortunately, parents, who are already struggling to make ends meet, stress over how to get their children... Read more »

Pretty Woman: The Musical: A Delightful Night at the CIBC Theatre

Pretty Woman: The Musical at the CIBC Theater is a delightful evening where two lost souls meet and begin an unorthodox but romantic relationship that helps them find the true meaning of self-love and self-awareness. From the book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton with music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and based... Read more »

Mr. Dickens' Hat at Northlight is a delightful twist to the historical events of Dicken and his hat.

Northlight Theatre, Mr. Dickens’ Hat, is an imaginary story set in Victorian England, 1865, during the holidays about the value of having Charles Dicken’s hat and those who will be despicable to steal it, seeking a great fortune in return. When you walk into the theater, you can see and hear the perplexity regarding the... Read more »

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is a joy for the family

Drury Lane, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, a story based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, is about an entertaining song-and-dance trio of Jim Hardy, Ted Hanover, and Lila Dixon. They perform at a club in New York City; however, Jim decides to ask Lila to marry him and wants them to retire and move... Read more »

Cirque du Soleil - 'Twas The Night Before... is entertaining but lack that Christmas Magic

It’s an incredible feat to witness a circus act in one of Chicago’s oldest theaters. I remember as a child seeing The Ringling Bros. known as The Greatest Show on Earth, but it was in a tent. However, the first public circus performance in Chicago occurred in 1834, three years before Chicago was considered a... Read more »

Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody at Apollo Theater Isn't For Everyone.

Do you follow Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, or Liam Neeson? Hopefully, your answer is yes, or you will be lost in this parody. We knew several of these actors, and we were still lost. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you watch this rom-com before attending the parody. We saw this movie... Read more »

Cinderella The 1957 Version at Paramount will confuse the audience not knowing its not the Disney version

Mikayla Renfrow plays Cinderella and Markcus Blair is Prince Christopher, both making their Paramount Theatre debut in Cinderella, directed by Brenda Didier, November 10, 2021-January 9, 2022. For tickets and information, visit, or call the box office, (630) 896-6666. Credit: Liz Lauren Let us start by saying to the audience coming to this production... Read more »