Archive for March 2010

Review "Nine to Five the Musical": Expensive Blockbuster Rental

Marquis Theatre Times Square New York, New York June 20, 2009 Who hasn’t seen the movie 9 to 5? Apparently, the three leads, in the current Broadway production, each own a beta, VHS and DVD copy of it. Their performances mimic the original performances perfected on the silver screen by Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and... Read more »

Review "Spectacle": Whimisical Frivolity Mania!

Spectacle 09: Last of My Species The Fearless Songs of Laarna Cortaan Redmoon Theatre at Belmont HarborChicago, Illinois September 10, 2009 For just three more days, a chunk of Belmont Harbor will remain transformed into the backdrop for Spectacle 09: Last of My Species The Fearless Songs of Laarna Cortaan. Redmoon’s very ambitious production is... Read more »

Review "Lost in Yonkers": Found Young Talent!

Village Players Theater presents: Lost in Yonkers Written by Neil SimonDirected by Brian RabinowitzThru February 21st (more info) Living on top of a candy store is every kid’s dream – unless the shop is owned by a tyrannical grandmother! Set in the early 1940’s, Neil Simon’s Purlitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play is a... Read more »

"The Snow Queen" Theatre Review: A Grown-up Fairy Tale

Victory Gardens presents The Snow Queen By Hans Christian Andersen Originally adapted by Michael Barrow Smith, Frank Galati, and Blair Thomas Music and Lyrics by Michael Barrow Smith Puppet Design by Blair Thomas and Meredith Miller Directed by Jim Corti Thru December 27th  Once upon a time in a far away land, there lived a... Read more »

Review "Blue Door": Equals 100% Compelling

Victory Gardens Theatre presents Blue Door At Biograph Theatre 2433 N. Lincoln Written by Tanya Barfield Directed by Andrea J. Dymond Thru February 28th Buy Tickets Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission   “I don’t know why I am?” This question plagues the main character in Victory Gardens‘ Chicago premiere production of Blue Door.... Read more »

Review "Minna" IS Theatre of Catastrophe!

Trap Door Theatre presents Minna Written by Howard Barker Directed by Nicole Wiesner Thru February 13th Buy Tickets Minna is a narcissist! Both the titled character and the play suffer from an overestimation of appearance and abilities. Trap Door Theatre presents Minna, a play… no… more like a gluttony of monologues safety pinned together, written... Read more »

Review "ALL MY SONS": Americana Mama Drama

All My SonsTimeline TheatreChicago, IllinoisAugust 27, 2009 Falling in love with the girl next door, sipping grape juice on the porch, Benny Goodman on the radio, All My Sons is set in the good old days, simpler times. I so wanted to join the Keller family in their backyard and perhaps un-shell a few peapods.... Read more »

"History Boys" Review: I'm Dropping the Class

History Boys Timeline Theatre September 18, 2009 Chicago, Illinois Something happens and changes the course of events. This definition of history is repeatedly told to the audience during History Boys. Set in the 1980’s at a boys’ school in Northern England, History Boys writes history with a tale of a teacher fondling his students, a... Read more »

When She Danced" Theatre Review: Isadora, The Original Dancing Queen

Timeline Production presents When She Danced By Martin Sherman Directed by Nick Bowling Thru December 20th From the first glimpse of a man’s naked ass to the hurling of a champagne glass, When She Danced captivates the audience in the indulgent passions of a celebrity. Set in 1923, Playwright Martin Sherman illustrates a day in... Read more »

Review "Evita": Local Girl Makes Good!

EVITATheo Ubique Theatre CompanyNo Exit CafeChicago, IllinoisJune 26, 2009 Dinner theatre conjures up certain images in anyone’s head. Sitting in the No Exit Café, some of those stereotypes were actualized: old people and bad food. Even in our forties, we were the youngsters in the crowd. My eggplant parmesan was tasty but almost pureed (perhaps... Read more »