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Lyric’s Porgy and Bess Review –Tragic or Triumphant?

Lyric’s Porgy and Bess Review –Tragic or Triumphant? Lyric’s production of Porgy and Bess is a triumph in its mastery of every aspect of its art form: it got gripping from the get-go when that strange, sheer, prophetic “curtain” was lifted

Crumble Review - A Bizarre Christmas Story

Crumble Review - A Bizarre Christmas Story Jackalope Theatre produces an absurd, holiday fever dream, gushing pre-teen hormones and American pop-stars

It’s Holiday Time 2014 – So Many Things to Do

It’s Holiday Time 2014 – So Many Things to Do The holiday season is here, and there is no shortage of terrific holiday productions and for New Year's Eve, there are great suggestions

A Wondrous Sound Review - The Lyric Opera Chorus Celebrates a New Season

A Wondrous Sound Review - The Lyric Opera Chorus Celebrates a New Season The Lyric Opera of Chicago is sixty years old and special events of all kinds are taking place in and around the city, including a performance by the Lyric Opera Chorus at Evanston's Alice Millar Chapel

Dance Theatre of Harlem at Auditorium Theatre Review – Classic Ballet with a Pinch of Soul

Dance Theatre of Harlem at Auditorium Theatre Review – Classic Ballet with a Pinch of Soul Dance Theatre of Harlem's graceful dancers performed classic ballet and one crowd pleaser that goes beyond

CSO’s Beyond the Score “a pierre dream” – Review –Rich, Multi-layered Portrait of Boulez and His Music

CSO’s Beyond the Score “a pierre dream” – Review –Rich, Multi-layered Portrait of Boulez and His Music Frank Gehry and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Beyond the Score creators team up to give a moving portrait of living legend Pierre Boulez

American Theater Company’s “The Humans” Review – Serving Frailty Stew on Turkey Day

American Theater Company’s “The Humans” Review – Serving Frailty Stew on Turkey Day "The Humans" is an aptly named play depicting a contemporary American family having Thanksgiving dinner

"The Mousetrap" Review - A Well-Acted, Engaging, Edge-of-Your-Seat Classic

"The Mousetrap" Review - A Well-Acted, Engaging, Edge-of-Your-Seat Classic Last week I had a chance to see The Mousetrap, a classic Agatha Christie play, directed by Jonathan Berry at Northlight Theatre (9501 Skokie Blvd.) in Skokie. The play, which is set in 1952 at Monkswell Manor in East Midlands, England...

‘Iphigenia in Aulis’ Review — Court Theatre Trades Tone for Accessibility in Euripidean Tragedy

‘Iphigenia in Aulis’ Review — Court Theatre Trades Tone for Accessibility in Euripidean Tragedy Court Theatre gives modern audiences access to Euripides but sacrifices consistency of tone

‘Always... Patsy Cline’ Review — Theo Ubique Packs a Big-Hearted Show into a Honky-tonk Music Box

‘Always... Patsy Cline’ Review — Theo Ubique Packs a Big-Hearted Show into a Honky-tonk Music Box In “Always… Patsy Cline” a spunky fan finds an instant best friend in her vocal idol

The Love for Three Oranges "Panto" Review - Outrageously Funny

The Love for Three Oranges "Panto" Review - Outrageously Funny Magic emanated from the small Piccolo Theatre stage as this Italian fairy tale, by Carlo Gozzi took shape as an outrageously funny, charming, sometimes bawdy, and very engaging panto, "The Love of Three Oranges"

Măcelaru Conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Brahms, Bruch, and Dvořák

Măcelaru Conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Brahms, Bruch, and Dvořák Personable pre-concert speaker brings Brahms, Bruch and Dvořák newly alive-- followed by a transporting CSO performance

Lyric Opera’s “Il Trovatore” Review – A Grand Production

Lyric Opera’s “Il Trovatore” Review – A Grand Production I had the opportunity of seeing the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Il Trovatore", thereby enjoying some of the most beautiful music in all of opera and the dramatic story it tells

Chicago Humanities Festival presents A Night at the Tonys – A remarkable journey of Tony Award winning musicals

Chicago Humanities Festival presents A Night at the Tonys – A remarkable journey of Tony Award winning musicals Chicago Humanities Festival presents A Night at the Tonys featuring Tony Award nominees and winners, as well as many of Chicago's top performers

Holcombe Waller “Wayfinders” Review – Sci-Fi Flavored Musical Expressionism

Holcombe Waller “Wayfinders” Review – Sci-Fi Flavored Musical Expressionism "Wayfinders" may have created a new genre of sci-fi inspired musical expressionism

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Makes Miracles Right Before Your Eyes

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Makes Miracles Right Before Your Eyes Magician Dennis Watkins will read your mind and rekindle your imagination with his feats of extraordinary prestidigitation

Camelot Review - A Most Congenial Production

Camelot Review - A Most Congenial Production Camelot, now playing at Drury Lane in Oak Brook is a terrific new production that delights all these senses with nuanced staging, lush costumes, and veteran performers

Michael Clark Company: “come, been and gone” Review – Dance with Standout Costumes and Lighting

Michael Clark Company: “come, been and gone” Review – Dance with Standout Costumes and Lighting Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibit "David Bowie Is" gets an accompanying dance performance showcasing the rock star's music by Michael Clark Company

DANCING PROS: LIVE! Review - Audience Members Choose the Winners

DANCING PROS: LIVE! Review - Audience Members Choose the Winners Dancing Pros: Live! Is a new kind of theatrical performance: world-famous professional dancers on a 2014-2015 national tour compete in a variety of dance styles to become the grand-prize-winning couple

The City Winery presents Duncan Sheik Review – Pop Rock in an Urban Setting

The City Winery presents Duncan Sheik Review – Pop Rock in an Urban Setting Great music and an outstanding venue, Duncan Sheik at the City Winery was a real treat

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