Articles by Leanne Star

‘The Art of Falling’ Review — Hubbard Street Dance + Second City = Magic

‘The Art of Falling’ Review — Hubbard Street Dance + Second City = Magic Hubbard Street Dance Chicago couples with The Second City for a one-of-a-kind entertainment that combines grace with humor

‘At Last: A Tribute to Etta James’ Review — Etta Times Five Peels Open the Layers of a Vocalist Extraordinaire

‘At Last: A Tribute to Etta James’ Review — Etta Times Five Peels Open the Layers of a Vocalist Extraordinaire Knockout performances reveal the inner woman behind the genre-bending music of Etta James

‘The Dinner Party’ Review — Like a Dinner Party in Your Own Home, Only with Better Food and Guests

‘The Dinner Party’ Review — Like a Dinner Party in Your Own Home, Only with Better Food and Guests Eat, drink and listen in on the conversation at City Winery

‘Native Son’ Review — Adaptation of Richard Wright Classic Gives Audiences a Peek inside a Psyche

‘Native Son’ Review — Adaptation of Richard Wright Classic Gives Audiences a Peek inside a Psyche Court Theatre and American Blues Theater team in a revelatory world premiere adaptation of Richard Wright’s ‘Native Son’

‘On the Town’ Review — Lincolnshire, It’s a Helluva Town as Marriott Gets Everything Right

‘On the Town’ Review — Lincolnshire, It’s a Helluva Town as Marriott Gets Everything Right In its first appearance on a Chicagoland stage — overdue by some 70 years — “On the Town” is a winner for the Marriott

Review of ‘The Cooke Book’ — Darrian Ford Brings the King of Soul to Life and Then Some

Review of ‘The Cooke Book’ — Darrian Ford Brings the King of Soul to Life and Then Some Darrian Ford pays tribute to the legendary Sam Cooke in a nuanced, high-energy performance

‘Death and the Maiden’ Review — Sandra Oh Compelling as Torture Victim Forever Facing her Past

‘Death and the Maiden’ Review — Sandra Oh Compelling as Torture Victim Forever Facing her Past Chilean-American playwright Ariel Dorfman puts audiences in the judge’s seat at Victory Gardens

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series Review — Executing ‘The Impossible’

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series Review — Executing ‘The Impossible’ A world premiere from Alejandro Cerrudo gives Hubbard Street dancers fresh ways to surprise

‘Gypsy’ Review — Chicago Shakes Up a Meta Musical

‘Gypsy’ Review — Chicago Shakes Up a Meta Musical Gary Griffin’s “Gypsy” strips away all but the best in this perfectly paced show at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

‘One Thousand Pieces’ Review — Hubbard Street Dancers Glisten in Cerrudo Masterwork

‘One Thousand Pieces’ Review — Hubbard Street Dancers Glisten in Cerrudo Masterwork From Marc Chagall’s glass art to Philip Glass’s music to Alejandro Cerrudo’s choreography, everything about “One Thousand Pieces” shimmers

Southport Grocery and Café Review — Lakeview Breakfast & Lunch Favorite Now Serving Grownup Dinners

Southport Grocery and Café Review — Lakeview Breakfast & Lunch Favorite Now Serving Grownup Dinners Southport Grocery opens up its doors at night to offer its creative comfort food at dinner

Joffrey ‘Nutcracker’ Review — Children and Grownup Dancers Sparkle in Dreamy Holiday Ballet

Joffrey ‘Nutcracker’ Review — Children and Grownup Dancers Sparkle in Dreamy Holiday Ballet Picking their way through the snowflakes, dancers delight in Joffrey Ballet’s take on “The Nutcracker”

‘A Christmas Carol’ Review — 36 Years at the Goodman and Still Magic

‘A Christmas Carol’ Review — 36 Years at the Goodman and Still Magic 20,000 “Bah, Humbug!”’s later, “A Christmas Carol” is still going strong at the Goodman Theatre

‘Appropriate’ Review — Provocative New Play Sorts through a Family’s Mess to Find Treasures and Truths

‘Appropriate’ Review — Provocative New Play Sorts through a Family’s Mess to Find Treasures and Truths You’re sure to find something you need at this tag sale of family dysfunction at Victory Gardens Theater

‘Port Authority’ Review — Irish Angst at Writers Theatre

‘Port Authority’ Review — Irish Angst at Writers Theatre Irish playwright Conor McPherson lyrical, layered monologues reveal brutal truths

‘Mary Poppins’ Review — Spot-On Cast Checks in at the Marriott

‘Mary Poppins’ Review — Spot-On Cast Checks in at the Marriott From P.L. Travers to Disney to the West End, “Mary Poppins” continues to dish out spoonfuls of sugar

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Dazzles in Enchanted Evening of Close-up Magic

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Dazzles in Enchanted Evening of Close-up Magic For a magical evening, check into a private room at the Palmer House Hotel for a close-up view of Dennis Watkins’ extraordinary prestidigitation

Hubbard Street Dance ‘Fall Series’ Review — Varied, Beguiling Works Introduce a Promising Season

Hubbard Street Dance ‘Fall Series’ Review — Varied, Beguiling Works Introduce a Promising Season Well-paced season opener showcases Hubbard Street dancers at their best

‘Once’ Review — Touring Production Offers Low-Voltage Delights

‘Once’ Review — Touring Production Offers Low-Voltage Delights The touring production of “Once” camped out for three weeks at the Oriental Theatre reprises the beauty of the Broadway original but lacks some of its energy

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ Review — Chicago Shakes Retells French Classic with Panache and Irony

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ Review — Chicago Shakes Retells French Classic with Panache and Irony Harry Groener’s masterful performance as Cyrano reveals more than a romantic underdog

‘Russian Masters’ Review — Joffrey Dancers Jeté from Tsarist Russia to Post–USSR in Powerful Program

‘Russian Masters’ Review — Joffrey Dancers Jeté from Tsarist Russia to Post–USSR in Powerful Program With extraordinary grace and muscle, Joffrey dancers bring to life 100 years of Russian choreography

‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ Review — Collaborative Myth Making at Writers Theatre

‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ Review — Collaborative Myth Making at Writers Theatre Seven young performers join forces to craft an epic tale of light, love and loss

‘Big Lake Big City’ Review — Big Effort Big Mishmash at Lookingglass

‘Big Lake Big City’ Review — Big Effort Big Mishmash at Lookingglass Playwright Keith Huff and director David Schwimmer attempt a zany noir detective comedy on the Mag Mile

‘Tartuffe’ Review — Molière’s Comedy Made Modern at Court Theatre

‘Tartuffe’ Review — Molière’s Comedy Made Modern at Court Theatre Designer pillow fights and sexy shenanigans spice up Court Theatre's stylish "Tartuffe"

‘Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story’ Review — Musical Tribute to Fifties Great Is Strong on Song but Short on Story

‘Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story’ Review — Musical Tribute to Fifties Great Is Strong on Song but Short on Story Jukebox musical pays tribute to the great songster Buddy Holly but fails to rock

Hubbard Street’s Spotlight Ball Raises $1+ Million and Reunites a Family of Dancers

Hubbard Street’s Spotlight Ball Raises $1+ Million and Reunites a Family of Dancers After a performance at the Harris Theater, it was old home week for dancers and friends of Hubbard Street

‘The Misanthrope’ Review — This 347-year-old Farce Couldn’t Be Fresher

‘The Misanthrope’ Review — This 347-year-old Farce Couldn’t Be Fresher Court Theatre sharpens the edges of Molière's cutting social satire

‘Henry VIII’ Review — Artful Sculpting of Shakespeare’s Portrait of a Flawed King

‘Henry VIII’ Review — Artful Sculpting of Shakespeare’s Portrait of a Flawed King Director Barbara Gaines shines an unsparing stage light on serial wedder and beheader Henry VIII and those whose lives — and deaths — revolve around him

“Othello” Review — Joffrey Ballet’s Eloquent, Wordless Take on Shakespeare

“Othello” Review — Joffrey Ballet’s Eloquent, Wordless Take on Shakespeare Lar Lubovitch choreographs jealousy to transform Shakespeare into ballet at the Joffrey

“Barnum” Review — Cy Coleman’s Tuneful Circus Comes to Town

“Barnum” Review — Cy Coleman’s Tuneful Circus Comes to Town "Barnum" packs a big-hearted circus into the intimate Mercury Theater

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