Articles by Noel Schecter

Desperate Dolls Review - Motel, Money, Murder, Madness

Desperate Dolls Review - Motel, Money, Murder, Madness A desperate tale indeed of actresses ready to sell their soul to make it in Tinseltown

Jerry Seinfeld Review - At The Rosemont Theatre

Jerry Seinfeld Review - At The Rosemont Theatre Jerry Seinfeld dazzles at the Rosemont Theatre

Smokefall Review - Worthy of an Encore

Smokefall Review - Worthy of an Encore Four generations are depicted with humor, dignity, and a bit of magical in this winning masterpiece

Four generations are depicted with humor, dignity, and a bit of magical in this winning masterpiece

Bethany Review - Where Have All The Saturn Dealerships Gone?

Bethany Review - Where Have All The Saturn Dealerships Gone? Homes are repossessed and characters must make tough choices in this dark thriller/comedy set in the financial collapse of 2009

King Lear Review - A Modern Take On A Classic Treasure

King Lear Review - A Modern Take On A Classic Treasure With the focus on dementia, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a poignant King Lear

The Arsonists Review- A Slow Burn to Evil

The Arsonists Review- A Slow Burn to Evil A modern adaptation of a post World War II dark comedy

Hank Williams: Lost Highway Review - Will Leave You Yodeling

Hank Williams:  Lost Highway Review - Will Leave You Yodeling More than just a showcase of Hank William's immense musical talent, Lost Highway is a musical drama that reaches tragic proportions

Exit Strategy Review - There Can Be No Retreat

Exit Strategy Review - There Can Be No Retreat A timely drama concerning the impact of one school's closing

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Review - A Success By Any Measure

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Review - A Success By Any Measure This Porchlight Music Theatre brings Broadway to your lap in a wonderful production of the classic musical

Lay Me Down Softly - Down But Not Out For The Count

Lay Me Down Softly - Down But Not Out For The Count A traveling boxing road show takes it on the chin in 1960s Ireland

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England Review - A Modern Ice Age Romance

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England Review - A Modern Ice Age Romance The comedy Seven Homeless Mammoths wanders into Chicago to tell of complicated relationships in this modern Ice Age

Venus in Fur Review - The Thinking Person's 50 Shades

Venus in Fur Review - The Thinking Person's 50 Shades An erotic tale for those not afraid to think

Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream Review - Put a Little Culture in Your Polar Vortex

Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream Review - Put a Little Culture in Your Polar Vortex Not just for children, this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is perfect for the whole family

Steve Earle at the City Winery Review - A Postcard From Guitar Town

Steve Earle at the City Winery Review - A Postcard From Guitar Town Steve Earle, with a two hour plus solo acoustic set, electrified in his second of three back to back sold out shows at the City Winery

Sons of the Prophet Review - A Different Take on the American Experience

Sons of the Prophet Review - A Different Take on the American Experience Stephen Karam's one act play explores identity within a tight nit Lebanese family living in Scranton, PA

Elf Review - North Pole Meets New York

Elf Review - North Pole Meets New York Can Buddy the Elf help teach New Yorkers a thing or two about Christmas?

The Nutcracker at Marriott Theatre Review - A Far From Wooden Performance

The Nutcracker at Marriott Theatre Review - A Far From Wooden Performance A delightful take on the holiday classic

Once Upon A Dream Starring The Rascals Review - Going Back to The Age of Aquarius

Once Upon A Dream Starring The Rascals Review - Going Back to The Age of Aquarius  It is the Age of Aquarius all over again at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

Broadsword Review - A Heavy Metal of a Play

Broadsword Review - A Heavy Metal of a Play A truly heavy metal of a play

Pullman Porter Blues Review - The Blues Never Felt So Good

Pullman Porter Blues Review - The Blues Never Felt So Good Three generations of porters wrestle life and each other aboard a train heading south

It's All-Right To Have A Good Time The Story of Curtis Mayfield Review - The Chicago Sound Exposed

It's All-Right To Have A Good Time The Story of Curtis Mayfield Review - The Chicago Sound Exposed It is certainly all-right to have a good time here at the Black Ensemble Theater

Ain't No Crying The Blues (In The Memory of Howlin Wolf) Review - The Blues Never Sounded So Good

Ain't No Crying The Blues (In The Memory of Howlin Wolf) Review - The Blues Never Sounded So Good The Black Ensemble Theater rousing celebration of Howlin' Wolf and the Blues

Le Bouchon Review - Chicago's French Quarter

Le Bouchon Review - Chicago's French Quarter For 20 years Le Bouchon has offered up the finest in French cuisine to the urban masses

Cirque Shanghai Dragon's Thunder Review - Awesome Family Fun

Cirque Shanghai Dragon's Thunder Review - Awesome Family Fun Cirque Shanghai's Dragon's Thunder is nerve wracking, death defying family fun

City Winery Memorial Day Blue Grass Festival Review - Country Fun in the West Loop

City Winery Memorial Day Blue Grass Festival Review - Country Fun in the West Loop The City Winery’s Memorial Day Blue Grass Festival brought to Chicago enough toe tapping yodeling fun to lighten the spirits of the most hardened music critic

Lisa Loeb Review - Live at the City Winery

Lisa Loeb Review - Live at the City Winery Lisa Loeb proved she still has staying power in her two night engagement at the City Winery

Barnum, The Circus Musical Review - The Greatest Show on Earth?

Barnum, The Circus Musical Review - The Greatest Show on Earth? Part circus, part conventional musical,Barnum works best when operating under the big tent

The Whale Review - A Whale of A Tale

The Whale Review - A Whale of A Tale Life and its actors are not always pretty, but in Samuel D. Hunter's play it is impossible to look away

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