Articles by Noel Schecter

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

The Elephant and The Whale - A Circus Yarn Like No Other

The Elephant and The Whale - A Circus Yarn Like No Other A nifty piece of story telling makes for a fun family show

A Permanent Image Review - Treading Softly Into The Dark Night

A Permanent Image Review - Treading Softly Into The Dark Night Big bang theory meets family dysfunction

Alice in Wonderland Review - Through The Looking Glass

Alice in Wonderland Review - Through The Looking Glass As much fun as tea with a Mad Hatter

Fiddler on the Roof Review - From Anatevka with Love

Fiddler on the Roof Review - From Anatevka with Love You do not have to be a rich man to enjoy this magical production

Brewed Reviewed - Keeping the Pot Stirred

Brewed Reviewed - Keeping the Pot Stirred If nothing else, Brewed will make you happy for the family you have

See What I Wanna See Review - Is It Worth Seeing?

See What I Wanna See Review - Is It Worth Seeing? Performing at Steppenwolf as part of their fourth annual Garage Rep

Short Shakespeare! Rome and Juliet Review - Classic Tale of Love and Tragedy

Short Shakespeare! Rome and Juliet Review - Classic Tale of Love and Tragedy Classic tale of two star crossed lovers in a family friendly adaptation

Julius Caesar Review - Et Tu Chicago

Julius Caesar Review - Et Tu Chicago An ultra modern take on a classic tragedy

Disconnect Review - Worth Calling Long Distance For

Disconnect Review - Worth Calling Long Distance For Disconnect offers a fascinating window into the pretend world of an Indian calling bank

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