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Style and Sincerity Rule

November 20, 2017 No Comments

The Importance of Being Earnest – Writers Theatre


Can there be a more exquisite comedy in the English language? Populated by some of literature’s most delightfully self-absorbed characters, Oscar Wilde’s comedy

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Go Into Your Dance!

November 7, 2017 No Comments

42nd Street – Drury Lane Oakbrook


There’s an old saying proclaiming that “everything old is new again.” Generally it implies that, if you wait long enough, yesterday’s ideas will come back into fashion again. But that’s

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November 7, 2017 No Comments
J.B. – City Lit Theatre
Please allow me to step back in time for just a moment. We are heading back to the 5th century B.C. The main playwrights of the day include Euripides and Sophocles on the Greek Tragedy side. Aristophanes headed the Comedy side. These three men wrote over 240 plays. Each and every role was played by a man. The parts of women were played by younger men or boys.
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Seize the Day

November 2, 2017 No Comments

Newsies – Marriott Lincolnshire


Disney’s 2012 stage adaptation of their 1992 cult movie musical unexpectedly took Broadway by storm. The musical earned Tony and Drama Desk Awards for its

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Born to Boogie

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Billy Elliot – Porchlight Music Theatre


Although most of Chicago has probably already seen this inspiring, heartfelt musical, either on Broadway, in the 2010 extended Chicago production

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History Sings at Lyric Unlimited

October 18, 2017 Comments Off on History Sings at Lyric Unlimited

Lyric Unlimited – Lyric Opera of Chicago – The Scorpion’s Sting


Lyric Opera of Chicago solidified its continuing commitment to education and outreach with the Lyric Unlimited initiative in 2012. Under that banner,

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Predators Who Eat Their Young

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Becky Shaw – Windy City Playhouse


Originating at the prestigious Humana Festival, and later transferring to Off-Broadway, Gina Gionfriddo’s scathing look at five pretty unpleasant

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Victory Gardens delivers extraordinary ‘Fun Home’

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Fun Home – Victory Gardens


Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is one of the most acclaimed graphic novels in the history of the medium, so it makes sense that the musical – from the

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A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!

September 17, 2017 1 Comment

Million Dollar Quartet – Paramount Theatre 


A slice of actual rock and roll history has been preserved, fictionalized and brought to life in

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Feel the Noize

September 9, 2017 Comments Off on Feel the Noize

Rock of Ages – Drury Lane Oakbrook 


Never hiding the fact that this lighthearted musical is Nothin’ But a Good Time, Scott Weinstein has

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