Chicago Theatre Review

Featured Category

Triple Threat Siblings

February 21, 2017 No Comments

My Brother’s Keeper – Black Ensemble Theatre 


Fayard and Harold, two triple threat siblings whose lives spanned the entire 20th century, were known

Read More

This Winner Takes It All

February 18, 2017 1 Comment
Mamma Mia! – Marriott Lincolnshire
 Rachel Rockwell’s fresh and exciting new production of the smash hit musical, which became a cult classic for Baby Boomers almost twenty years ago, is actually one of Broadway’s first juke box musicals. Taken from the ABBA songbook, Marriott’s stage version erases the memories of the rather disappointing film version. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a polished, professional production of how that musical is suppose to look and sound. And this production is not only pitch perfect but, clad in spandex, platform heels and glitter, it’s a feast for the eyes, as well.
Read More

The Privilege to Pee

February 16, 2017 2 Comments

Urinetown – Boho Theatre


Unbelievably, it’s been sixteen years since this cleverly satirical, hysterically funny and somewhat controversial

Read More

Brilliant Bloody Revenge

February 14, 2017 3 Comments

Sweeney Todd – Paramount Theatre


The show opens with a morbidly melancholy organ fugue, played with precision by Michael Keefe. Suddenly a

Read More

A Miscarriage of Justice

February 13, 2017 4 Comments

The Scottsboro Boys – Porchlight Music Theatre


In what would be a final collaboration, famed, award-winning Broadway composer John Kander and his lyricist

Read More

Every Day Lasts a Year

February 9, 2017 1 Comment

The Book of Joseph – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre


With increasing frequency, our wonderful Tony Award-winning regional theatre, the jewel of Chicago’s Navy Pier,

Read More

The ABC’s of Sisterhood

February 9, 2017 1 Comment

elemeno pea – Citadel Theatre


Artistic Director Scott Phelps made a delightful discovery while attending a weekend of new plays, presented at the

Read More

Congo Square world premiere brings passion, urgency to ignored reality

February 2, 2017 1 Comment

Hobo King – Congo Square Theatre


“I’ll just say it. Chicago has a homeless problem,” writes Anthony Irons, the director of Congo Square Theatre

Read More

Persian Mythology Made Epic

January 31, 2017 1 Comment

Feathers of Fire – Puppet Theatre Festival


Hamid Rahmanian, the great Iranian-American filmmaker and graphic artist, whose contributions at Walt Disney

Read More

‘Wit’ reaffirms why we need The Hypocrites

January 30, 2017 1 Comment

Wit – Hypocrites Theatre


I could not resist a feeling of sorrow as I entered Den Theatre for The Hypocrites’ staging of Margaret Edson’s

Read More