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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Puppetry Goes Wilde

January 28, 2015 Comments Off on Puppetry Goes Wilde

The Selfish Giant – Chicago Childrens Theatre


Upon returning from a visit with relatives, a docile, loner of a Giant becomes annoyed when he finds children playing in his enormous

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Too Hot to Handel

January 26, 2015 Comments Off on Too Hot to Handel


I also have a dream. One day, black and white men, Jew and Gentiles, male and female, and those of different backgrounds and faiths will come together and speak the universal language of music. If Dr Martin Luther King were here now, he would be very pleased. The experience is one of great music of different categories and styles.
I did not anticipate hearing straight ahead jazz, cool jazz, Big Band, classical, traditional gospel and mood music in one night! I felt cheated that I missed the previous years of such a grand experience.
This weekend is the 125th anniversary of the Auditorium theater at Roosevelt University. The architecture is fully grand. It has housed several diverse acts throughout its history, but never in one night.
“Too Hot to Handel” also is produced as a tribute to Dr Martin Luther King. He tirelessly dedicated his life to the furtherance of man and the ideal of humanity trumping ethnicity. I believe this collaboration provides such an example of his living dream.
The singer soloist– Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson were all fantastic. Not only were the vocal notes pure musicianship but full of soul you could touch. The orchestra and background chorus filled the auditorium with a sweet aroma of enjoyment and expectation for more.
This is my first Too Hot to Handel, but certainly not my last.


Keeping It Fresh

January 26, 2015 Comments Off on Keeping It Fresh

Plastic Revolution – The New Colony


It’s 1950 and the Donna Reed/June Cleaver-inspired housewives are back and ready to burp those plastic food storage containers all over

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The Air is Humming…

January 26, 2015 Comments Off on The Air is Humming…

West Side Story – Drury Lane Oakbrook


It’s been a while since the Chicago area has enjoyed a local production of this American classic, a show that reinvented musical theatre

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We Tell the Stories

January 22, 2015 Comments Off on We Tell the Stories

Mr. Burns – Theatre Wit


If and when the world comes to an end, people will be left with little, except recollections and fond memories from popular culture,

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Judgement Not Allowed

January 22, 2015 Comments Off on Judgement Not Allowed

Handicap This! – Step Up Productions


Most people don’t realize that the largest group of minorities in the nation are those who fall under the category of being handicapped. It’s

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Stage Left’s ‘Keys’ Deals with Faith – and Skepticism – with Sincerity

January 21, 2015 Comments Off on Stage Left’s ‘Keys’ Deals with Faith – and Skepticism – with Sincerity

Keys of the Kingdom – Stage Left


A play of refreshing sincerity and wonderful performances, Stage Left Theatre’s world-premiere production of “Keys of the Kingdom”

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My Funny Valentine of Love

January 21, 2015 Comments Off on My Funny Valentine of Love

The Rose Tattoo – Shattered Globe Theatre


When recalling the more than two dozen plays penned by Tennessee Williams, the term “humorous” doesn’t usually come to mind. Yet of

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Nothing to Fear

January 19, 2015 Comments Off on Nothing to Fear

Scary Tales 2015 – Clock Productions


A 75-minute evening consisting of seven short stories, linked together by a title that indicates there will be shivers and chills galore, is a

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Elevated Ladies

January 19, 2015 Comments Off on Elevated Ladies

Top Girls – Arc Theatre


If given the opportunity to ask any famous person from history to dinner, who would you invite? To celebrate her big promotion at the Top

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