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Down on Skid Row

September 15, 2018 No Comments

Little Shop of Horrors – Drury Lane Oakbrook


Welcome back, Scott Calcagno! This brilliantly multitalented, detail-oriented director returns to the

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The Rhythm of Life

September 14, 2018 No Comments

Sweet Charity – Marriott Theatre


As the performance begins, the big, brassy chords of “Hey, Big Spender” reverberate throughout

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“Spring Awakening” with Blank Theatre Company

September 11, 2018 No Comments

Spring Awakening – Blank Theatre Company


Blank Theatre has opened their inaugural season with the musical “Spring Awakening.” This complex musical, originally performed on Broadway in 2006, is based on the equally, if not more, controversial 1891 play by Frank Wedekind. This reiterates the fact that society has been plagued by convoluted opinions about sex since the dawn of time and will most likely continue until our demise.

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Court’s ‘Radio Golf’ Continues Theater’s Excellent Track Record

September 11, 2018 No Comments

Radio Golf – Court Theatre


Is “Radio Golf” August Wilson’s finest play? Although shows such as “Seven Guitars,” “Fences,” and “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” are all

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Which Six People?

September 11, 2018 No Comments

Six Degrees of Separation – Red Twist Theatre

Red Twist Theatre is one of my favorites in the city. Every so often it strikes me how lucky I am that next to my local coffee shop is a world-class theater. Tucked in a storefront in Edgewater, the entire theater is about the size of a modest one-bedroom apartment. The result is that the audience and the show occupy the same, small space. The first show I saw there a few years ago was their production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and I spent the play’s three hours as much in George and Martha’s living room as their actual guests.* The same sense of intimacy pervades their new production of Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare’s play, based on the almost unbelievable true story about a charismatic young man who charms his way into a wealthy Manhattan couple’s home pretending to be the son of Sidney Poitier.

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Omigod You Guys!

September 10, 2018 No Comments

Legally Blonde – Paramount Theatre


Paramount Theatre’s Autumn offering is a funny, creatively produced, scrumptious, hyper-caffeinated musical draped in pink and

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Love is Love

September 6, 2018 No Comments

Homos, or Everyone in America –  Pride Films & Plays 


Opening Pride Films & Plays’ second full season, nestled in their intimate, North Broadway venue, is New York playwright Jordan Seavey’s

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A Sesame Street for Adults

September 3, 2018 No Comments

Avenue Q – Mercury Theatre


Calling this 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Book and Score edgy is like saying that pornography is spicy. But it’s so much more

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Never Forget

September 1, 2018 No Comments

A Shayna Maidel – Timeline Theatre


Barbara Lebow’s wrenching and uplifting drama about two sisters, reunited after years of separation, tells just one of the many stories

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Hopscotching Through the Years

August 27, 2018 No Comments

Vietgone – Writers Theatre


A huge success last year as part of Writers Theatre’s new play reading series, Qui Nguyen’s autobiographical, two-act comic drama opens

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