Category Archives: REVIEWS OF SHOWS ‘Now Playing’

Romeo and Juliet – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Romeo and Juliet By Charles Gounod By Lori Dana As its final offering of the 2015-16 season Lyric Opera presents a French gem, conducted by a master of the répertoire Français and featuring superlative singers in every rôle, from the famously star-crossed lovers down to the lowliest page.  Based on the classic play by William Shakespeare, Gounod’s opera relies on… (more…)

Der Rosenkavalier – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Der Rosenkavalier By Richard Strauss Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana Lyric Opera of Chicago’s latest offering, romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier, seems deftly timed, not only to coincide with that pinnacle of romantic gestures known as the Valentine Weekend Outing, but also to bring some lightheartedness to a city in the depths of its frozen winter season. Saturday evening’s… (more…)

Nabucco – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Nabucco By Giuseppe Verdi Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana In many ways, Verdi’s Nabucco defines “Grand Opera”. Sweeping in musical scope, as well as in visual scale and creative concept; Nabucco was Verdi’s first “big hit”. The young composer had the libretto virtually thrust upon him by a promoter at La Scala who believed in Verdi’s theretofore unrealized… (more…)

The Merry Widow – Lyric Opera REVIEW

The Merry Widow By Franz Lehár Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana Most of us love a holiday tradition. The movies have White Christmas, the dance world has The Nutcracker Suite, and for those of us who love opera, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without The Merry Widow. This time around, Lyric Opera of Chicago has gifted us… (more…)

Wozzeck – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Wozzeck by Alban Berg Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana A common soldier, denigrated by his commander and cuckolded by the mother of his child eventually surrenders to despair, madness and ultimately, murder. Wozzeck, Viennese composer Alban Berg’s dark tale of struggle and survival in the years between the world wars is relatively contemporary by Grand Opera standards, and… (more…)

The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls – REVIEW

By Venus Zarris Once upon a time, there lived a vibrantly ambitious theater company that specialized in the wild, wonderful and out-of-the-ordinary. They created fantastical unrealities where eccentric characters detailed both common and peculiar aspects of the human condition with idiosyncratic interactions. Innovative artistry, uncanny wit, heartrending poignancy and brilliant humor fueled the fires of their spellbinding storytelling… Fortunately for… (more…)

The Marriage of Figaro – Lyric Opera REVIEW

The Marriage of Figaro By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana Figaro wants to marry Susanna. Marcellina wants to marry Figaro. Figaro’s boss, Count Almaviva is not sure he still wants to be married to the Countess, but he’s insanely jealous at the idea that she might be seeing someone else. Meanwhile, he is dallying with… (more…)

KURIOS ~ Cabinet of Curiosities – CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – REVIEW

By Venus Zarris In 1893 Chicago was host to an attraction of artistic, industrial, cultural and creative curiosities the likes of which the world had never seen brought together in one place. The White City and its surrounding halls, tents and fairgrounds created an exposition of the wonders of the world and astonished the mind-boggled fairgoers. Not since the World’s… (more…)

Beast Women 2015 Spring Series – REVIEW

By J. Scott Hill After long stints at the Greenhouse and the Den, Beast Women have brought their menagerie of variety acts back to their old home at PROP THTR for their 2015 Spring Series. Producer and emcee Michelle Power kept the opening night, late-night crowd pumped through the showcase of diverse and powerful female performers. Blonde bombshell Royal T.… (more…)

Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? – REVIEW

By J. Scott Hill The Second City e.t.c.’s new revue, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?, has a sketch comedy dream team dominated by three women. Yes, Scott Morehead and Tim Ryder are fine utility players. Yes, Eddie Mujica believably disappears into every part he plays, even when he plays an inanimate object. The leaders of this team, however, are Lisa… (more…)

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