Category Archives: REVIEWS OF SHOWS ‘Now Playing’

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…)

Carousel – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Carousel Music by Richard Rodgers, Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana Lyric Opera’s re-imagined production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic has everything a knowledgeable audience looks for in a Broadway musical. The dynamic cast combines deft acting with knock-your-socks-off vocal talent; a sweeping stage provides the proper scope for big drama… (more…)

Tosca – Lyric Opera REVIEW

 Tosca By Giacomo Puccini Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana Most people with even a passing interest in opera are familiar with Tosca. One of a trio of blockbusters from the height of Puccini’s career, Tosca (along with La Bohéme and Madama Butterfly) cemented the composer’s position among the greatest masters of the operatic form. Puccini chose to tell… (more…)

A Christmas Carol – REVIEW

By J. Scott Hill Few works of fiction have ever been as dear to so many for so long as Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  The book was an instant classic, and almost immediately adapted for the stage by Dickens himself.  The Goodman Theatre has spent thirty-seven holiday seasons telling and re-telling the greatest ghost story ever told — the… (more…)

Porgy and Bess – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Porgy and Bess By George Gershwin Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana Most American musical theater fans are familiar with Porgy and Bess. It is believed by many to be the first truly American opera (it opened on Broadway in 1935) and was certainly the first to focus on African American (then… (more…)

Il Trovatore – Lyric Opera REVIEW

 Il Trovatore By Giuseppe Verdi Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana American opera fans that are yet unaware of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center’s tremendous contributions to the art form need look no further than Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Il Trovatore for confirmation.  The Ryan Opera Center, Lyric’s professional development program, is celebrating it’s 40th year. Two… (more…)

Capriccio – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Capriccio By Richard Strauss Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana Before the music even begins, we know that Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Capriccio is going to be something out of the ordinary. The house lights dim, but do not go dark; creating a warm glow that captures the intimate scene revealed by the rising curtain. A drawing… (more…)

Don Giovanni – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Don Giovanni By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lyric Opera of Chicago By Lori Dana At the recent opening of its Diamond Anniversary (60th) season, Lyric Opera of Chicago demonstrated in world-class fashion, just how far it has come under the collaborative leadership of General Director Anthony Freud, Board President Kenneth Piggott, and the entire Lyric creative team. A wonderfully reimagined production… (more…)

Days Like Today – REVIEW

By J. Scott Hill The first thought I had after seeing Writer’s Theatre’s production of Days Like Today was: who has a four-season vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard?  I don’t doubt the possibility, just the probability.  So many other plays and films and television shows and books depict profoundly wealthy people closing up their Martha’s Vineyard escapes in the fall. … (more…)

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