L’Imbecile – REVIEW

By Venus Zarris “Beware this gypsy. She flirts with lunacy!” Babes with Blades is no stranger to theatrical risk taking. As a matter of fact, their mission statement (“Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to place women and their stories center stage…”) is itself a unique and provocative endeavor. In their current production of L’Imbecile, the Babes deliver… (more…)

Peter Pan playing @ Cadillac Palace Theatre

Peter Pan Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of PETER PAN! Discover the magic all over again of this two time Emmy Award winning and two-time Tony Award nominated production. PETER PAN is a unique, family friendly attraction of spectacle and fantasy. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will… (more…)

Kinky Boots – REVEIW

By Venus Zarris Kinky Boots delivers all of the entertaining charm that you except from a Broadway musical plus the unmitigated sass and joy of saucy drag queens that inevitably save the day! Set to the wonderfully original music and lyrics of pop-icon Cyndi Lauper and an endearing book by groundbreaking playwright Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots tells the story of a… (more…)

Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions) captured by Anthony Aicardi

Images by Anthony Aicardi 16th Street Theater presents playwright Tanya Saracho’s magical mixture of comedy and drama in their stunning production of Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions), now in its final week at the Berwyn Cultural Center. Photographer Anthony Aicardi captures the chemistry between the charming characters and enchanting mysticism, in this fusion of the spirit and the corporal world.… (more…)

An Actor Prepares – REVIEW

By Venus Zarris Although there are several exceptional university theater programs in Chicago, we do not review their work. These artists-in-the-ruff are in the process of learning and honing their craft and although much of their productions are remarkable, it’s best to leave the evaluation to their professors. When the University of Chicago’s Theater & Performance Studies department landed the… (more…)

“Fucking A” captured by Anthony Aicardi

Images by Anthony Aicardi UrbanTheatre Company delivers a viscerally provocative Midwest premiere of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A. Photographer Anthony Aicardi intimately captures the tragic, comic, sensual and brutal moments of this compelling production, now in the final week of its run. * There is still time to see it live! Three more performances left – CLOSING Sunday, April 15, 2012. * Read the 3… (more…)

They Are Dying Out – REVIEW

CLOSING WEEKEND – DO NOT MISS! By Venus Zarris Set in the office of one of the most absurdly wicked incarnations of corporate corruption, you wish that They Are Dying Out was a true prediction. You wish that these merchants of manipulation were well on their way to extinction. Sadly, it is not a prediction but rather a brilliant testament to… (more…)

“Beauty of the Father” captured by Anthony Aicardi

Images by Anthony Aicardi UrbanTheater Company brings the Midwest Premiere of Nilo Cruz’s magical tale of love to life. They powerfully realize the Beauty of the Father on stage for a brief time and the brilliant eye of Anthony Aicardi captures their rendering forever. * There is still time to see it live! Two more performances left – November 18 &… (more…)

Sweeney Todd – REVIEW

CLOSING WEEKEND! – Don’t Miss! By Venus Zarris Tis the season for ghostly stories and ghastly tales. Perhaps none has been more brilliantly put to music than Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece of the macabre, Sweeney Todd. Drury Lane Theatre creates a hauntingly dark and beguilingly beautiful production of this classic theatrical thriller. From the opening organ interlude in the overture… (more…)

Middletown – REVIEW

CLOSING WEEKEND – DO NOT MISS By Venus Zarris “… those who’s eyes are tired from trying to read something into everything …” … are among the lovely list of descriptives included in the lengthy, hilarious, poignant and non-sequiter opening welcome; which sets the stage for playwright Will Eno’s randomly beautiful and staggeringly articulate Middletown. Steppenwolf Theatre Company suspends our… (more…)