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The Mikado – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Mikado
by W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

By Lori Dana

If it’s an operetta, it must be holiday time at Lyric. This year’s musical sugarplum is that beloved Victorian chestnut, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.  Given a gorgeous art deco makeover by British designer Mark Thompson, this version is set in 1922.

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Julius Caesar – REVIEW

As Julius Caesar closes at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, another production of Julius Caesar opens at Raven Theatre — the latter an all-female production from Babes With Blades Theatre Company. These two productions could not be more different from one another, yet complement each other well.

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Boy Small – REVIEW
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Boy Small – REVIEW

Christian Choate lived much of his short, tortured life in a trailer park in the Black Oak neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. He was abused — kept in a dog cage, routinely and severely beaten, and starved — by his father and stepmother until he finally died in 2009 at the age of thirteen.

Christian Choate’s body was hastily buried in a shallow pit and covered with cement, a grave in which he lay ... 

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Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret – REVIEW

The world is a stage, life is a cabaret and Silk Road Rising delivers a charming world cabaret to the stage at the Chicago Temple. Silk Road Rising (formerly known as Silk Road Theatre Project) is passionate about its mission of presenting stories and perspectives through Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses.

It has jolted its audiences with compelling drama and thought provoking comedy ... 

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Smartphones – a pocket size farce – REVEW

I remember a couple decades ago when carrying a mobile phone resembled carrying around a car battery with a landline phone receiver attached to the top. They were cumbersome eyesores and yet the very few that had them would display these bulky techno-toys as a status symbol of sorts, oblivious to the fact that it looked lame.

Mobile phones have gotten exponentially smaller and now everybody has one. ... 

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Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? – REVIEW

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, ... 

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Der Rosenkavalier – Lyric Opera REVIEW

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 ... 

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