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Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back – REVIEW

By Robert Andersen

Children’s Theatre may take many forms, and in Chicago, the options are almost endless. The gamut may take you from the parent’s guild in a church basement to a high school/college workshop, to full on-stage production. It is important, however, to maintain the distinction between “Children’s Theatre” and “Theatre for Young Adults.” Adventure Stage Chicago’s latest ... 

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The Woman in Black – REVIEW

First Folio Theatre has dubbed their 2010-2011 season the “Season of Suspense.” After a triumphant remount of Executive Director David Rice’s The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story and a favorably reviewed staging of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, First Folio keeps the thrill ride on the track with The Woman in Black.

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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 with the equivalent ... 

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The Weir – REVIEW

Most would argue that theater is first and foremost storytelling. If that is true than Conor McPherson’s haunting play The Weir and Seanachai Theatre Company’s extraordinary production of it represent theater at its finest. I am constantly asked, “What’s the best show playing right now?” Normally this is a tough question, as there are always at least a few standout ... 

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The Glorious Ones – REVIEW

Theater is delightful when it takes something that you love and portrays it for all of its brilliance. Theater is remarkably amazing when it takes something that you’re not fond of and illuminates it for all of its glory. This is just is some of the magic of Bohemian Theatre Ensemble’s Regional Premiere of The Glorious Ones.

I am not fond of 16th-century Italian farce. Generally, I ... 

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Jesus Christ Superstar – REVIEW

It always rains on the second weekend of July. It is as if the heavens try to tell me, “Don’t drag your family all the way to Michigan to pick blueberries; stop at a farm stand twenty miles across the Illinois-Indiana state line and buy the fruits of someone else’s labor.” So every year, full of the finest intentions, I get no further east than Hobart or Portage before the rain starts and ... 

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Beast Women 2012 Spring Series – REVIEW

Chicago may have barely had a winter this winter, but spring has certainly already sprung, which means that the Beast Women are back to prowl Lincoln Park late nights. The Greenhouse Theater Center is an apt home to the Beast Women 2012 Spring Series, as this all-female cabaret is always fresh, always growing.

Every performance of Beast Women 2012 Spring Series has a ... 

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THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS OPERA – REVIEW # 2 – Masterpiece EXTENDED – DON’T MISS!

Last night I was asked the question, “What’s the BEST play in town right now?” I’m frequently asked that and normally I have to stop and think before answering, as there is almost always more than one excellent show running at any given time in Chicago. Without the slightest hesitation, I confidently said THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS OPERA.

Theater Oobleck’s remarkable production was slated ... 

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Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy – REVIEW

Kelsie Huff is a Chicago-based comedian who has made a departure from her usual stand-up and ventured into that ineffable realm called “solo performance.” Solo performance is often difficult to categorize.

For example, Christopher Titus, John Leguizamo, Spalding Gray, and David Sedaris all have performed the same general type of autobiographical solo material; yet, while doing so, they are considered ... 

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Grant Park Music Festival – Beethoven Symphony No. 4 – June 21, 2017

Grant Park Music Festival – Beethoven Symphony No. 4 – June 21, 2017

Beethoven Symphony No. 4

Grant Park Music Festival

June 21, 2017

By Lori Dana

After an inaugural week that saw the Grant Park Music Festival’s opening night performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto all but rained out, the second week of the festival kicked off with a breezy, temperate evening perfect for picnicking and enjoying an al fresco concert. ... 

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