Category: 2012 Reviews

Review: The Jungle Book (Goodman Theatre)

Akash Chopra and Usman Ally star in Goodman Theatre's "The Jungle Book," with book and direction by Mary Zimmerman. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
       
The Jungle Book  

    
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman,
   Robert B. Sherman, Lorraine Feather,
   Paul Grabowsky and Terry Gilkayson
Book and Direction by Mary Zimmerman  
at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru Aug11 Aug 18tickets: $30-$125   |  more info
       
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July 10, 2013 | 6 Comments More

Top 10 Chicago Plays of 2012

Taking into account the nearly 700 productions that we reviewed in 2012, here are our picks for the best of the best. Bravo!!  (FYI: We’re honored to have the national website Huffington Post use our choices for their Top 10 Chicago productions here)

Mary Beth Fisher and Rob Lindley star in Court Theatre's "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner, directed by Charles Newell. Molly Regan, Lusia Strus and Mariann Mayberry star in Steppenwolf Theatre's "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by K. Todd Freman. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow) Rania Salem Manganaro stars in The Inconveniences' "Hit The Wall" by Ike Holter, directed by Eric Hoff. (photo credit: Ryan Borque) Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane star in Goodman Theatre's "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill, directed by Robert Falls. (photo credit: Liz Lauren) Brandon Dahlquist, Shannon Cochran and Jonathan Weir star in Writers' Theatre's "A Little Night Music" by Stephen Sondheim, directed by William Brown. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)
Adam Poss and Madrid St. Angelo star in star in Victory Gardens' "Oedipus el Rey" by Luis Alfaro, directed by Chay Yew. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow) Chiara Mangiameli and Rick Bayless star in Lookingglass Theatre's "Rick Bayless in Cascabel" by Heidi Stillman and Tony Hernandez and Rick Bayless. (photo credit: Sean Williams) Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Show Boat", conducted by John DeMain, directed by Francesca Zambrello. (photo credit: Robert Kusel) Jason Danieley as George and Carmen Cusack as Dot, in Chicago Shakespeare's "Sunday in the Park with George" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, directed by Gary Griffin. (photo credit: Liz Lauren) Richard Cotovsky and Preston Tate Jr. star in Mary-Arrchie Theatre's "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts.  (photo credit: Greg Rothman)

 

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January 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Sense and Sensibility (Milwaukee Repertory Theater)

Ben Jacoby and Victoria Mack star in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's "Sense and Sensibility", directed by Art Manke. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        
       
Sense and Sensibility 

Written by Jane Austen; Adapted by Mark Healy
Directed by Art Manke
at Quadracci Powerhouse, 108 E. Wells (map)
thru Jan 13  |  tickets: $10-$65   |  more info
       
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January 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Dinner with the Family (The Family Shoe Players)

Dinner with the Family, Chicago's home-grown murder mystery dinner theatre production, presented by The Family Shoe Players.        
       
Dinner with the Family 

Written and Directed by
       Robert Michael Fillicetti-Bartel
At Renaldi’s Pizza, 2827 N. Broadway (map)
tickets: $50 (includes meal)  |  more info
       
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December 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Purple Heart (Redtwist Theatre)

KC Karen Hill, Nicky Roget-King and Clay Sanderson star in Redtwist Theatre's "Purple Heart" by Bruce Norris, directed by Jimmy McDermott. (photo credit: Jan Ellen Graves)        
      
Purple Heart

Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Jimmy McDermott
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Jan 27  |  tickets: $25-$30   |  more info
       
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December 28, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: The School for Lies (Chicago Shakespeare)

Ben Carlson (Frank) and Deborah Hay (Celimene) dance a love tango in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s "The School for Lies," directed by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and written by David Ives, adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope.  (photo credit: Liz Lauren)

       
       
The School for Lies 

Written by David Ives 
Directed by Barbara Gaines 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier (map)
thru Jan 20  |  tickets: $58-$78   |  more info
       
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December 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Crime and Pun-ishment (The Murder Mystery Company)

The Murder Mystery Company's "Crime and Pun-ishment" by Scott Cramton, directed by Justin Issa - now playing at Sopranos Restaurant in Chicago.        
       
Crime and Pun-ishment 

Written by Scott Cramton   
Directed by Justin Issa
at Sopranos, 2901 N. Sheffield (map)
thru Feb 8  |  tickets: $60   |  more info
       
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December 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Sound of Music (Skylight Music Theatre)

Elizabeth Telford (Maria), Erin Stapleton (Liesl), John Olsen (Friedrich), Alison Pogorlec (Louisa), Brady Tutton (Kurt), Madeline McNichols (Brigitta), Isabella Lozier (Marta) and Asha Metcalfe (Gretl) star in Skylight Music Theatre's "The Sound of Music", directed and choreographed by Molly Rhode.  (photo credit: Mark Frohna)        
      
The Sound of Music

By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II  
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed and Choreographed by Molly Rhode 
Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tickets: $22-$65   |  more info
       
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December 28, 2012 | 1 Comment More