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The Dinner Party Dishes Marriage

The Dinner Party Dishes Marriage

Blending French farce with television situation comedy, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party comically examines the hard work and emotions of troubled marriages, combining hilarious situations with pathos. The Vagabond Players’ presentation of Simon’s last stage production features excellent acting, timing, and production work. Six disparate guests arrive at a mysterious posh dinner party at an […]

No plays to review for you this week. Dealing with some personal issues …

I didn’t attend any productions. So, this week’s column covers a wee “hodge podge” of musings…. Boeing Boeing – At the Lonny Chapman Theatre. Oops! In my favorable review of this hilarious farce last week, there were a couple of errors, which I promised them I’d correct. The closing date of the play is April […]

Chicagoland’s Finest: Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain

Chicagoland’s Finest: Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain

By Natasha Lewin Many remember Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain from the infamous Broadway run with Hollywood powerhouses Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman but perhaps not for their cadence with a rough-and-tumble Chicago accent, but for a certain cell phone incident. Regardless, forget the big names. In the Odyssey Theater’s latest production of Huff’s award-winning […]

Wild Songs and Naked Souls

Wild Songs and Naked Souls

The more things change, the more they remain the same is the quintessential theme that runs through each performance for this creative production. By using poetry, letters, diary entries, and song, Wild Songs & Naked Souls brings to us legends of the past and exposes their vulnerable, humanistic side. It is quite endearing to know […]

The Emperor’s New Clothes Designs Fun Entertainment

The Emperor’s New Clothes Designs Fun Entertainment

Combining a classic children’s fairy tale with bouncy, toe-tapping show tunes, the Nine O’Clock Players’ entertaining, world-premiere production of The Emperor’s New Clothes features infectious performances to entrance audiences of all ages. The Emperor (Judy Claverie) lusts after new fashions, and demands a flashy new suit for his birthday, stating he will richly reward the […]

Q&A with the Writers of Jitterbug Lift

Q&A with the Writers of Jitterbug Lift

By Diane Skwarek [Jitterbug Lift was originally reviewed in our Dec. 11, 2013 edition.] Q: How did y’all meet? What made you decide to write as a team? Dominic Oliver: I had an idea for a film script and met Jay, who loved the same sci-fi and adventure films I did. Jay Flynn: When we […]

I only caught one play to tell you about, and it was a ton of fun!

I only caught one play to tell you about, and it was a ton of fun!

Thanks to the “water gods” we finally got a heavy dose of much needed rainfall, although I’m much happier and more productive when it’s sunny. Boeing Boeing A maniacally madcap journey from start to finish, this one will inspire “belly laughs” from all who see it! Starting with the clever theater announcements pre-show, offered by […]

Actor Richard Herd to Star in Broadway … My Way

Actor Richard Herd to Star in Broadway … My Way

Richard Herd, well known to TV viewers as Mr. Wilhelm, George’s boss on Seinfeld, will be appearing at the Gardenia Supper Club in his one-man presentation Broadway … My Way on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15. Richard has appeared in hundreds of plays, films, and television shows during his long and distinguished career. […]

Nine O’Clock Players Bring Love of Theater to Kids

Nine O’Clock Players Bring Love of Theater to Kids

For 85 years, the Nine O’Clock Players have presented entertaining theatrical productions for families and schoolchildren that demonstrate the magic and joy of live presentations to kids who have never set foot in a theatre before. The Nine O’Clock Players earned its name when originally presenting musical revues and presentations for their friends and spouses […]

I have two new productions to tell you about this week …

I have two new productions to tell you about this week …

As different from each other as they could possibly be, but both are worthy of your time. The Foreigner A fast-paced hilarious farce with a dark edge to it, taking place in a fishing lodge in Georgia in the 1980s. This story of misconception, is a non-stop crowd pleaser. Written by Larry Shue, having had […]