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Lookingglass Alice-2014 (Comments Off)

November 25, 2014 • Category: CURRENT SHOWS, Jacob Davis, MUST SEE, REVIEWS, Theatre Reviews

Since the production has played many times over the past decade, many Chicagoans have already seen it. They will be glad to know it is still fresh. If like me, you had not seen Lookingglass Alice before, it is not to be missed. It is an amazing piece of spectacle, but still carries some delightful character moments. Families with older children will remember it for years, and may make a tradition of it depending on how many more times it gets revived. People I knew who had seen it many times before are still amazed by it. It’s truly fun for everyone.

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Annie – The non-Equity National Tour 2014-15 (Comments Off)

Book by Thomas Meehan Music by Charles Strouse Lyrics by Martin Charnin Directed by Martin Charnin Choreographer Liza Gennaro Musical Direction by Keith Levenson At the Palace Theatre, Chicago Annie ‘s score fuels the cartoon fable come to life No matter how many times I’ve seen Annie, I always enjoy the show. Why? Because of […]

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The Mousetrap (Comments Off)

Mysterious, yet often funny, director Jonathan Berry infuses the classic who-done-it with playfulness

The Mousetrap, running in London since 1952 with more than 25,000 performances, is the world’s longest running stage play! It has also been considered the model for doing murder mysteries on stage. Who can argue with such success? Kudos to Northlight Theatre for mounting a spirited production of the Agatha Christie classic.

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Capriccio (Comments Off)

…Capriccio was referred to by Strauss as “conversation piece” rather than a serious drama, is an opera within an opera and an appreciation of the wonders of music over words (lyrics) that fuels opera.

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Iphigenia in Aulis (Comments Off)

Iphigenia in Aulis is the first of three ancient Greek tragedies Court Theatre will perform over the next three years. The others, written by the other two surviving tragedians, will together form a trilogy telling the story of the House of Atreus. It’s an ambitious project that will mainly be of interest to academics and die-hard theatre fans, but it’s off to a strong start.

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Mud, River, Stone (Comments Off)

Mud, River, Stone wraps up Eclipse Theatre Company’s season dedicated to Lynn Nottage. The choice is odd, since the play, written in 1998, is one of Nottage’s earlier works, and is an ancestor to her Pulitzer Prize winning Ruined, which Eclipse has already produced earlier this year. This production is strong, but has to compensate for an illogical script.

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The King and I (Comments Off)

Considered to be Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved musical, The King and I is set in Siam in the 1860’s. It tells the story of Anna, a widowed Englishwomen, who becomes a tutor to the King’s children as part of the ‘westernization’ of Siam by the King. The King, played with a tortured nature by Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte is torn between clinging to his ancient customs and embracing modern ways.

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