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Reasons To Be Happy (Comments Off)

August 31, 2014 • Category: Current shows, REVIEWS, REVIEWS BY, Theatre Reviews, Tom Williams

Happy opens with an intense scene similar to Pretty: “The opening scene (in Reasons To Be Pretty and now in Reasons To Be Happy) is pure LaBute: screaming, foul language, rage and slurring of insults that will make your hair curl mostly from Steph as Greg tries to explain, apologize and soften Steph’s rage. Steph and Greg are over as a couple….” Only, now Greg (Eric Burgher) is dating Carly (Sarah Loveland), Steph’s (Domencia Camerson-Scorsese) best friend. That fact outrages Steph who vents her rage in this sequel’s opening scene. LaBute’s powerful raging characters continue here.

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Gala Benefit Evening at the Ravinia Festival (Comments Off)

In short, although none of the repertoire here was completely first-rate (the Mozart overture excepted), and despite my reservations about Joshua Bell’s playing, this was a highly engaging evening of music, and the performance of the Dvořák was beyond reproach. James Conlon clearly has an exceptional rapport with this ensemble and often brings out its best; I, for one, would gladly welcome him as a frequent guest during the regular CSO season at Orchestra Hall.


Equity Jeff Award Nominations for 2014 (Comments Off)

  Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor outstanding 2013-2014 productions Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane Productions lead nominations Thursday, August 21, 2014-Chicago, IL. Chicago actress, TV and film star Jane Lynch did the honor today of announcing the nominees for the 2013-2014 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of today’s presentation by Ms. Lynch, made at the […]


Myths & Hymns (Comments Off)

The songs range from folk, electronic jazz and piano ballad to gospel and musical theater styles with lyrics quite complicated to sing requiring a blend of pop, classical and opera singing styles that was deftly rendered by this terrific cast. During the 65 minute one-act opera, each of the cast had their moments to exhibit their strong, accurate and compelling vocal dexterity.

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