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The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (Comments Off)

January 24, 2015 • Category: Current Shows, REVIEWS, REVIEWS BY, Theatre Reviews, Tom Williams

By Ross Dungan Directed by Jonathan Berry At Steep Theatre, Chicago “Story Theatre is the dramatic presentation of one or more stories told by a group of actors play who multiple roles and provide narration. It is characterized by the use of simple “scenery” like chairs and tables arranged to suggest various settings, simple props […]

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The Who’s Tommy (Comments Off)

Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend Additional Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff Directed by Jim Corti Conducted by Tom Vendafreddo Produced by Paramount Theatre Rock Opera Delivers Incomparable Spectacle and Energy Paramount’s production values are a reliable reward for making the trip out to Aurora. The […]

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Anna Bolena (Comments Off)

Not produced at the Lyric Opera since 1985 when Joan Sutherland soared in Anna Bolena, this new production reaches the heights of the bel canto style (beautiful singing) with matching register and tonal quality of the voice to the emotional content of the words. Led by the powerful and stylistic soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Ann and the smooth mezzo-soprano from Jamie Barton as Anna’s rival for the affections of King Henry, this melodic production of Donizetti’s Tudor-inspired 1830 opera is a major triumph for the Lyric!

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Scary Tales 2015 (Comments Off)

Written and Directed by David Denman Co-directed by Amber Mandley Produced by Clock Productions Very Amateur Group Struggles With Own Work If most performers discovered they or their scene partner had make the unfortunate mistake of holding a placard upside down, they would probably turn it the right way. When an actress made that mistake […]

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Lions in Illyria (Comments Off)

Could you find a way to present Twelfth Night in a way that is basically true to the story, but comprehensible to kindergarteners? Neither could Lifeline. Robert Kauzlaric’s world premiere adaptation turns its characters into talking animals to make them more fun to children, and labors hard to convince them that love isn’t icky and help keep its eight characters played by four actors straight. But the company’s website recommends the show for ages 5 and up, a demographic also targeted by the poster artwork, and there is just no way to make that work. With older children, perhaps in the 8-11 range, the show might have more success, but that’s not who I saw there, and the plot is simply too complex and outside small children’s areas of interest.

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Theatre Superstitions (1)

… no actor would ever say the word Macbeth in a theater – it would bring certain disaster. ….NEVER wish an actor good luck! – tell them to break a leg.

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