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Der Rosenkavalier (Comments Off on Der Rosenkavalier)

February 11, 2016 • Category: Music Reviews, Opera, REVIEWS, REVIEWS BY, Tom Williams

Music by Richard Strauss Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal Conductor Edward Gardner Director Martina Weber At the Lyric Opera of Chicago Long tedious opera contains terrific performances   Richard Stauss’ 1911 domestic romantic comedy, Der Rosenkavalier, pays homage to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, but doesn’t contain the magic of Amadeus’ genius. With lush costumes and […]

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The Drawer Boy at Redtwist Theatre (Comments Off on The Drawer Boy at Redtwist Theatre)

By Michael Healey Directed by Scott Weinstein At Redtwist Theatre, Chicago Life-long Friendship Tested Redtwist Theatre once more mounts an excellent production of Michael Healey’s 1999 drama.  The Drawer Boy was inspired by a Canadian legend – actors from Toronto travel to rural Ontario to live with and learn about farm life in order to […]


Bel Canto (Comments Off on Bel Canto)

World Premiere Music by Jimmy Lopez Libretto by Nilo Cruz Opera in two acts in Spanish, English, Japanese, Russian, German, French and Quechua Based on  the novel by Ann Patchert Commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago Curated by Renee Fleming Conductor Sir Andrew Davis Stage director Kevin Newbury At the Lyric Opera Chicago Stunning […]


Winnie the Pooh (Comments Off on Winnie the Pooh)

Highland Park Players Theater for Young Audiences By Joe Stead February 7, 2016 Allow me to borrow a familiar phrase: The wonderful thing about theatre is theatre’s a wonderful thing! I have known that ever since the age of seven when my mother began taking me to live theatre. I am living proof that theatre […]


Le Switch (Comments Off on Le Switch)

By Philip Dawkins Directed by Stephen Brackett Produced by About Face Theatre, Chicago Presented by Special Arrangement with Doug Nevin LGBT Americans Ready for Romantic Comedies With the expansion of marriage rights to include gay couples, and youth opinion overwhelmingly in favor of full equality, it is now possible to envision an America in which […]


The Mutilated (Comments Off on The Mutilated)

By Tennessee Williams Directed by Dado At A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Haunting dream-like glimpse of the underbelly of New Orleans is marvelously presented Williams referred to The Mutilated as “an allegory on the tragicomic subject of human existence on this risky planet.”  Presented on an imaginative set (designed by Grant Savin) that featured rows […]

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