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More... “ALGREN,” “THE ALLEY CAT” AND “THIS AFTERNOON” HEADLINE AN EXCITING SHOWCASE OF ILLINOIS-MADE FILMS    

“ALGREN,” “THE ALLEY CAT” AND “THIS AFTERNOON” HEADLINE AN EXCITING SHOWCASE OF ILLINOIS-MADE FILMS

Director Michael Caplan explores the life of Chicago author Nelson Algren in the World Premiere documentary, “Algren"

The Chicago International Film Festival’s semi-centennial celebration will feature an exciting lineup of features, documentaries and shorts made in Chicago and throughout Illinois, including three World Premieres, as part of its City & State program. Recently dubbed the “Best Place to Live and Work as a Filmmaker,” by “MovieMaker” magazine, Chicago has firmly established itself as a haven for both independent and big-budget Hollywood film production. The City & State program is sponsored by Cinespace,…

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More... EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL - BLOOD AND LAUGHS GALORE    

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL - BLOOD AND LAUGHS GALORE

Though some moments are overly laden with campiness to the point of plain silliness, the brunt of the show’s humor is right on.

Granted, fans of the Evil Dead films starring our favorite B-list star, Bruce Campbell, will certainly enjoy this stage version more than most, having already consumed a taste for the unconventional humor that made the trilogy such a big cult following success. Still, though maybe not for everyone, Evil Dead the Musical, is a raucous night of deadpan deliveries, inappropriate slapstick, splattering bodily fluids, sexual innuendos, campy stereotypes and jokes so bad you can help but…

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More... STORIES IN MOTION - DRAMATIC THEATRE OF BALLET    

STORIES IN MOTION - DRAMATIC THEATRE OF BALLET

Victoria Jaiani as the Princess has a real tour de force performance here and does something I have never seen before in a classical ballet program

"Stories in Motion” is a beautifully selected trio of individual story ballets performed at the Auditorium Theatre on Congress.The first "Prodigal Son" with choreography by George Balanchine tells the well-known biblical tale of the rebellious and curious son who leaves his home only to be beaten down by life and love in the city. Although Balanchine is one of my very favorite choreographers I found the movements in this piece to be somewhat slapstick and jarring. However, Christine…

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More... Lookingglass' Death Tax Raises Good Questions    

Lookingglass' Death Tax Raises Good Questions

a compelling, quickly moving piece of theatre that raises many important questions

Death Tax by playwright Lucas Hnath is about a wealthy 70-something woman who believes that her daughter is paying off her nurse to kill her before the New Year's death tax kicks in thereby reducing her inheritance significantly. When the play opens, Maxine, played ferociously if not sympathetically by Tony Award winner, Deanna Dunnagan states a truism that I found touching, about the fact that people who have money late in life are "preserved" while…

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More... MYSTERY, INTRIGUE AND EXCITEMENT – THE GAME’S AFOOT    

MYSTERY, INTRIGUE AND EXCITEMENT – THE GAME’S AFOOT

is really consistently humor rich from beginning to end

I just love a good whodunit. Who killed who, how and why – the suspects, the accusers, the whole shebang. The Game’s Afoot, currently running at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, is just that – murder, suspense and also plenty of laughs. The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig, author of “Lend Me A Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo”, is a very engaging mystery/comedy that revolves around William Gillette, an actor best known for his on…

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More... A GREAT WAY TO SPEND A NIGHT "ON THE TOWN"    

A GREAT WAY TO SPEND A NIGHT "ON THE TOWN"

Alex Sanchez’s choreography and director David H. Bell use the intimate space at Marriott Theatre to their full advantage

"On the Town" with music by Leonard Bernstein; book and lyrics by Tony-winning writing partners Betty Comden and Adolph Green is about to be staged on Broadway but the Marriott Lincolnshire has beat Broadway to the punch with this thoroughly entertaining and beautifully staged rendition which has never before been staged in Chicago. Three young sailors arrive in New York City with just one night, 24 hours to have fun and find love hopefully in the arms of one young lady named "Miss Turnstiles"…

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