Monday, 23 March 2015 05:00

Review: Outside Mullinger at Northlight Theatre

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Northlight Theatre follows up the hard-hitting drama “White Guy on the Bus” with another extra-base hit with the charming comedy "Outside Mullinger". Set in the Midlands of Ireland, Artistic Director BJ Jones directs this humorous love story that, though mostly transparent in its direction, offers a handful of fun surprises.…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 05:00

The Weight Does The Band Right

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Former members of The Band, Levon Helm Band and the Rick Danko Band were playing songs popularized by The Band last Friday night at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. It was very nice seeing such well-seasoned players serving up some fine music. This talented musical outfit is simply called…
Monday, 16 March 2015 05:00

Review: The Full Monty

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One can never have enough of imports from across the sea, “The Full Monty” based on the book by Terrence McNally which earned a 2001 Tony Away nomination and based on the movie by Fox of the same name, is no exception.  Currently being performed at the intimate space of…
Saturday, 14 March 2015 05:00

The Illusionists Bring Mind Bending Fun to Chicago

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Criss Angel helped in paving the way for modern magicians making them hip, cutting edge pop stars and The Illusionists has his stamp written all over it - at least a good portion of it. Featuring seven magicians from different corners of the world, The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is…
Friday, 13 March 2015 05:00

First Wives Club - Revenge Is Sweet

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What's better than a good revenge story? How about a revenge comedy? Better yet, how about a revenge comedy musical? First Wives Club is all of that and then some. Partially driven by a Motown soundtrack, this glitzy musical taken from the 1996 film starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 05:00

Review: Picture Imperfect at Athenaeum Theatre

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Attempting to tackle a slew of tough issues, Picture Imperfect is an emotional drama with good intention that raises awareness to the difficulties of...well, single motherhood, autism, drug abuse, gambling, abandonment, the hardships in dealing with Child Protective Services, spousal manipulationand eventually mental illness. Thoughall important issues, co-writing duo Joel Z.…
The “For the Record” series brings John Hughes’ films back to life with a combination of memorable soundtracks and classic scenes from TheBreakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, Some Kind of Wonderful, and 16 Candles. Dear John Hughes is a Broadway concert that showcases talented…
The Diary of Anne Frank - Writers Theatre According to legend, when Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich's Pulitzer Prize winning stage adaptation made its German premiere, audiences sat in a state of silent shock after the play ended. Nearly sixty years, countless productions, several films and hundreds of books about…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 06:00

Review: The Royal Society of Antarctica

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The Royal Society of Antarctica is a very unique story that comes equipped with a powerful cast and a rich blend of humor, drama and intrigue that constantly move the play forward without the interest lulls you would think would be found in a three act show with a two…
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