Theater Reviews

“West Side Story”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace When: through March 29 Tickets: $45-$60 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic West Side Story” always lingers in my mind as one of the greatest musicals ever. Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” by Arthur Laurents (book),(…)

Review: “Samsara”

VERY SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through March 8 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for the world premiere of “Samsara” at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, playwright Lauren Yee describes herself as someone “who starts the writing process without(…)

Review: “The Rose Tattoo”

Review: “The Rose Tattoo”

RECOMMENDED Where: Shattered Globe at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Feb. 28 Tickets: $33 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Tennessee Williams was hardly known for happy endings, but with “The Rose Tattoo” he came pretty close. While the semi-operatic, typically symbolic play is drenched in common Williams themes like loss(…)

Review: “White Guy on the Bus”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Feb. 28 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Think of Bruce Graham’s “White Guy on the Bus” as a parable about racism and revenge rather than as a realistic social drama, and you’re more likely(…)

Review: “Rapture, Blister, Burn”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 22 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic A preposterous premise and a pat ending are two of the problems with Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” but Goodman Theatre’s Chicago premiere is for the most part more amusing than(…)

Review: “Waiting for Godot”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Feb. 15 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I went to Court Theatre’s “Waiting for Godot” with a certain amount of skepticism. Having seen Samuel Beckett’s most famous play at least ten times, I wondered how director Ron OJ Parson and(…)

Review: “Lookingglass Alice”

Review: “Lookingglass Alice”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Feb. 22 Tickets: $45-$85 Phone: 312-37-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Since it premiered in 2005, “Lookingglass Alice” has become a mainstay for Lookingglass Theatre Company, both in Chicago, where the current production is the fifth, and on tour. The(…)

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites, The Den Theatre, 1329-33 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Feb. 7 Tickets: $36-$50 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, you should go to The Hypocrites’ “H.M.S. Pinafore” with an open mind, a very open mind. If you’re unfamiliar with the(…)