Theater Reviews

Review: “Two Trains Running”

Review: “Two Trains Running”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through April 19 Tickets: $27-$80 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed Goodman Theatre’s 1993 production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” I said it was a show you’d be very glad you saw but a little reluctant to recommend wholeheartedly to(…)

Review: “The Other Place”

Review: “The Other Place”

RECOMMENDED Where: Profiles Theatre Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway When: through April 5 Tickets: $35-$40 Phone: 773-549-1815 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When we first see Julianna Smithton in the Chicago premiere of “The Other Place” at Profiles Theatre, she’s a stunning 52-year-old blond in a sexy little black suit and spiked heels. A neurologist-turned-pharmaceutical(…)

Review: “First Wives Club: The Musical”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through March 29 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-773-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If a few great oldies, an emotional-button-pushing plot, and some solid performances were enough to guarantee success on the Great White Way, the pre-Broadway world premiere of “First Wives Club: The Musical” at(…)

Review: “Dunsinane”

Review: “Dunsinane”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through March 22 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic One country invades another with the good intention of bringing peace, only to have the conflict spin out of control, leading to the destruction of whole villages, the murder of soldiers and civilians, and(…)

“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(…)