Theater Reviews

Review: “Sense and Sensibility”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago SHakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 14 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The world premiere of the musical “Sense and Sensibility” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater is like a sumptuous feast that somehow leaves you unsatisfied. Based on the 1811 novel by the beloved Jane Austen, the show(…)

Review: “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara”

Review: “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through May 17 Tickets: $65 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic From the title “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara,” you might expect a recreation of a show Louis Prima and Keely Smith performed at the titular Las Vegas hotel during their 1950s(…)

Review: “First Date”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through May 17 Tickets: $15-$59 Phone: 312-988-9000 Judging by the enthusiasm of the opening-night crowd, there’s undoubtedly a local audience for “First Date,” the 90-minute musical with a book by Austin Winsberg (TV’s “Gossip Girl”) and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael(…)

Review: “Marie Antoinette”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through May 10 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic What are we to make of “Marie Antoinette”? That’s the question I kept asking myself as I watched the Chicago premiere of David Adjmi’s play about France’s doomed last queen at(…)

Review: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Review: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through May 17 Tickets: $39-$43 Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” is far from the first musical you’d think of scaling down for a cabaret theater, but Theo Ubique generally(…)

Review: “Travesties”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through May 3 Tickets: $42.50-$52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic No one has a talent for teasing a whole world of ideas out of a few historical tidbits like Tom Stoppard. In the brilliant 1974 “Travesties,” he uses the(…)

Review: “Carousel”

Review: “Carousel”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 3 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-827-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re familiar with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” the first thing you may notice about Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of the 1945 Broadway musical is that the setting(…)

Review: “The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 19 Tickets: $39-$52 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When playwright Richard Nelson began “The Apple Family Plays,” he thought they might end up being “disposable” because they were so tied to a specific time and place that they were likely to(…)