Theater Reviews

Review: Review: “The Jungle Book”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Aug. 18 Tickets: $27-$125 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Centering a whole show around a child can be a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s a coming-of-age story requiring the kid to grow and develop emotionally. But when you’re adapting the beloved 1967(…)

Review: “Big Lake Big City”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave, When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $36-$79 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The world premiere of “Big Lake Big City” opened at Lookingglass Theatre to great expectations. Local playwright Keith Huff catapulted to fame when his gritty two-character Chicago cop drama,(…)

Review: Tartuffe

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through July 21 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic At its best, Court Theatre’s “Tartuffe,” part of a two-play Molière festival that started with “The Misanthrope,” effectively pairs the wit of Richard Wilbur’s translation with canny physical comedy to illuminate the double-pronged satire(…)

Review: “The Liar”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Tudor Court Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through July 28 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The production of Pierre Corneille’s “The Liar” at Writers’ Theatre contains the funniest scene I’ve seen this season. It’s a duel between Dorante, the ingratiating pathological liar of the title,(…)

Review: “Yellow Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug 4 Tickets: $35-$60 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic David Greig’s “Yellow Moon” offers all the pleasures of a good story told well. And the Writers’ Theatre production, deftly tucked into the postage-stamp of a theater at the back of(…)

Review: “A Cole Porter Songbook”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique, No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through September 1st Tickets: $29-$59 (some prices include dinner) Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Theo Ubique has carved out a niche with cabaret-style revues exploring the repertoire of individual songwriters for the theater ranging from Harold Arlen to Kurt Weill,(…)

Review: “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through June 30 Tickets: $22-$85 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve seen the 1989 juke box musical “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” several times, each time anticipating a lively nostalgia-filled evening showcasing many of the ground-breaking rock ’n’ roller’s terrific songs.(…)

Review: “Inner Voices”

Review: “Inner Voices”

RECOMMENDED Where: World’s Stage Series at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 29 Tickets: $50-$70 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Chicago Shakespeare Theater is celebrating the year of Italian culture in America by teaming up with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago(…)