Theater Reviews

Review: “On Your Feet”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through July 5 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-773-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, the pre-Broadway world premiere of “On Your Feet” is likely to … well, bring you to your feet, as it(…)

Review: “stop. reset.”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through June 21 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Think of Regina Taylor’s “stop. reset.” as a realistic play, and you’re bound to be confused. Regard it instead as a cross between an “Afrofuturist” science-fiction fantasy and a meditation on(…)

Review: “The Secret Garden”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through June 21 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic “The Secret Garden” has never been one of my favorite shows. Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) and Lucy Simon’s (music) 1991 musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s novel has always struck me(…)

Review: “The Projects”

Review: “The Projects”

RECOMMENDED Where: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. When: through June 21 Tickets: $43-$48 Phone: 773-409-4125 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been trying to appreciate the world premiere of “The Project(s)” at American Theater Company for what it is rather than getting hung up on what it purports to be. According to artistic(…)

Review: “The Little Foxes”

Review: “The Little Foxes”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through June 7 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Rapaciousness rules in “The Little Foxes,” Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play about the greedy Hubbard family, perhaps best known from the 1941 film starring Bette Davis as Regina Giddens. In Goodman Theatre’s delectably entertaining production(…)

Review: “The Herd”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June14 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the hands of a lesser company than Steppenwolf Theatre, the U.S. premiere of actor-playwright Rory Kinnear’s first play, “The Herd,” might come across as just another dysfunctional family drama. But director Frank(…)

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(…)