Theater Reviews

Review: “The Dance of Death”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 3 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 The three characters in August Strindberg’s 1900 “The Dance of Death” are nasty pieces of work—and that’s putting it mildly. Factor in the new version by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Henry Wishcamper’s direction, a trio of(…)

“Juno”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 27 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Watching the Chicago premiere of “Juno” at TimeLine Theatre Company, it isn’t hard to figure out why composer-lyricist Marc Blitzstein and writer Joseph Stein’s musical based on Sean O’Casey’s 1924 play “Juno and(…)

“Death and the Maiden”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through July 20 Tickets: $40 and up Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic What would you do if you were abducted, raped and tortured, suffered 15 years of mental anguish as a result of the trauma, then overheard the man you were convinced(…)

Review: “The Last Ship”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through July 13 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The pre-Broadway world premiere of “The Last Ship” has moored at the Bank of America Theatre briefly before chugging off to New York in the fall, and although the musical’s engines aren’t(…)

Review: “Jack Lemmon returns”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through July 20 Tickets: $55 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who has seen Hershey Felder’s one-man tributes to Beethoven, Bernstein and other musical greats will recognize the format of “Jack Lemmon Returns.” Only this time, as he did last season with(…)

Review: “Days Like Today”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through July 13 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Woe to anyone who tries to write a sincere musical about love these days. The topic has been so overworked in every medium that it’s almost impossible to find anything new to say, much(…)

Review: “Ask Aunt Susan”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through June 22 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   The world premiere of Seth Bockley’s “Ask Aunt Susan” at Goodman Theatre gets off to a promising start but soon spirals into an incomprehensible, nonsensical mess. Loosely based on Nathanael(…)

Review: “Hair”

RECOMMENDED Where: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. When: through June 29 Tickets: $38-$43 Phone: 773-409-4125 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Leave it to American Theater Company artistic director PJ Paparelli to devise an iconoclastic way to present “Hair,” the “American Tribal Love Rock Musical” with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James(…)