Theater Reviews

Review: “The White Snake”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $25-$86 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Mary Zimmerman really knows how to do endings. Whether you’re wowed by the Chicago premiere of “The White Snake” because you’re unfamiliar with her work, regard it as the mature expression of(…)

Review: “Henry V”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 15 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   I’ve always had a special affection for “Henry V.” That may be because it was one of the first Shakespeare plays I studied in school. Or because the lessons about integrity and good and(…)

Review: “M. Butterfly”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through June 8 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning “M. Butterfly” is a masterful play about….well, so many things. Now more than a quarter of a century old, it merges Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” and the real espionage(…)

“Lost in Yonkers”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through June 8 Tickets: $25-$75, students $15 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   I’ve seen lots of productions of Neil Simon played for laughs. Northlight Theatre’s “Lost in Yonkers” isn’t one of them. Sure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning(…)

Review: “In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through June 15 Tickets: $45-$70 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   The very best thing about the world premiere of Sara Gmitter’s “In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story” at Lookingglass Theatre Company is Andrew White’s performance as Charles(…)

Review: “The Sound of Music”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 25 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-332-2244 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I had very high hopes for “The Sound of Music,” the second annual installment in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s five-part American Musical Theater Initiative. After all, the resources available(…)

Review: “The Way West”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   To some extent, we each create the myth of our life that helps us make it through the day, and we assume that this is a relatively healthy — or(…)

Review: “Russian Transport”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s theme for the season is “Getting Ahead: How Far Will You Go?” Keep this in mind while you’re watching Erika Sheffer’s “Russian Transport,” and you’ll have less trouble(…)