Theater Reviews

Review: “Newsies”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through Jan. 4, 2015 Tickets: $40-$130 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’d recommend the touring production of “Newsies” for the choreography, the dancing, and the set. But not much else. Christopher Gattelli won a 2012 Tony Award Best Choreography for the Disney Theatrical(…)

Review: “Burning Bluebeard”

Review: “Burning Bluebeard”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Ruffians at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Jan. 4 Tickets: $36-$50 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic With all the accolades I heard heaped on The Ruffians’ “Burning Bluebeard” last year, I expected to be blown away by the reprise of the show about the 1903 Iroquois Theatre(…)

Review: “The King and I”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. IL When: through Jan. 4, 2015 Tickets: $40-$48 Phone: 847-634-0200 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’ve somehow forgotten why Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1951 “The King and I” is a classic, the savvy new production at Marriott Theatre will provide a potent reminder. The masterful musical(…)

Review: “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol”

Review: “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Dec. 31 Tickets: $30-$48 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Every time I see a Q Brothers show, I wish I could have read the script in advance. It’s not that their adaptations of classics are hard to understand. On the(…)

Review: “Danny Casolaro Died for You”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Dec. 21 Tickets: $39-$52 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Two things really bother me about “Danny Casolaro Died for You,” which is having its Chicago premiere (and second production so far) directed by Nick Bowling at TimeLine Theatre Company. The first(…)

Review: “Always … Patsy Cline”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, 690 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through January 31 2015 Tickets: $29-$34 Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Ted Swindley’s “Always … Patsy Cline” takes its title from the “love always” sign-off the country singer used in her letters to uber-fan Louise Seger, but there’s little(…)

Review: “The Mousetrap”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Dec. 14 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Who doesn’t like a good whodunit for the holidays? That thought and Artistic Director BJ Jones’ realization that Northlight Theatre has never staged a “genuine mystery” in(…)

Review: “The Testament of Mary”

RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Dec. 14 Tickets: $20-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It’s not easy being an icon. Consider, for example, Mary, the mother of Jesus, immortalized forever in paintings and sculptures: Receiving the angel of the annunciation, holding her infant or crucified son, being(…)