Theater Reviews

Review: “Funnyman”

Review: “Funnyman”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $25-$79 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The idea that comedians often are crying on the inside has become something of a cliché, so I expected Bruce Graham’s “Funnyman” to go beyond the obvious(…)

Review: “The Price”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Nov. 22 Tickets: $38-$51 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic To say that the past weighs heavily on the characters in Arthur Miller’s “The Price” would be an understatement. Estranged brothers Victor and Walter Franz have nursed old wrongs, resentments, and regrets for(…)

Review: “Gem of the Ocean”

Review: “Gem of the Ocean”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Oct. 11 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed the world premiere of August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” at Goodman Theatre in 2003, I described it as “melodrama meets magical realism” with a “mysterious, mystical, metaphorical” quality and language(…)

Review: “Jamaica, Farewell”

Review: “Jamaica, Farewell”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theater, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through Oct. 11 Tickets: $50 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Debra Ehrhardt has a good story to tell, and she tells it well in “Jamaica, Farewell.” This is Los Angeles-based Ehrhardt’s third self-penned solo show (after “Mango Mango” and “Invisible Chairs”), and she’s(…)

Review: “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century”

Review: “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century”

RECOMMENDED Where: Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. When: through Nov. 7 Tickets: $49 Phone: 800-838-3006 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic No one could doubt the impeccable research and passion behind the world premiere of “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century,” and author Hillel Levin, a veteran journalist and(…)

Review: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Review: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theater, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $40-$55 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which is enjoying a lively production at Drury Lane Theatre, is a clever show that risks being undone by its own excess. Written by Rick Elice, based on the novel(…)

Review: “The Diary of Anne Frank”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books of Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone:847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While Writers Theatre is building an ultramodern new home, the ambitious Glencoe company also is showing off how much it has been able to accomplish in its tiny original space at the(…)

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cirque du Soleil Big Top, United Center Parking Lot K, 1901 W. Madison St. When: through Sept. 20 Tickets: $35-$145 Phone: 877-924-7783 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Cirque du Soleil hasn’t pitched its blue-and-yellow tent at the United Center for four years, so it is especially exciting that the company is returning with(…)