Theater Reviews

Review: “The Table”

Review: “The Table”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $35 Phone: 312-595-5600 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The magic of theater is magnificently on display in “The Table,” the World’s Stage Series season opener at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Created by Great Britain’s Blind Summit Theatre, this 70-minute show(…)

Review: “The Old Man and The Old Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: PinPen Theatre Co. at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Imaginative storytelling and inventive stagecraft come together in the Midwest premiere of “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” PigPen Theatre Co.’s charmingly homespun play with music at Writers Theatre in(…)

Review: “Signs of Life”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-871-3000 A musical about the Nazi ghetto of Theresienstadt (Terezin in Czech) is bound to be a tough sell, and unfortunately “Signs of Life” doesn’t pull it off.  Originally commissioned by Virginia S. Criste, who visited to(…)

Review: “Once”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $27-$95 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I was charmed by the 2007 indie film, “Once,” written and directed by John Carney and starring Glen Hansard as an Irish singer-songwriter “stopped up” by a romance-on-the-rocks and Marketa Irglova as the Czech(…)

Review: “The Crownless King”

RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Oct. 20 Tickets: $20-$40 Phone: 773-769-3832 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic At one point in “The Crownless King,” the second part of The House Theatre of Chicago’s fantasy-adventure trilogy that started last year with “The Iron Stag King,” our royal hero,(…)

Review: “4000 Miles”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 20 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the program notes for the Chicago premiere of “4000 Miles” at Northlight Theatre, playwright Amy Herzog explains that Vera Joseph, the feisty octogenarian grandmother in whose(…)

Review: “Pullman Porter Blues”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: though Oct. 20 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I had high hopes for the Chicago premiere of “Pullman Porter Blues” at Goodman Theatre, but Cheryl L. West’s play with music disappoints in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to(…)

Review: “A Raisin in the Sun”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Nov. 17 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463, ext. 6 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic TimeLine Theatre Company’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal “A Raisin in the Sun” could be half as good as it is and still have a profound impact. Director Ron OJ(…)