Theater Reviews

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(…)

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(…)