‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story Onstage’ can’t be blamed for false advertising

Christopher Tierney and Gillian Abbott get their dirty on  I’m supposed to write a review about the stage version of Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre through August 30. However, I’m pretty sure that anything I say about this production won’t really add much value to your ticket buying decisions because a)… Read More ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story Onstage’ can’t be blamed for false advertising

Porchlight’s ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ Explores the Art of Making Art

The cast of Porchlight Music Theatre’s “Putting it Together” In the new musical revue, Sondheim on Sondheim, the chorus opens the second act with a self-deprecating number about how Stephen Sondheim is a “God.” Though the purpose of this second act opener is tongue-in-cheek (Sondheim himself wrote it), I’d argue that most people in the… Read More Porchlight’s ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ Explores the Art of Making Art

Black Ties, Boleyns and News Boys: Three Shows in Four days

The challenge was simple: Three wildly different shows in four days. My 68-year-old mother joined me and provided her input. Here’s the recap: Living the History — 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre Chicago’s historic landmark performance venue, the Auditorium Theatre, received a classy and compact 125th birthday celebration on Dec. 9. Following an introduction… Read More Black Ties, Boleyns and News Boys: Three Shows in Four days

Bailiwick Chicago’s ‘Carrie’ Hits the Heart But Not the Horror

There are essentially two reactions I get when telling people I’m going to see Carrie: The Musical: – Reaction 1: People who know the musical’s sacred lore as one of the biggest flops in musical theatre history and are incredibly pumped to find out how truly bad the show was/is. – Reaction 2: People who… Read More Bailiwick Chicago’s ‘Carrie’ Hits the Heart But Not the Horror

It’s still a tasty good time at ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’

Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns and Thea Lux in The New Colony’s “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” Long live the egg! I remember when I first encountered The New Colony’s wacky, wild creation that is 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. It was June 2010, and “The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein”… Read More It’s still a tasty good time at ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’