‘A Christmas Story: The Musical!’ is ‘a major award’ for the holidays

John Bolton and the company of “A Christmas Story: The Musical!” Photo by Carol Rosegg What is it about the 1983 movie, A Christmas Story, that captures our hearts? I know whenever I turn on TBS and see it playing, I can only help but nostalgically linger on the channel and watch some of my… Read More ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical!’ is ‘a major award’ for the holidays

House Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ cracks a classic tale wide open

The cast from the 2010 production of The House Theatre of Chicago’s “The Nutcracker” About 10 minutes into The House Theatre of Chicago’s surprising production of The Nutcracker, things take an unexpected (and very much welcomed) turn. The show opens with jovial charm and spirited energy, accompanied by singing, dancing and general merriment. Always a… Read More House Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ cracks a classic tale wide open

‘A Klingon Christmas Carol’ isn’t just for Trekkies (but it helps)

While in Pilson attending the first annual Chicago fringe festival earlier this year, someone handed me a show flier for something called A Klingon Christmas Carol. On the back, it had this description: “Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a… Read More ‘A Klingon Christmas Carol’ isn’t just for Trekkies (but it helps)