Have you heard? It’s the first annual Choosie Awards, where the team of Chicago Like A Local bloggers share what they feel is the best of 2013! And I’m honored to kick off the award series by selecting the “best” stage show of 2013 (quotations added by me, as I fully realize labeling something that… Read More What are the ‘Choosiest’ shows in 2013?
At a recent blogger meet-up, I learned two things. One: If I hope to start making any real money blogging, I need to start a fashion blog. Pronto. Two: I guess I should probably gain a sense of fashion at some point. Baby steps. I also learned that people whom I’d consider uniquely tuned into… Read More Two things I learned at a recent blogger meet-up, or yes, Chicago does produce more than plays
Fela!, which started as an Off-Broadway show in 2008 and has grown into an international sensation (and is now playing at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre through April 15), follows the life of Afrobeat Nigerian legend and activist, Fela Kuti. The high-energy concert/musical/political play portrays Kuti in the days when his public performances at the legendary nightclub… Read More Chicago Like a Local: ‘Fela!’ at the Oriental Theatre
The freakish 50 degree January weather may be over, but things are just getting heated up at the Bank of America Theatre where Come Fly Away is playing through January 22. Sinatra. We know that voice. It’s sexy, confident and masculine. After hours bars, cigars and tumblers of scotch. Romance, heartbreak and overcoming obstacles with… Read More Chicago Like a Local: ‘Come Fly Away’ Brings Swank, Sass and Sinatra to Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre
Last year proved phenomenal for Chicago theater, with many outstanding productions capturing our hearts and minds (read my roundup of the best of 2011 Chicago theater), and 2012 promises to be no different. Perhaps you’ve made a resolution to see more theatre in the new year? (And if you haven’t made this resolution, maybe you… Read More Chicago Like a Local: Four shows to look forward to in 2012
Four middle-aged men stand in the bottom of a giant pool baring their souls (and their bodies) in a desperate attempt to win the affections of an etherial figure who watches from her plasma TV above, as if the sad display below were some sort of competitive reality TV show. If they fail in meeting… Read More Chicago Like a Local: Steppenwolf’s ‘Penelope’
A preface: this Branson-meets-Vegas spectacle gave me a headache. But the audience loved it. Of course. And, I’ll admit: it had its moments, mostly thanks to Mr. Osmond’s disarming charms. Maybe I’m just not cut out for these types of shows? There were many eye-rolling moments, such as when Ms. Osmond introduced the overdone, pseudo-operatic “Pie Jesu” by actually saying,… Read More Chicago Like a Local: Donny and Marie take Chicago by (snow) storm!
The cast of American Theater Company’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play” I dare you to find a more “awww”-inducing moment on any Chicago stage currently then when beloved Chicago actor Mike Nussbaum as guardian-angel-in-training Clarence — all short and white-bearded and bespeckled – impishly looks up at Joseph (Philip Earl Johnson) and asks,… Read More Chicago Like a Local: American Theater Company’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play’
Check out my latest Chicago Like a Local blog post, giving a few recommendations for local holiday-themed shows. With enough productions of A Christmas Carol occurring in the city right now (to my count: five bajillion), it’s enough to make even an old curmudgeon like Scrooge squeal with delight — not to mention the other perennial… Read More Chicago Like a Local: Holiday theatre in Chicago
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Check out my latest Chicago Like a Local blog post on Halloween-happy theatre options in Chicago: As Halloween creeps upon us, there are many kooky, dark, macabre and spine-chilling theatrical offerings occurring in Chicago. Whether it’s blood splatter or dark laughter you’re after, there’s something to whet your appetite. Check out this eclectic rundown, with… Read More Halloween theatre in Chicago