‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’: family friendly fun, no strings attached!

Heidi Kettenring, Skyler Adams and Derek Hasenstab in ChiShakes’ ‘The Aventures of Pinocchio’ Looking for an entertaining way to teach your kids about making wise choices? Look no further than Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s smart, articulate new musical, The Adventures of Pinocchio. Continue reading my review at Chicago Tourism and Convention Bureau’s blog, Chicago, Second to… Read More ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’: family friendly fun, no strings attached!

Chicago Shakes’ Follies casting (partly) announced — where are the Chicago actors?

After much speculation, Chi Shakes has released partial casting news for one of my all-time favorite musicals, and probably the most highly anticipated production (for me) this year: Follies, at Chicago Shakes, directed by Gary Griffin. Here’s what’s been announced so far for Follies casting (via Chris Jones), which begins performances Oct. 4: Hollis Resnik… Read More Chicago Shakes’ Follies casting (partly) announced — where are the Chicago actors?

‘en route,’ a pedestrian-based live art experience, comes to Chicago in July

I’m usually inundated with press releases for upcoming shows, seasons and what-not, but when the below release came through, promoting a wild-sounding, street-based performance piece that instructs you where to go to see the show via text messages (on a smartphone provided to you — some savvy adverstising by Motorola), my interest was immediately piqued. The… Read More ‘en route,’ a pedestrian-based live art experience, comes to Chicago in July

‘Murder for Two’ at Chicago Shakes is cute, but the cuteness quickly wears off

Alan Schmuckler accompanies Joe Kinosian’s campy antics in ‘Murder for Two’ Murder for Two is a really cute show. Charming performances, pleasant enough tunes (music by Joe Kinosian and lyrics by Kellen Blair), a mildly amusing murder mystery plot (by Kinosian and Blair), an appealing set (by Scott Davis). For most, it’ll satisfy the need… Read More ‘Murder for Two’ at Chicago Shakes is cute, but the cuteness quickly wears off

A bold star turn makes ChiShake’s ‘The Madness of George III’ a must-see

Debilitating illness is an equal-opportunity defeater. Not even bewigged kings bedecked in fancy threads are immune to the power of a mysterious crippling disease — such as the the blood-born chronic disorder that attacked the nervous system of King George III. Still smarting from the loss of American colonies in the Revolutionary War, George III,… Read More A bold star turn makes ChiShake’s ‘The Madness of George III’ a must-see