Strong cast salvages Circle Theatre’s ‘The Ritz’

Elizabeth Morgan as Googie Gomez in Circle Theatre’s “The Ritz” There comes a point in Circle Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s The Ritz where you realize, as hard as this eager-to-please cast works, this is one of those novelty plays that’s a victim of time. Back in 1975, when McNally’s farce premiered on Broadway, things… Read More Strong cast salvages Circle Theatre’s ‘The Ritz’

Get the Scotchgard: Circle Theatre’s side-splitting ‘Urinetown’ may challenge your bladder muscles

The cast of Circle Theatre’s “Urinetown.” (photo credit: Bob Knuth) Have you ever had to pee so badly you could nearly taste it? I remember one time I was at an Ann Hampton Callaway concert at Mayne Stage up in Rogers Park. I drank a few beers at dinner before the show, and had one during… Read More Get the Scotchgard: Circle Theatre’s side-splitting ‘Urinetown’ may challenge your bladder muscles

Circle Theatre’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ turns up the heat

The ensemble of Circle Theatre’s “Kiss Me, Kate” sweats it out in the big act two production number, “Too Darn Hot.” My friend Betsy invited me to see her in Circle Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, the classic play-within-a-musical that follows the lives of egotistical actor-producer Fred Graham and his temperamental co-star… Read More Circle Theatre’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ turns up the heat