There’s something magical happening up in Glencoe, Ill. It’s a sparkling new production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1973 musical, A Little Night Music — a sophisticated, romantic comedy set in 20th century Sweden about mismatched pairs who, through a mix of fate peppered with manipulation, waltz into the arms of their ideal lovers.… Read More Writers’ Theatre’s ‘A Little Night Music’ Captivates
This audition video for Goodman Theatre’s Crowns is quite charming. These two young actresses look like they’re completely gobsmacked to be working on this show, and their energy is infectious. Now I’m even more excited to see this Goodman revival. *** Maybe old news to some, but Writers’ Theatre’s A Little Night Music has scored… Read More This and that in Chicago theatre
Barbara Robertson. That’s the reason you need to see this one-person play about a recently widowed detective’s wife, named Alice, who sets out to find who killed her husband — and why. And what a person this play has. Robertson is a masterful actress who has the uncanny ability to draw you in with a… Read More ‘The Detective’s Wife’ at Writers’ Theatre is a so-so mystery told by a masterful storyteller
“A Minster’s Wife” in the 2009 Writers’ Theatre production (left) and at Lincoln Center (right). In my list of top shows for 2009, I ranked Writers’ Theatre’s A Minster’s Wife as #1. From Kate Fry’s enchanting leading-lady performance to Liz Baltes as the bitter second banana (for which she won a Jeff award) to Joshua… Read More ‘A Minister’s Wife’ opens Off-Broadway
Get ready for some random: A storefront Piazza Theo Ubique announced that it will produce The Light in the Piazza — one of my absolute favorite shows — in their 60-seat cafe setting. I’m confident this group can pull it off, as artistic director Fred Anzevino has more than enough experience staging epic musicals in… Read More This and that.
How did I miss this news? From The New York Times‘ Arts Beat blog: ‘A Minister’s Wife,’ a Musical Version of ‘Candida,’ Is Headed to Lincoln Center Theater A musical based on a George Bernard Shaw play? It’s worked in the past. To a 2010-2011 schedule that already includes a musical adaptation of “Women on… Read More Life for ‘A Minister’s Wife’ in NYC