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Thursday, December 7, 2017

‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ retains its glow by Hedy Weiss

There is far more to this show than biography.There is the vibrant sense of a musical era in the making.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Theo Ubique’s fabulous ‘Altar Boyz’ will rock your world by Hedy Weiss

The show's playful yet pungent parody seems more timely than ever.

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Lyric Opera triumphs with sumptuous ‘Turandot’ by Hedy Weiss

Puccini's melodies are beyond rapturous, with several haunting themes and variations exquisitely laced throughout the opera's three acts.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Griffin stages searing revival of Tesori’s musical, ‘Violet’ by Hedy Weiss

Clarion voices and exceptional acting reveal the full beauty of Jeanine Tesori's work.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Bob Meyer infuses color into his long history of theatrical artwork by Hedy Weiss

His haunting pencil drawings and prints became a prized feature of the Chicago theater scene in the 1980s and '90s.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Joffrey’s ‘Nutcracker’ grows even more magical on second viewing by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: Since the debut last season of Christopher Wheeldon's production, the ballet has become clearer and deeper in its storytelling and dancing.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Like candy corns and syrup, ‘Elf The Musical’ overpowers at Paramount by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: The exuberantly performed holiday musical can't overcome its essentially annoying quality.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saving Shakespeare according to ‘The Book of Will’ by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: A lively Northlight cast plays out the path taken to get the Bard's 36 plays on paper.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’ a spirit-raising dance-athon by Hedy Weiss

"White Christmas" is at once a sassy romantic comedy and a patriotic homage to the post-World War II era.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Firebrand Theatre’s ‘Lizzie’ sets the stage on fire by Hedy Weiss

"Lizzie," the riveting musical about the notorious Lizzie Borden, turns out to be an ideal inaugural production for Firebrand Theatre.

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Politics is far more than local in Tracy Letts’ ‘Minutes’ by Hedy Weiss

Playwright Tracy Letts has devised a blood ritual rooted in the farcical manifestations of local government and parliamentary procedure.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Radiant voices are the charm in Lyric’s ‘Pearl Fishers’ by Hedy Weiss

Georges Bizet was just 24 years old when his opera, “The Pearl Fishers” (“Les pecheurs de perles”) — now in a new-to-Chicago production at Lyric Opera — had its p…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Zany ‘Margaritaville’ finds the joy of living in the moment by Hedy Weiss

Think of it as a sort of "SpongeBob Square Pants" for adults.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The artful artiface of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Earnest’ delights at Writers by Hedy Weiss

A gifted cast, marvelous sets and witty repartee fuel a marvelous production.

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Katherine Bourne thrives amid her family’s musical dynasty by Hedy Weiss

The Bourne family possesses glorious voices that, when joined in unison, create one of the most beautiful, multi-layered sounds imaginable.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

In ‘Fade,’ an outsider sells her soul in a climb to the top by Hedy Weiss

The play, directed by Sandra Marquez, is a canny indictment of success at any price.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

At Court, Kate Fry brings a phosphorescent glow to Emily Dickinson by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: The actress, a Chicago favorite, brings emotional fire and sparkling intelligence to the poet in the one-woman show.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

‘Margaritaville’ taking Jimmy Buffett’s Parrothead vibe to Broadway by Hedy Weiss

JIMMY BUFFETT: "My love of musical theater dates back far longer than my interest in the music I am known for."

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Raven Theatre names Cody Estle its new artistic director by Hedy Weiss

Raven's current hit, Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Choir Boy" — expertly directed by Menendian — runs through Nov. 12

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Top 2017-18 Equity Jeff Awards go to Paramount and Court by Hedy Weiss

The 49th annual Jeff Awards, presented Monday night, proved to be an exciting event for the Paramount Theatre and Court Theatre.

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Thundering, dazzling ’42nd Street’ taps into 21st century vibe by Hedy Weiss

A downright revolutionary edition of "42nd Street" is now dazzling audiences at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The dancers roll faster than the presses in high-spirited ‘Newsies’ by Hedy Weiss

Marriott Theatre's in-the-round production of the wonderfully rambunctious Disney musical is aided by the physical brilliance of an exemplary cast.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

The kids rocket in ‘School of Rock’ by Hedy Weiss

They not only can act, sing and dance up a storm, but, in "School of Rock" – now at Cadillac Palace Theatre - they also can play musical instruments.

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Auditorium gala designed to reawaken its dance history by Hedy Weiss

"A Golden Celebration of Dance" — a one-night-only mixed repertory extravaganza — will showcase artists from internationally acclaimed companies.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Breaking with conventions in Lyric’s grand, gargantuan ‘Die Walkure’ by Hedy Weiss

Wagner's propulsive, wildly expressive score, which can sometimes feel like a cinematic soundtrack, is in a class all by itself.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

‘Yasmina’s Necklace’ charms and saddens at the Goodman by Hedy Weiss

Playwright Rohina Malik is a stylish, accessible writer who can mix poetic angst with comedic manners.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Voodoo magic in ‘Marie Christine,’ a NOLA-to-Chicago riff on ‘Medea’ by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: When you combine a New Orleans/voodoo vibe with cutthroat Chicago politics, the mix of passion, betrayal and corruption is irresistible.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

In ‘1980,’ a campaign office full of discontent erupts by Hedy Weiss

Director Kaiser Ahmed has cast "1980" ideally, although too often he seems to have pushed his actors into overdrive.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

More than a moment of history in Black Ensemble’s potent ‘Renaissance’ by Hedy Weiss

"The Black Renaissance" is a full throttle exploration of the history of race in the United States.

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A Tesori musical, tales of war and more in Griffin’s 2018 season by Hedy Weiss

Griffin's 30th season will be celebrated with its typical mix of a musical and contemporary plays.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

In ‘A Swell in the Ground,’ college ties that linger and change by Hedy Weiss

Jean Nabers' world premiere at the Gift Theatre might best be described as a study in self-destruction and reconstruction.

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