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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Amour (Black Button Eyes Productions) by Scotty Zacher

Adapted from the Frebcg short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Ayme, this Tony Award-nominated musical is a Chicago premiere. And with Amour, Black Button Eyes Productions and Director Ed …

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: life sucks. (Lookingglass Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Though incredibly talented, not even this mighty ensemble can fully compensate for Playwright Aaron Posner’s lengthy exploration of the facts that life isn’t fair and unrequited love hur…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Julius Caesar (Writers Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

The most memorable elements of Writers Theatre's *Julius Caesar* are its cinematic video designs and impressively versatile set. The people who propel the tragedy, however, are all too often…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: In the Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

With Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking *In the Heights*, Porchlight Music Theatre's staging wears its dramatic heart on its sleeve, bursting with percussive flair and exuberant sensuality.…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Drury Lane Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Per Catey Sullivan: By the time the powerhouse *Smokey Joe* ensemble goes into the reprise that (almost) closes the show, you’ll feel like these people are your old friends. And when the *…

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Review: Mamma Mia! (Paramount Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Reviewer Catey Sullivan: Paramount Theatre's Mamma Mia!, directed by Jim Corti, is the most delightfully over-the-top musicals you’re apt to see this season. But unapologetically kitschy …

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: Hot to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Marriott Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Marriott Theatre's *How to Succeed in Business* looks great. But scratch the surface of strong performances and slick production values, and there’s nothing resembling the human condition …

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Review: Next to Normal (BoHo Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

With Boho Theatre's stellar *Next to Normal*, there’s no compromising of musicianship, with the stellar vocals of all six in the cast under the musical direction of Ellen K. Morris. Despit…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: Kinky Boots (Broadway in Chicago, 2016) by Scotty Zacher

Broadway in Chicago's Kinky Boots, by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, is back for its 2nd national tour (after first having its Broadway-bound world premiere here in 2012), and it's bigge…

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: For Annie (The Sound) by Scotty Zacher

The Sound Chicago's world premiere of *For Annie*, by Beth Hyland, is a haunting cry for help and a meditation on the intricacies of grief. This cry and meditation just happens to involve gl…

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Review: Rose (Solo Celebration at Greenhouse Theater) by Scotty Zacher

Greenhouse Theater's "Rose", part of their summer-long Solo Celebration! festival, speeds by as the audience is kept entranced by the inner workings of matriarch Rose Kennedy, a woman we thi…

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review: Bakersfield Mist (TimeLine Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

TimeLine Theatre's *Bakersfield Mist* is equal parts comedic and heartbreaking, acknowledging absurdity and cliché without ever descending into either. Thanks to playwright Stephen Sachs an…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Mame (Light Opera Works) by Scotty Zacher

Light Opera Works' glitzy production of *Mame* looks great. And musically *Mame*, with its 32-member cast and 26-member full orchestra, sounds great. The score – arguably Jerry Herman’s …

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: The Good Person of Szechwan (Cor Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Cor Theatre's The Good Person of Szechwan, Tony Kushner's adaptation/translation of the Bertolt Brecht classic parable, shows us the difficulty of being good in a world filled with people wh…

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Bloodshot (Solo Celebration, Greenhouse Theater) by Scotty Zacher

Greenhouse Theater's Bloodshot, part of their Solo Celebration! series, is a compelling, nuanced story in the wrong medium - a story of obsession and murder that deserves a better outlet tha…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: The Promise of a Rose Garden (Babes With Blades) by Scotty Zacher

Babes With Blades’ world premiere of Dustin Spence’s The Promise of a Rose Garden contains strong performances, well-design fight scenes and solid production design. Despite weaknesses …

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Three Hotels (Bluebird Arts) by Scotty Zacher

Bluebird Arts' Three Hotels is a lovely morality play, a family tragedy with occasional gallows humor that’s written with both heart and bite. The audience truly roots for this production …

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Bite–A Pucking Queer Cabaret (Pride Films and Plays) by Scotty Zacher

Derek Van Barham’s Bite is pure enjoyment. A loose adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream, at first glance Bite appars to be pure camp, but as the show swirls by, this glittery cabaret fe…

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Review: Direct from Death Row–The Scottsboro Boys (Raven Theatre, 2016) by Scotty Zacher

With Playwright Mark Stein’s Direct From Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys, presented by Raven Theatre, the audience is brought a piece of history not found in many text books, but done in su…

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Einstein’s Gift (Genesis Theatricals) by Scotty Zacher

in Genesis Theatricals' Einstein's Gift by Verne Thiessen, we find a fascinating, true story about Einstein and Fritz Haber become a dull flat production that feels more like a history proje…

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: Newsies (Broadway in Chicago, 2016) by Scotty Zacher

With Broadway in Chicago's and Disney Theatricals' *Newsies*, prepare to be entertained! The energy of the 28-member cast, of which nearly 20 are young men under 25, is boundless; as directo…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review: War Paint (Goodman Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

With Goodman Theatre's world premiere *War Paint*, there’s much to like and enjoy. The two starring divas, Patti LuPone and Kristine Ebersole, don’t disappoint. The two actresses have 14…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Douglass (the american vicarious) by Scotty Zacher

Review by Mark Davidson: The american vicarious's world premiere "Douglass" is a worthy account of the crusade of the most revered abolitionist in this country’s history. With an intriguin…

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Review: Now. Here. This. (Brown Paper Box Co.) by Scotty Zacher

Brown Paper Box Co's plunge into another Jeff Bowen musical, "Now. Here. This." struggles to shape characters that are relatable to the audience, and is a perfect example of self-reflection …

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: The Portrait (Solo Celebration, Greenhouse Theater) by Scotty Zacher

The Portrait by Susan Padveen succeeds because of its lovely production values and Cameron Pfiffner’s stirring performance, making it a show worth seeing. Greenhouse Theater has recently h…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review: Our Lady of 121st Street (Eclipse Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Stephen Adly Guirgis' Our Lady of 121st Street is a tribute to innocence lost and the lasting effects of childhood religion. Lovingly written, directed and designed, this funeral dramedy is …

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Review: Kin Folk (The New Colony) by Scotty Zacher

The New Colony’s Kin Folk, by William Glick, is a modern-day fantasy. Visually, the show is dazzling, thanks to the evocative projections designed by Paul Deziel. Innovative, well-handled,…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Company by Scotty Zacher

While many directors seem to approach Company’s scenes as necessary evils to get through on their way to Sondheim’s tuneful and witty songs, William Brown takes the scenes seriously - an…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review: Chops (Dashnight Productions) by Scotty Zacher

Chops has a lot of potential - potential that is never completely realized. Fortunately, the three male actors are so accomplished that they can direct themselves, resulting in intense, char…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Review: This (Windy City Playhouse) by Scotty Zacher

Windy City Playhouse's *This*, by Melissa James Gibson, is a well-casted 2 hour play about privileged people with problems. Though many plays have this foundation, *This* lacks any type of …

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: Tomorrow Morning (Kokandy Productions) by Scotty Zacher

Though Kokandy Productions' Tomorrow Morning doesn’t break any ground in musical theater, it's still a sweet, 90-minute pleasing look at love and marriage, beautifully sung by 4 talented p…

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