Three Weak New Films from TLA Releasing

DVD Reviews by David Zak, May 15, 2015

Three in a Bed
Three In A Bed
Getting new films made is something to be celebrated, and getting a distribution deal is cause for even greater excitement. However these three new films from TLA Releasing – Seek...
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WE’RE STILL HERE; ON SHAKY GROUND

Theatre/Concert Review by Rand Ringgenberg

2 out of 4 stars

CGMC_WSH_MattFoster-02 Let me begin by saying Stephen Sondheim is my personal favorite musical theatre composer; and let me also state that I have seen The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) perform many times over the...
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“Inana” @ TimeLine Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

 3 out of 4

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Newlyweds Yasin Shalid (Demetrios Troy, right) and Shali Shalid (Atra Asdou, left) in TimeLine Theatre's Chicago premiere of INANA. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
The thing I don’t like about most museums is the distance....
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“Quiz Show” @ Strawdog Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

 2.5 out of 4

(L to R) Nikki Klix, Paul Fagen, Sarah Goeden, Anderson Lawfer, Kelsey Shipley. Photo by Chris Ocken.
I’ve always wanted to be a part of a game show. In the audience or part of...
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Lang Lang @ Civic Opera House

Music Review by John Glines, May 12, 2015

 4 out of 4 stars

LangYou should have been there. Apropos to the chilly season he was about to play through, Lang Lang came out decked in a marvelous fur coat, and began what was to be...
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Up & Down ascends @ Auditorium Theatre

Dance  Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, May 10th, 2015

Rating 3.5 Stars out of 4

Eifman-Ballet-Photo-by-Michael-Khoury_2 Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg showcases the American Premiere of Up & Down in three unmissable nights at the Auditorium Theatre for their 125th Anniversary Season. Boris Eifman is the...
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“MacSith” @ E.D.G.E Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, May 10, 20145

 2.5 out of 4

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L to R: Sarah Wisterman, Lisa Tosti, Nick Toussaint, Janae Hohbein. Photo by Jennifer Frankfurter.
I wouldn’t call myself a Shakespeare purist. I love seeing plays by William Shakespeare and I...
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Doubt: A Parable @ Writers Theatre

Steve Haggard, Eliza Stoughton, Karen Janes Woditsch
For those who think of theatre as church, there are few better places to worship than Writers Theatre's current intimate production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winner Doubt, directed by William Brown. Performed in the library of Glencoe...
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The White Road @ Irish Theatre of Chicago

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(left to right) The Company of Irish Theatre of Chicago’s world premiere production THE WHITE ROAD by Karen Tarjan, directed by Robert Kauzlaric.  Photo by Jackie Jasperson.
In 1914, a team of 28 men embarked on what would be an ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the...
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Melancholy Play @ Piven

Theater Review by Julie S. Halpern, May 3, 2015

3.5 stars out of 4

Stephanie Stockstill, Lauren Paris, Emily Grayson - credit Chris Zoubris
Stephanie Stockstill, Lauren Paris, Emily Grayson - credit Chris Zoubris
Melancholy Play, which started its artistic life at the Piven Theatre...
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“The Drowning Girls” @ Signal Ensemble Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, May 3, 2015

Rating 3.5 Stars Out of 4

Signal_TheDrowningGirls_1 (l to r): Katherine Schwartz (Bessie), Anne Sheridan Smith (Margaret),and Meghan Reardon (Alice). Photo by Johnny Knight.
I thought my glasses were fogged up. The theater was warm,...
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The Devilish Children @ Dream Theatre Company

Theater Review by  John Glines, May 3, 2015

4 out of 4 stars

DTC Devilish Children-Little Karl WindowWalking past the Dream Laboratory you may be forgiven for thinking it’s just some other little toy shop on Lincoln Avenue. While dolls and knick knacks litter the...
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“Hello and Goodbye” @ Bluebird Arts

 Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, May 1, 2015

 2.5 out of 4

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Jaimelyn Gray and Aaron Lawson in Hello and Goodbye. Photo by Anthony La Penna.
Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye tells the story of a brother and sister reuniting for...
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Austen Blockbuster @ Chicago Shakespeare

Theatre Review by Angela Allyn, April 29 2015

4 Stars out of 4

CST_SENSE_01_LizLaurenRushing to opening night of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s brand new production of Sense and Sensibility from our communities Pride and Prejudice rehearsal, I was a woman primed to love this show. There...
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Beast on the Moon @ Raven Theatre

Theater Review by Conor McShane and Leslie Hull, April 30, 2015

 3 Stars Out of 4150419 Beast-284

Ron Quade
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, in which around 1.5 million people were slaughtered or otherwise forced out of their homeland,...
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Funny things @Porchlight

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 (L to R)  Center: Bill Larkin Clockwise around Larkin:  Erica Evans, Britt-Marie Sivertsen,  Ariana Cappuccitti and Nella Barron
When Stephen Sondheim finally got to write both words and music early in his career, his 1962 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was born to...
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“Worthy” @ Adventure Stage Chicago

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, April 27, 2015

 3.5 out of 4

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 (L to R) Kamille Dawkins, Jessica London-Shields, Juanita Andersen and Michael Harris. Photo by Johnny Knight
I don’t remember ever going to a play like this when I was a kid....
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SUBURBAN ‘OLEANNA’ WORTH THE TRIP

Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg, April 25, 2015,

3 out of 4 stars

pic 13You never leave the theatre after watching a David Mamet play without knowing you were watching a David Mamet play. Mamet has a very distinct style of writing dialogue which has...
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Joffrey Shines @ Cadillac Palace

Dance Review by Sarah Frye, April 23, 2015

Rating 3 out of 4

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Derrick Agnoletti, Anastacia Holden, Victoria Jaiani, Rory Hohenstein and Fabrice Calmels in Nicolas Blanc's "Evenfall". Photo by Cheryl Mann
The Joffrey Ballet...
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“Three Sisters” Almost Get There @ The Hypocrites

Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, April 23rd, 2015

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

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(left to right) Lindsey Gavel, Hilary Williams and Mary Williamson in The Hypocrites’ production of THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov, directed by Geoff Button. Photo by Evan Hanover.
Once again, Moscow. A white whale for...
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Lang Lang @ Lyric Opera on May 9

Feature by John Glines, April 22, 2015

hi-res2-detlef-schneiderOn May 9th, one of the world’s foremost pianists will be performing at the Civic Opera House. Lang Lang, the Chinese prodigy who will soon after be celebrating his 33rd birthday, will be performing one of J.S. Bach’s more...
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The American Clock @ Red Twist Theatre

Theater Review by Julie S. Halpern, April 21, 2015

Rating 4 Stars out of 4

SONY DSCArthur Miller’s The  American Clock  - a play with music - was originally produced at the Spoleto Festival in 1980 and soon found it’s way to Broadway where it...
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Everything Anything @ MarriotTheatre

Theatre Review Angela Allyn, April 15, 2015

3 Stars out of 4

ANYTHING GOES_ Alexandra Palkovic and Cast MK I am just going to get it out of the way that I don’t adore theatres in the round for traditional big musicals. Somebody always has...
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People and their pets @ A Red Orchid

Theater Review Angela Allyn, April 14, 2015 3.5 Stars out of 4
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Chicago theater became legendary based on realistic theater performed by gritty skilled actors in tiny storefront theaters where you could feel the spit from the heated dialogues. That kind of in...
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‘The Herd’ Stands Apart @ Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, April 15, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

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(left to right) Andrey Francis (Claire), Cliff Chamberlain (Mark), and ensemble members Francis Guinan (Ian), Lois Smith (Patricia) and John Mahoney (Brian). Photo by Michael Brosilow.
“Children can be horribly...
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“Badfic Love” Takes Flight

Theater Review by Melissa Wiley, April 13, 2015

Rating 3.5 out of 4 stars

2A – Michelle the Hero (Barbatelli, Konz, Hunter, Shum and Szczepaniak)
Michelle the Hero (Barbatelli, Konz, Hunter, Shum and Szczepaniak)
Bad writing can be pretty great. Case in point: During a...
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“Spring Awakening” @ Fearless Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, April 13, 2015

 3 out of 4

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Sammy Zeisel and Nick Hyland in Fearless Theatre’s Spring Awakening. Photo by Madi Ellis.

If you haven’t had the chance to meet them, let me introduce you to Fearless Theatre Collaborative....
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“The Signal” @ Theatre at The Center

 Theater Review by Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe, April 8, 2015

2.5 Stars out of 4.

The SignalNot quite a musical, but not quite a concert, Theatre at the Center’s The Signal is a jiving mix of classic doo wop and little known local history. Although I was...
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