Wednesday January 17 9:59 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Interviews, Non-Theater Reviews, Stories, Whatever

The 49th Annual Jeff Awards- Aurora does it again! by Alan Bresloff

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Another Gala at Drury Lane Oakbrook to celebrate the world of Chicago Theater. What a world it is! While we are able to watch many award shows on television, being at a “live” one is far superior and the doors to the Jeff Award “party” are open to all.

Photo: Alan & Jane Bresloff at the Jeffs

The Joffrey Ballet's "Giselle"

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**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s production of “Giselle” was quite simply exquisite. I never fail to be amazed at the grace and beauty of these dancers. The Joffrey is a very modern, very contemporary ballet company, so “Giselle” is very different from their more edgy selections. The last time the Joffrey did “Giselle” was ten years ago, Artistic Director Ashley Wheater’s first year, so it’s serendipity to bring it back in 2017. 4 BIG Spotlights

“Orphée et Eurydice” marks the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship between the Lyric Opera and the Joffrey Ballet

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**** Highly Recommended **** There isn’t one thing I’d change about “Orphée et Eurydice”, the first ever collaboration between the Lyric Opera and the Joffrey Ballet. I can truthfully say that I was in awe – all that Joffrey grace and beauty, three amazing voices and gorgeous music! Bravo! 4 BIG Spotlights

Hubbard Street Dance took a Big Risk with "Space in Perspective"

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Even knowing that Hubbard Street Dance thrives on taking risks, I couldn’t have visualized their recent cutting-edge program, “Space, in Perspective”, which took place all over the Harris Theater – and I do mean all over! It was exciting to be a part of that audience for a couple of reasons. The first, of course, was the grace and strength of the dancers. Second, was the unique opportunity to watch them dance against the backstage environs at the Harris. My only complaint – I couldn’t be everywhere! 4 BIG Spotlights

Cirque du Soleil's "Luzia: A Walking Dream of Mexico"

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**** Highly Recommended **** Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico” is truly spectacular. If you’ve never seen a Cirque show, you will think it’s amazing. On the other hand, to a Cirque devotee, which I am, it’s a tad disappointing. Cirque’s customary colorful costumes, masks and scenery are here, as well as the musical background. Although more circus than Cirque, “Luzia” is still awesome. 4 Spotlights

Chicago Tap Theatre's "Changes" hearkens Back to "Flash Gordon"

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**** Highly Recommended **** When I saw Chicago Tap Theatre’s fantastical science fiction tap opera, “Changes”, it felt like a time warp, flashing me back to my favorite space hero on TV, Flash Gordon, traveling through the galaxy in his spaceship, fighting cosmic villains. Everything was there - a hero, a villain, minions, captured/oppressed people, a rocket, even a cheesy laser weapon. Choreographer Mark Yonally’s ingenious choreography uses tap shoes to tell the story. Add to that the spacey score (pun intended), a mélange of David Bowie’s song tracks with live additions by CTT Music Director Kurt Schweitz and Lighting Designer Dustin Derry’s laser lighting, and you get a spectacle. 4 Spotlights

The Joffrey's "Global Visionaries" features Brilliant Contemporary Ballet

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**** Highly Recommended **** When I was a child, I was obsessed with ballet. I was positive I was going to be a ballerina when I grew up, but alas, I wasn’t any good at it. As an adult, I’m aware of my limitations, but I still love ballet and so I feel very privileged to be invited to attend the Joffrey Ballet’s performances. Their spring engagement, “Global Visionaries”, is a brilliant smorgasbord of contemporary ballet. The incredibly talented Joffrey dancers execute the most complicated choreography with flawless technique and timing. 4 Spotlights

Stones Fan? You have to see "Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones" at Navy Pier

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**** Highly Recommended **** If you’re a fan of the Rolling Stones, you have to see “Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones” while the show is in town. With over 500 original objects from the Stones’ private collections, this is the definitive exhibition of Stones memorabilia. Chicago is the third stop for “Exhibitionism” after it premiered in London, followed by a star-studded success in New York. Next stop on the tour is Sydney, Australia. I’m a lifelong Stones fan, and I loved this show! 4 BIG Spotlights