Thursday September 20 10:46 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Cirque Du Soleil's "Crystal" - An Awesome Ice Spectacular

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**** Highly Recommended **** Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal” was here and gone way too quickly, but I’m sure it will be back. Cirque’s first venture onto ice, made for a totally unique experience, a blend of Cirque’s themed stories and incredible feats of human skills with the speed and skills of ice skaters. I found myself gasping in awe more than once. 4 BIG Spotlights

Lucky Plush "Rooming House" is Fascinating and Kind of Chaotic

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**** Recommended **** Last year I was blown away by “Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip”, a blend of contemporary dance, theater, video and comic book graphics. This year, Lucky Plush, the company that created “SuperStrip”, has an entirely new blend of theater and contemporary dance, “Rooming House”, part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series. The Lucky Plush company tries to answer a question; what makes a person do something that has potentially life-changing consequences? The result – a fascinating, somewhat chaotic game of Clue! 3 ½ Spotlights

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

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