Wednesday December 12 8:11 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Reviews

"Masque Macabre" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham

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★★★★★….And now for something completely different. Strawdog Theatre Company presents, just in time for the Halloween holiday, its shrewdly sinister production of “Masque Macabre,” which is inspired by the stories of Edgar Allen Poe. The creative team involves three writers (Aly Greaves Amidei, Cara Beth Heath and John Henry Roberts) and three directors (Anderson Lawfer, Janet Howe and Eli Newell). This immersive theatrical experience, perhaps the boldest and most audacious in this company’s history, is clearly a labor of love for its extensive creative team as well as being a rollicking good time.

Betty Buckley owns the Stage in Broadway in Chicago's "Hello, Dolly!"

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**** Highly Recommended ****At the risk of seeming obvious, I just couldn’t resist - “Hey, Fellas, Dolly’s back in town!” Broadway legend Betty Buckley is starring as everyone’s favorite matchmaker in a blockbuster production of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Oriental Theatre through November 17th. Everything about the show is just about perfect – the cast, the costumes, the choreography, the set, the music. You can really tell that the show was transported lock, stock and original cast straight from Broadway. There’s a reason producers go back to the classics, they’re that good! Get a ticket, this is a must-see. 4 BIG Spotlights

Joffrey's "Swan Lake" is Exquisite!

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**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Swan Lake” is exquisite - trés magnifique! When I talk about dance companies, it’s frustrating when someone slots the Joffrey into the modern, cutting edge ballet company, and I have to argue that they are equally good at the classical. I’m proven right when they do a classical ballet like “Swan Lake” with such perfection.

Four Incredible Women featured in "Flyin' West"

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**** Recommended **** “Flyin’ West” is an amazing play about four incredible women. In addition, it devotes attention to an important but relatively obscure piece of African American history. Although some things were obvious – the brother-in-law was clearly going to be the villain – the characterizations were so strong, it kept my interest firmly on the story. “Flyin’ West” is beautifully cast. 4 Spotlights

"Little Foxes" - a Guest Review by Bob Rubin and Richard Gore of TSP News

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“Little Foxes”, originally a Broadway play, which opened recently at Lake Forest’s Citadel Theater. The set, the costumes, the direction, the acting were all Broadway level. Add to this, the easy access theater location, the pleasant intimate seating, the plentiful adjacent parking and affordable ticket prices… WHY would you miss a single play!

"Gypsy" - Review by Alan Bresloff

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★★★★★If you were down near Division and Dearborn last night , and felt the earth moving, it was not an earthquake. It was the Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Gypsy” and the unbelievable E. Faye Butler bringing Mama Rose to life! This is “classic Musical Theater” at its best!

"Shrek the Musical" - Review by Alan Bresloff

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★★★★★ Leave it to Marriott Theatre and their staff to bring a huge musical to their in-the-round- stage with just the right touch. Under the leadership of Director Scott Weinstein, they are doing a mini version of “Shrek the Musical” that is perfect fare for the entire family. Yes, from a three year old to an 80 year old, everyone will have the time of their lives with this 70 minutes of musical merriment.

"fun Harmless Warmachine" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham

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****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** The creative folks at The New Colony are once again exploring a subject matter that they seem to be particularly drawn to -- the world of video gaming. In 2016, this very same company presented the world premiere of "Merge," which dealt with the people involved in the creation of and travails involved in incorporating what ended up becoming the Atari company in the late 1970's, and its eventual downfall. Their latest world premiere (New Colony's 31st) is "Fun Harmless Warmachine," written by the new Co-Artistic Director Fin Coe, which is a much more polished and decidedly darker and rewarding work. 4 BIG SPOTLIGHTS