Wednesday April 25 2:30 pm

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You'll be Part of the Action in "Southern Gothic" at Windy City Playhouse


**** Highly Recommended **** Have you ever wished you were a fly-on-the-wall – say at your best friend’s house after a disastrous party? You just know you’re missing the juiciest conversation ever! If you see “Southern Gothic”, the new production at Windy City Playhouse, you’ll not only see what’s happening, you’ll be in the middle of the action! They call it immersion theatre, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and it was a blast. 4 BIG Spotlights

Theatre at the Center's "Steel Magnolias" is an Emotional Roller Coaster


**** Highly Recommended **** Theatre at the Center’s production of “Steel Magnolias” is an emotional roller coaster, heartwarming humorous ups followed by heart-wrenching downs. In other words, it made me laugh, it made me cry, I loved it! Kudos to Linda Fortunato and the women in the cast for an outstanding production. 4 Spotlights

An Open-and-Shut Case falls Apart in Keith Huff's Gritty Police Drama, "Six Corners"


**** Recommended **** As I started thinking about what to write about American Blues Theater’s production of Keith Huff’s noir police drama, “Six Corners”, I wanted to use words like intense, gritty, gripping, depressing – but while every one of those words apply, I think futility, frustration and anger would be better choices. The story reminded me of a runaway train – you can see where it’s going to end up but you don’t want to miss the journey. This production is so strong that, at the end, there was total silence before the audience broke into applause. 4 Spotlights

“Surely Goodness and Mercy” - Review by Alan Bresloff


Highly Recommended **** One of my favorite “storefront” theaters is Redtwist, a PURE storefront on Bryn Mawr Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood. This intimate space allows the audience to become the perverbial “fly on the wall” almost feeling as if they can reach out and touch the actors. In fact, we could. Today, while witnessing a “rolling World Premiere” of “Surely Goodness and Mercy”, by Chisa Hutchinson, there were times I had to uncross my legs so that the actors could get off the “stage” (if you have ever been to Redtwist, you know there is no actual stage). They keep you on your toes for sure.

"The Wolves" - Exciting Girls Soccer on the Goodman Stage


**** Recommended **** Breaking News – this just in – I’ve always wanted to write that, and it fits into this review – soccer has come to the Goodman Theatre! There’s now a soccer pitch, complete with astroturf, stadium seating and safety netting, inside the Owen Theatre (Goodman’s smaller space). If that’s not enough of a shock to the theater-going psyche, “The Wolves” might be! “The Wolves” is an exciting, intriguing drama about nine teenaged girls who play soccer on a traveling team, the Wolves. 4 BIG Spotlights

Lyric Opera's "Cosi fan tutte" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham


****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** If you need a break from the cold and snow of a Chicago winter (or from the more recent flooding in some areas) but can't afford a ticket to a sunny, tropical vacation getaway there is an artistic alternative. Purchase tickets to see "Cosi fan tutte" at the Lyric Opera. This deeply affecting work will refresh your soul, rejuvenate your spirits and warm your heart just as successfully. For this particular production, Mozart's final opera (completed in 1790) has been relocated from 18th century Naples to a hotel at a Monaco resort in August of 1914. The libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte feels almost contemporary and contains equal parts of profound wisdom and even greater humor regarding human nature and the foibles of both sexes. 4 BIG SPOTLIGHTS

I laughed - and cried - at “Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner a (sort of) Love Story”


**** Highly Recommended **** I really enjoyed Mercury Theatre's production of “Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner a (sort of) Love Story”. Alan Zweibel’s sweet, poignant and very funny tribute to Gilda Radner has a little bit of Saturday Night Live, a little bit of Gilda’s one-woman show, and lots of funny and very personal vignettes. Although they were friends as well as professional collaborators on SNL, Zweibel and Radner never made a romantic connection (not that Zweibel didn’t want one). 4 Spotlights

The Joffrey Ballet's "Modern Masters" - Magnificent!


**** Highly Recommended **** I’m having a hard time finding the right words to describe the Joffrey Ballet’s “Modern Masters”. Combining masterpieces by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with works by up-and-coming choreographers Miles Thatcher and Nicolas Blanc made for an evening of brilliant, artistic, intense, athletic, physical, cutting edge, minimalist, contemporary ballet. “Modern Masters” is quite literally a celebration of the human body. 4 BIG Spotlights