Sunday November 18 3:48 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Reviews

Victory Gardens' "Hillary and Clinton" exists in an Alternate Universe

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** Somewhat Recommended ** Victory Gardens new play, “Hillary and Clinton” exists in an alternate universe, which might be where it belongs. I’m reminded of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode in which parallel universes collide, only in that show the situation was a lot more interesting. I was so bored by the meaningless dialogue that I zoned out once or twice. “Hillary and Clinton” gets 2 ½ Spotlights.

Drury Lane's Campy "Hazel" is Fast-Paced and Funny

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**** Recommended **** Drury Lane’s campy new production, “Hazel, A Musical Maid in America”, is an entertaining breath of fresh air. It’s fast-paced, funny and exactly what it should be. By the way, just because a musical/play is based on something else doesn’t mean it will or won’t be worth your while. “Hazel”, based on a 1960’s TV show, which in turn was based on a cartoon character, is well worth the ticket price. “Hazel” made me laugh so it gets 4 Spotlights.

"Riverdance - the 20th Anniversary World Tour" dazzles Cadillac Palace Audiences

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**** Recommended **** “Riverdance – the 20th Anniversary World Tour” is a show you can count on. It delivers exactly what it promises, synchronized Irish dance in precision formations. Gorgeous costumes, haunting music, poetry and song; with the flavor of Spain, Russia and America adding a zing, you’ve gotta love it! I give “Riverdance 4 Spotlights.

Chicago Tap Theatre's Beautiful "Time Steps" is Both Evocative and Emotional

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**** Recommended ***** I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to see Chicago Tap Theatre’s “Time Steps”, but it sure wasn’t the beautiful, evocative and emotional story dance I saw. This is not the tap you’ll see/hear in a Broadway musical like “42nd Street”. In fact, it sounds more like the sounds Irish dancing produces in “Riverdance”. A cast of 12 incredibly talented dancers perform in one an amazingly creative dance/theater merge. It’s truly a shame the run is so short. “Time Steps” gets 4 Spotlights.

Buddhist Truths and Magic Tricks make "Fooling Buddha" Fun

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**** Recommended **** I’m not quite sure how to describe First Folio’s “Fooling Buddha”. It’s a one-man show, for sure, but it’s also a memoir filled with Buddhist truisms and a little bit of magic thrown in just for fun. The important thing – “Fooling Buddha” has a lot of laughs. I give it 4 Spotlights.

I watched the Court Theatre's Production of "Long Day's Journey into Night" with Fascinated Horror!

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**** Highly Recommended **** I’d never seen “Long Day’s Journey into Night” until I saw it at the Court the other night. I think my reaction as I watched the play was fascinated horror. This family put the ‘dys’ in dysfunctional! Since “Long Day’s Journey into Night” is rather long, I thought my arthritic knees might distract me from the action, but that didn’t happen! I just couldn’t help myself, I had to know what they’d say or do next, so I give “Long Day’s Journey into Night” 4 Spotlights.

"2666" by Alan Bresloff

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My apologies to Al Bresloff - I goofed and posted this review in Theater Spotlight.

★★★★★ The Ttile of the very Special Event” at The Goodman is hard to make sense of. “2666” is a five-part “Novello” based on the book written by Roberto Bolano, adapted by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley to be performed as a World Premiere on the stage of the Owen Theatre of The Goodman. It is an epic portrait of the world we live in and how the artists fits into this world.

Disappointing "Matilda The Musical" at the Oriental

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*** Somewhat Recommended*** I had hoped to take my almost seven-year-old granddaughter to see the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book, “Matilda The Musical”, but since it was spring break, she was off skiing in Colorado. Now, I’m glad she was away. Honestly, I don’t know what the buzz was all about. Child abuse as comedy just didn’t work for me. “Matilda The Musical” seemed to drag on and on, so I give it 2 ½ Spotlights.