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Experience History and See an Amazing Play: American Blues Theatre's "Looking Over the President's Shoulder"


**** Recommended **** “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” is one of the best new dramas I’ve seen this year. James Still’s real-life, very personal drama about Alonzo Fields, White House Butler for more than twenty years, is chock full of history. There’s also tiny bits of insider gossip about the four Presidents he served. He really brought them to life! “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” gets 4 Spotlights.

"The 39 Steps" is a Delightfully Silly Hitchcock Spoof


***** Highly Recommended ***** Theatre at the Center’s production of “The 39 Steps” will keep you laughing from start to finish. If you think you remember Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 black and white, and very moody, spy film, so you already know this plot, forget about it! This version of “The 30 Steps” is a campy, melodramatic spoof with just four actors playing all the parts. If you’re looking for laughs, this is the show for you. I give “The 39” 4 Spotlights.

Marriott's "Sister Act" is a Joyful Romp


***** Highly Recommended ***** “Sister Act” is a longtime favorite movie of mine, so I was really excited about seeing Marriott Theatre’s production of “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy!” I’m happy to say it totally met my expectations. In fact, Director Don Stephenson’s “Sister Act” is one of the most joyful shows I’ve ever seen. I give it 4 BIG Spotlights.

Steppenwolf's Production of "The Flick" is Perfectly Cast & Superbly Acted!


**** Recommended **** In a lot of ways, Steppenwolf's production of “The Flick” reminded me of vacation trips when my children would ask “Are we there yet?” every five minutes. My “C” crew - Cindy, Colleen and Crista – were all in agreement, “The Flick” could use some judicious pruning. On the other hand, it is perfectly cast and superbly acted, and it has an interesting story to tell. I give "The Flick" 4 Spotlights.

"In A Word" by Alan Bresloff


★★★★★One of the incredible things about the Chicago “theater scene” is that we are offered all types of theater. New plays, prior to Broadway, have become something that we take for granted, and now, one of our smaller companies is participating in a “National New Play Network” presenting what they call a Rolling World Premiere of a new work by Lauren Yee, “In A Word”. A brief explanation of what this means is that this play, which is now in its final home on the “Rolling” has been produced in other cities along its way to Strawdog Theatre Company, its final resting spot for the now completely finished play. In fact, the playwright was here prior to opening at their space located at 3829 N. Broadway, to make some final changes and tweak where it should be tweaked.

"Marc Salem's Mind Over Chicago" by Alan Bresloff


Highly Recommended ***** The Apollo Theater Chicago has a new tenant. It is Marc Salem, the world’s foremost mentalist and purveyor of mind games. This is not a play, but is an evening of entertainment that you will want to partake of, and possibly participate in. It is called “Theater Art”, and this man, comes before an audience and with his mind, gets into our heads. Not knowing what to expect, we assumed that it would be an evening of typical “mind-reading”(as they refer to it on the circuit), but Mr. Salem is far from typical, in any way , shape or form.

"Far from Heaven" by Alan Bresloff


Recommended *** I must start by congratulating Michael Weber and Porchlight Music Theatre on bringing us a variety of work to view on their intimate stage at Stage 773. Most smaller companies take the “tried and true” path of doing the old standby musicals to fill their seats. However, the board of Porchlight feels that developing new works and re-imagining classics while giving young talent of Chicago the opportunity to be seen by their followers is the path they want to take. Their current production, a Chicago Premiere by the way, is “Far From Heaven”, a musical version of the Award-winning motion picture.

"The Shape of Things" by Alan Bresloff


Recommended *** The newest production brought to the stage by the Eclectic Full Contact Theatre (I will make an effort to explain this, as best I can) is a difficult one to review. The play, “The Shape of Things” is written by a name very familiar to Chicago Theater audiences, Neil LaBute. In fact, I was truly surprised to see this five year old company reach out to his work, but in all fairness to the company, they surprised me with an excellent production.