Thursday February 21 7:46 am

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Spotlight on Reviews

"The Distance" by Alan Bresloff


While I'm out of town, I'll be posting several reviews by my good friend, Alan Bresloff, here's what he has to say about "The Distance".

I know that many a good story was written by a British playwright, but often wonder why the production company feels they must present it as an “English story” in a local production. Haven Theatre Company’s U.S. Premiere of Deborah Bruce’s “The Distance”, a play about motherhood, fatherhood and control certainly can be easily adaptable to be right here in America with no accents used. Perhaps doing this would have made the stories more understandable.

Chicago Shakespeare's “Tug of War: Foreign Fire” is Exciting, Addictive and Exhausting


**** Highly Recommended **** “Tug of War: Foreign Fire” is such a huge production it’s hard to know where to start when writing a review. Watching “Foreign Fire” was like binge watching three or four episodes of a TV drama like “Outlander” or “Game of Thrones”. It was exciting, addictive, totally exhausting and I loved it! Brilliantly staged and superbly acted, I give “Foreign Fire” 4 Spotlights.

“Haymarket:The Anarchist’s Songbook” by Alan Bresloff

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Highly Recommended **** One of Chicago’s newest “hotspots” when it comes to dining out, the Randolph Street area, just west of Halsted, has some strong history for the city of Chicago. The story of Lucy Parsons, daughter of a slave and the widow of Albert Parsons, who on the last day of her life, revisits Haymarket Square (the aforementioned area) to retell the story of the unjust trial that followed, so that she can have the closure that she needs. This is the tale, or should I say, the FOLK tale we are shown in the World Premiere of “Haymarket:The Anarchist’s Songbook” now on the stage of the Edge Theater located at 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. By the way, this is a new venue that is very comfortable for the audience, with room for one’s legs and seats placed in a fashion so that even a taller person in front of you will not hinder your view. Welcome to the Edgewater area, Edge Theater!

"Johanna Faustus" by Alan Bresloff


★★★★★Johanna Faustus opened May 20 at the Den Theater for a 9-day run.

Adapted by Emily Casey and Artistic Director Sean Graney, this clever retelling of the Faustus tale (from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus) features a minimalist set and an ensemble cast who take on individual roles while others sit on the sidelines commenting and adding nuance to the main events.

The Court Theatre's "One Man, Two Guvnors" is Laugh-a-Minute Comedy


**** Highly Recommended **** Hurry, hurry, hurry! Get your tickets now for “One Man, Two Guvnors”, a laugh-a-minute comedy wowing audiences at the Court Theatre. Mingle with the cast in the lobby and get your free popcorn as the fun starts early. Laughter really is the best medicine, therefore “One Man, Two Guvnors” will cure what ails you! I laughed so hard my face hurt so I give “One Man, Two Guvnors” 4 big Spotlights.

Leave Your Little Princess at Home, "Disenchanted!" is for Grown-Ups!


**** Recommended **** Did you ever wonder what all those fairy tale princesses thought/felt when the handsome prince found/kissed/rescued them from whatever evil was lurking around? If you’re like me and thought that ‘happily ever after’ was a crock, then “Disenchanted!” is the musical for you. Brought to you by Broadway in Chicago, “Disenchanted!” features ten princesses who have had it! “Disenchanted!” is hilarious and I give it 4 Spotlights.

Northlight's “The Gospel according to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” is Fascinating!

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**** Recommended **** Northlight Theatre’s production of “The Gospel according to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” is one of the more interesting plays I’ve seen in a while. While I’ve seen other plays that put unlikely people together for a conversation, the conversations haven’t been anywhere near as intelligent. I was fascinated, so I give “The Gospel according to …” 4 Spotlights.

The Joffrey Ballet's "Cinderella" is Fantabulous!


**** Highly Recommended **** I don’t often get the opportunity to review a ballet, so I was delighted to get an invitation to the Joffrey Ballet’s “Cinderella”. “Cinderella” was originally choreographed in 1948 by Sir Frederick Ashton for the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in London to a Prokofiev score written for the Bolshoi Ballet. “Cinderella” is filled with complicated choreography, fantabulous leaps, flawless technique and timing. I give "Cinderella" 4 Spotlights.