Wednesday April 25 2:30 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Reviews

Chicago Shakespeare's “Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a Magical Spellbinder

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**** Highly Recommended **** Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a magical spellbinder. Although thousands of students will be coming to the Yard to see Director Jess McLeod’s 75-minute adaptation of the play, there are just eight more performances open to the public. My recommendation – call for tickets today! You’ll see an outstanding cast in a beautiful – and very funny – production. By the way, Sean Fortunato, one of the most respected actors in Chicago, plays Theseus/Oberon. 4 Spotlights

Marriott's "Ragtime" is Fabulous!

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**** Recommended **** Marriott Theatre’s darkly beautiful new production of “Ragtime” is fabulous. It has been said that “Ragtime,” the musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel, is a microcosm of American life; in fact, the bigotry, racism and anti-immigration rhetoric expressed by some of the characters could have been torn from today’s news. Although I’ve seen “Ragtime” multiple times, I will never get tired of hearing the ragtime melodies. 4 Spotlights

"Nice Girl" - Review by Alan Bresloff

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★★★★★ People who know Raven Theatre , know that they” tell stories of today and of the past that connect us to our cultural landscape”, and the Chicago Premiere of “Nice Girl” meets this mission. Written by Melissa Ross, “Nice Girl” takes us back to 1984 and the plight of Josephine Rosen ( deftly handled by Lucy Carapetyan), a 38- year- old college drop-out, living with her mother ( almost the perfect” Jewish Mother” played by Lynne Baker). They live a fairly routine style of “life” ( if one can call it more than “just ” existing), one day, following another.

I found Porchlight's "Merrily We Roll Along" Heavy Going

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*** Recommended *** If you’re a Sondheim devotee, you probably love Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Merrily We Roll Along”. For me, it was just heavy going. The music is glorious, the cast is talented, but the story was boring, confusing and in light of the #MeToo movement, distasteful. It closed after just 16 performances on Broadway. 3 Spotlights

The Goodman's "Blind Date" offers a Glimpse into the Reagan White House

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**** Recommended **** For me, “Blind Date” was a glimpse into the workings of a White House that I thought was up there with the evil empire! In hindsight, their concerns about Russia were almost quaint – they just had to worry about one hostile nation having nuclear weapons! I didn’t think I’d enjoy this play as much as I did. 3 ½ Spotlights

First Folio's "Women in Jeopardy" kept Me Laughing!

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**** Recommended **** “Women in Jeopardy” is a lot of fun, a comedy of errors involving three gal pals, a clueless, self-involved girl, a spacey, cougar-obsessed boy and a creepy dentist. Are two of the gals jealous because the third met someone – or is it really about his weird vibes? I had to laugh out loud at the funny dialogue and improbable situations in this light-hearted comedy. 3 ½ Spotlights

Emerald City Theatre’s “Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare” - Review by Carol & Molly Moore

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**** Recommended **** I took my granddaughter, Molly, to see Emerald City Theatre’s “Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare”, subtitled “A Musical Adventure on a Midsummer’s Night!”. Since she’d read the book, “Stage Fright on a Summer Night”, Magic Tree House Book 25, by Mary Pope Osborne, it was a good choice for her. Overall, the performance is energetic, colorful and musical. 3 ½ Spotlights

Drury Lane's Reimagined "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is Fabulous and Fun!

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**** Highly Recommended **** I’ve seen “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” approximately eleven-teen times, so I was feeling so-so about going to see it yet again. So much for expectations. As soon as I saw an airplane zoom across the stage, I knew I would be seeing something new. Director Alan Souza has reimagined “Joseph” and moved it to Las Vegas. I was Gobsmacked! 4 BiG Spotlights