Thursday January 24 5:14 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Reviews

"Satchmo at the Waldorf" is a Fascinating Picture of a Legend


**** Recommended **** I was absolutely fascinated watching Barry Shabaka Henley’s performance in the Court Theatre’s production of “Satchmo at the Waldorf”. Although I was certainly aware of Louis Armstrong as a performer, I knew very little about him as a person. Henley’s raspy-voiced portrayal made him real for me. I give “Satchmo at the Waldorf” 4 Spotlights.

"Sunset Baby" Review by Alan Bresloff


★★★★★ Those of you who attend Timeline Theatre Company productions ( and have for 19 years), know that they present “Yesterday’s stories, Today’s topics”! With all that has been happening in Chicago ( as well as other major cities) dealing with race problems, their current production, the Chicago premiere of “Sunset Baby” has even more meaning than it might have a few years ago. Written by Dominique Morisseau, “Sunset Baby” is a deep, powerful story that deals with a father and his daughter.

"Animals Out of Paper" Review by Alan Bresloff


Recommended *** When one thinks of “origami, the art of folding paper in just the right artistic way to create a work of art, itself, unless, you are into the art, it just passes us by. In Rajiv Joseph’s “Animals Out of Paper”, now being presented at Theater Wit as part of Shattered Globe Theatre’s 25th anniversary season, we see how this art form connects and or disconnects three lonely souls with deep personal troubles during a solid one hour and forty minutes of story-telling (no intermission). There are three characters in this story. Well, there are three that we meet and learn about. There are few others that are referred to as part of the story that help us to see things about the three we get to know.

Marriott's "Spring Awakening" will Move You


**** Highly Recommended **** Marriott’s “Spring Awakening” is one of January’s must-see musicals. The compelling story moved me to tears. In fact, it’s up there in my top ten list of Marriott productions since I’ve been reviewing. I give “Spring Awakening” 4 Big Spotlights.

"No Wake" - the First Hit of the 2016 Season


***** Highly Recommended ***** Route 66 Theatre Company’s “No Wake” is the first hit of 2016! “No Wake” is so well written, it drew me in, made me laugh, and moved me to tears. If you made a resolution to see more good plays in 2016, start the year with “No Wake”. I give it 4 Spotlights.

Excellent Work at the 29th Young Playwrights Festival


**** Recommended **** When I went to Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s 29th Young Playwrights Festival, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After I saw the three winning plays written by high school students, I was totally in awe! I give the Young Playwrights 4 Spotlights.

"Gotta Dance" is a Feeel Good Musical with a Twist


**** Highly Recommended **** Broadway-bound “Gotta Dance” is a brand new, feel-good musical with a twist – the stars are all at least 60 years old … and they can dance! “Gotta Dance” is funny and predictable, but it’s based on a true story – and really, who could/would make up a story like that? The audience fell in love with all of the seniors, judging by the nightly standing ovations. I fell in love, too, so “Gotta Dance” gets 4 BIG Spotlights.