Friday January 19 10:31 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Equity Theater Reviews

The Court Theatre's "The Belle of Amhurst" pays Tribute to Emily Dickenson

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*** Recommended **** The Court Theatre’s new play, “The Belle of Amhurst”, is a beautiful tribute to the poet, Emily Dickenson, starring Kate Fry. Doing a one-woman play has to be one of the most difficult challenges for any actor, but Fry made it look easy. If you enjoy poetry, this is the play for you. 3 Spotlights

Lucky Plush "Rooming House" is Fascinating and Kind of Chaotic

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**** Recommended **** Last year I was blown away by “Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip”, a blend of contemporary dance, theater, video and comic book graphics. This year, Lucky Plush, the company that created “SuperStrip”, has an entirely new blend of theater and contemporary dance, “Rooming House”, part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series. The Lucky Plush company tries to answer a question; what makes a person do something that has potentially life-changing consequences? The result – a fascinating, somewhat chaotic game of Clue! 3 ½ Spotlights

The Joffrey Ballet's "Giselle" is Exquisite

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**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s production of “Giselle” was quite simply exquisite. I never fail to be amazed at the grace and beauty of these dancers. The Joffrey is a very modern, very contemporary ballet company, so “Giselle” is very different from their more edgy selections. The last time the Joffrey did “Giselle” was ten years ago, Artistic Director Ashley Wheater’s first year, so it’s serendipity to bring it back in 2017. 4 BIG Spotlights

A note - although I've always posted dance reviews in Spotlight on Reviews as well as Interviews, etc, for some reason, I mistakenly posted three reviews exclusively in Interviews, etc. My apologies, Carol

“Orphée et Eurydice” marks the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship between the Lyric Opera and the Joffrey Ballet

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**** Highly Recommended **** There isn’t one thing I’d change about “Orphée et Eurydice”, the first ever collaboration between the Lyric Opera and the Joffrey Ballet. I can truthfully say that I was in awe – all that Joffrey grace and beauty, three amazing voices and gorgeous music! Bravo! 4 BIG Spotlights

A note - although I've always posted dance reviews in Spotlight on Reviews as well as Interviews, etc, for some reason, I mistakenly posted three reviews exclusively in Interviews, etc. My apologies, Carol

Hubbard Street Dance took a Big Risk with "Space in Perspective"

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Even knowing that Hubbard Street Dance thrives on taking risks, I couldn’t have visualized their recent cutting-edge program, “Space, in Perspective”, which took place all over the Harris Theater – and I do mean all over! It was exciting to be a part of that audience for a couple of reasons. The first, of course, was the grace and strength of the dancers. Second, was the unique opportunity to watch them dance against the backstage environs at the Harris. My only complaint – I couldn’t be everywhere! 4 BIG Spotlights

A note - although I've always posted dance reviews in Spotlight on Reviews as well as Interviews, etc, for some reason, I mistakenly posted three reviews exclusively in Interviews, etc. My apologies, Carol

Drury Lane's New "42nd Street" is the Best!

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**** Highly Recommended **** I’ve always loved “42nd Street” with its schmaltzy rags to riches story. I’ve always gotten goose bumps when the curtain rises revealing all those dancing feet. I thought I knew “42nd Street”, but Drury Lane’s new jazz/rock & roll/funk infused interpretation jumps right out of the ‘30s, gleefully turning the ‘traditional’ on its collective ear! While the dancing feet are there, this “42nd Street” doesn’t even have a curtain! Hurry and get your tickets, this is the best “42nd Street” I’ve ever seen! 4 BIG Spotlights

“Woman of the Year” revisited - by Alan Bresloff

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Highly Recommended ***** I love the concept that Porchlight Musical Theatre has developed. They call it Porchlight Revisits- and they bring back the musicals that have not been done (or even seen) in the area for years. I know that Artistic Director Michael Weber loves doing these shows as much as audiences seem to love experiencing them.

"Fade" Review by Alan Bresloff

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★★★★★ Attending Tanya Saracho’s latest play, “Fade”, made me think of an old Woody Allen story. Seems that after college, he was hired to work for a Park Avenue firm that was said to be “anti-semetic”. His job- “to look Jewish”. Sounds easy, and one of his friends truly wanted to know about such a job. Woody said the job was indeed easy. In the morning he had to have a bagel/lox/and cream cheese sandwich on his desk and in the afternoon, a corned beef sandwich worked. Should there be a need for him to be there on a Sunday late afternoon/evening, the meal was Chinese. But, as Woody tells the story, after the first six months he was fired. Why, you might ask? For taking off to many Jewish holidays!”.