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Spotlight on Equity Theater Reviews

BoHo's "Cyrano" was Thoroughly Enjoyable!

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**** Recommended **** BoHo Theatre has put together an updated but still charming and thoroughly enjoyable production of “Cyrano”. It’s a more modern Cyrano but he’s still the anti-hero with the humongous schnoz. “Cyrano” is still a swashbuckling adventure story but it’s also got enough tongue-in-cheek humor and sight gags to keep everyone entertained. 4 Spotlights

Everyone loves "Just Dance Live"

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**** Recommended **** “Just Dance Live” is a family dance extravaganza. In case you didn’t know – and I didn’t – “Just Dance” is a popular video game in which the players mimic the choreography shown on the screen. Almost everyone else in the Aon Ballroom at Navy Pier - moms, dads, and kids of all ages – must play the game, because they were out on the dance floor, dancing their hearts out! 4 Spotlights

Lifeline's "Anna Karenina" is Dramatic, Intelligent and Stage-Worthy

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**** Recommended **** There are 864 pages in Leo Tolstoy’s novel, “Anna Karenina”, so I had to wonder how anyone could adapt it into a 2 or 2 ½ hour stage play. I also knew that if anyone could do it, it would be the folks at Lifeline Theatre, since that’s what they do. Time after time! Jessica Wright Buha’s adaptation is dramatic, intelligent, true to the story and very stage-worthy. I really enjoyed it. 4 Spotlights

"You for Me for You" - a Scary Trip to North Korea

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**** Recommended **** “You for Me for You” is a thought-provoking paean to the power of sisterly love. It’s also downright scary, in a ‘I’m so glad I don’t live in North Korea’ kind of way. With North Korea in the news a lot lately, the Sideshow production is very well-timed. Coincidentally, the press opening was the same night that the White House announced that President Trump and Kim Jong Un would meet. 4 Spotlights

"Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham

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****RECOMMENDED**** Dontrell Jones III is certainly a very intelligent and insightful young man. The title character of Nathan Alan Davis' play "Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea," currently receiving its Chicago premiere at the First Floor Theater, is an 18 year old spending the final days of his summer vacation before his freshman classes begin at Johns Hopkins University. 4 Spotlights

About Face Theater's "Time Is on Our Side" - Review by Carol Moore

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** Somewhat Recommended ** I have mixed feelings about “Time Is on Our Side”, another play that doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up. I’m pretty sure I figured out the most important point – one character saying that it’s her story and she’s the only one who gets to tell it – but there’s a lot of other stuff thrown into the mix. Although the characters were really one-dimensional, the actors could/should have put a little more emotion into them. 2 ½ Spotlights

"Faust" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham

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***RECOMMENDED*** Just as the juxtaposition of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s epic and impactful moral tale of Faust, Part One blends with the lushly romantic and light, poetic spirit of French composer Charles Gounod, the current production of “Faust” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is a true collaboration between six uniquely talented, but ultimately differing creative individuals. The resulting production is always visually stunning and even hypnotic at times, but not universally successful. While the narrative is so commonly known and copied in numerous art forms, there are some major gaps in the libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre that require more clear delineation to be more effective dramatically, particularly in the final two acts. It may leave some patrons cold and left with a sense that the entire proceedings have been over-conceptualized. 3 SPOTLIGHTS

"Plantation!" is Funny but Uncomfortable

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*** Recommended*** “Plantation!” was funny until it wasn’t. Although I laughed a lot at the absurd behavior of the Wright family, I also felt a twinge or two of discomfort. By the end of the play, I wasn’t laughing any more, having progressed to very uncomfortable. I guess I enjoyed “Plantation!” until I didn’t. 3 Spotlights