Thursday November 15 7:18 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Equity Theater Reviews

Arthur Conan Doyle never imagined Lifeline's "Miss Holmes"

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**** Highly Recommended **** I thought Lifeline Theatre’s “Miss Holmes” is absolutely delightful. On the other hand, if you’re a strict Holmesian, “Miss Holmes” might not be the play for you. Christopher M. Walsh’s new adaptation is true to the Holmes legend, with a teeny, tiny twist – Sherlock is a female! My friend Crista, who could probably recite Holmesian dialog in her sleep, absolutely loved “Miss Holmes”, and so did I. I give “Miss Holmes” 4 Spotlights.

The Joffrey Ballet's Romantic Tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" is dazzling Audiences

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***** Highly Recommended ***** As a lover of all things Shakespeare, I’ve been in alt this fall, what with all the special events planned for Shakespeare 400. One of the absolute highlights – the Joffrey Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet”. I think that Shakespeare would have loved seeing his story of star-crossed lovers told through dance. I give “Romeo and Juliet” 4 BIG Spotlights.

Gothic Horror returns to Mayslake with "Dr. Seward's Dracula"

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**** Recommended **** Halloween is a big deal at First Folio Theatre. After a macabre Edgar Allen Poe roamed through Mayslake mansion – which some claim is haunted – last year, the Dracula legend takes center stage in 2016. Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, a favorite at First Folio, has written “Dr. Seward’s Dracula”, a slightly different twist on the Dracula legend – putting author Bram Stoker in the middle of the plot. It’s a creepy little gothic story and I give it 3 ½ Spotlights.

Don't Miss Light Opera Works' Fabulous Revue, "Let Me Entertain You: Jule Styne’s Greatest Hits”

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***** Highly Recommended ***** Although I’ve always heard good things about Light Opera Works, I’ve never been able to see one of their shows for one reason or another. I was delighted to see that I finally had an open date that coincided with the opening of their fabulous new revue, “Let Me Entertain You: Jule Styne’s Greatest Hits”. What a treat! This was definitely a 4 Spotlight show!

Steppenwolf's "Visiting Edna" was Downright Disappointing

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Somewhat Recommended *** I was very disappointed with “Visiting Edna”, the end-of-life drama currently on stage at Steppenwolf. As the story plodded along, I found myself zoning out a couple of times. In fact, I was so bored, I found myself shifting in my seat more and more, trying to stay focused. It was a struggle! Good acting just couldn’t save “Visiting Edna”. I give it 2 ½ Spotlights.

Bring Your Friends to see “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding”

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**** Highly Recommended **** Unlike many of my contemporaries, I’d never seen “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” during its long run at Piper’s Alley, so I can’t make any comparisons. After attending the retro wedding and reception, I completely understand why it was such a hit. It had everything you could want in a wedding – on steroids! The cast worked the room (I think every cast member stopped at our table to talk) improvising freely. My friend Nancy and I were seated with lovely people so we had a wonderful time laughing and talking with them. I give “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” 4 Spotlights.

“The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady” is Hilarious!

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**** Recommended **** Here’s the thing – I really wanted to like “The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady”. As I watched the beginning of the show, I heard people laughing but I didn’t see/hear anything funny. I was ready to be disappointed, but as the show rolled along, it got funnier and funnier. By the end, people were really laughing and guess what? I did like “The Bardy Bunch”! I give it 3 ½ Spotlights.

Chicago Shakespeare's "Tug of War: Civil Strife" was Exciting and Exhausting!

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**** Highly Recommended **** “Tug of War: Civil Strife”, the second half of Barbara Gaines epic history saga, is a lot like the first, “Tug of War: Foreign Fire”, such a huge production it’s hard to know where to start when writing a review. Watching “Civil Strife” 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 “Tug of War: Civil Strife” 4 BIG Spotlights.