Thursday April 26 1:42 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Spotlight on Equity Theater Reviews

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


**** 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!


**** 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

"Hurly Burly" is about the Excesses of the '80s


Chicago Street Theatre’s intense production of “Hurly Burly” is a definite must-see. I’m not sure if David Rabe’s scathing indictment of Hollywood in the ‘80s is entirely accurate, but it is definitely disturbing. Karl Berner gives a tour de force performance in this amazing piece of theater! 3 ½ Spotlight

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


**** 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

The Court Theatre's Production of "All My Sons" Blew Me Away!


**** Highly Recommended **** The Court Theatre’s intense production of Arthur Miller’s tragic family drama, “All My Sons”, just blew me away! Going in, I was expecting a good performance but I thought the play was rather dated and not particularly relevant. I’m happy to say I was wrong. In fact, I thought the subject matter was very relevant to today’s news. Don’t miss tour de force performances by John Judd and Kate Collins. 4 BIG Spotlights

Meet "Rose", the Grande Dame of the Kennedy Family at the Greenhouse


**** Highly Recommended **** I never really understood what a grande dame was until I saw “Rose”, Linda Reiter’s one woman show about the Kennedy family matriarch. A grande dame is an elderly woman of great prestige or ability, a woman with opinions, maybe a socially prominent. Reiter’s Rose Kennedy epitomizes these qualities as she talks about her life. Since I didn’t get to see “Rose” the first time around, I was delighted that the Greenhouse brought it back. 4 Spotlights

“She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves” scores a 10 on My Hilarity Scale!


**** Highly Recommended **** The Second City continues to do what they do best, make people laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more, with a new all-female revue, “She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves”, which supports a longtime theory of mine – comediennes are just as funny as their male counterparts. From the first snicker to the last guffaw, this revue scores a 10 on my hilarity scale. “She the People” runs through April Fool’s Day! Get tickets soon, you’ll love it! 4 BIG Spotlights