Articles by Leanne Star

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ Review — Upping the Antics at Court Theatre

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ Review — Upping the Antics at Court Theatre Improv triumphs in this fresh twist on commedia dell’arte

‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ Review - Court Theatre Trumpets a Layered Portrait of Louis Armstrong

‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ Review - Court Theatre Trumpets a Layered Portrait of Louis Armstrong A one-man show with many voices, “Satchmo at the Waldorf” plays a gig on Chicago’s South Side

‘Gotta Dance’ Review — Seniors Rule in Spunky Musical

‘Gotta Dance’ Review — Seniors Rule in Spunky Musical “Gotta Dance” turns Monroe Street into The Great Gray Way in this pre-Broadway tribute to aging with style

Hubbard Street ‘Winter Series’ Review — Snow Falling on Dancers, and Other Delights

Hubbard Street ‘Winter Series’ Review — Snow Falling on Dancers, and Other Delights Snow nearly steals the show at Hubbard Street's 'Winter Series'

‘The Tempest’ Review — Stage Magic Worthy of the Bard

‘The Tempest’ Review — Stage Magic Worthy of the Bard Audiences levitate out of their seats for this fully engaging ‘Tempest’

Lookingglass ‘Moby Dick’ Review — Dramatic Adaptation Adrift on a Sea of Spectacle

Lookingglass ‘Moby Dick’ Review — Dramatic Adaptation Adrift on a Sea of Spectacle With metaphorical spectacle Lookingglass Theatre lifts Moby Dick out of the water and into the air

Hubbard Street Dance ‘Summer Series’ Review — It’s All in the Family as Cerrudo Choreographs for his Colleagues

Hubbard Street Dance ‘Summer Series’ Review — It’s All in the Family as Cerrudo Choreographs for his Colleagues No one knows the remarkable abilities of Hubbard Street’s dancers as well as one of their own, Alejandro Cerrudo, who choreographs a program that fits them like a custom-made suit

‘New Works’ Review - Don’t Walk But Run (Gracefully) to the Joffrey’s Spring Program

‘New Works’ Review - Don’t Walk But Run (Gracefully) to the Joffrey’s Spring Program Sparkling choreography plus exquisite dancing make The Joffrey’s Ballet’s spring program a must-see

‘The Good Book’ Review — Biblical Time-Travel at Court Theatre

‘The Good Book’ Review — Biblical Time-Travel at Court Theatre In a world premiere at Court Theatre, the creative team behind ‘An Iliad’ re-imagines the creation of the Bible

Hubbard Street Dance Spring Series Review — From Masculine/Feminine to Balanchine

Hubbard Street Dance Spring Series Review — From Masculine/Feminine to Balanchine Hubbard Street’s spring program offers a little something for every dance fan

‘Waiting for Godot’ Review - Characters Pass Time, Surpass Time in Smartly Produced Classic at Court Theatre

‘Waiting for Godot’ Review - Characters Pass Time, Surpass Time in Smartly Produced Classic at Court Theatre Director Ron OJ Parson’s ‘Godot’ is more than worth the wait and the trip to Hyde Park

‘Pericles’ Review — Inspired Storytelling, Stage Magic Enchant at Chicago Shakes

‘Pericles’ Review — Inspired Storytelling, Stage Magic Enchant at Chicago Shakes Engaging from the get-go, Shakespeare’s ‘Pericles’ brings us on a voyage of discovery and wonder

‘Princess Grace Awards’ Review — Hubbard Street Dancers Perform Cutting-Edge Choreography at the MCA

‘Princess Grace Awards’ Review — Hubbard Street Dancers Perform Cutting-Edge Choreography at the MCA Princess Grace Foundation anoints emerging choreographers for Hubbard Street Dance winter concert at the MCA

‘Iphigenia in Aulis’ Review — Court Theatre Trades Tone for Accessibility in Euripidean Tragedy

‘Iphigenia in Aulis’ Review — Court Theatre Trades Tone for Accessibility in Euripidean Tragedy Court Theatre gives modern audiences access to Euripides but sacrifices consistency of tone

‘Always... Patsy Cline’ Review — Theo Ubique Packs a Big-Hearted Show into a Honky-tonk Music Box

‘Always... Patsy Cline’ Review — Theo Ubique Packs a Big-Hearted Show into a Honky-tonk Music Box In “Always… Patsy Cline” a spunky fan finds an instant best friend in her vocal idol

‘Auditorium Theatre’ Review — Upcoming Birthday Bash for a Marvel of Architecture 125 Years Ahead of Its Time

‘Auditorium Theatre’ Review — Upcoming Birthday Bash for a Marvel of Architecture 125 Years Ahead of Its Time The architectural jewel that is the Auditorium Theatre celebrates 125 years of high style with a birthday gala

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Makes Miracles Right Before Your Eyes

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Makes Miracles Right Before Your Eyes Magician Dennis Watkins will read your mind and rekindle your imagination with his feats of extraordinary prestidigitation

‘The Art of Falling’ Review — Hubbard Street Dance + Second City = Magic

‘The Art of Falling’ Review — Hubbard Street Dance + Second City = Magic Hubbard Street Dance Chicago couples with The Second City for a one-of-a-kind entertainment that combines grace with humor

‘At Last: A Tribute to Etta James’ Review — Etta Times Five Peels Open the Layers of a Vocalist Extraordinaire

‘At Last: A Tribute to Etta James’ Review — Etta Times Five Peels Open the Layers of a Vocalist Extraordinaire Knockout performances reveal the inner woman behind the genre-bending music of Etta James

‘The Dinner Party’ Review — Like a Dinner Party in Your Own Home, Only with Better Food and Guests

‘The Dinner Party’ Review — Like a Dinner Party in Your Own Home, Only with Better Food and Guests Eat, drink and listen in on the conversation at City Winery

‘Native Son’ Review — Adaptation of Richard Wright Classic Gives Audiences a Peek inside a Psyche

‘Native Son’ Review — Adaptation of Richard Wright Classic Gives Audiences a Peek inside a Psyche Court Theatre and American Blues Theater team in a revelatory world premiere adaptation of Richard Wright’s ‘Native Son’

‘On the Town’ Review — Lincolnshire, It’s a Helluva Town as Marriott Gets Everything Right

‘On the Town’ Review — Lincolnshire, It’s a Helluva Town as Marriott Gets Everything Right In its first appearance on a Chicagoland stage — overdue by some 70 years — “On the Town” is a winner for the Marriott

Review of ‘The Cooke Book’ — Darrian Ford Brings the King of Soul to Life and Then Some

Review of ‘The Cooke Book’ — Darrian Ford Brings the King of Soul to Life and Then Some Darrian Ford pays tribute to the legendary Sam Cooke in a nuanced, high-energy performance

‘Death and the Maiden’ Review — Sandra Oh Compelling as Torture Victim Forever Facing her Past

‘Death and the Maiden’ Review — Sandra Oh Compelling as Torture Victim Forever Facing her Past Chilean-American playwright Ariel Dorfman puts audiences in the judge’s seat at Victory Gardens

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series Review — Executing ‘The Impossible’

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series Review — Executing ‘The Impossible’ A world premiere from Alejandro Cerrudo gives Hubbard Street dancers fresh ways to surprise

‘Gypsy’ Review — Chicago Shakes Up a Meta Musical

‘Gypsy’ Review — Chicago Shakes Up a Meta Musical Gary Griffin’s “Gypsy” strips away all but the best in this perfectly paced show at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

‘One Thousand Pieces’ Review — Hubbard Street Dancers Glisten in Cerrudo Masterwork

‘One Thousand Pieces’ Review — Hubbard Street Dancers Glisten in Cerrudo Masterwork From Marc Chagall’s glass art to Philip Glass’s music to Alejandro Cerrudo’s choreography, everything about “One Thousand Pieces” shimmers

Southport Grocery and Café Review — Lakeview Breakfast & Lunch Favorite Now Serving Grownup Dinners

Southport Grocery and Café Review — Lakeview Breakfast & Lunch Favorite Now Serving Grownup Dinners Southport Grocery opens up its doors at night to offer its creative comfort food at dinner

Joffrey ‘Nutcracker’ Review — Children and Grownup Dancers Sparkle in Dreamy Holiday Ballet

Joffrey ‘Nutcracker’ Review — Children and Grownup Dancers Sparkle in Dreamy Holiday Ballet Picking their way through the snowflakes, dancers delight in Joffrey Ballet’s take on “The Nutcracker”

‘A Christmas Carol’ Review — 36 Years at the Goodman and Still Magic

‘A Christmas Carol’ Review — 36 Years at the Goodman and Still Magic 20,000 “Bah, Humbug!”’s later, “A Christmas Carol” is still going strong at the Goodman Theatre

‘Appropriate’ Review — Provocative New Play Sorts through a Family’s Mess to Find Treasures and Truths

‘Appropriate’ Review — Provocative New Play Sorts through a Family’s Mess to Find Treasures and Truths You’re sure to find something you need at this tag sale of family dysfunction at Victory Gardens Theater

‘Port Authority’ Review — Irish Angst at Writers Theatre

‘Port Authority’ Review — Irish Angst at Writers Theatre Irish playwright Conor McPherson lyrical, layered monologues reveal brutal truths

‘Mary Poppins’ Review — Spot-On Cast Checks in at the Marriott

‘Mary Poppins’ Review — Spot-On Cast Checks in at the Marriott From P.L. Travers to Disney to the West End, “Mary Poppins” continues to dish out spoonfuls of sugar

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Dazzles in Enchanted Evening of Close-up Magic

‘The Magic Parlour’ Review — Dennis Watkins Dazzles in Enchanted Evening of Close-up Magic For a magical evening, check into a private room at the Palmer House Hotel for a close-up view of Dennis Watkins’ extraordinary prestidigitation

Hubbard Street Dance ‘Fall Series’ Review — Varied, Beguiling Works Introduce a Promising Season

Hubbard Street Dance ‘Fall Series’ Review — Varied, Beguiling Works Introduce a Promising Season Well-paced season opener showcases Hubbard Street dancers at their best

‘Once’ Review — Touring Production Offers Low-Voltage Delights

‘Once’ Review — Touring Production Offers Low-Voltage Delights The touring production of “Once” camped out for three weeks at the Oriental Theatre reprises the beauty of the Broadway original but lacks some of its energy

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ Review — Chicago Shakes Retells French Classic with Panache and Irony

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ Review — Chicago Shakes Retells French Classic with Panache and Irony Harry Groener’s masterful performance as Cyrano reveals more than a romantic underdog

‘Russian Masters’ Review — Joffrey Dancers Jeté from Tsarist Russia to Post–USSR in Powerful Program

‘Russian Masters’ Review — Joffrey Dancers Jeté from Tsarist Russia to Post–USSR in Powerful Program With extraordinary grace and muscle, Joffrey dancers bring to life 100 years of Russian choreography

‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ Review — Collaborative Myth Making at Writers Theatre

‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ Review — Collaborative Myth Making at Writers Theatre Seven young performers join forces to craft an epic tale of light, love and loss

‘Big Lake Big City’ Review — Big Effort Big Mishmash at Lookingglass

‘Big Lake Big City’ Review — Big Effort Big Mishmash at Lookingglass Playwright Keith Huff and director David Schwimmer attempt a zany noir detective comedy on the Mag Mile

‘Tartuffe’ Review — Molière’s Comedy Made Modern at Court Theatre

‘Tartuffe’ Review — Molière’s Comedy Made Modern at Court Theatre Designer pillow fights and sexy shenanigans spice up Court Theatre's stylish "Tartuffe"

‘Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story’ Review — Musical Tribute to Fifties Great Is Strong on Song but Short on Story

‘Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story’ Review — Musical Tribute to Fifties Great Is Strong on Song but Short on Story Jukebox musical pays tribute to the great songster Buddy Holly but fails to rock

Hubbard Street’s Spotlight Ball Raises $1+ Million and Reunites a Family of Dancers

Hubbard Street’s Spotlight Ball Raises $1+ Million and Reunites a Family of Dancers After a performance at the Harris Theater, it was old home week for dancers and friends of Hubbard Street

‘The Misanthrope’ Review — This 347-year-old Farce Couldn’t Be Fresher

‘The Misanthrope’ Review — This 347-year-old Farce Couldn’t Be Fresher Court Theatre sharpens the edges of Molière's cutting social satire

‘Henry VIII’ Review — Artful Sculpting of Shakespeare’s Portrait of a Flawed King

‘Henry VIII’ Review — Artful Sculpting of Shakespeare’s Portrait of a Flawed King Director Barbara Gaines shines an unsparing stage light on serial wedder and beheader Henry VIII and those whose lives — and deaths — revolve around him

“Othello” Review — Joffrey Ballet’s Eloquent, Wordless Take on Shakespeare

“Othello” Review — Joffrey Ballet’s Eloquent, Wordless Take on Shakespeare Lar Lubovitch choreographs jealousy to transform Shakespeare into ballet at the Joffrey

“Barnum” Review — Cy Coleman’s Tuneful Circus Comes to Town

“Barnum” Review — Cy Coleman’s Tuneful Circus Comes to Town "Barnum" packs a big-hearted circus into the intimate Mercury Theater

“Proof” Review — Shrewd Direction + Nuanced Performances Avoid the Formulaic

“Proof” Review — Shrewd Direction + Nuanced Performances Avoid the Formulaic Court Theatre's elegant "Proof" shows itself to be an engaging, resonant drama

“Made in Spain” Review —Luna Negra Dancers Dig Their Heels into New Works by Spanish Choreographers

“Made in Spain” Review —Luna Negra Dancers Dig Their Heels into New Works by Spanish Choreographers Music takes center stage at Luna Negra's spring performance

“The Birthday Party” Review — Steppenwolf Serves up Pinter’s Noir Celebration with a Side of Feeling

“The Birthday Party” Review — Steppenwolf Serves up Pinter’s Noir Celebration with a Side of Feeling A crack cast and astute direction give audiences access to this early Pinter work

“Sweet Charity” Review — Writers’ Theatre Hits All the Right Notes in this Sizzling Musical

“Sweet Charity” Review — Writers’ Theatre Hits All the Right Notes in this Sizzling Musical An ensemble of triple threat performers act, sing and dance their way to the heart of this enchanting show

Geja’s Café Review — Every Day Is Valentine’s Day at this Romantic Restaurant

Geja’s Café Review — Every Day Is Valentine’s Day at this Romantic Restaurant Voted #1 for romantic dining in Chicago, Geja's Café joins couples over the fondue pot

“Skylight” Review — Probing the Gaps that Separate Lovers

“Skylight” Review — Probing the Gaps that Separate Lovers Director William Brown's sensual interpretation adds depth to David Hare's drama

“The School for Lies” Review — Molière’s Comic Confection Fuels 21st Century Fun

“The School for Lies” Review — Molière’s Comic Confection Fuels 21st Century Fun Watch out for flying canapés as this classic French farce with modern-day raunch takes to the stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Balkano at City Winery Review —Klezmer, Mimosas and Latkes Make for a Festive Hanukkah

Balkano at City Winery Review —Klezmer, Mimosas and Latkes Make for a Festive Hanukkah City Winery Chicago kicks their regular klezmer brunch up a notch for Hanukkah

Roka Akor Winter Menu Review — Elegant Japanese Comfort Food Brings Joy to the Season

Roka Akor Winter Menu Review — Elegant Japanese Comfort Food Brings Joy to the Season The Winter solstice marks the launch of Roka Akor's 6-course menu featuring upscale and earthy Japanese food and spirits

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Winter Series Review — Beautifully Balanced Program Dishes up Accessible, Provocative Works

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Winter Series Review — Beautifully Balanced Program Dishes up Accessible, Provocative Works Hubbard Street's well-paced Winter Series warms things up with a premiere from Swedish choreographer Mats Ek

“The Dead” Review — A Feast of Epiphanies at Court Theatre’s Musical Adaptation of James Joyce

“The Dead” Review — A Feast of Epiphanies at Court Theatre’s Musical Adaptation of James Joyce With beautifully understated performances and music that grows from its story, "The Dead" transports theatergoers to a snowy night in long-ago Dublin

Gentleman’s Rule Review — A Cappella Pop at the Royal George

Gentleman’s Rule Review — A Cappella Pop at the Royal George Voice is the only instrument for Dan Ponce's new men's a cappella group

“Hellcab” Review — Ride Along for a Bittersweet Taste of Chicago

“Hellcab” Review — Ride Along for a Bittersweet Taste of Chicago 1 nifty script + 34 actors + 1 dented taxi = unconventional holiday entertainment at Profiles Theatre

Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Colin Gilmore Review — Father-and-Son Alt Country at City Winery

Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Colin Gilmore Review — Father-and-Son Alt Country at City Winery Alternative country icon Jimmie Dale Gilmore and son Colin Gilmore made beautiful music together at City Winery

The Joffrey Ballet “Human Landscapes” Review — Provocative Works, Gracefully Performed

The Joffrey Ballet “Human Landscapes” Review — Provocative Works, Gracefully Performed Three masterworks, powerfully performed, make the Joffrey Ballet's fall program a must-see

Luna Negra Dance Theater Fall Program Review — This 13-year-old Contemporary Dance Company Just Gets Better

Luna Negra Dance Theater Fall Program Review — This 13-year-old Contemporary Dance Company Just Gets Better Luna Negra Dance Theater rises to celestial heights

“Black Watch” Review — Theater of War at the Broadway Armory

“Black Watch” Review — Theater of War at the Broadway Armory The National Theatre of Scotland's powerful multimedia production about the realities of war sets up camp in Edgewater through October 21

‘Sunday in the Park with George’ Review — Entering a Work of Art at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

‘Sunday in the Park with George’ Review — Entering a Work of Art at Chicago Shakespeare Theater  Director Gary Griffin and an extraordinary cast and crew paint a masterful "Sunday in the Park with George" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” Review — Scots Transform Chicago Shakes into a Pub that Rocks

“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” Review — Scots Transform Chicago Shakes into a Pub that Rocks The National Theatre of Scotland brings a rollicking, pensive, interactive creation to Chicago Shakespeare Theater

‘Good People’ Review — Steppenwolf Serves Theatergoers a Meaty, Tasty Repast

‘Good People’ Review — Steppenwolf Serves Theatergoers a Meaty, Tasty Repast Stereotypes fall by the wayside in smartly staged 'Good People' at Steppenwolf

‘Hamlet’ Review — Some Family Is Dysfunctional in the State of Denmark

‘Hamlet’ Review — Some Family Is Dysfunctional in the State of Denmark Top Chicago actors reinterpret Shakespeare's melancholy prince at Writers' Theatre

‘Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee’ Review — Chicago Fringe Festival Spotlights Up-and-Coming Performers

‘Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee’ Review — Chicago Fringe Festival Spotlights Up-and-Coming Performers Comedian Tim Lee tickles his audience with science at Chicago's Fringe Festival

Asaf Avidan and Julia Klee Review — Two Gifted, Quirky Singer-Songwriters Shine at City Winery

Asaf Avidan and Julia Klee Review — Two Gifted, Quirky Singer-Songwriters Shine at City Winery The mellifluous Julia Klee opens for one-of-a-kind Israeli indie musician Asaf Avidan at the City Winery

‘Oedipus el Rey’ Review — No Escaping el Destino

‘Oedipus el Rey’ Review — No Escaping el Destino Oedipus redux as a Chicano youth in Luis Alfaro's provocative drama

Crossing Tavern Summer Menu Review — Beer Garden Sprouts Good Eats

Crossing Tavern Summer Menu Review — Beer Garden Sprouts Good Eats Crossing's patio beckons in summer with refreshing fare

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series Review — ‘Quintett’ Makes for Intriguing Centerpiece to Summer Program

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series Review — ‘Quintett’ Makes for Intriguing Centerpiece to Summer Program One haunting premiere and two recent classics add up to a full dance card at Hubbard Street

‘The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead’ Review — The Player’s the Thing at Writers’ Theatre

‘The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead’ Review — The Player’s the Thing at Writers’ Theatre Chameleon Deborah Staples plays a cast of characters in this monodrama at Writers' Theatre

Gaslight Bar & Grille Review — Raising the Bar on Bar Food

Gaslight Bar & Grille Review — Raising the Bar on Bar Food Upscale bar food at down-home prices lures diners to this welcoming Lincoln Park tavern

‘Spring Desire’ Review — Magical Romance from the Joffrey Ballet

‘Spring Desire’ Review — Magical Romance from the Joffrey Ballet The Joffrey's spring program offers up a stunning world premiere

‘Being Shakespeare’ Review — A Revealing Look at the Man behind the Iambic Pentameter

‘Being Shakespeare’ Review — A Revealing Look at the Man behind the Iambic Pentameter Actor Simon Callow spins new insights into the life of the Bard

‘Angels in America’ Review — Court Theatre’s Production Soars

‘Angels in America’ Review — Court Theatre’s Production Soars Superb cast and direction make Angels in America a must-see at Court Theatre

‘Fela!’ Review — Vibrant Afrobeat Musical Dances with Politics

‘Fela!’ Review — Vibrant Afrobeat Musical Dances with Politics Fela! brings a Broadway cast to Chicago to tell the story of Nigerian musical and political legend Fela Kuti

‘The Rest Unknown’ Review — Interactive Fun with Genesis Ensemble

‘The Rest Unknown’ Review — Interactive Fun with Genesis Ensemble Eat, play, live with Genesis Ensemble's interactive tour

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Spring Series Review — Fresh Choreography, Ripened Performance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Spring Series Review — Fresh Choreography, Ripened Performance World premiere Little mortal jump puts a spring in the step of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Spring Series

‘Bachelorette’ Review — Uninterrupted Shrillness

‘Bachelorette’ Review — Uninterrupted Shrillness Playwright Leslye Headland gives her characters little cause for celebration

‘Time Stands Still’ review — Domestic Life through the Lens of War

‘Time Stands Still’ review — Domestic Life through the Lens of War The characters in Donald Margulies' drama grapple with the horror of war and the ironies of home life

‘Invisible Man’ review — Court Theatre adaptation of Ellison’s novel captures nightmare but fails to engage

‘Invisible Man’ review — Court Theatre adaptation of Ellison’s novel captures nightmare but fails to engage The world premiere dramatic adaptation of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man remains a work in progress

danc(e)volve: New Works Festival review — Hubbard Street mines talent of developing choreographers and strikes gold

danc(e)volve: New Works Festival review — Hubbard Street mines talent of developing choreographers and strikes gold Hubbard Street dancers bring fresh points of view to choreography

Fiddler on the Roof Review — Tradition Worth Keeping

Fiddler on the Roof Review — Tradition Worth Keeping A touring version of the classic musical based on stories by Sholem Aleichem touches down at the Auditorium Theatre over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour Review — A Graceful Farewell

Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour Review — A Graceful Farewell Before his death Merce Cunningham envisioned one last gift to wrap up more than 50 years of his signature style of dance

The Caretaker Review — Total Immersion in Pinter

The Caretaker Review — Total Immersion in Pinter Fans of Pinter will find much to savor in The Caretaker at Writers' Theatre

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Fall Series Review — A Menu of Old Favorites and New Flavors

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Fall Series Review — A Menu of Old Favorites and New Flavors A world premiere by Twyla Tharp mixes things up at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

“Follies” Review — Dazzling and Provocative

“Follies” Review — Dazzling and Provocative Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of Follies shows Stephen Sondheim at his best

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play Review — Victorians Seeking Stimulation

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play Review — Victorians Seeking Stimulation Sarah Ruhl's play about Victorians and vibrators entertains but doesn't fully satisfy

‘Porgy and Bess’ Review — Less is More in Court Theatre’s Stripped-Down Version of Gershwin’s Seminal Folk Opera

‘Porgy and Bess’ Review — Less is More in Court Theatre’s Stripped-Down Version of Gershwin’s Seminal Folk Opera For an up-close look at Catfish Row, catch a performance of “Porgy and Bess” at Court Theatre

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Spring Series Review — Inventive Israeli Choreographers Underscore Hubbard Street’s Strengths

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Spring Series Review — Inventive Israeli Choreographers Underscore Hubbard Street’s Strengths Two provocative new pieces by Israeli choreographers use the talents of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to the max

Luna Negra Dance Theater's Spring Program Review — Telling Stories through Dance

Luna Negra Dance Theater's Spring Program Review — Telling Stories through Dance Chicago's premier Latino contemporary dance company, Luna Negra Dance Theater, tells it like it is

Working Review — A Musical that Makes the Daily Grind Sing

Working Review — A Musical that Makes the Daily Grind Sing "Working" is an engaging musical that pays homage to Studs Terkel, Chicago, and the meaning of work.

"A Dream Unfolds: Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr." Review — Chicago Sinfonietta's Lyrical Approach to Cultural Diversity

"A Dream Unfolds: Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr." Review — Chicago Sinfonietta's Lyrical Approach to Cultural Diversity Chicago Sinfonietta celebrates Dr. King with the beautiful music of diversity

Harold and the Purple Crayon Review - A Dance Treat for All Ages with Hubbard Street 2

 Harold and the Purple Crayon Review - A Dance Treat for All Ages with Hubbard Street 2 "Harold and the Purple Crayon" draws in children and adults

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