Articles by Leanne Star

“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

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