Articles by Barbara Keer

Penelope Review – An Unusual Odyssey at Steppenwolf

Penelope Review – An Unusual Odyssey at Steppenwolf "Penelope" by Enda Walsh is the second of this year's plays on the theme of "Dispatches from the Homefront" at Steppenwolf Theatre

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms – Ruth’s Story, A Cautionary Tale

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms – Ruth’s Story, A Cautionary Tale More than 21,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die annually from the disease. Ruth Davis' story is offered in hopes of increasing awareness of the disease and saving lives

Boris Godunov Review - Gripping and Powerful

Boris Godunov Review - Gripping and Powerful The Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Boris Godunov is for anyone who wants to have a deeply emotional experience on all levels

Vivo Restaurant Review – Twenty Years and Going Strong

Vivo Restaurant Review – Twenty Years and Going Strong Vivo is a wonderful Italian restaurant and continues to be the icon of the Randolph Street Market District after twenty years. Happy twentieth birthday, Vivo

Quince Restaurant Review – Wonderful and Whimsical

Quince Restaurant Review – Wonderful and Whimsical We found the current restaurant at the Homestead (hotel)in Evanston, Quince, wonderful and whimsical

"Wishful Drinking" Review - How A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, George Lucas Ruined My Life

"Wishful Drinking" Review - How A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, George Lucas Ruined My Life In "Wishful Drinking" now playing at the Bank of America Theater, Carrie Fisher tells her life story—and spares no dirty details—with a sense of humor that runs a balance between being jaded and angry at the world and in awe of it

The Bookworm Angels Story – How One Man’s Idea Changed Children’s Lives

The Bookworm Angels Story – How One Man’s Idea Changed Children’s Lives Kermit Meyers, a retired entrepreneur, came up with an idea that has helped 100,000 at-risk students learn to read

“Lucia di Lammermoor” Review - Beautiful, Powerful and Compeling

“Lucia di Lammermoor” Review - Beautiful, Powerful and Compeling Anyone who currently has tickets to the new production of "Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Chicago should consider oneself fortunate, indeed

“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Review - It Deserves to Live!

“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Review - It Deserves to Live! Part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, "The Brain That Wouldn’t Die! In 3-D!!!" surely deserves a longer life here in New York

Gilbert’s Eyes and No Eyes, Sullivan’s The Zoo, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury Review - Savoyaires 47th Year of Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert’s Eyes and No Eyes, Sullivan’s The Zoo, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury Review - Savoyaires 47th Year of Gilbert and Sullivan The Savoyaires of Evanston present a "triple header" - Eyes and No Eyes by Gilbert, The Zoo by Sullivan and Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan

Tales of Hoffmann Review – Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 57th Opening Night

Tales of Hoffmann Review – Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 57th Opening Night Beautiful voices, superb acting, and a magical set, lighting, and costumes make Les Contes D’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) a pleasure to see and hear

Starting Here Starting Now Review- The Lyrics Tell the Story

Starting Here Starting Now Review- The Lyrics Tell the Story Theoubique Cabaret Theatre's new production of "Starting Here Starting Now" was engaging, energetic and charming

The Real Thing Review – A Complex Look at Love and Relationships

The Real Thing Review – A Complex Look at Love and Relationships In celebration of its' Twentieth Anniversary season, Writers' Theatre presents Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"

Clybourne Park Review - Powerful, Insightful and Thought Provoking

Clybourne Park Review - Powerful, Insightful and Thought Provoking Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park", a 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner for drama, opens Steppenwolf’s 2011-12 season in a powerful production

Chicago Dancing Festival Review – Five Nights and Counting

Chicago Dancing Festival Review – Five Nights and Counting My companion and I were part of the 10,000 who came to the final night of the Chicago Dancing Festival at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

312 Chicago Restaurant Review – Perfect Food, Perfect Location

312 Chicago Restaurant Review – Perfect Food, Perfect Location Chicago Splash Magazine reviewers visit 312 Chicago (restaurant) to enjoy a celebratory meal

Operapalooza Review – A Night to Remember

Operapalooza Review – A Night to Remember The Grant Park Music Festival presented "Operapalooza" featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and singers from the Ryan Opera Center, an evening of magnificent opera

Pizzolato Fields Prosecco and Biokult Gruner Veltliner Review – Two Crisp White Wines

Pizzolato Fields Prosecco and Biokult Gruner Veltliner Review – Two Crisp White Wines The two lovely organic wines were the perfect accompaniment to our special salmon dinner, creating a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere conducive to easy conversation

Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945 Review – A Treasure Unearthed

Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945 Review – A Treasure Unearthed Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945, an exhibition currently at The Art Institute of Chicago is an amazing story both in the way it came to be and in what it reveals

U.S. Waterproofing Review – A Solution for Seepage

U.S. Waterproofing Review – A Solution for Seepage U.S. Waterproofing solved a seepage problem that was due to a crack in the foundation of our house

Leon Keer, Artist, Utrecht, Netherlands – A Tale of Two People with the Same Name

Leon Keer, Artist, Utrecht, Netherlands – A Tale of Two People with the Same Name An unusual tale of an artist and a professor with the same name living across the world from one another

Hotel Estherea Review – Welcoming, Perfectly Located and Unique

Hotel Estherea Review – Welcoming, Perfectly Located and Unique Hotel Estherea in Amsterdam has been family owned for three generations. It is charming, unique and a wonderful place from which to see the city

Utrecht Netherlands Review – A City with Strong Medieval Roots

Utrecht Netherlands Review – A City with Strong Medieval Roots Our visit to Utrecht Netherlands revealed a charming city with strong Medieval roots, beautiful parks, great architecture and wonderful people

Sandton Malie Hotel Review – Simply Charming

Sandton Malie Hotel Review – Simply Charming Staying at the Sandton Malie Hotel in Utrecht Netherlands insured that our stay in Utrecht was a delight

Hangzhou Review – Mystical and Magical

Hangzhou Review – Mystical and Magical Hangzhou is one of two cities considered to be the most beautiful in China. I accompanied my husband when he was invited to attend an international meeting there

Middletown Review – Steppenwolf Theatre 2010/2011 Season’s Conclusion

Middletown Review – Steppenwolf Theatre 2010/2011 Season’s Conclusion Steppenwolf Theater presents "Middletown", a wry, human portrait of a town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious

"Smart is as Smart Does" Review – The “ Dr. Fun” Way to Stimulate Your Brain

"Smart is as Smart Does" Review – The “ Dr. Fun” Way to Stimulate Your Brain The activities from “Smart Is as Smart Does” by Pat Battaglia, aka Dr. Fun are intriguing and rewarding even when I have to look up the answers

Rimon Winery Dessert Wine Review – Unique Kosher Wine from Pomegranates

Rimon Winery Dessert Wine Review – Unique Kosher Wine from Pomegranates Rimon Winery Dessert Wine is perfect for Passover and just perfect

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