Articles by Patricia Simms

Oil Lamp Theater’s ON GOLDEN POND Review – Charming. Sweet. Conflicted!

Oil Lamp Theater’s ON GOLDEN POND Review – Charming. Sweet. Conflicted! All of us have different recollections, experiences, wisps of some common er, something that we think is special and unique. Yet, somehow, there’s that mysterious common thread we didn’t even know was there, let alone shared

National Theater Live Production of HANGMEN Review - Part of a Wonderful Series

National Theater Live Production of HANGMEN Review - Part of a Wonderful Series I have never seen anything quite so spellbinding and so fascinating in originality and I am very excited to tell you about it and more like it

In all my years of writing reviews for theater, opera, etc., I have never seen anything quite so spellbinding

Oil Lamp’s FATHER OF THE BRIDE Review – A piece of cake!

Oil Lamp’s FATHER OF THE BRIDE Review – A piece of cake! “Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Banks request the honor of your presence...” is your invitation to the upcoming production of Father of the Bride

Oil Lamp Theater’s PROOF Review – Theater Can Totally Envelop You

Oil Lamp Theater’s PROOF Review – Theater Can Totally Envelop You I can’t remember the last time I was so mesmerized by any production of any play as I was by "Proof" at Oil Lamp Theater

How long has it been since you have sat spellbound in your seat in a theater where the conflicted “truths” are so scrambled you don’t know what to believe? Whom to trust? This is what theater is meant to be!

St. Sebastian Players’ THE TEMPEST Review – Magically Synchronized With Our Tempestuous Weather!

St. Sebastian Players’ THE TEMPEST Review – Magically Synchronized With Our Tempestuous Weather! I say unto you, “Go forth and enjoy it as thousands have before you!”

Oil Lamp Theater’s Barefoot in the Park Review – Classic Neil Simon Encore

Oil Lamp Theater’s Barefoot in the Park Review – Classic Neil Simon Encore This year, Oil Lamp Theater is off to the movies!! A mix of old and new favorites starting with Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, the opener of Oil Lamp Theater’s 2016 season! What an upbeat choice! No shortage of hijinks here

Oil Lamp Theater’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Review – It’s a Wonderful Show!

Oil Lamp Theater’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Review – It’s a Wonderful Show! The Oil Lamp Theater started with the film’s charming story, added their unique sense of humor,amplified Mr. Potter’s meanness, sanctified George Baily and had us all on the edge of our seats until Clarence got his wings! YAY

Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Music Institute of Chicago Review - A warm welcome on a cold winter day!

Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Music Institute of Chicago Review - A warm welcome on a cold winter day! If you’re a Jazz lover, and you have not had the unique and marvelous experience of hearing how Dee Dee Bridgewater takes a phrase to heart and makes it hers, you’re in for a treat

Oil Lamp Theater’s NEVER THE BRIDESMAID Review - The Perfect Marriage of Comedy and Drama

Oil Lamp Theater’s NEVER THE BRIDESMAID Review - The Perfect Marriage of Comedy and Drama Jeff award-winning playwright Bill Jepson presented us with a doozy of a problem to solve when he wrote his play Never The Bridesmaid now playing at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater

Oil Lamp Theater’s LATER LIFE Review – Thoughtful, Hopeful, Real

Oil Lamp Theater’s LATER LIFE Review – Thoughtful, Hopeful, Real In my humble opinion everyone over 50 – make that over 30 – should see this play

Marriott’s ANYTHING GOES Review – Everybody Should Go!

Marriott’s ANYTHING GOES Review – Everybody Should Go! The Marriott production is as good as it gets!

THE VENETIAN TWINS Review – Piccolo Theatre Delivers Its Trademark Glorious Nonsense Once Again!

THE VENETIAN TWINS Review – Piccolo Theatre Delivers Its Trademark Glorious Nonsense Once Again! The minute we sat down in our seats in the tiny Piccolo Theatre, we knew we were, once again in for a delightful evening of theater

“Lone Star” and “Laundry and Bourbon” Review - Like a Ride in a 1959 T-bird Convertible!

“Lone Star” and “Laundry and Bourbon” Review - Like a Ride in a 1959 T-bird Convertible! “Lone Star” and “Laundry and Bourbon”–– billed as two plays about small-town Texas life––skillfully deliver on the promise. It’s exactly the way I, with my feet firmly planted in the Midwest, picture it

Thodos’ Dance Chicago’s CHICAGO INSPIRED Review -Don't Miss It!

Thodos’ Dance Chicago’s CHICAGO INSPIRED Review -Don't Miss It! Billed as “a rich tapestry of dance performance creatively sparked by the Windy City,” Thodos Dance Chicago’s “Chicago Inspired” celebrates today’s and yesterday’s dance artists with today’s dance moves

The Actor’s Gymnasium’s Circuscope Review – You’ll Flip Over It!

The Actor’s Gymnasium’s Circuscope Review – You’ll Flip Over It! The Actors Gymnasium’s Circuscope Winter 2015 bills itself as “entertainment that flies.” Does it ever! It flies in the face of imagination, flies in the face of gravity, flies in the face of reality! Come fly with me!

Oil Lamp's THE ODD COUPLE Review - Lots of Fun in this Old Favorite

Oil Lamp's THE ODD COUPLE Review - Lots of Fun in this Old Favorite Drop everything and make plans to see THE ODD COUPLE. What a romp! Two woefully incompatible roommates (I know married couples like this, too!) demonstrate the power of friendship, the joy of companionship and the benefits of learning to get along

Lyric’s Porgy and Bess Review –Tragic or Triumphant?

Lyric’s Porgy and Bess Review –Tragic or Triumphant? Lyric’s production of Porgy and Bess is a triumph in its mastery of every aspect of its art form: it got gripping from the get-go when that strange, sheer, prophetic “curtain” was lifted

Cole Porter’s Greatest Hits Review – Light Opera Works’ De-Lovely Cabaret

Cole Porter’s Greatest Hits Review – Light Opera Works’ De-Lovely Cabaret The night was young, the sky was clear, the music charming: I’m sincere! ‘Twas delightful, de-lovely, delicious! Evanston’s Light Opera Works production of Cole Porter’s Greatest Hits was perfection

A Kurt Weill Cabaret Review – Theo Ubique Takes Us on a “Weill Ride”

A Kurt Weill Cabaret Review – Theo Ubique Takes Us on a “Weill Ride” True to form, the remarkably talented Theo Ubique ensemble at the No Exit Café did not disappoint on the opening night of A Kurt Weill Cabaret

BOOKENDS AND BEGINNINGS Review – A Haven, An Enclave, A Creative Corner? You Decide!

BOOKENDS AND BEGINNINGS Review – A Haven, An Enclave, A Creative Corner? You Decide! The former Bookman’s Alley, an Evanston institution for as long as most Evanstonians can remember has, like the proverbial phoenix, risen in triumph with new vitality, charm, even a sense of humor.

Lookingglass’ DEATH TAX Review – And We Thought Life Was Complicated!

Lookingglass’ DEATH TAX Review – And We Thought Life Was Complicated! You may have decided that this is surely a play for “Senior Citizens.” I say "Death Tax" has truth and wisdom for everyone alive. It goes to the very core of the great question, the meaning and value of life

Le Pavillon Des Lettres Hotel Review – Oh, la, la!

Le Pavillon Des Lettres Hotel Review – Oh, la, la! Location, location, location! is typically associated with real estate. But, in the case of Le Pavillon Des Lettres Hotel in Paris, it makes all kinds of sense, especially if you visit Paris the best way possible—on foot

Barging on the Seine with ROAD SCHOLAR Review - Français Parfait!

Barging on the Seine with ROAD SCHOLAR Review - Français Parfait! It is my sincere and somewhat extravagant wish (We did, after all, just come back from France!) that this review will give you some of the same pleasure(s) we experienced on the magnificent miles of France

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS Review – Theo Ubique’s Pitch-Perfect USO Show

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS Review – Theo Ubique’s Pitch-Perfect USO Show If you haven’t discovered Theo Ubique’s stunning musical magic, it’s time you did! And A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters is a great place to start

Rivendell’s EAT YOUR HEART OUT Review –Stirring the Pot Fearlessly

Rivendell’s EAT YOUR HEART OUT Review  –Stirring the Pot Fearlessly EAT YOUR HEART OUT, Rivendell's gutsy season climax, lays bare the pain and fears of each character tackling the big three: Family, Friendship and Romance. They nailed it

Writers Theatre’s DAYS LIKE TODAY Review - Dazed but Unfazed Lovers

Writers Theatre’s DAYS LIKE TODAY Review - Dazed but Unfazed Lovers Days Like Today is a crazy, mixed-up love story that makes a whole lot of sense while revealing and reveling in the nonsense of love. It’s fresh, funny, insightful, happy, sad and, above all sympathetic.

Snow White Review – Harris Theater’s Grimm! Glam! Shazam! Ballet Français

Snow White Review – Harris Theater’s Grimm! Glam! Shazam! Ballet Français Talk about jaw-dropping, innovative, precedent-setting, captivating grace combined with athleticism! This beautiful production by Ballet Prejlocaj has it all

Death Defying Acts Review – A Three Ring Comedy Circus

Death Defying Acts Review – A Three Ring Comedy Circus The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) concludes the company’s 33rd season with Death Defying Acts, an evening of three one-acts by Woody Allen, David Mamet and Elaine May

MIC’s NOTES FROM HOLLYWOOD Review – Hooray for Leonard Slatkin!

MIC’s NOTES FROM HOLLYWOOD Review – Hooray for Leonard Slatkin! “Notes from Hollywood,” a charming musical marriage of the Music Institute of Chicago, lovingly paid tribute to Hollywood movie music of the 1940s and ’50s. And we, the spellbound audience, were delighted to be invited

MIC’s NOTES FROM HOLLYWOOD Review – Hooray for Leonard Slatkin!

MIC’s NOTES FROM HOLLYWOOD Review – Hooray for Leonard Slatkin! “Notes from Hollywood,” a charming musical marriage of the Music Institute of Chicago lovingly paid tribute to Hollywood movie music of the 1940s. And we, the spellbound audience were delighted to be invited

Writers’ THE DANCE OF DEATH Review – Edgar and Alice Outdo George and Martha

Writers’ THE DANCE OF DEATH Review – Edgar and Alice Outdo George and Martha THE DANCE OF DEATH is an emotional roller coaster ride without a winner or loser. It has the power to transport you to a different emotional time and place. Don’t miss this mesmerizing evening of theater

CHARLES TROY’S “THE CREATION OF GYPSY” Review – One of Troy’s 50+ Multimedia Presentations on Musical Theatre

CHARLES TROY’S “THE CREATION OF GYPSY” Review – One of Troy’s 50+ Multimedia Presentations on Musical Theatre If you haven’t seen Gypsy at Chicago Shakespeare Theater yet, I hope you’ll want to rush out and buy tickets after you read this review. If you've already seen it, you may want to go back and see it again

THE MAGICAL EXPLODING BOY AND THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS Review – Actors' Gymnasium Charms Away the Winter Blahs

THE MAGICAL EXPLODING BOY AND THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS Review – Actors' Gymnasium Charms Away the Winter Blahs Even if it were difficult to get to The Actors Gymnasium—it's not, it's at the Noyes stop on the Purple “L” line—it would be worth the trip to see The Magical Exploding Boy and The Invisible Circus. Don't miss it

IN THE MATTER OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER Review – St. Sebastian Players Unflinchingly Explores Daunting Choices

IN THE MATTER OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER Review – St. Sebastian Players Unflinchingly Explores Daunting Choices Don’t miss this remarkable piece of great theater craft, philosophical discussion of justice, patriotism, humanity, morality, what the heck—throw in human kindness and a powerful anti-smoking demonstration

Lyric’s BARBER OF SEVILLE Review – Long Live Figaro’s Passion!

Lyric’s BARBER OF SEVILLE Review – Long Live Figaro’s Passion! Perhaps you were first introduced to Figaro by Bugs Bunny, Mrs. Doubtfire, or Seinfeld? The iconic opening aria is the quintessential anthem for frantic comic madness with a happy ending

BLOCK MUSEUM'S WINTER OPENING Review – Art, History, Ideas and Politics Intertwined

BLOCK MUSEUM'S WINTER OPENING Review – Art, History, Ideas and Politics Intertwined If you like your art exhibits to be mindlessly decorative, this one will change your mind—in more ways than one. You will be exposed to two separate shows which, over time become intertwined

LA TRAVIATA Review – Let’s Toast to Passion!

LA TRAVIATA Review – Let’s Toast to Passion! Everything about this production was so perfect, it was magical! I have been attending operas at Lyric for about five years now and I have to say this was the most moving, most perfect in every way

Lyric's GALA Season Opener OTELLO Review – Feel the Passion!

Lyric's GALA Season Opener OTELLO Review – Feel the Passion! This 59th GALA at Lyric Opera of Chicago was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. But for we opera goers—ogling the literati and glitterati—it was a senstational prelude to the musical feast of Otello and a promise of a magnificent season

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Review – Piccolo Theatre’s “Commedia dell'arte” Meets “Penny Dreadful”

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Review – Piccolo Theatre’s “Commedia dell'arte” Meets “Penny Dreadful” An astonishing tour-de-force in which two performers...portrayed men, women and an assortment of monsters in a full-length quick-change act

CJO at Ravinia Review – Benny Goodman Tribute Doesn’t Miss a Beat!

CJO at Ravinia Review – Benny Goodman Tribute Doesn’t Miss a Beat! The Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s homage to Benny Goodman and his remarkably fine band was perfect in every way—even in ways one wouldn’t, couldn't possibly expect

Scottish Festival Preview – You Take the High Road. I’ll Take I-290!

Scottish Festival Preview – You Take the High Road. I’ll Take I-290! We’re vacationing in Scotland this summer, so we’re looking forward to the opportunity to sample the culture while we’re still at home. Thought you, too, might want to enjoy some Scottish Culture this summer

THE EXONERATED Review –Liberty and Justice for All?

THE EXONERATED Review –Liberty and Justice for All? This is an example of theater at its finest. Powered by righteous indignation, there’s no room for melodrama. This award-winning play drives home a profound emotional and moral message

Roger Ebert - A Celebration of Life with Love from Chaz

Roger Ebert - A Celebration of Life with Love from Chaz Everything about this Celebration of Life reminded us of the remarkable man Roger was (and will continue to be in our hearts and minds)

INSPIRING BEAUTY Review – Chicago History Museum and Ebony Fashion Fair Strut Their Stuff!

INSPIRING BEAUTY Review – Chicago History Museum and Ebony Fashion Fair Strut Their Stuff! Don’t even think about missing this fabulous, historic exhibit. It will only be at the Chicago History Museum until January 5! This is a story—not a fairy tale!—about a vision WAY before its time

INSPIRING BEAUTY Review–Chicago History Museum and Ebony Fashion Fair Strut Their Stuff!

INSPIRING BEAUTY Review–Chicago History Museum and Ebony Fashion Fair Strut Their Stuff! Bold, sexy, proud, deliciously daring. Looks so fashion forward you can’t fully appreciate them without looking back--all the way back to 1958. Before Martin Luther King. Before Women’s Liberation. Before Black Pride. Before Michelle Obama

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Review – Musical Magic Transforms Tragic

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Review – Musical Magic Transforms Tragic What an unforgettable experience it was to be in the audience for this opera! Lyric’s production of Streetcar succeeds on every level, starting, of course, with that outstanding music

BLITHE SPIRIT Review– Piccolo Theatre Sure Can Pick ‘Em!

BLITHE SPIRIT Review– Piccolo Theatre Sure Can Pick ‘Em! Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit is the perfect match for the quirky comedic sense at Evanston’s Piccolo Theatre which boasts (truthfully!) “small theatre, big laughs”

EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED Review – Next Theatre’s Production Rings with Irony, Discovery and Pathos

EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED Review – Next Theatre’s Production Rings with Irony, Discovery and Pathos Plays like Everything is Illuminated are so multi-layered, it’s very difficult to separate the layers, see how (if!) they relate to one another and what that all means as part of a cohesive whole

SILENT WITNESS – A Ray of Hope for Crime Victims

SILENT WITNESS – A Ray of Hope for Crime Victims Silent Witness is a non-profit program to help citizens assist law enforcement in solving crimes. Citizens remain completely anonymous and are paid cash rewards up to $1,000 when information they provide leads to an arrest or indictment

North Shore Village Celebrates 3 Years – Self-Reliant Seniors Have Plenty to Celebrate

North Shore Village Celebrates 3 Years – Self-Reliant Seniors Have Plenty to Celebrate If it takes a village to raise children, doesn’t it make sense that it takes a village to serve our aging adults

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Review – Many Unhappy Returns

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Review – Many Unhappy Returns Although this seems like it should be a simple, straightforward tale—it’s just a birthday party, after all—after a while everyone seems to be at least a hypocrite, delusional or a flat-out liar. It is so clearly unclear

Lyric’s LA BOHÈME Review – Captivating Music, Heart-Breaking Romance and, of course, Passion

Lyric’s LA BOHÈME Review – Captivating Music, Heart-Breaking Romance and, of course, Passion I can’t imagine anyone seeing any performance of La Bohème anywhere and not be transported by it. Those of us who experienced Lyric’s La Bohème, had all that and even more

A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Review – One Enchanted Evening!

A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Review – One Enchanted Evening! The chic, exhilarating, soul-satisfying Chicago production, now at the freshly renovated Mercury Theater in Wrigleyville showcases 30 captivating songs from Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song—the list goes on

Side Effects May Include Review – Dark Comedy Illuminates Difficult Choices, Heartwarming Devotion

Side Effects May Include Review – Dark Comedy Illuminates Difficult Choices, Heartwarming Devotion Since Side Effects May Include was written by Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe and Emmy nominee Eric Coble, we had good reason to expect that this sensitive subject—Parkinson’s disease—will be handled with just the right touch

We Three Lizas Review – Don We Now Our Gay Apparel, Tra La La La La La La!

We Three Lizas Review – Don We Now Our Gay Apparel, Tra La La La La La La! It’s time for a new Christmas tradition! Instead of dragging out those tired reindeer, let’s get out the glitter machine and sparkle! Enter We Three Lizas: they don’t mean a thing if they ain’t got that bling

The Letters Review – Writers’ Theatre’s edge-of-your-seat thriller

The Letters Review – Writers’ Theatre’s edge-of-your-seat thriller John W. Lowell (Playwright) has written a taut, tight, tough-minded play that resonates beyond the confines of its historical context

Wanting Miss Julie Review - A Concert Reading of an Edgy Contemporary New Musical

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The Odd Couple Review – Northlight’s Rollicking Reprise of Neil Simon’s Classic

The Odd Couple Review – Northlight’s Rollicking Reprise of Neil Simon’s Classic The Odd Couple opened in 1965, just as the Women’s Liberation Movement was gathering momentum. Neil Simon saw and capitalized on its comic potential. So did director BJ Jones, Artistic Director of Northlight Theatre

Superior Donuts Review – Outstanding Remount of Critically-Acclaimed Production at Royal George Cabaret Theatre

Superior Donuts Review – Outstanding Remount of Critically-Acclaimed Production at Royal George Cabaret Theatre  I saw Superior Donuts twice in three days. It was that good. Both times, I was fascinated by the power and presence of Superior Donuts

Billy Strayhorn Festival at Music Institute of Chicago Review – Celebrating 10 Years at Nichols Concert Hall

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Freshly Fallen Snow Review - Chicago Dramatists’ Don’t-Miss Season Opener

Freshly Fallen Snow Review - Chicago Dramatists’ Don’t-Miss Season Opener Freshly Fallen Snow asks the question: “If it were possible to cure post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), would it be a wonderful breakthrough?” Why wouldn't you want to lose those tortured memories

Michael Feinstein and CJO Review - A Magnificent Start of Auditorium Theatre’s Season

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Piven's TUSK TUSK Review - Gripping Drama of Children Trying to Cope

Piven's TUSK TUSK Review - Gripping Drama of Children Trying to Cope THIS is what theater is about. Engagement at this level is as rare as it is riveting. Don’t miss it. You’ve got until October 7, 2012 to get there

Palmer House Review - Restored and Resplendent

Palmer House Review -  Restored and Resplendent Everything about the Palmer House Hilton makes her a Grande Dame

Lyric’s Show Boat Review: All Aboard the Cotton Blossom!

Lyric’s Show Boat Review: All Aboard the Cotton Blossom! Lyric Opera of Chicago created a unique work melding the best of theater and opera performance: a richly textured evening on the Cotton Blossom

Magic Flute Review – Lyric’s Musical Gift to Whole Family

Magic Flute Review – Lyric’s Musical Gift to Whole Family This opera is the perfect introduction to the opera for young children, and the perfect Holiday entertainment for the entire family

JUBALEE Review - Global Rhythms Continues the Celebration

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Poe in Octo Review - Trek or Treat? Both!

Poe in Octo Review - Trek or Treat? Both! What a fantastic, OK, phantasmagorical way to reframe Poe’s familiar stories just in time for Halloween and the most wonderful autumn weather ever

Orion Ensemble Review – A Season Opener with Flair, Care and Music from Everywhere

Orion Ensemble Review – A Season Opener with Flair, Care and Music from Everywhere You still have two opportunities to enjoy Orion Ensemble’s first concert of its new season without having to shout “Encore!” once

Back the Bid Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour Review– Don’t Miss the Bus!

Back the Bid Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour Review– Don’t Miss the Bus! On Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9:30am, Back the Bid Day, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) will give you a chance to visualize the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics here in our home town, Chicago

A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES Review – Don’t Miss This Edge of your Seat Thriller

A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES Review – Don’t Miss This Edge of your Seat Thriller Wow! I can’t remember when I last sat through such a mesmerizing evening of theater! You have until August 7 (although I wouldn’t be surprised it it’s held over!) to see this stunning play

All Temp Furnace Installation Review – The Heat’s On

All Temp Furnace Installation Review – The Heat’s On All Temp rated a Superior Service Award on Angie’s List, a Better Business Bureau BBB Accredited business, as well as Bryant’s Gold Medal of Excellence

Writers' Theatre HEARTBREAK HOUSE Review - Who's Heart Is Broken?

Writers' Theatre HEARTBREAK HOUSE Review - Who's Heart Is Broken? From the moment you enter the theater, you are enveloped in the luxury of the Heartbreak House’s ambiance and ambiguity

Richard III Review - Royal Ruthlessness a Rocky Ride

Richard III Review - Royal Ruthlessness a Rocky Ride Says Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, “As he seduces us as his audience, we become complicit in his crimes

Animal Crackers Review - Shtick to the Script

Animal Crackers Review - Shtick to the Script Chaos. Music. Anarchy. Dancing. Romance. Clowning. Suspense. Hilaria. These are the top ten reasons to see Animal Crackers

Arizona Biltmore Review - Celebrating 80 Years as the Jewel of the Desert

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Desert Botanical Garden Review – Phoenix's Spectacular Desertscape

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Phoenix Symphony Review - A Bravura Performance to an Exuberant Audience

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Heard Museum Review – A Celebration of Native Cultures and Art

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Phoenix Art Museum Review – Inside, Outside, an All-Around Work of Art

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Valley Metro Light Rail Review – Spring Break Aboard Phoenix’s Newest Mode of Transportation

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Wright's at the Biltmore Review - Compliments to the Chef

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The Hotel Monaco Chicago Review - The Little Gem Down the Street from Jewelers' Row

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Lyric Carmen Review - The Most Popular Opera in the World!

Lyric Carmen Review - The Most Popular Opera in the World! "What could make a man cheat on his fiancée, drive his mother to tears, and ditch a good job? One woman — Carmen! She's the sex-bomb, gypsy seductress who loves them and leaves them — tossing egos and hearts in the dust"

Do the Hustle Review - Writers' Theatre's Scamtastic World Premiere

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Rosetta Stone TOTALe Review – A Tale of Two Travelers

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Robin Hood Review - a Piccolo Panto for the Whole Family

Robin Hood Review - a Piccolo Panto for the Whole Family The operative words here are "Piccolo Panto." With this production of Robin Hood, Evanston's Piccolo Theatre tailors the English Panto to its wacky, high-energy style

Lyric A Midsummer Night's Dream Review - Captivating Characters Cut to the Chase

Lyric  A Midsummer Night's Dream Review - Captivating Characters Cut to the Chase It's a dream about a dream and a play about putting on a play

Lyric Macbeth Review - Double double toil and trouble

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Low Pay? Don't Pay Review - Piccolo Theatre's Extravagantly Hilarious Farce

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Steppenwolf's A PARALLELOGRAM Review - a knock it out of the park season closer

Steppenwolf's A PARALLELOGRAM Review - a knock it out of the park season closer A Parallelogram may not be a sexy title for a play, but it is totally engrossing, unpredictable but consistent with the plot and characterization, thoughtful, funny and profound

Sweet and Hot Review - Go for the songs, the showmanship, the dinner

Sweet and Hot Review - Go for the songs, the showmanship, the dinner Six scintillating, sexy, and sweet twenty-somethings sing Harold Arlen--the creator of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"--to our heart's delight. Go for the songs, the showmanship, the dinner. Get the whole Theo Ubique experience

Itsoseng Review – Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Gripping World Stage Series Opener

Itsoseng Review – Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Gripping World Stage Series Opener Itsoseng balances comedy and tragedy in the story of a young man's yearning for change amid the politics of township life during and following apartheid in South Africa

Chicago Theatre District Review – Celebrating 10 Years Dramatically

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War with the Newts Review - Slippery Metaphor

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Rosetta Stone Review - Learning Italian Naturally

Rosetta Stone Review - Learning Italian Naturally I have wanted to learn Italian for the last five years but just couldn't find the right fit. Then I discovered Rosetta Stone TOTALe. It's captivating

Context Florence Review – Think Outside the Classroom! Try a Walking Seminar!

Context Florence Review – Think Outside the Classroom! Try a Walking Seminar! Our tour—our day!—was so perfect, I just want to set the stage and take you to the Uffizi Gallery with us and Context Florence's outstanding docent, Dr. Monica

Spring Break In Florence Review - Rendezvous with the Renaissance or Pain in the Ash?

Spring Break In Florence Review - Rendezvous with the Renaissance or Pain in the Ash? With the invaluable help of many, many kind Italians and others (even Americans!), we had a fabulous vacation even though we were under a menacing volcanic ash cloud

Stage Left HERE WHERE IT'S SAFE Review - Where Is It Safe?

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Lyric Marriage of Figaro Review - Opera Music You Can Hum

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Next Theatre RETURN TO HAIFA Review – Extended to March 21

Next Theatre RETURN TO HAIFA Review – Extended to March 21 An extraordinary story, a fine production, its haunting message will linger with you long after your leave the theater

Lyric Damnation of Faust Review - Life in the Faust Lane

Lyric Damnation of Faust Review - Life in the Faust Lane Only opera could pull off the twists and turns this story takes. The complexity, the ingenious staging—the great singers, the light show and projections create an ethereal earthly setting and a ghastly otherworldly setting

Elixir of Love Review - A Great Valentine Date

Elixir of Love Review - A Great Valentine Date Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day date? This is it

Lakeside Singers Holiday Concert Review – Make It a Tradition

Lakeside Singers Holiday Concert Review – Make It a Tradition At “In the Frosty Air,” this year’s holiday concert, we enjoyed the spectacular voices of The Lakeside Singers in their trademark jolly, joyous concert in two well-defined "acts" that even include a costume change to make sure we get it

Alan Gross Interview - A Chicago Playwright You Should Know

Alan Gross Interview - A Chicago Playwright You Should Know Alan and I have been friends since the ‘60s. So our interview is part reunion and part celebration of the opening of his new play, HIGH HOLIDAYS at the Goodman Theatre

The Night Season Review - Love Labored

The Night Season Review - Love Labored The Night Season celebrates the story of the Kennedy family living with the fallout of the desertion by their mother 15 years ago

Back the Bid Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour Review – Brought Back by Popular Demand

Back the Bid Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour Review – Brought Back by Popular Demand On Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9:30am, Back the Bid Day, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) will give you a chance to visualize the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics here in our home town, Chicago

Last of My Species Review - Redmoon's Spectacle '09

Last of My Species Review - Redmoon's Spectacle '09 Part pop concert, part theatrical event with wild dance against a backdrop of weird contraptions and weirder orchestra, Species takes us into a world all its own

Jersey Boys Review - Broadway Really Has Come to Chicago

Jersey Boys Review - Broadway Really Has Come to Chicago The record-breaking hit JERSEY BOYS is celebrating its second smash year in Chicago

Trattoria Isabella Review - A Chicago Restaurant You Should Know

Trattoria Isabella Review - A Chicago Restaurant You Should Know The romantic setting, the floor-to-ceiling windows and Frank Sinatra's sensational voice crooning in the background got us off to a great start

Ravinia Review – NIGHT AND DAY A Cole Porter Evening

Ravinia Review – NIGHT AND DAY A Cole Porter Evening The de-lovely concert certainly was not “Just one of Those Things.” When my husband suggests we go to Ravinia again, I’ll say, “Let’s Do It”

GODS OF THE ANDES Review - a great read for mere mortals

GODS OF THE ANDES Review - a great read for mere mortals Zimmerman's characters are so real, his ear for dialogue so pitch-perfect, his gift for storytelling studded with gentle humor is so captivating, he involves the reader at every turn

Pane Caldo Review – a feast for the all the senses

Pane Caldo Review – a feast for the all the senses Translated literally, pane caldo means warm bread. Now take that image of warmth, the staff of life and the comforting, nurturing emotions all that stirs in you and you’ll have a sense of the ambiance of Pane Caldo

Vista Print Yard Sign Review – Sales Success for Us and 25 Percent Savings For You

Vista Print Yard Sign Review – Sales Success for Us and 25 Percent Savings For You By just reading this article, you can profit from our courtyard sale! Go to www.VistaPrint.com, order any of the many gorgeous products, mention chicago-splash.com and you’ll receive a 25% discount on your order!

Brasserie Jo Review – C’est si bon

Brasserie Jo Review – C’est si bon We boarded the CTA, walked a short distance on a beautiful night and Voilá! arrived in Paris ala Brasserie JO

Arabian Nights Review - Your Story or Your Life

Arabian Nights Review - Your Story or Your Life Scheherezade's life literally depended on the power of her stories and she came through with one mesmerizing tale after another, saving her life and affirming ours

Blues Legends Review – Six Generations of Mississippi Blues

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Graduate Showcase Review - DePaul Theater School, a class act for 80 years

Graduate Showcase Review - DePaul Theater School, a class act for 80 years       New York. Chicago. Los Angeles. The casting directors, agents, producers, managers, directors and other theater artists came out to see the graduates of this seminal school of dramatic arts

Crosby, Stills and Nash Review - boomers bring ‘em back

Crosby, Stills and Nash Review - boomers bring ‘em back There we were. Crosby, Stills, Nash and the “Forever Young.” There is nothing even close to the sheer joy of the live experience of the band of your youth

Mayor Morton Award Review - A lifetime of community service recognized

Mayor Morton Award Review - A lifetime of community service recognized After two "retirements" now, the question is not what she will do next, but can we keep up with her

Windy City Rhythms Goes Global Review – WOW

Windy City Rhythms Goes Global Review – WOW Our evening was full of surprises! And what surprises! We—and by that I do mean the entire audience—were captivated by what we saw and heard and felt—the beat

Blues on the North Shore Review - Brought back by popular demand

Blues on the North Shore Review - Brought back by popular demand On June 12, 2009, the blues fun begins and ends at SPACE in Evanston, the north shore showcase of the best of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen

Love Person Review - the languages of love

Love Person Review - the languages of love Two couples, three cultures and four relationships - gay and straight - blossom, break, sustain, repair and flourish in this contemporary romantic tale about the “language” of love

Balanced Kitchen Review - A Chicago Caterer You Should Know

Balanced Kitchen Review - A Chicago Caterer You Should Know The Balanced Kitchen laid before us a such a lavish palette of delicious, healthy treats our delighted palates didn’t even notice it was good-for-you food

Twelfth Night Review – Chicago's Love Splash

Twelfth Night Review – Chicago's Love Splash Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier concludes its 2008/09 season with a flood of madcap comedy told in Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare’s tale of disorder, mistaken identity and revelry

Lyric Opera Season Review – A New Subscriber Shares Shining Memories

Lyric Opera Season Review – A New Subscriber Shares Shining Memories The beauty of the Lyric Opera reaches so many touch (sight,sound, memory, comfort,emotion, luxury) points it creates a perfectly lyrical operatic experience

Lakeside Singers Review – Celebrating 10 Years of Feel Good Concerts

Lakeside Singers Review – Celebrating 10 Years of Feel Good Concerts Incubated by the Music Institute of Chicago, for ten years now, the Lakeside Singers have been bridging the worlds of classical and popular choral music by presenting a wide range of musical styles at the highest artistic level

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Review – A Tour de Force Performance of American Masterpieces

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Review – A Tour de Force Performance of American Masterpieces The Chicago Jazz Orchestra did it all. Right there, in a more than sold out Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, we were mesmerized, surprised, amused and astonished by spectacularly fine music

Class Dismissed Review – The Way We Were?

Class Dismissed Review – The Way We Were? Class Dismissed is a mellow, good-natured play about a rich suburban kid, a hippie wannabe, who doesn’t want his friends to know he has dough

The Day of Knowledge Review - A Lesson in Compassion

The Day of Knowledge Review - A Lesson in Compassion Forty days after a senseless attack on their school and children, families struggle with their loss

Edvard Munch Review - The Art Institute Seeks the Artist Behind "The Scream"

Edvard Munch Review - The Art Institute Seeks the Artist Behind "The Scream" The current exhibition of Edvard Munch’s work at the Art Institute of Chicago is a “don’t miss” event — especially if "The Scream" is the only work you know

Lyric Opera Backstage Tour Review - Pay attention to the men and women behind the curtain

Lyric Opera Backstage Tour Review - Pay attention to the men and women behind the curtain Our backstage tour of Lyric’s incredible, vast, magnificent realm couldn’t possibly have been more enjoyable

Desire Under the Elms Review - Lust on the Rocks

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Macbeth Review--Barbara Gaines' Chilling Vision at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance Review—Another creative leap with towering promise

The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance Review—Another creative leap with towering promise Whether you're looking for a stunning workout or ballerina training, or everything in between, The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance is a great choice.

Lakeside Singers Review--Holiday Music from Renaissance to Rock

Lakeside Singers Review--Holiday Music from Renaissance to Rock A holiday concert with something for every musical taste!

Porgy & Bess and Lulu Review - A Weekend Of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Porgy & Bess and Lulu Review - A Weekend Of Lyric Opera of Chicago We loved our Lyric Opera experience and found Porgy & Bess and Lulu more alike than we expected. See if you agree!

One World, One Sky Review - Big Bird’s Adventure, An Imaginative Family Show at the Adler Planetarium

One World, One Sky Review - Big Bird’s Adventure, An Imaginative Family Show at the Adler Planetarium Sesame Street leads the way to clearer understanding of the sky we share with the whole world through a delightful, informative tour

The Joffrey Ballet Review - Opening Night Performance is a Towering Achievement

The Joffrey Ballet Review - Opening Night Performance is a Towering Achievement Propelled by the momentum of moving into its new tower, The Joffrey Ballet's opening night has something for everyone from the occasional to the seasoned ballet audience

Turn of the Century Review — Star-Studded Musical at the Goodman Theater

Turn of the Century Review — Star-Studded Musical at the Goodman Theater A review of TURN OF THE CENTURY, a spectacular musical at the Goodman Theater in Chicago until November 2

Experiencing Lyric for the First Time—Reviewing Our Operatic Journey

Experiencing Lyric for the First Time—Reviewing Our Operatic Journey New Subscribers to Lyric Opera of Chicago share their experience in a 3-part series. This is the first in the series.

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