Articles by Patricia Simms

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”

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