Articles by Patricia Simms

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

Wanting Miss Julie Review - A Concert Reading of an Edgy Contemporary New Musical Wanting Miss Julie is an edgy, contemporary musical set in the super-sophisticated, moneyed, political world of the Hamptons

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

Billy Strayhorn Festival at Music Institute of Chicago Review – Celebrating 10 Years at Nichols Concert Hall On Saturday night, October 27, the Terrell Stafford Quintet treated the audience at the Music Institute of Chicago in Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston to a live rendition of Stafford’s CD “This Side of Strayhorn”

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

Michael Feinstein and CJO Review - A Magnificent Start of Auditorium Theatre’s Season S Wonderful! ‘S marvelous! that we could hear, see, laugh with, swoon and sway, snap and tap the evening away with not only the incomparable Michael Feinstein but also with Jeff Lindberg’s world-renowned Chicago Jazz Orchestra

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

JUBALEE Review - Global Rhythms Continues the Celebration The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) opens its 22nd season with Global Rhythms. This year’s performances spotlight national and international artists.Performances are November 26 and 27

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

Arizona Biltmore Review - Celebrating 80 Years as the Jewel of the Desert The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa celebrates its 80th anniversary as the "Jewel of the Desert"

Desert Botanical Garden Review – Phoenix's Spectacular Desertscape

Desert Botanical Garden Review – Phoenix's Spectacular Desertscape Chihuly,Music,Butterflies--the list goes on, but the reason to go to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden is the Desert Botanical Garden

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