Articles by Patricia Simms

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

Valley Metro Light Rail Review – Spring Break Aboard Phoenix’s Newest Mode of Transportation The Valley Metro Light Rail system is a great way to get around

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

Wright's at the Biltmore Review - Compliments to the Chef An elegant innovative menu awaits you at Wright's at the Biltmore, the signature restaurant of Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa

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

The Hotel Monaco Chicago Review - The Little Gem Down the Street from Jewelers' Row The Hotel Monaco is an elegant in-city retreat from the city







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

Do the Hustle Review - Writers' Theatre's Scamtastic World Premiere Sam and Eddie Sisson are more than just father and son; they’re a crack team of hustlers always looking for the next mark

Rosetta Stone TOTALe Review – A Tale of Two Travelers

Rosetta Stone TOTALe Review – A Tale of Two Travelers Learning a language the Rosetta Stone TOTALe way is probably the closest thing there is to being there because TOTALe is on-line and, therefore, accessible to you 24/7, wherever you are

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

Lyric Macbeth Review - Double double toil and trouble What an unbeatable formula. Shakespeare. Verdi. Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Even though this was Gaines debut at the Lyric, there was never any doubt that she could bring out the Shakespeare in Verdi

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

Low Pay? Don't Pay Review - Piccolo Theatre's Extravagantly Hilarious Farce Dario Fo, 1997 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, reprises his signature style--lampooning the powerful and elevating the downtrodden

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

Chicago Theatre District Review – Celebrating 10 Years Dramatically Because the impact of 10 years of Chicago’s theater life has been so dramatic, it’s important that you, I, theatergoers and just plain lovers of Chicago stop and pay attention to what a handful of visionaries with the backing of one courageous mayor did. And are still doing

War with the Newts Review - Slippery Metaphor

War with the Newts Review - Slippery Metaphor War with the Newts tells of the discovery of a highly-intelligent breed of newts enslaved and exploited by wealthy Czech industrialist, G.H. Bondy. These giant salamanders acquire human knowledge and rebel, leading to a global war for supremacy

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?

Stage Left HERE WHERE IT'S SAFE Review - Where Is It Safe? This thought-provoking, sensitive story raises huge questions without becoming dark and ponderous

Lyric Marriage of Figaro Review - Opera Music You Can Hum

Lyric Marriage of Figaro Review - Opera Music You Can Hum The captivating music, the gorgeous costumes and set, and the preposterous plot make this opera a sheer delight

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

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