Articles by Suzanne Magnuson

Die Fledermaus Review - Strauss' Charming Confection Dazzles at Light Opera Works

Die Fledermaus Review - Strauss' Charming Confection Dazzles at Light Opera Works An incredible version of Strauss delightful opera by Light Opera Works, soon to be Music Theatre Works

Honky Tonk Angels Review – A Country and Broadway Mash Up Disaster

Honky Tonk Angels Review – A Country and Broadway Mash Up Disaster With an insulting cornpone book that falls flat at every turn, Honky Tonk Angels is glorious singing in between teeth-grittingly awful dialogue. Just go see a country band instead

The Hunter and the Bear Review - A Unique and Memorable Night of Theatre

The Hunter and the Bear Review - A Unique and Memorable Night of Theatre The Hunter and the Bear is a musical folk tale about ghosts, and so much more. Run out and see it at once

The Haven Place Review– The best of Y.A. Post-Apocalyptic Adventure Comes to the Stage

The Haven Place Review– The best of Y.A. Post-Apocalyptic Adventure Comes to the Stage A Winnebago full of teen-aged girls flees the apocalypse to the last safe place in North America. The Haven Place is a must-see for any fan of The Hunger Games or The Walking Dead. Run out to A Red Orchid Theatre before it closes on December 30th

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Review – A Genius Night of Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Review – A Genius Night of Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a must-see play of groundbreaking technical wizardry. Go to the theatre at once

Winterset Review – A Play for These Times

Winterset Review – A Play for These Times Winterset, in revival by the Griffin Theatre, is a tragedy for today as well as the Great Depression. It's a play about injustice done by public perception rather than desire for the truth. It couldn't be more timely

Les Troyens Review – Epic Opera Done Right

Les Troyens Review – Epic Opera Done Right At more than four hours, Les Troyens defines epic opera with the famed story of the Trojan War and Berlioz' glorious music. It is an absolute must-see for any fan of music

Rutherford’s Travels Review – An Epic Adaptation

Rutherford’s Travels Review – An Epic Adaptation Rutherford's Travels is more than a seafaring yarn, more than a slave story, it's a human look at a bygone era with characters you love to spend time with

End of the Rainbow Review – Old Druggie Judy is an Awful Person

End of the Rainbow Review – Old Druggie Judy is an Awful Person Porchlight Musical Theatre’s Chicago Premiere of End of the Rainbow brings you the Sad Last Days of Judy Garland in all their awful, tawdry, tabloid-like glory

Singin' in the Rain Review - Hollywood Perfection

Singin' in the Rain Review - Hollywood Perfection A practically perfect stage version of Singin' in the Rain is running at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire from October 26- December 31. If you love this musical or old Hollywood, you'll delight in this production.

Lucia di Lammermoor at the Lyric Opera Review – Hasn’t the poor girl suffered enough?

Lucia di Lammermoor at the Lyric Opera Review – Hasn’t the poor girl suffered enough? If you love the music of Lucia di Lammermoor and have always really wondered what it would look like gorgeously costumed and set in a gray box, you’re in luck. This production is what the Lyric Opera is offering from October 15 to November 6.

Miss Holmes Review -A Must-See Mystery at Lifeline Theatre

Miss Holmes Review -A Must-See Mystery at Lifeline Theatre Don't fear the gender-swapped leads of Miss Holmes, this is a Sherlock Holmes mystery that is everything it should be, clever, exciting and funny by turns. Superbly acted and directed and a must-see

Smokey Joe's Cafe Review - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll

Smokey Joe's Cafe Review - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll Incredible voices, amazing design, fun choreography all give a Broadway tribute to two of Rock's founding fathers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, full of songs you know and love like "Hound Dog", "On Broadway" and "Stand By Me"

Journeyman Distillery Tour and Tasting Review – Craft at its Finest

Journeyman Distillery Tour and Tasting Review – Craft at its Finest Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI offers exceptional spirits, an outstanding farm-to-table restaurant and a delightful tasting tour of all their award-winning products.

Big Cat Rescue Review - A Sanctuary Unlike Any Other

Big Cat Rescue Review - A Sanctuary Unlike Any Other Big Cat Rescue as a wildlife sanctuary unlike any other and is well worth a visit when you are in or near Tampa, FL. It's a must-see for any animal lover

FREE Shakespeare Invades Chicagoland City Parks with three amazing productions.

FREE Shakespeare Invades Chicagoland City Parks with three amazing productions. Three theatrical companies are performing FREE Shakespeare plays this summer at a park near you!

Company at The Writer’s Theatre Review - As Relevant Today as Ever

Company at The Writer’s Theatre Review - As Relevant Today as Ever Writer's Theatre's production of Company is a must-see full of incredible performances as the cast ably tackles this very modern and still up-to-date classic by Sondheim

CombatCon™ Review – A Celebration of Martial Arts in Popular Culture

CombatCon™ Review – A Celebration of Martial Arts in Popular Culture CombatCon, A Celebration of Martial Arts in Popular Culture offers martial arts classes, traditional tournaments in European martial arts and lectures on all aspects of combat. Coming to Las Vegas July 8-10, 2016.

Porchlight Revisits CHESS Review - A 1980s-era Musical Gem

Porchlight Revisits CHESS Review - A 1980s-era Musical Gem It's the original London Version of the 1980s Cold War musical Chess. Playing for three nights only at Porchlight Music Theatre. Get your tickets now!

Congratulations to the 43 Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards Nominees

Congratulations to the 43 Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards Nominees Congratulations to the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominees. Links to Splash reviews of these outstanding productions.

Chicago's Largest Student Run Arts Festival - Manifest - May 13, 2016

Chicago's Largest Student Run Arts Festival - Manifest - May 13, 2016 CHICAGO’S LARGEST STUDENT-RUN ARTS FESTIVAL MANIFEST RETURNS FOR ONE DAY ONLY MAY 13, 2016 100+ FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS WITH LIVE MUSIC, DANCE,SPECTACLE AND EXHIBITIONS FROM OVER 2,000 STUDENT ARTISTS

Voting Open for Top Groups in Lyric Opera's-Chicago Voices' Community Created Performances Contest

Voting Open for Top Groups in Lyric Opera's-Chicago Voices' Community Created Performances Contest The votes of the public are needed to determine the winner in the Lyric Opera's Chicago Voices Community Created Performances Contest. Voting links are in the body of the article.

Vanille Patisserie Announces Mother’s Day Contest – Mom, Me and Vanille

Vanille Patisserie Announces Mother’s Day Contest – Mom, Me and Vanille Vanille Patisserie Announces a Mother's Day Contest. Win high tea for you, your mom and 8 guests at Vanille's Lincoln Park location by leveraging Facebook and Instagram

Chef Alain Roby's Primo Review - Exceptional Fare

Chef Alain Roby's Primo Review - Exceptional Fare Primo, the new restaurant from Chef Alain Roby, is a culinary destination in Geneva, IL. The intimate, curated dining experience is certain to be a runaway hit. Go now and beat the crowds

What We Saw At the International Housewares Show in Chicago – Beverage Innovation

What We Saw At the International Housewares Show in Chicago – Beverage Innovation The 119th Annual International Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago highlighted great new products in the Beverage space. Here are a few that caught our attention

Davidson of Dundee - A Sweet Family Tradition

Davidson of Dundee - A Sweet Family Tradition Davidson of Dundee in Central Florida provides a great factory tour that includes candy and preserves, while you sample some of the finest sweets Florida has to offer, made of grove-fresh ingredients.

Garfield Park Conservatory – An Oasis of Prairie Splendor and Luminous Sculpture

Garfield Park Conservatory – An Oasis of Prairie Splendor and Luminous Sculpture An urban oasis of green in wintertime, the Garfield Park Conservatory is currently hosting a remarkable light-filled art installation - Solarise by Luftwerk that is well worth a special visit

Shakespeare’s First Folio! Traveling Exhibition - The Book that Saved the Bard

Shakespeare’s First Folio! Traveling Exhibition - The Book that Saved the Bard The Folger Library in Washington D.C. is touring some of their copies of Shakespeare's First Folio across the United States and Puerto Rico with an educational exhibit that is well worth viewing

Writers Theatre Opens New Theatre Center

Writers Theatre Opens New Theatre Center Writer's Theatre opens a state-of-the-art new facility in Glencoe.

Vanille Has Announced the Winner of their Stud Muffin Contest

Vanille Has Announced the Winner of their Stud Muffin Contest Winner of Vanille Patisserie's First Annual Valentine's Day Stud Muffin Contest has been announced.

Florida’s Natural Grove House Tour – All the Juicy Stories Are Here!

Florida’s Natural Grove House Tour – All the Juicy Stories Are Here! Florida's Natural Grove House Welcome Center gives the visitor a grower's-eye view of Florida orange production in a charming country setting

The Hairy Ape Review – A Timely Take on O’Neill

The Hairy Ape Review – A Timely Take on O’Neill A new production inspired by the headlines is a compelling retelling of O'Neill's story of the working man meets the 1%.

London Wall Review - A Period Piece Utterly Relevant Today

London Wall Review - A Period Piece Utterly Relevant Today The lives of the four female typists at a solicitor's office in 1931 are complicated by bosses, boyfriends and the lack thereof in this dramatic comedy

8 Great Wines for Valentines Day - Expert Picks to Enhance Your Holiday

8 Great Wines for Valentines Day - Expert Picks to Enhance Your Holiday 8 Great wines for Valentine's Day chosen by wine expert Antonio Galloni.

Popular Chicago Patisserie Vanille Announces Valentine’s Day Contest

Popular Chicago Patisserie Vanille Announces Valentine’s Day Contest Vanille Patisserie announces a contest to name a signature "Stud Muffin" after your own special stud

Bronte by the Promethean Theatre Ensemble Review - Mythic Literature Comes to Life

Bronte by the Promethean Theatre Ensemble Review - Mythic Literature Comes to Life Bronte brings the lives of the literary siblings into the spotlight in a fine production from the Promethean Theatre Ensemble, playing now through February 7, 2016 at the Athanaeum Theatre, Chicago, Studio one

Museum Campus Offers FREE General Admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Museum Campus Offers FREE General Admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Three of Chicago's premier family destinations are offering free general admission on Martin Luther King day, Monday, January 18, 2016. Pack up the kids and make a day of it!

10 Great Destinations Off The Beaten Path – SPLASH Magazine’s Great United States Travel finds of 2015

10 Great Destinations Off The Beaten Path – SPLASH Magazine’s Great United States Travel finds of 2015 SPLASH reporters Top 10 American travel destinations off the beaten path. Choose an unusual destination for your next adventure!

Away From Home –An All-new Charity Christmas Song

Away From Home –An All-new Charity Christmas Song Local artists Isabel and Joshua Jones have written and recorded a new charity Christmas song "Away From Home" to raise money to help Christians and Jews fleeing persecution by ISIS

Sherlock Holmes Review - A Play That Wished It Was By Oscar Wilde

Sherlock Holmes Review - A Play That Wished It Was By Oscar Wilde If you always thought that the stories about the world’s first consulting detective needed more one-liners, prat-falls and antic chase sequences, then maybe you’ve found what you’ve been looking for.

Fifth Annual MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition Review – A Macabre Beauty

Fifth Annual MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition Review – A Macabre Beauty Incredible exhibition of macabre art on display now until December 18th.

The Indo-American Heritage Museum’s Sacred Sites Tour Review – Three Faiths

The Indo-American Heritage Museum’s Sacred Sites Tour Review – Three Faiths Extremely interesting tour organized by the Indo-American Heritage Museum introduces you to three minor faith traditions of India

Holmes vs. Holmes Review - Truth Beats Fiction

Holmes vs. Holmes Review - Truth Beats Fiction If you’re looking for a story where Sherlock Holmes is the hero, solves the mystery, and saves the day by being the smartest man in the room, you’re going to be sadly disappointed by Holmes Vs. Holmes

Haunted Hometowns Tour Review - Things That Go Bump In the Night

Haunted Hometowns Tour Review - Things That Go Bump In the Night Haunted Hometowns Elgin Cemetery Van Tour is a freaky and fun way to celebrate Halloween or any time you need a scare. Using EMF Meters and other ghost "detecting" devices you can do a little ghost hunting, yourself

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Review - A Must-See Sherlock Holmes Event

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Review - A Must-See Sherlock Holmes Event This exemplary adaptation of Nicholas Meyer's "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" needs to be seen by as many people as possible. If you love Sherlock Holmes, why aren't you already at the theatre?

The Roads Less Traveled Santa Barbara Review – Beauty Missed By Most

The Roads Less Traveled Santa Barbara Review – Beauty Missed By Most Incredible sights in Santa Barbara California, off the beaten path. They're well worth a visit

The Racine Zoological Gardens Review - A Hidden Treasure on the Lakeshore

The Racine Zoological Gardens Review - A Hidden Treasure on the Lakeshore A trip to the Racine Zoological Gardens is quirky fun for young and old. Well worth the drive up from Chicago

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