Articles by Katrina Engel

Pedalheads - Learn to Bike, Canadian Style

Pedalheads - Learn to Bike, Canadian Style Pedalheads teaches bicycle riding skills through play-based activities in small classes with an emphasis on positive reinforcement

Aladdin Review - A Glorious Evening of Joy and Magic

Aladdin Review - A Glorious Evening of Joy and Magic Pure joy and precision; that’s how I would describe Disney’s Aladdin, making its North American tour debut in Chicago until September 10th

Preview of Cavalia's Odysseo - A Theatrical Experience Like No Other

Preview of Cavalia's Odysseo - A Theatrical Experience Like No Other Don't miss Odysseo, Cavalia's new production that combines the equestrian and theatrical arts with beauty, passion, and innovation

Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing Review - A Cultural Feast for the Senses

Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing Review - A Cultural Feast for the Senses Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe will present the U.S. Premiere of its new work 11 Warriors, a performance in five chapters combining kung fu, ballet, modern dance and drama to interpret the origin, spirit, artists, tenderness and essence of kung fu

STOMP Review - Still Looking and Sounding Great

STOMP Review - Still Looking and Sounding Great STOMP may have been around for over twenty years, but its current US touring production feels young and fresh with new pieces and a company of youthful and expert performers

Dance Theatre of Harlem Review - An Inspired and Passionate Evening of Dance

Dance Theatre of Harlem Review - An Inspired and Passionate Evening of Dance I jumped at the opportunity to review Dance Theatre of Harlem's Auditorium Theatre engagement and I was not disappointed in the least

Mandala Arts Company - Benefit Gala Preview

Mandala Arts Company - Benefit Gala Preview Mandala will celebrate its first year of operation at a benefit event: Colors of the East, on Sunday, July 10 from 6 – 9 pm at the Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Place. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased on the Mandala website - read on

Mandala Arts Company - Benefit Gala Preview

Mandala Arts Company - Benefit Gala Preview Mandala will celebrate its first year of operation at a benefit event: Colors of the East, on Sunday, July 10 from 6 – 9 pm at the Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Place. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased on the Mandala website. mandalaarts.org

Man of La Mancha - Marriott Theatre's Latest Triumph

Man of La Mancha - Marriott Theatre's Latest Triumph Dale Wasserman’s book, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel, presents the poet Cervantes as he awaits trial by the Spanish Inquisition. As his defense, Cervantes presents the tales of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho, who embark on adventures across the country

Patti LaBelle and The Commodores Review - Oldies but Goodies

Patti LaBelle and The Commodores Review - Oldies but Goodies I had a most wonderful night at the Ravinia Festival, singing along with, dancing to, and watching the ever youthful headliner Patti LaBelle, featuring the flashy and still hip swinging R&B group, The Commodores

The Secret Garden Review - A New Theatre is Born

The Secret Garden Review - A New Theatre is Born THE SECRET GARDEN follows eleven-year-old orphan Mary Lennox on her return to Yorkshire, England from India. Very lonely, Mary explores the grounds of her new home to discover a magic garden that once belonged to her Uncle’s wife, Mary

Break Out Comedy Festival at Second City Review - An Evening of Young Comedians

Break Out Comedy Festival at Second City Review - An Evening of Young Comedians The Break Out Comedy Festival was created in 2015 as part of a relationship between NBCUniversal and The Second City with the goal of showcasing diverse voices in comedy. This second installment was, hosted by Tim Meadows, was a resounding success.

Counter Balance Review - An Inspiring Evening of Dance

Counter Balance Review - An Inspiring Evening of Dance As a special educator who has danced for many years, I can’t believe that Counter Balance VII, a program of dance featuring performers with physical disabilities, was my first. It won’t be my last

Second City and NBCUniversal's Break Out Comedy Festival Preview -Tim Meadows to Host

Second City and NBCUniversal's Break Out Comedy Festival Preview -Tim Meadows to Host The Second City and NBCUniversal announce the return of the NBCUniversal Second City Break Out Comedy Festival, taking place in Chicago June 3 and June 4, 2016. This year’s festival will be hosted by Second City and SNL alum Tim Meadows

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - A Night of Chicago Premieres

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - A Night of Chicago Premieres The opening night of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2016 Chicago engagement was a charged and virtuoso evening of Chicago premiere's and beloved signature pieces.

Hamburg Ballet's Othello Review - An Eclectic Evening of Intensity and Beauty

Hamburg Ballet's Othello Review - An Eclectic Evening of Intensity and Beauty I had a feeling that seeing Hamburg Ballet's production of Othello might have a different spin on the classic Shakespearean tragedy, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least

Bye Bye Birdie at Drury Lane Review- A Rip Roaring Stroll Down Memory Lane

Bye Bye Birdie at Drury Lane Review- A Rip Roaring Stroll Down Memory Lane Bye Bye Birdie tells the tale of a small town’s frenzy at the prospect of an Elvis-like rock star, about to leave for a stint in the army, coming to town to plant a farewell kiss on one lucky girl

Joffrey Ballet Review - A Stunning Evening of Contemporary Ballet

Joffrey Ballet Review - A Stunning Evening of Contemporary Ballet The Joffrey Ballet company’s winter offering, Bold Moves, a program of contemporary ballets including the World Premiere of Tipping Point by British choreographer Ashley Page, is not to be missed

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Review - A Childhood Memory Comes to Life

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Review - A Childhood Memory Comes to Life "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" practically transports audience member in the television special with all of the beloved original songs and recreation of the original set and costume design for the stage

Disney's The Lion King Review - An Astonishing Night of Musical Theatre

Disney's The Lion King Review - An Astonishing Night of Musical Theatre The Lion King began as an animated feature in 1994. The story, a coming of age parable set in the African Savanna, tells the story of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle

Second City "Fool me Twice, Déjà Vu" Review - An Evening of Comedic Bliss

Second City "Fool me Twice, Déjà Vu" Review - An Evening of Comedic Bliss Fool Me Twice, DéjàVu is an exploration of intuition. Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or do mistakes lead to growth? This show takes a gleeful and hilarious glance into moms, millennials and the media

Mike Reed's Flesh and Bone Review - Musical meditation and reflection

Mike Reed's Flesh and Bone Review - Musical meditation and reflection Jazz drummer and composer Mike Reed offered an evening length work of reflection and exploration in his evening length, multi-media work, Flesh and Bone at the Art Institute of Chicago's Fullerton Hall

Lucky Plush Review - A happy hour delight

Lucky Plush Review - A happy hour delight Lucky Plush Productions, led by its founding Artistic Director, Julia Rhodes, presented a thought provoking and humorous taste of their works in preparation for the world premiere of their new piece, Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip

The Billy Strayhorn Festival in Chicago - An Evening of Music and Dance

The Billy Strayhorn Festival in Chicago - An Evening of Music and Dance A tremendous evening of Jazz music and tap dance wowed and inspired its audience at the Jazz Showcase on November 11th, thanks to the Vijay Tellis Nayak Quartet and tappers from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Jessica Lang at Harris Theater Review - A Dancer and An Architect Colloborate

Jessica Lang at Harris Theater Review - A Dancer and An Architect Colloborate Chicago was the lucky city to premiere Jessica Lang's new piece, Tesseracts of Time, a collaboration with architect Steven Holl, commissioned by the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Review - Featuring Works by William Forsythe

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Review - Featuring Works by William Forsythe Hubbard Street Dance Chicago offering three works by William Forsythe at the Harris Theatre was a stunning evening of dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Preview - Opening the 38th Season with William Forsythe

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Preview - Opening the 38th Season with William Forsythe Hubbard Street Dance Chicago opens its 38th season with a bang, celebrating internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe at the Harris Theater

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