Articles by Andrea Kramar

Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting

Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting American history, sports, and the civil rights debates fuse themselves into one critical grand slam performance

"Cities of Light" Review - A Look at the 1920s and 30s Jewish Cabaret Scene at The Piven Theatre

"Cities of Light" Review - A Look at the 1920s and 30s Jewish Cabaret Scene at The Piven Theatre Rebecca Joy Fletcher’s uniquely written cabaret takes audience members on a ride back into Jewish history as they follow the provocative and persistent Chanteuse and her younger counterpart /accompanist, Jimmi

Piccolo Theatre's "The Comedy of Errors" Review - Clowning and Physical Comedy enter the world of Shakespeare

Piccolo Theatre's "The Comedy of Errors" Review - Clowning and Physical Comedy enter the world of Shakespeare A Shakespearean play that is filled with humor and good-natured comedy, Piccolo Theatre took the comedy to the next level by incorporating clowning, physical comedy, and lots of creativity

Social One Adventures Review-Exhilarating Sailing Lesson with other Chicagoland Singles

Social One Adventures Review-Exhilarating Sailing Lesson with other Chicagoland Singles Singles adventure club Social One provides an alternative to typical online dating sites, where members meet face to face through activities and shared hobbies, like learning to sail on beautiful Lake Michigan

The Detective's Wife Review - Keith Huff's One-Woman Mystery Play

The Detective's Wife Review - Keith Huff's One-Woman Mystery Play Writer of "Mad Men", Keith Huff, gives us a hair-rising mystery drama, starring the phenomenal Barbara Robertson as the wife of brutally murdered homicide detective James Conroy

Steel Magnolias Review-SSP's Small Town Salon Brims with Warmth and Friendship

Steel Magnolias Review-SSP's Small Town Salon Brims with Warmth and Friendship This play transported me to a very different world, one where simple hospitality and comfort are the norm and where friends are loyal and lifelong

Next to Normal Review - A Broadway Play that Beautifully Defies Conventions and Touches at the Heart

Next to Normal Review - A Broadway Play that Beautifully Defies Conventions and Touches at the Heart “Next to Normal” is a heart-wrenching, honest, provocative play with a stellar cast of characters who lift the script off the page and ignite an atmosphere of fervor and sensation

The Hot L Baltimore Review-A Play about Place and its Humanistic Effect on People

The Hot L Baltimore Review-A Play about Place and its Humanistic Effect on People A down-rodden group of people living in a dilapidated hotel find refuge and community with each other

God of Carnage Review-Yazmina Reza's Must-See Play

God of Carnage Review-Yazmina Reza's Must-See Play Yazmina Reza'a Tony Award winning play is an absolute must see---a hilarious confrontation between two yuppy couples provides a telling revelation of human nature

Chicago Opera Theater "Carnivale" Review- A Gala Honoring COT for Teens

Chicago Opera Theater "Carnivale" Review- A Gala Honoring COT for Teens Chicago Opera Theater's "Carnivale" was a vibrant night that artfully mixed formality with pleasure, and all for a great cause

"This" Review - Hilarity and Despair Mark this Phenomenal Play about Relationships

"This" Review -  Hilarity and Despair Mark this Phenomenal Play about Relationships In "This" hilariousness mixes with despair and pain in a realistic tale of marriage, adultery, and friendship

Being Harold Pinter Review-Belarussian Actors Share their Story

Being Harold Pinter Review-Belarussian Actors Share their Story Not ostentatious, this minimalist political piece exposes the corruption and oppression within one particular society

Starship Review - 'Glee'ful Space Odyssey into a Colorful Bug World

Starship Review - 'Glee'ful Space Odyssey into a Colorful Bug World StarKid is a colorful, creative original musical by an up-and-coming talented young production team

Sex with Strangers Review-A Deep Look into One Couple's Tenuous Relationship

Sex with Strangers Review-A Deep Look into One Couple's Tenuous Relationship A contemporary story mixing sheer love with career ambitions and modern technology

Church/Pullman, WA Review-Bizarre Play that Interacts on a Personal Level with the Audience

Church/Pullman, WA Review-Bizarre Play that Interacts on a Personal Level with the Audience A creative, unconventional two acts that dialogue with the audience and call for personal introspection

Cirque de Soleil's "Dralion" Review-A Blending of East Meets West Circus Tradition

Cirque de Soleil's "Dralion" Review-A Blending of East Meets West Circus Tradition Cirque de Soleil’s “Dralion” is an east-meets-west, antiquity-meets-the-present entertaining circus spectacle with music,song, clowning, dance, and acrobatics.

The Trinity River Plays Review - Riveting and Thought Provoking

The Trinity River Plays Review - Riveting and Thought Provoking A heartfelt look at how a tragic circumstance leads to personal transformation and changed relationships

Three Tall Women Review-Simple yet Genuine Portrayal of Edward Albee's Most Personal Play

Three Tall Women Review-Simple yet Genuine Portrayal of Edward Albee's Most Personal Play Court Theatre brims with stellar acting as "Three Tall Women" poignantly explores the perspectives on life of three women from different generations

As You Like It Review-Shakespeare Comes Alive in this Upliftng Romantic Comedy

As You Like It Review-Shakespeare Comes Alive in this Upliftng Romantic Comedy A Captivating Romantic Comedy with "Lots of Spectacle, Love, and Good Humor"

The Other Cinderella Review-The Famed Story with a Modern Twist

The Other Cinderella Review-The Famed Story with a Modern Twist A well-known tale gets reinvented with fresh energy, flair and a bit of outlandishness

The New Adventures of Popeye Review-Late Night Fun

The New Adventures of Popeye Review-Late Night Fun A Late Night of Play and Fun with sailor Popeye, his lady friend Olive Oyle, and other exciting clowny characters along the way!

"The Santaland Diaries" Review-Laughter Fills the Air in this Christmas Elf Tale

"The Santaland Diaries" Review-Laughter Fills the Air in this Christmas Elf Tale This one-man-show about an Elf working at Macy's during the Christmas season will keep you laughing all night

CATS Review - Night Filled with Feline Fun

CATS Review - Night Filled with Feline Fun An intimate cafe setting brimming with CATastrophic energy and feline fun at No Exit Cafe

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review - A Disturbed Family Grapples with the Annals of Life

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review - A Disturbed Family Grapples with the Annals of Life The Tumults of Family Life-A Look at the Violence, Alcoholism, Patriarchy, and Greed that marks the Pollitt Family

The Four of Us Review - When Friendship and Competition Collide

The Four of Us Review - When Friendship and Competition Collide Have you ever had a friend that you were really jealous of? I sure have! The Four of Us explores the way one pair of friends allows jealousy and career ambitions to uproot an otherwise seemingly stable friendship

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