CHICAGO — The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—an organization that offers unrestricted grants to Chicago theatre companies with budgets under $1 million—recently surveyed its small theatre grantees to reveal the large impact they make in Chicago. A total of 41 of Chicago’s approximately 250 theatres participated in the Foundation’s survey, representing a
Archives for November 2019
This isn’t the familiar holiday ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Audiences won’t see any waltzing Snow Flakes or twirling Sugar Plum Fairies here, and there isn’t a single Grand pas de deux performed on the Chopin stage. What audiences will see, however, is an exciting, magical, often touching holiday story, loosely adapted from Hoffmann’s tale, by Jake Minton.
The shrewd adaptation at work in the Lyric production should serve as a reminder that the overriding theme of the story is, after all, justice.
By Eric Karas American Blues Theater presents its holiday tradition of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago. This is their 18th year doing the show. It’s a “radio play” of the Frank Capra classic film about a small town man who finds out what life would be like if he never existed. When patrons
Done through the song, “I’ll Do Anything,” among the most endearing in Lionel Bart’s stupendous songbook, these two young triple threats move the story into its action-packed, conflicted middle, guided by the shows leading lady. It’s pivotal for a top-quality production of Oliver! to do this right, and it’s never been done more right than on this Lincolnshire stage.