Call it making the best of a last-minute change of program; call it community outreach in the midst of a pandemic; call it testing the waters for future site-specific productions. At least call it what it is: a dang good showing. Chicago Opera Theater intended to mount a production of the late Daniel Catán‘s Il Postino at their
The musical theatre reviews featured here are written by reviewers, not critics. These impressions and opinions are from individuals passionate about musical theatre and represent, in most cases, one observation of one performance. The primary purpose in publishing reviews is to help patrons decide whether a production is a good use of their time and entertainment budget. Our reviewers are also encouraged to creatively shine a light on particularly good work done onstage and backstage, understanding that successful productions happen because of the work of many. Finally, ChicagolandMusicalTheatre's reviewers are asked to walk into a show expecting enjoyable entertainment—because that's the mindset of patrons who buy tickets to professional theatre.
By Quinn Rigg The human need to connect is pervasive and intrinsic. We are social animals that require meaningful contact as a means of maintaining wellbeing. As such, it needs no repeating that reality seems to dissolve day by day as we observe the tangible consequences of prolonged isolation. A desire to run back to
By Patrick O’Brien I wasn’t quite sure what to make of TAKING UP SERPENTS, Chicago Opera Theater’s latest streaming offering, a potent creation where the barrier separating religious ecstasy and deadly poison is so fluid. Literal, even, considering it’s about the fallout of a Pentecostal snake handler’s ministry. So I did something I hadn’t really
By Bryson David Hoff There’s no way around it: Zoom theatre is not a substitute for the real thing. It is an art form of necessity, allowing companies to put out something to keep its audience engaged during this challenging period of time where live theatre is forced to take a break. It is hard
Here is a list of streaming shows through the holiday season and links to viewing information and to reviews published on our site. Please check back; we will update this page as new offerings are announced. Burning Bluebeard: Porchlight Musical Theatre Our review from 2019’s live production Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish: DMT Entertainment and