Bracing, raw and visceral at its best, The Brink’s chaotic synchronicity grabs audiences, shakes them to their core and forces them to delve deeper.
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.
Barrel of Monkeys brings its A-game every week. That’s not just devotion to the craft: it’s devotion to the cause.
Imagine the jubilant bounce and bliss of a Schoolhouse Rock ditty, and you have an idea of how pleasurable this little 60-minute musical can be.
They take in the disquieting presence of Frankie Leo Bennett as an impish man-child in a portrayal of the Pirelli/Todd protégé Toby that ultimately (rightly) creates lingering nightmares.
It is clear that the Chicago Children’s Theatre has created a journey of imaginative activities that are truly enjoyable for children.