Evanston – The music of American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington will be celebrated at Music Theater Works, October 6-15, 2017, at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. The concert presentation, DUKE ELLINGTON’S GREATEST HITS, includes “Satin Doll,” “Mood Indigo,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got
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Her actions during the entire transformation from shy sister and forgotten daughter in Act 1 to queen of burlesque in Act 2 are those of a stage veteran, not a recent college graduate. Yes, her resume includes work at the excellent Music Theatre Wichita, but this is undoubtedly Danca’s post-graduation professional cotillion, and Chicagoland is lucky it’s being held here.
“Charm” might, in fact, be the best way to describe the production. Rather than the broad comedy common in Grand Opera houses, the black box staging allows director Kurt Konow to draw comedy out of small, organic character moments, a subtlety not often allowed by the demands of a larger space.
In the midst of numbing conversations and video footage swimming with white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan,neo-Nazis, the alt-right, and defense of Confederate symbols accompanied by the sickening display of presidential instability and incompetence (Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn), Glencoe’s Writers Theatre premiered a musical this week that brings home the chilling necessity for calling out hatred, bigotry and all the -isms in our society.
By Jane Recker We live in a world so saturated with evil that at times we don’t see atrocities for what they are. We choose not to look at the homeless riddling the streets; we’ve become numb to the expected nightly news report of a shooting; and, while we’re aware that there are entire countries