By Ian Rigg There are tools, and there are machines. A shovel is a tool. A bulldozer is a machine. And the bold new take on Adding Machine, produced by The Hypocrites, asserts that man is a tool. Society is a machine. Adding Machine is a bleak, Brechtian work. With music by Joshua Schmidt, and
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 Erin Fleming From the moment patrons enter the intimate black box space in Room 300 of the Flat Iron Arts building, they are instructed to take notice, stop, focus and look around. They might even feel like they’ve stumbled into the kind of exhibit often found elsewhere in the building. There’s a wine bar
As the most enjoyable number in the entire show suggests, we should all be mindful of growing up. When the children in the show sing the heart-swelling “When I Grow Up,” they literally soar beyond the wall of stage-lights and over the tops of audiences as they swing back and forth.
By Erin Fleming Chicagoland fans of Shakespearean musical adaptations take heart: those whose star-crossed cravings weren’t quenched by Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Romeo et Juliette can find their next fix with Paramount Theatre’s gorgeously-mounted production of West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein‘s and Stephen Sondheim’s contemporary retelling of, what else, Romeo and Juliet. This hauntingly dark
By Jori Waldron Based on the well-known series of books by Mary Pope Osborne, Emerald City Theatre’s newest production, Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans, brings a jazzy musical experience to young audiences. The history of page to stage began when Osborne’s husband Will suggested she write a book featuring Louis Armstrong, one