By Patrick O’Brien Two years after its pre-Broadway tryout, Big Fish has found its way back to the lands of Lake Michigan, specifically to Theatre at the Center, where – if opening night was any indication – it will meet a much less salty reception than the one it found in that big pond. 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 Patrick O’Brien The ancients and medievals believed that the human body was filled with four substances – humors – that, in balance, meant a healthy body and mind. Inversely, any imbalance or surplus could only lead to trouble. In Melancholy Play, a surplus of melancholy leads to a surplus of sanguinity leads to people
By Barry Reszel Envision a summertime reunion and the good fortune of being seated at the picnic table with all the cool cousins, classmates or friends. Immediately, all are able to shed the months or years of separation (Facebook has helped) and pick up where the last live conversations ended. That’s what’s going on at
By Barry Reszel The impeccably sung, brilliantly acted, über-professionally staged world premiere musical production of Jane Austen‘s Georgian-set English novel, Sense and Sensibility, at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre has but a single failing. It’s as exciting as…well, as a Jane Austen novel. Albeit, it does unfold in a tad under three hours instead of 13 in
By Barry Reszel Prospective patrons need to know two significant things about Chicago Children’s Theatre’s current world premiere production of Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure. First, that this cutting-edge piece of new musical theatre put out there by Chicagoland luminaries Michael Mahler and Rachel Rockwell is not merely for children. The score is a