What makes Massenet’s opera impressive is not its plot. It’s that, of all the many iterations of this story, Massenet’s may be among the most mature.
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By Barry Reszel It was a highly-anticipated trek to Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s swanky new digs on the Evanston-Chicago border. That’s where Theo’s resident theatrical geniuses (Artistic Director Fred Anzevino; Assistant Director Courtney Crouse; and Music Director Jeremy Ramey) were joining choreographer extraordinaire Sawyer Smith to welcome patrons to the company’s new home and give
This clever trickster, seemingly a middle European version of Anansi the Spider or the witty Hebrew cousin of the American Br’er Rabbit, is portrayed with contagious glee by ensemble member Anderson Lawfer.
Schwartz has expertly tweaked the lyrics and melodies of the original tunes just enough to make his new songs feel familiar but, to those who know these Broadway standards, sound as if they’re being played in a slightly different key.
By Bryson David Hoff Shakespeare’s poetry, at its best, has a dreamlike quality that has been praised ad nauseam for its beauty and escapist qualities. Because of this lushness, it seems only natural that Midsommer Flight’s annual production of Twelfth Night, presented in the Lincoln Park Conservatory, is shaping up to be something of an