We have the ability to transcend the mortal coil through laughter, through song and dance, through the sheer miracle of artistic expression. Ideas live beyond the minds that dreamt them, and memories last longer than the lives that shaped them.
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.
Jonathan Butler-Duplessis’ Cat in the Hat is jaunty and jovial, wonderfully showcasing his typical comic genius. His theatrical versatility makes the Cat a welcome host for this production.
This show is a true masterpiece. It’s one of the most honest, emotionally moving and truly contemporary pieces of theatre since Next to Normal.
It wouldn’t just take genius to find new surprises within this material; it would take real chutzpah. Jim Corti and Brenda Didier, as director and choreographer, respectively, deliver on both fronts and all without compromising Brooks’s gleeful anarchy.
Chicago gets shellacked by ice and freezing cold, but at Underscore Theatre, the show goes on. Shows, plural, actually.