By Quinn Rigg The gleam of glitter can be an intoxicating flash of light on a shimmering surface. However, glitter can also be intensely annoying when a cupful is dropped on a carpet or computer keyboard, and the shimmer hangs like an inexorable blight, never to be expunged from where it was spilled. Theatre at
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 Jane Recker Kids say the darndest things. A quick search on the web of “craziest things kids have said” brings up stories of children hoping their expectant mothers will give birth to Batman instead of a little sister, of being terribly disappointed their phone didn’t fly when it was put on airplane mode and
By Eric Karas Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson is the Black Ensemble Theater’s tribute to two great African American women who sang songs of emotional power with the style and grace of the title but also a great deal of self respect. The script lets us know right away
The title role of Matilda is filled by two outstanding young actors, Audrey Edwards and Natalie Galla. The part is demanding with little time spent offstage and lots and lots of lyrics and lines. Edwards’ (who performed the night of the press opening) embodiment of this extraordinary girl is both powerful and poignant.
A well crafted and truly magical moment occurs with the entrance of the first doll-come-to-life, Mary Ellen Larkin (Kelsey Pressnall) and her girl, Tori Buckley (Jenna Bruce).