Doubt Apr 20
2016, 11:23:55 AM
The play was one of the most chilling theatrical experiences I've had. I was shaking when I walked out of the show.
Carmen Cusack Apr 14
2016, 10:13:03 AM
The film just didn't capture that raw tension that was present watching it on stage.
I'm Chicago-based now, so I was lucky enough to catch her as Dot in the Chicago Shakes Sunday, and was absolutely blown away by her performance. I've also seen her in Wicked and First Wives Club (in which she was one of the few bright spots), and have loved her performance each time. Really glad to hear people are enjoying her in Bright Star as well.
SMOKEFALL (Previews) Feb 4
2016, 02:53:35 PM
I saw the Goodman Theatre production here in Chicago and loved the show. The in-utero portion was really something amazing (trust me, that will make sense if you see it). I'm very interested to see how it does in New York.
GOTTA DANCE Pre-Broadway in Chicago Thread Dec 17
2015, 09:17:28 AM
Saw it on Tuesday. It's a fun show, and the cast is really excellent (although, with the people they have I would expect nothing less). I do think the story needs a little bit of streamlining- the Tara arc is a bit scattered throughout, and I enjoyed the stories regarding the dance team more than the her story. We either need more time with Tara, or they need to trim some of her reprises.
LOVED Georgia Engel's rapping, and Lori Tan Chinn was excellent as well. I do wish "Th
Shows That Were More Successful Out of Town Nov 11
2015, 12:05:07 PM
Seconding Gilmore's statement on Amazing Grace- I heard nothing but bad things from people when it played here in Chicago, and the reviews weren't particularly kind to it.
Big Fish was much better received (although certainly not perfect) during it's try-out, but still wasn't a big hit here either. Certainly not on the level of Spamalot, The Producers, or even Kinky Boots when they tried out here.
I'm Seeing Nov 11
2015, 11:01:55 AM
I saw the tour when it came through Chicago this summer, and I really enjoyed it. It's a fun score, has some really wonderful dance moments, and it's a great night out. You'll have a fun time- have a great birthday!
Ride the Cyclone Oct 26
2015, 11:17:10 PM
I saw it a few weeks back in previews, and enjoyed it, It really reminded me a lot of Spelling Bee, but I agree that it just needs a bit more work to really resonate. The songs and the book scenes didn't seem quite as connected as they should have been (although I do think the songs were the stronger of the two- it was the only real opportunity to understand what makes the kids tick). With a bit more work, I think it would play really well off-broadway.
The Tempest at Chicago Shakes Oct 5
2015, 12:46:46 PM
I saw this back in September during previews and was so blown away I'm going back next week to see it again. Having seen a large number of Chicago Shakes productions, this one is in my top 3 all-time there. I agree that it's well-worth checking out, and Nate Dendy is really something special in it.
CAROUSEL at the Lyric Opera in Chicago Apr 13
2015, 11:11:03 AM
I saw the show yesterday, so I'm just popping in to throw in my two cents. I'm in the boat with some of the others who saw it - I really enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say it's a must transfer. Steven was excellent and found a good balance between the darkness of the character and the need for redemption at the end. Charlotte took a thankless role and gave it some spark - and her dancing in the Louise ballet really worked well. Laura was strongest in the shows final scenes, but her line reading o
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB 2015 Chicago Mar 13
2015, 09:21:47 AM
The night I was at the show, there were definitely pockets in the audience that loved it. That being said, it was about 50% full and those that loved it seemed to be groups of middle aged women out for a girls night.
The husbands sitting with their wives around me were commenting on their dislike for the show, and those with me (late 20s) were certainly disappointed with the show. Is there an audience for it? Perhaps, but from the audience reactions I saw, it's a pretty limited one.
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB 2015 Chicago Pre-Broadway Thread Mar 5
2015, 10:52:36 AM
Adding my two cents. I've seen a number of pre-Broadway runs, and while I many have issues, most have solid bones to the show that can be built upon. This one? I don't think it can be saved at all.
I left with many of the same thoughts that have been stated on here already- the score is unmemorable, the book is bad, and the story itself is needlessly confusing (when Brenda ended Act 1 saying she didn't understand the plan of revenge, I just nodded my head as I was just as confused by wh
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB 2015 Chicago Pre-Broadway Thread Mar 4
2015, 12:46:23 PM
I'm heading to the show tonight. I'm strangely intrigued to see how rough it really is.
Big Fish Chicago previews Apr 12
2013, 01:09:44 PM
Question for those who have seen the show: Most of the side orchestra seats are labeled as partial view. Based on the set design- do you guys think they are really partial view, or do you think people will catch most/all of the action? Thanks.
Julius Caesar opens to rave reviews at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago Feb 14
2013, 12:32:31 PM
I saw it this past Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Another great production from Chicago Shakes!