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Member Name: JeaniusIsMe
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Birthday: 9 - 26
Gender: Female
Location: Chicago
Occupation: TV Critic
Favorite Show(s): Frost/Nixon
Sunday in the Park with George
Sweeney Todd

Favorite Performer(s): Michael Cerveris
Gavin Creel
Sutton Foster
Patti LuPone
Jenna Russell

Most Recent Message Board Posts:
  • Chicago Theater in Novemeber  Nov 14 2016, 02:51:30 PM

    I saw Charles III a week ago, and wasn't particularly impressed by the play or several performances (and I say that as someone who has subscribed to Chicago Shakes for years). Not sure if it was having spent the day binging on The Crown prior (which I loved, despite not being someone who particularly cares about the royal family), but I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to get into the play. I suspect, as was mentioned in a recent article from The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones,

  • Your First Broadway Show  Jul 18 2016, 03:48:57 PM

    Showboat revival. 10 years old. Completely enthralled and hooked.

  • WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jul 18 2016, 01:44:59 PM

    KnewItWhenIWasInFron said: "Costumes are indeed stunning but they sure make LuPone look diminutive. I've seen her in other things but, based on this, she sure does not look 5-2 (and, of course, Ebersole's heighten increases the contrast). I was guessing under five feet tall."

    Standing next to Douglas Sills also really draws attention to her height.

  • WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jul 15 2016, 12:46:33 PM

    Jshan05 said: "I saw earlier in the thread that both ladies don't do the stage this still true? Hoping to meet them if at all possible. If they don't do the stage door, can someone let me know where the exit from?"

    I saw most cast members exiting from the main doors of the theatre when I went, but didn't see Lupone or Ebersole leave. I was out front chatting with a friend for about 25 minutes after the show.

  • WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jul 10 2016, 10:07:57 AM

    Saw it on Saturday and I think there's still a lot of work to be done on the story before it's ready for Broadway.

    The performances were stellar (Patti's comedic chops are excellent), I loved the costumes, and I really liked the score. However, the story itself is a problem. It reads more as small vignettes throughout the lives of Rubenstein and Arden and not a fully arced show.

    Now, it's possible that was what they were going for, but my friend and I left the sh

  • The SpongeBob Musical opening in Chicago - June 7, 2016  Jul 8 2016, 01:53:19 PM

    Just from word of mouth here in Chicago, the general consensus I've heard is that people either think it's a show aimed at kids or they just don't really know much about Spongebob (I'm in my 30s and I definitely missed out on the Spongebob craze).

    Having seen the show, it was fine, but as someone who walked in with absolutely zero knowledge of the cartoon (aside from the basic character images), I don't think I got much out of it. I did love the tap number (I would

  • Discount Hamilton Tickets Story  Apr 28 2016, 01:29:07 PM

    A few more things you should correct:

    " The tickets for Hamilton’s permanent show in Chicago and the national tour are expected to be lower in price, when compared to the permanent Broadway show in New York City." - Per this NYTimes piece on Jeffery Seller, they will be charging the same prices for the Chicago sit down production that they do in NYC (

  • 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.

    The film just didn't capture that raw tension that was present watching it on stage.

  • Carmen Cusack  Apr 14 2016, 10:13:03 AM

    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.