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There is a decent show in there somewhere?  Apr 29 2020, 04:13:30 PM

Another vote for Wonderland from me. An adult Alice going back to Wonderland and confronting her own insecurities/worries/fears in adulthood is a solid concept. And there were a number of solid songs. But boy, was the book a mess. The overall plot was convoluted. It's the one show I look back on and think, "Man, there's a decent show in there, and I have no idea how it became such a complete mess."

Victory Gardens' FUN HOME will stream online for two weeks  Apr 15 2020, 12:44:38 PM

BJR said: "Was this production similar to Gold's, or a new interpretation?"

It was similar to the tour staging, if I recall correctly. But it was a great production - Middle Allison in particular was great.


Scott Rudin lowers tickets to $50 for all his shows in March  Mar 12 2020, 12:29:24 PM

Got tickets for next week for Lehman and Mockingbird (in what would normally be premium seats, crazy). Worse case it get canceled, but I figured might as well snag tickets just in case.

Bug at Steppenwolf  Feb 3 2020, 11:32:26 AM

Just popping in to add another rave review. I intentionally went into the play as blind as possible in terms of plot and was blown away. It's not my favorite Letts work, but all five actors were just sensational. Smallwood and Coon let you understand just how each character ends up in this particular situation.

I agree with CoercedBull - I was also sitting on the house left and the dresser blocked the bed on set at times (we must have been sitting right by each other on Friday!)

Bug at Steppenwolf  Jan 27 2020, 02:46:05 PM

I'm set to go this Friday - very excited for it. I'm a huge Carrie Coon fan (and, naturally, a Letts fan), so I'm thrilled to hear such positive feedback.

Moulin Rouge launches National Tour in 2020  Sep 20 2019, 11:58:08 AM
Re: The Chicago run - the article that ran in the Chicago Tribune had a quote from a producer (Carmen Pavlovic)that indicated that the run could be a genuine sit-down/extended if interest is high. Sure, that could just be a line, but who knows.

Six at the ART  Aug 26 2019, 04:52:40 PM
Per her Instagram, Pauly will be back starting with the Edmonton run of the show.

Lucas Hnath - DANA H  Aug 13 2019, 04:24:40 PM
The Owen in The Goodman has a bit of black box feel (the seating can be moved depending on the production and it isn't a traditional theatre set-up). I've seen two shows there, and the balcony is high, but with pretty good sightlines. I recall there being two rows of seats in the balcony last I was there, and I think if you got the front row you would be fine. But, for $35, orchestra might be worth it.

Six heading to Broadway  Aug 5 2019, 04:49:32 PM
Chris Jones just put out a piece on the return Chicago engagement. As mentioned above, it's an initial 16-week engagement, separate cast from the Broadway show, but it has the goal of being a sit-down production after the initial engagement ends.

Considering the continuing buzz here about the show, and assuming it continues to build during the initial Broadway run/Tony season, this could be a solid hit again for Chicago (I've had non-theatre fan friends start asking me about it over th

THE BODYGUARD to Broadway - What Happened?  Jul 1 2019, 03:23:43 PM
I saw the tour when it came through Chicago and aside from Cox, it was atrocious. I described it to friends thus: "As a concert of Whitney Houston songs sung by Deborah Cox, it was a delightful evening. As a musical, it was a disaster."

You definitely got the good end of the deal just seeing Cox sing and not having to see the rest of the show along with it.

Six reviews  Jun 27 2019, 12:59:06 AM
Caught the show for a second time tonight (going one more time at the end of July). Went with some coworkers who didn’t know the show at all (aside from knowing their Tudor history), and everyone raved about it at the end. I think this definitely has the cross-generation appeal to get a variety of people in the door (the middle aged couple sitting behind me were just as engrossed as the teens close by, which was lovely to see).

As for the cast, they’ve gotten much tighter and the show i

Catholic High School Musical Choices  Jun 26 2019, 05:44:16 PM
The Doubt suggestion made me cackle out loud at work...

I went to Catholic high school and we did Fame (those directors were not asked back the following year, though), West Side Story, Joseph, and Footloose. They did Fiddler the year before I started, and Godspell the year after I graduated. They've also done Sound of Music, Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie, and Oklahoma in recent years.

West Side Story and Joseph were the shows that got the greatest interest from the students (

Lucas Hnath - DANA H  Jun 21 2019, 10:54:00 AM
It's coming to the Goodman in Chicago for their upcoming season, and I was on the fence about checking it out. Thanks for the thoughts, all - I think I'll be giving it a look when it's here.

How much chili at Oklahoma?  Jun 11 2019, 06:40:18 PM
It's a small bowl with one ladle-full of chili and a small square of cornbread on top- be sure to get up and get in line quickly if you want it, though. The day I went, people who didn't get down fast enough didn't get any before the end of intermission.

Is seeing Oklahoma worth the cost?  Jun 11 2019, 11:19:51 AM
I loved the production when I saw it last month (it was absolutely riveting and I found it much more emotionally resonate than past "traditional" stagings I've seen). But, not sure if that's worth shelling out the money for a trip to NYC- that depends on your personal financial situation, costs of travel/hotel/ticket, etc. I do think it's worth the price of a ticket to see it, for sure. But only you know the travel side of things.

And, if you are near a major city that will likely get t

Should Six Transfer?  May 23 2019, 12:34:20 PM
Saw it on Sunday and it was a blast. The crowd was a pretty solid mix of older folks (CST subscriber base) and younger folks, and it appeared both sets enjoyed the show. I've convinced a bunch of friends (we're all in our 30s) to go see it as well - and most had already heard good things from others, so it seems word of mouth is strong at the moment. We'll see how the reviews go.

As for the stage door, I don't think there really is one for CST. I know for the Courtyard Theatre, the acto

August Rush in Aurora IL  May 8 2019, 11:30:13 AM
Chris Jones' review for the Tribune came out this week, and boy did he not enjoy it:

From the opening paragraph: "To call “August Rush,” the new musical at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, a pre-Broadway tryout is a major overstatement. What is up on that historic stage at present is more akin to a workshop — a preliminary, 85-minute working through of ideas of how this 2007 Warner Bro

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/5/19  May 7 2019, 05:49:32 PM
Stage Door Sally said: "Did Network not run last week or did I miss it on the list?"

Cranston was on vacation last week, so the show was dark.

Reaching out to Chicago Posters!  Apr 30 2019, 01:34:15 PM

I didn't particularly care for the Chicago Shakes Hamlet (I've seen many a Hamlet over the years and this one felt scattered from a directorial standpoint, although some strong performances within it). I'm pretty intrigued by Six- it looks to be pretty fun, and the music is really great pop.

Broadway Shows without Curtain Call  Apr 22 2019, 04:37:06 PM

VivianDarkbloom2 said: "As I recall (anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong) the Alan Cumming revival of Threepenny Opera did not have a curtain call. When the show ended, the electronic sign at the top of the stage simply read “GO HOME”."

Yup, exactly correct. The whole production utilized Brechtian devices throughout (actors getting into costume on stage at the top of the show, no curtain call, etc.). Fitting, of course, since it's a Brecht sh

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