Category: First Look - Reviews
First Look review: “I’m Not a Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce” is a phenomenal one-man journey through the highs and lows of the life of the controversial funny man
Jan 20, 2020
By Michael Dritto Playing at: The Royal George Cabaret Theatre (1641 N. Halsted) Extended performance schedule runs through Feb. 16....
First Look review: John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons is a hilarious, fast-paced, educational journey
Nov 03, 2019
John Leguizamo presents a meticulously researched, thought-provoking outline of borderline forgotten history.
First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “The Great Leap” is a show about basketball, identity and politics that you don’t want to miss
Oct 02, 2019
First Look review: Steppenwolf's "The Great Leap" is a show about basketball, identity and politics that you don’t want to miss.
First Look review: CMX CineBistro provides a fun, fresh take on the luxury dine-in theater experience
Jul 30, 2019
At CMX CinéBistro, moviegoers can enjoy full-service, gourmet, in-seat dining with an elegant bar and lounge.
First Look review: The incredibly immersive Hamilton: The Exhibition in Chicago seeks to answer the question “What’s next?” in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s artistic saga
May 22, 2019
Every detail in Hamilton: The Exhibition — from the floor you walk on to the lighting and score played as you transition from event to...
Apr 25, 2019
From the opening number, you realize you are not at a Broadway show; you are at a rock concert highlighting all of your favorite classic...
First Look review: The entertaining “Lottery Day” at the Goodman Theatre holds a magnifying glass to Chicago, revealing both pleasures and problems
Apr 11, 2019
The qualities of theater, as opposed to other forms of art, make it uniquely suited for blurring the boundaries between art and life....
First Look review: “Noises Off” at the Windy City Playhouse is a wonderfully self-aware farce of a farce, brought to life by a talented ensemble
Feb 06, 2019
Normally, there are one or two actors who jump out to me, but I found it so hard to isolate a specific performance. It was like the force...
First Look review: Chicago Detours’ Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys is an educational, entertaining approach to exploring the city
Dec 16, 2018
No matter where or what we were doing, the guide was always teaching us some obscure piece of Chicago holiday trivia, like how the city...
First Look review: “The Woman in Black” is not only captivating, but also a truly masterful — and terrifying — work of theatre
Dec 16, 2018
One of my favorite shows I have seen in the theatre in the last few years, The Woman in Black is full of laughs, scares and a handful of...