Category: First Look - Reviews
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...
First Look review: The Joffrey Ballet’s “Swan Lake” is a physical and aesthetic spectacle primed for ballet lovers — as well as first-timers
Oct 23, 2018
The leads were performing moves of extreme athletic intensity with the fluidity and precision of moving illustrations. ... It was truly...
First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “Downstate” is a thought-provoking story that challenges one of society’s most unwavering preconceptions
Oct 18, 2018
Steppenwolf's "Downstate" does an excellent job of balancing perspectives and challenging preconceptions. ... It invites the audience to...
First Look review: “Southern Gothic” is a uniquely interactive theatrical experience at the Windy City Playhouse
Aug 14, 2018
This was by far the most unique and one of the coolest experiences I have ever been a part of. This entire show is essentially...