Category: First Look - Reviews
First Look review: Jack O’Brien’s The Sound of Music is a fresh, charming version of the well-loved musical
Jun 14, 2016
Kerstin Anderson plays Maria with a little of the wide-eyed innocence the character is known for, but more intuitive, hipper, dreamier and...
First Look review: Watch good Midwestern people fall under the spell of influence and power in The Goodman Theatre’s “Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976”
Jun 08, 2016
Through Kim — and the wonderful performance by Cliff Chamberlain — the audience is thrown right into the big questions. It’s more...
May 12, 2016
For fans of "Chicago," this production hits all the right notes. For the uninitiated, what a perfect introduction.
First Look review: Set in the ’60s, Shattered Globe’s racially charged “In the Heat of the Night” remains relevant
May 01, 2016
The Shattered Globe Theatre and writer Matt Pelfrey did a beautiful job adapting the novel’s vision into a script that still carries...
First Look review: “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” at the Art Institute is a touching tribute to a beloved artist’s search for home
Mar 25, 2016
What I loved about this exhibit is that it is so surprising, playful and tactile. ... never have I been so moved by an exhibit.
First Look review: The lively, colorful production of “42nd Street” brings much-needed spring flair to the Cadillac Palace Theatre
Mar 10, 2016
The show is a celebration of the pure appreciation of talent and youth: cheery, charming, bright and sometimes even self-deprecating
Mar 05, 2016
It’s pretty terrifying to trust comedians with your phone, but the cast of Vamp made it hilarious
First Look review: Marc Salem’s “Mind Over Chicago” is the psychology, cold readings and nonverbal communication behind the magic
Feb 25, 2016
A frenetic energy pulses through the audience when Salem selects his next victim, which could be enriching to some viewers but...
First Look review: Second City’s clever, quick-moving “Fast, Loud and Funny” boasts wide-ranging talent
Feb 05, 2016
This show benefits from a good mix of comedians — some are great at goofy, others play the perfect straight man.