Saturday 24 June 2017
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Category: First Look - Reviews

First Look review: “Thrones! The Musical Parody” is strikingly original and laugh-out-loud funny

Upon finding out their friend has never seen the show, they take it upon themselves to act out the “Cliff’s Notes” version to help...

First Look review: Second City’s “Unelectable You” is a rollicking, tongue-in-cheek mockery of the 2016 election

I really liked the oddly charming back and forth in a skit between the candidates’ spouses, as well as a bit on Donald Trump fighting his...

First Look review: Disney’s “Newsies” is a stirring, high-energy performance

The dancing is the selling point of the show, as a ridiculously talented young male ensemble shows off its best moves to killer...

First Look review: Jack O’Brien’s The Sound of Music is a fresh, charming version of the well-loved musical

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”

Through Kim — and the wonderful performance by Cliff Chamberlain — the audience is thrown right into the big questions. It’s more...

First Look review: “Chicago the Musical” hits all the right notes, brims with sex appeal

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

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

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

The show is a celebration of the pure appreciation of talent and youth: cheery, charming, bright and sometimes even self-deprecating

First Look review: “Vamp” combines BYOB, music and improv for late-night comedic relief

It’s pretty terrifying to trust comedians with your phone, but the cast of Vamp made it hilarious