Category: First Look - Reviews
Oct 07, 2016
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
Aug 08, 2016
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...
Aug 01, 2016
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
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