Wednesday 23 August 2017
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Category: First Look - Reviews

First Look review: Greenhouse Theater’s “Uncle Phillip’s Coat” is a brilliant one-man show that explores family, right of passage and what defines you as a person

Gene Weygandt masterfully creates three uniquely separate characters who are drawn together by their similarities to create an end product...

First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “The Fundamentals” provides a relatable look at the issues that come with moving up in the world

The Fundamentals successfully portrays the ups and downs of the hotel industry through the satirical use of fundamental building blocks.

First Look review: Steep Theatre’s “Bobbie Clearly” delivers a raw and unapologetic look of what makes us human

The pacing and intricate care given to character development are the pillars that allow this show to shine.

First Look review: Amusing and educational, The Windy City Music Theatre’s “Seussical the Musical” will have your little ones singing for days

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the show is the on-stage “kid’s section” seating, where children get to interact with cast...

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.