October 21, 2016
Hamilton has arrived! The show, which features music, lyrics, and a book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been so successful that it kept the Fed from removing Alexander Hamilton’s portrait from the ten-dollar bill. Now the big Broadway hit is playing to sold-out crowds at The Private Bank Theatre in Chicago. Drawn very loosely by Miranda from Ron Chernow’s compelling biography of Alexander Hamilton (2004), the musical, which features a high-octane contemporary hip style, centers on some aspects of...To read more, click here.
Betty Mohr, editor of Le Bon Travel & Culture will be on the Dean Richards' Sunday Morning WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago at 10:30 a.m. on October 23, 2016 to discuss Hamilton.
The Burials-theater review
October 18, 2016
With fine direction by Erica Weiss and nice turns from an ensemble of young performers, The Burials, now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, is a well-done production. But with its factual errors, its myopic focus, and its political bias, it serves more as propaganda than a thoughtful exploration of a serious subject. Influenced by the Columbine High School massacre of 1999, playwright Caitlin Parrish centers the play on a mass shooting in a high school, in which. ...To read more, click here.
Romancing the Rails
October 13, 2016
Steam-powered trains blazed new trails, brought pioneers out West, connected community to community, put cowboy towns on the map, and rolled down rails into the myth and legend of American history. Those iron horses carved out new territories in the American West and were crucial in the fabric of life from the 1880s through the 1930s until being replaced by diesel-powered...To read more, click here.
William Merritt Chase Exhibition
October 6, 2016
Boston-He taught some very famous artists, such as Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, and was good friends with John Singer Sergeant, James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint Gaudens, and many other artists. Yet William Merritt Chase has—for a long time-been passed over. He steered a new generation of painters to American modernism, but his name has been largely forgotten. But, now the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is rectifying that slight with a retrospective...To read more, click here.
Das Rheingold-opera review
October 5, 2016
Power lust and betrayal, sex and ambition, myth and legend, gods and giants, and a dwarf chasing a gold ring. It’s all there in the Lyric Opera’s fantastic new production of Richard Wagner’s epic Das Rheingold fantasy that kicks off the Lyric’s 62nd season. It’s not just opera aficionados who will love this new rendition of the first part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, but fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings will also be enchanted by the whimsical...To read more, click here.
Wonderful Town-is wonderful
September 23, 2016
Inventive, original, joyful, romantic, fanciful, funny, and perfectly executed, Wonderful Town is a delicious concoction of theatrical gold. But then that’s to be expected from a Mary Zimmerman production.The show, which opened in 1952, is rarely done anymore, which makes this new look at Leonard Bernstein’s mid-20th century tribute to New York all the more of an...To read more, click here.
Life Sucks-and so does the play
September 22, 2016
It’s not just the vulgar title that is a turn off, but the play is a turn off as well. The playwright, Aaron Posner, can’t resist Anton Chekhov’s work--having previously written Stupid F---ing Bird (a takeoff on the Russian playwright’s The Seagull)—and has come up with something based on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya that he has titled Life Sucks, which is now in its Midwest premiere at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. To read more, click here.
Hamilton Lottery Tickets $10-theater
October 5, 2016
Chicago – Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago have announced the day-of-show digital lottery for HAMILTON, recently launched in Chicago at The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe). The Chicago production will conduct a day-of-show lottery for every performance with 44 days of theater performances to be sold for $10. Seats will vary in location. Some may be in the front row, and others....To read more, click here.
September 18, 2016
Within a decade, Edward Snowden went from a US soldier to a cyber-intelligence analyst, to the man who uncovered the nation’s secret voyeurism, to the most wanted man in America. Now, the movie with the Snowden moniker, depicts him as a hero who rebelled against the power of the government to spy on its citizens. Yet, others still consider him a traitor..To read more, click here.
September 14, 2016
Chicago-Dfficult to pronounce, difficult to get a reservation, but Alinea is impossible to resist. For this foodie it is the perfect evening out. Many call this cuisine molecular gastronomy. To me it is the work of some kind of magical alchemist. Welcome to the world of theater for the palate. Chicago is home to several such outstanding establishments that feature food not just as a meal, but as an experience...To read more, click here.
Sully-the best movie of the year
September 10, 2016
Those who believe in greatness and the heroic in man will thrill to Sully. The movie has been so lovingly and elegantly made that it takes your breath away. Indeed, the film is such an extraordinary work of mesmerizing power that it will reverberate in your head and heart long after the credits have finished rolling down the screen. By now everyone knows about the “Miracle on the Hudson” but... To read more, click here.
Sorolla and the Paris Years
August 11, 2016
Giverny, France-The dazzling exhibit of Sorolla’s delectable landscapes, ravishing, sun-kissed beach canvases, and his captivating portraits in oil celebrate the artist’s original, imaginative, and lush style in thematic and chronological order. The Musée des impressionnismes takes a comprehensive look at Sorolla’s body of work, and spotlights his unique artistic mastery in early...To read more, click here.