Cheers Live on Stage-theater review
September 26, 2016
From the moment you walk into the theater, you get a warm, fuzzy feeling as you see the iconic wood-paneled bar, brass railing, stained glass windows, Tiffany lamps, jukebox, and the wooden Indian in the set designed by Michael Carnahan-a duplicate of the TV set. And then, as the show opens, you hear the familiar theme song—all of which prepares you for an engaging stroll down memory lane. 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
September 20, 2016
Chicago – Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago have announced the day-of-show digital lottery for HAMILTON, launching in Chicago on September 27, 2016 at The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe). The Chicago production will conduct a day-of-show lottery for every performance beginning on Tuesday, September 27 with 44 days of theater performances to be sold for $10...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.
Chicago's International Film Festival
September 15, 2016
Chicago-Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival are just a few of the new films to be screened at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, kicks off the Film Festival; and Arrival--starring Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker- make up a team committed to communicating with aliens. The festival will also host other musicals, dramas, and films that...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.
The Black Slot-theater review
September 7, 2016
Struggling dramatists know how difficult it is to have a theater take a chance on an unknown playwright. As one director once told me “If we choose to do a David Mamet play and it flops, our board of directors won’t fault us because Mamet’s brand is well known and proven. But if we do a play by an emerging Joe Someone and it flops, then the artistic director of the theater gets blamed.” Of course, that may cause a playwright to resent the manner...To read more, click here.
Bakersfield Mist-theater review
September 2, 2016
She doesn’t have much of a formal education, lacks sophistication, and lives in a trailer decorated with a hodgepodge of junk other people didn’t want. Her name is Maude Gutman and she recently purchased a painting for three dollars in a thrift shop. She believes the painting is a Jackson Pollock canvas worth hundreds of millions of dollars so she gets an art expert to take a look at it. The play revolves around the transformative power of art and the challenge of class differences. But, there’s something...To read more, click here.
Florence Foster Jenkins-movie review
August 13, 2016
The film centers on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), the Manhattan society patron of the arts who had a passion for music. She thought she had a lovely coloratura soprano voice while in reality she had no sense of pitch, rhythm, and was so flat she could barely hold a note. But, she inherited a lot of money, and her riches allowed those around her to go to ridiculous lengths to protect her from reality. Meryl Streep, as always, delivers a superb transformative portrayal as the eccentric...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.
Jason Bourne-movie review
July 30, 2016
While his attempt to find his personal identity fueled the previous suspense thrillers, in the new work, Jason Bourne has discovered everything. He has recovered from his amnesia and is still the deadly weapon created by the CIA, but the motivation that gave previous films a high-octane propulsion is gone. All we have left is repetitive hand-to-hand brutal and bruising fights, dozens of crazed car chases...To read more, click here.
July 10, 2016
Aruba--While there is much to see and do on the enchanting island, my compelling favorite is a journey into the island’s fantastic underwater treasures. Aruba has become renowned for its snorkeling, scuba, and diving. It has an underwater reef that protects the waters surrounding the island—and is also home for a variety of fish, coral, and shipwrecks. Indeed, Aruba is a great destination for exploring shipwrecks. Most of the nautical skeletons that lie beneath the deep crashed near the reefs...To read more, click here.