repost: young critics circle — a view from the field

[Repost of a blog entry I posted on the Association for Women Journalists web site at the end of the initial year (2007-2008) of the Young Critics Circle project (also called the Cindy Bandle Young Critics program) co-administered by AWJ and the Education Department of the Goodman Theatre to train high school age women in

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review: buble at the auditorium theatre, chicago

Michael Buble in Concert Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Mezzanine (first balcony), 1st row, center, aisle reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 25, 2007 First row of the balcony, with my November 2006 Streisand concert mates at the stunningly refurbished and historic Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.  Prepared to see, as sister-in-law mentioned in passing as I got

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review: mrs. warren’s profession

[originally published: http://www.aislesay.com/CHI-MRS.html%5D MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION by George Bernard Shaw Directed by David Darlow Featuring Annabel Armour, Kevin Gudahl, and Joe Van Slyke Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theatre 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue / (773) 871-3000 http://remybumppo.org Through April 22, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 18, 2007 Remy Bumppo‘s production

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review: the great and terrible wizard of oz

[originally published: http://www.aislesay.com/CHI-GATWOZ.html%5D THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE WIZARD OF OZ by Phillip C. Klapperich Adapted from the Novel by L. Frank Baum Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Rapley House Theatre of Chicago at Northlight Theatre 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL / (847) 673-6300 http://www.northlight.org Through March 11, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 2,

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review: mack & mabel

[originally published: http://www.aislesay.com/CHI-MACK.html%5D MACK & MABEL Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman Book by Michael Stewart Directed by Kevin Bellie Featuring John Steinhagen, Cat Davis, and Brigitte Ditmars Circle Theatre 7300 W Madison, Forest Park, IL / (708) 771-0700 http://www.circle-theatre.org Through April 7, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee February 28, 2007 The beloved and

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review: one fine day

[originally published: http://www.aislesay.com/CHI-ONEFINE.html%5D ONE FINE DAY by David Rush Directed by Drew Martin Stage Left Theatre 3408 N. Sheffield, Chicago / (773) 883-8830 http://www.stagelefttheatre.com Through April 7, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee February 27, 2007 David Rush‘s spanking new play “One Fine Day” starts off with a Chinese dragon monster we soon learn is

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review: lady

[originally published: http://www.aislesay.com/CHI-LADY.html%5D LADY by Craig Wright Directed by BJ Jones Featuring Lance Stuart Baker, Paul Sparks, and Michael Shannon Northlight Theatre 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie / (847) 673-6300 http://www.northlight.org Through February 25, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee February 18, 2007 Craig Wright has written and BJ Jones has staged a resonant play about three

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review: the piano tuner

[originally published: http://www.aislesay.com/CHI-PIANO-TUNER.html%5D THE PIANO TUNER by Daniel Mason Adapted by James E. Grote Directed by Jonathan Berry Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Avenue / (773) 761-4477 http://www.lifelinetheatre.com Through March 25, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee February 17, 2007 James E. Grote‘s adaptation of the novel “The Piano Tuner” by Daniel Mason offers a view

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review: landscape of the body

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-LANDSCAPE.html%5D LANDSCAPE OF THE BODY by John Guare Directed by John Mossman The Artistic Home Theatre 1420 West Irving Park Road / (866) 811-4111 http://www.theartistichome.org Through March 18, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee February 11, 2007 Two sisters, an adolescent son, two deaths, a detective, a nutty ex-Good Humor man dressed in

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review: uncle vanya

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-UNCLE.html] UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekhov Translated by Paul Schmidt Directed by Charles Newell Court Theatre at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago Avenue / (773) 753-4472 http://www.CourtTheatre.org Through February 11, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 20, 2007 In the Court Theatre‘s production of “Uncle Vanya” at the Museum of Contemporary

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