NationOnStage Florida Review: Flashdance More of a Flash in the Pan

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Review by Beverly Friend [caption id="attachment_2139" align="alignleft" width="61"] ★★[/caption] Flashdance is a feel-good musical presented by a fresh-faced, young, nubile and rather charming cast but burdened by clichés. Neither the skilled performers nor the fast-paced story is enough to insure success. The rapidity of pace destroys continuity, and the cast certainly transcends this script– and […]

Shattered Globe’s “Five Mile Lake” a Realistic Slice of (Unfulfilled) Lives

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Step into the Theatre Wit stage housing Shattered Globe’s production of Five Mile Lake by Rachel Bonds and you instantly know something is not normal. For one thing, the buildings in Jeffrey D. Kmiec’s set are not squared, especially the large downtown building housing the central bakery location, which is all askew: left and right sides not […]

Timeline’s “Boy”: A Poignant and Important Love Story For Our Era

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[caption id="attachment_2138" align="alignleft" width="64"] ★★★★[/caption] Timeline Theatre’s newest production, Anna Ziegler’s Boy, is a lot of things. It is an account, albeit highly fictionalized, of events that actually happened to a child with mangled genitalia who, as a result of the recommendation of a famous gender doctor, was brought up as a girl. It is the […]

Block St Theatre’s Gamble Pays Off With Winning “Flamingo & Decatur”

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“Flamingo and Decatur,” a new play by Todd Taylor that Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Block St. Theatre is world premiering at Chicago’s Theatre Wit, immerses the theatre-goer in a world of professional gamblers in Las Vegas. Taylor, who also produces, brought the play to Chicago in order to take advantage of the great store-front opportunities here and […]

Oz Musical Is Still Wicked-ly Fun

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[caption id="attachment_2138" align="alignleft" width="62"] ★★★★[/caption] The first time I saw Wicked was on its initial Chicago run in 2005 with Ana Gasteyer as Elphaba and Kate Reinders as Glinda. The musical, though straying significantly from Gregory Maguire’s novel, proved to be an incredible achievement in its own right: the costumes, the flying monkeys, the infectious Stephen […]