"Dance Nation" takes its audience back to the confusion of being 13

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Michael Brosilow. I doubt that (with the exception of dementia sufferers) there is a person alive, no matter how old, who cannot close their eyes and see every detail of certain seismic experiences from their childhoods, no matter how much of them we […]

Adorable, uplifting "Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish" is a holiday winner

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Matt Ferguson. Are you ready for another new Christmas musical about a toy? Well, even if you can’t imagine that there could be anything left to say about the subject in this year of toy-focused shows, you won’t be sorry if you check […]

"The Land of Forgotten Toys" may have a few issues but it's still a tremendously entertaining holiday show

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Zeke Dolezalek. It’s time to review the second new musical in town that derives itself from the “Island of Misfit Toys” in the claymation classic “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer.” Unlike Pride Films and Plays’ America’s Best Outcast Toy, CPA Theatricals’ The Land of […]

"Annie" is a joy at Citadel

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Review by Kelly MacBlane; photo by Carolina Menapace. It is hard not to love the Broadway classic Annie. From its memorable and catchy tunes to its at times cheesy and overly-optimistic story, Annie has been charming audiences since its Broadway debut in 1977. Despite the small space, Citadel Theatre’s production of Annie delivered on all […]

Aroooo! Otherworld's The Winter Wolf returns with its sweet and lovely Christmas tale

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Coming to terms with change is never easy, and death—one of the most absolute changes that exists—is one of the hardest things human beings ever have to deal with. Losing a loved one can seem overwhelming, especially around Christmas. It’s easy to believe that, if […]

"Edwin Drood" is all fun and silliness in Blank Theatre Company's production

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Zeke Dolezalik. Some musicals are romantic. Some tell historical tales. Some, through their drama, comedy, song, and dance, make a greater point about the world we live in. And some…well, some are just for silliness and fun. This latter category is perfectly exemplified […]