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Review: In 'Little Shop of Horrors' at Drury Lane, an Audrey for the ages

Posted: September 13, 2018

Without “Little Shop of Horrors,” we wouldn’t have Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” or “Aladdin.” That’s because the spoof 1982 off-Broadway musical (based on a B-movie shocker about a young florist named Seymour and the Faustian…


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Fall theater: 10 shows that excite Chris Jones the most

Posted: September 7, 2018

There’s a new work from Bruce Norris likely to prove incendiary. Performance artist David Cale stages a piece drawn from his own family history. It’s another day at the office for the 94-year-old actor Mike Nussbaum. “Tootsie” tries out in Chicago, e…


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5 must-see theater performances for teens this fall

Posted: September 7, 2018

The curtain may be coming down on summer, but it’s going up on great shows around Chicago this fall that are well-suited to tweens and teens. Not only can adolescents stay up later, they can handle more adult themes. I’ve found that talking about a p…


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12 theater productions worth seeing this fall

Posted: August 31, 2018

'Little Shop of Horrors' Luckless floral shop employee Seymour Krelborn discovers no good deed goes unpunished when the sickly plant he tends transforms into a man-eating monster that threatens Seymour's beloved colleague Audrey in "Little Shop of H…


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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof brings dysfunctional family drama to Drury Lane

Posted: July 25, 2018

Well, this comes as a surprise. In a season that will go on to featureMamma Mia!, Little Shop of Horrors, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, at a suburban theater where the usual nonmusicals are chestnuts like The Gin Game and Deathtrap, somebody tho…


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Be good to Mama this Mother's Day with Drury Lane play

Posted: May 9, 2017

According to the National Restaurant Association, six in ten Americans will celebrate Mother's Day by dining out. That translates into a lot of busy eateries. But in Oakbrook Terrace, consumers can skip waiting for a table by securing seats to Drury …


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"Chicago" review: All that jazz with a lot of razzle dazzle

Posted: May 6, 2017

Chicago that wonderful town with the numerous nicknames “The Windy City,” The "City of Big Shoulders" and "Hog Butcher to the World," is also known as the third largest city in the United States. People around the world come to Chicago to see its won…


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Casting announced for 'Chicago' at Drury Lane

Posted: March 16, 2017

Casting announced for CHICAGO at Drury Lane


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'Chicago' coming to Drury Lane Theatre next year

Posted: May 25, 2016

Come springtime next year, Drury Lane Theatre will be the first local company to produce "Chicago" in decades, the Oak Brook Terrace-based theater announced Wednesday.


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Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14

Posted: May 16, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Ira Levin's popular murder mystery, Deathtrap, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek.


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Fall theater: 10 shows that excite Chris Jones the most

Posted: September 7, 2018

There’s a new work from Bruce Norris likely to prove incendiary. Performance artist David Cale stages a piece drawn from his own family history. It’s another day at the office for the 94-year-old actor Mike Nussbaum. “Tootsie” tries out in Chicago, e…


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5 must-see theater performances for teens this fall

Posted: September 7, 2018

The curtain may be coming down on summer, but it’s going up on great shows around Chicago this fall that are well-suited to tweens and teens. Not only can adolescents stay up later, they can handle more adult themes. I’ve found that talking about a p…


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12 theater productions worth seeing this fall

Posted: August 31, 2018

'Little Shop of Horrors' Luckless floral shop employee Seymour Krelborn discovers no good deed goes unpunished when the sickly plant he tends transforms into a man-eating monster that threatens Seymour's beloved colleague Audrey in "Little Shop of H…


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Cast Announced For CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF At Drury Lane, Opens Today

Posted: July 12, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for its sultry summer drama, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge (2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime, Drury Lane's Smokey Joe's Cafe). Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs …


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The Top Ten Things to Do This Week Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Fest, Chosen Few Picnic & Festival, Nike Tournament of Champions, Brigid Mae Power, and more

Posted: July 5, 2018

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof THEATER:Drury Lane takes a rare foray into nonmusicals with this Tennessee Williams scorcher about a closeted gay man, his unhappy wife, and an extended family of no-neck monsters. Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge—whose 2016 Drury…


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Tuneful, well-danced Gershwin musical fable entertains

Posted: November 14, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook has mounted a fabulous production of George & Ira Gershwin’s tunes, set upon Ken Ludwig’s charming, witty and hilarious book, that becomes Crazy for You–the winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical.


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BWW Review: Drury Lane's CRAZY FOR YOU Brings a Much-Needed Dose of Broadway Magic

Posted: November 14, 2016

This holiday season, the intimate Drury Lane Theatre receives a dash of Broadway magic. George and Ira Gershwin's classical music comes to life in a dazzling revue. Big dance numbers, familiar tunes and slapstick comedy make for a wondrous, two-hour …


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Something new to be found in 'Smokey Joe's Cafe'

Posted: September 16, 2016

It's a straight revue. No real book. Cool singers. Band on stage. No surprises? Until now. Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge's superb revival of this title at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace is the first production I've seen to effectively theatricali…


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‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ catches fire at Drury Lane

Posted: September 16, 2016

This is no simple "and then-they-wrote" medley. And it is better than ever in its current incarnation at the Drury Lane Theatre, where Marcia Milgrom Dodge (a New York-based director-choreographer whose long list of credits includes the rave-garnerin…


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Smokey Joe's Cafe - Review

Posted: September 15, 2016

“Smokey Joe’s Café” ran for five years on Broadway and has come through Chicagoland in large and small productions, all with some merit. But no previous staging of the show can top the triumph at the Drury Lane Theatre. Under the inspired guidance of…