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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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Conversations with Ed Tracy, De Usuris column item

Posted: March 29, 2018

March came in like a lion and out like a wolf in Chicago - a Loyola Wolf, that is! The Ramblers are headed to the NCAA Final Four this weekend. Buckle up for a BIG game on Saturday!


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Themes of 'South Pacific' are more timely than ever

Posted: March 28, 2018

Amilestone Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that's as timely today as when it was first staged comes to Drury Lane this spring. "South Pacific" is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Tales From the South…


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Theater spotlight: Put down your smartphone for Metropolis' 'Internet Ate My Brain'

Posted: March 27, 2018

Comedian/writer Bill Dyszel, author of "Microsoft Outlook for Dummies," examines our reliance on technology while skewering online romance and selfie addiction in his one-man show "The Internet Ate My Brain." Dyszel performs his multimedia sendup at …


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URGENT Enthusiastic 'Joseph' nears the end of its run at Drury Lane

Posted: March 23, 2018

Audience members expecting the traditional production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" when the curtain goes up nightly at Drury Lane Theatre are in for a surprise. But, it's a pleasant surprise. The new rendition of "Joseph and t…


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Robert Cuccioli and Samantha Hill Will Star in Drury Lane Theatre’s South Pacific

Posted: March 22, 2018

Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde) and Samantha Hill (Les Miserables) will lead the cast of the Drury Lane Theatre production of South Pacific as Emile de Becque and Ensign Nellie Forbush, respectively.


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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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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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HEDY WEISS: THEATER REVIEWS

Posted: July 23, 2018

Chicago Theater Recommendations from Hedy Weiss


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'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' review: This big-picture take on Tennessee Williams still has all the sexual charge

Posted: July 22, 2018

Working at the Drury Lane, director Marcia Milgrom Dodge treats Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” as if it were a spooky story of scary shadows from the all-American past. Haunting us all.


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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Masterful Production of a Masterpiece

Posted: July 21, 2018

“Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?” Tennessee Williams–The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore It felt like a dream, like I was under a spell. T…


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