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REVIEW: The pleasures of Pan never grow old

Posted: September 11, 2015

The Lost Boys yuk it up with the best of 'em in this show, but they also talk about the darkness that surrounds those unlucky enough to be lost in one of the world's many caves, hoping to catch at least a partial glimpse of a star.


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher (Drury Lane Oakbrook)

Posted: September 9, 2015

There’s something rather satisfying in seeing how iconic fairy tale characters came to be, whether it’s a frightened lion cub or a crowing orphan who never grows up. With Peter and the Starcatcher, we get Peter Pan’s backstory as well the fanciful ad…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher/Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 9, 2015

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” now playing at Drury Lane Theatre, attempts to tell the story of how Peter Pan—the boy and the myth—became ageless. Directed by William Osetek, this production boasts a strong cast of actors. Caleb Donahoe (Boy) is charmi…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher

Posted: September 7, 2015

What makes “Peter…” worth visiting is the brilliant stagecraft, comprised of a full dozen flawless performances, creative and invigorating directing, and imaginative costume, set, lighting, and sound designs. The production’s motor never slows as the…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 7, 2015

I felt like the vibe of the show was really cool. I liked how it seemed kind of like a storefront production even though it was a very big show in a theater with like a thousand people. The set (by Scott Davis) was very budgeted looking, which I thin…


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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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3 Popular Musicals Sing of Quest for Self-Esteem

Posted: September 17, 2018

They are set in different eras, and come with notably different sounds and story lines, but the three musicals now being produced on local stages – “Little Shop of Horrors” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, “Sweet Charity” at the Marriott Theatre in…


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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ – a silly little musical that feeds on blood

Posted: September 17, 2018

With Halloween 2018 on the horizon, “Little Shop of Horrors” plays into the spookiness of the season. The sort-of-dark musical comedy is now running at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. It’s more spirited, shall we say, than scary.


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VIDEO: Get A First Look at LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at the Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 14, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the Drury Lane's Little Shop of Horrors, with music by Alan Menken and book by Howard Ashman and direction and choreography by Scott Calcagno with music direction by Roberta Duchak. Little Shop of Horrors runs throug…


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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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REVIEW: Drury Lane's 'Starcatcher' a well-told tale and jolly good time

Posted: September 5, 2015

What "Peter and the Starcatcher" lacks in glitz, Drury Lane's production makes up with gusto and superb performances from a talented, indefatigable cast led by newcomer Caleb Donahoe and veterans Matt Mueller and Emma Rosenthal.


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REVIEW: Drury's 'Starcatcher' is first-rate production of musical theatre lite

Posted: September 4, 2015

But make no mistake, Drury Lane Theatre’s current production of the 2012 five-time Tony winner, billed as a musical play for its three songs by Wayne Barker, is terrific, professional, prime time theatre. The show is just 10-12 songs from being a ful…


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REVIEW: "Peter and the Starcatcher" has its heart in the right place

Posted: September 4, 2015

I have a huge conundrum when it comes to “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the play by Rick Elice (based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson) that serves as a “prequel” to “Peter Pan.” And the many facets of that conundrum were driven home Thurs…


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REVIEW: "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Posted: September 4, 2015

There are often times that rating a play becomes a difficult task indeed. Tonight’s opening of “Peter and the StarCatcher” is just one of those “times”. While the Midwest premiere at Drury Lane Oakbrook is far better than the original Broadway In Ch…