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REVIEW: A Story That Soars Up to the Sky

Posted: September 6, 2015

A dozen actors enter through the mist onto Scott Davis’ deceptively simple set, virtually an empty stage adorned with suspended rigging, simple platforms and hidden trapdoors. They are about to begin an imaginatively presented story theatre prequel t…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher

Posted: September 6, 2015

Peter and the Starcatcher is certainly a masterpiece of creative energy as far as staging goes. And a large portion of the dialogue is indeed funny, satirical, or sweet. An audience just has to know what they’re getting beforehand.


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REVIEW: Drury Lane Theatre has first regional Chicagoland production of 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Posted: September 5, 2015

Each person has his or her favorite character to cheer for in an adventure story. Depending on the audience, it can be the hero or heroine garnering all the applause, or at times, it can even be the bad guy who is the most fun to cheer on. There's a …


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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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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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The Color Purple Review – The Power of Sisterhood

Posted: September 21, 2019

Drury Lane presents the Tony award-winning production of The Color Purple; book by Marsha Norman; music and lyrics by Brenda Russel, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The show runs now through November 3, 2019.


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PicksInSix Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 21, 2019

“WHO’S WEARIN’ THE PANTS, NOW!” The unwavering love of two sisters and their transformative journey drives “The Color Purple,” the 2005 award-winning musical that is now playing in an exuberant and richly textured Lili-Anne Brown-directed revival …


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The Color Purple At the Drury Lane Theatre By Dan Zeff

Posted: September 21, 2019

Oakbrook Terrace– Standing ovations seem to be automatic in Chicagoland theater. The enthusiasm of audiences can be questioned too often, but not in the case of the Drury Lane revival of “The Color Purple.” The raucous, occasionally disruptive openin…


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THE EVOLUTION OF FORMIDABLE WOMEN

Posted: September 21, 2019

Steven Spielberg brought Alice Walker's 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Color Purple" to life in 1985 with his film adaptation. Spielberg touched upon the challenging and hard aspects of Celie's life told through the narration of a series of le…


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“The Color Purple”

Posted: September 21, 2019

★★★★★ There was a buzz at Drury Lane Theatre, both before the opening of “The Color Purple” and even louder after. Many of us know the film and play from the past ( and of course “Oprah”), but the changes made to this marvelous story are powerful. Th…


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