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SNL sketch spoofs ‘Chicago’: Kate McKinnon lampoons Kellyanne Conway (via Roxie Hart)


With Saturday Night Live’s parody of “Roxie” from Chicago the Musical, Kellyanne Conway (played spot-on by Kate McKinnon) reveals the real reason she joined Donald Trump’s campaign.  Hilarious!

January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Top 10 Chicago Productions of 2016


Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda at PrivateBank Theatre, Broadway in Chicago 3Brenda Barrie, James Doherty. Michael E Martin, Johnny Arena and Rudy Galvan in United Flight 232The Joffrey Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker, Auditorium Theatre 27Jessica Ervin and Bryce Gangel in Dry Land, Rivendell TheatreMichael Holding by Laura Wade in Posh, Steep Theatre GGMaria Velazquez in Library from Learning Curve, Albany Park Theater ProjectThomas Cox, Bolden. (Back) Ruiz, Sullivan, Brown. Photo by Michael Brosilow (2)Cecelia Wingate and Liz Sharpe in Byhalia Mississippi, New Colony Definition TheatreSydney Charles and Julian Parker in Prowess, Jackalope Theatre (Joel Maisonet)Amy Stricker, Britain Gebhardt, Max DeTogne, Lizzie Schwarzrock, Kelly Baskin, Caitlin Jackson

Another year, another 12 months of great theater! 2016 blessed the Windy City with inspired new works and riveting revivals from a wide range of companies – from the largest equity houses and dance companies to the smallest of Chicago’s storefronts. Taking into account the hundreds of productions that we reviewed this past year, here are our picks, in alphabetical order, for the best 10 productions of 2016. Bravo to all!!  

See our picks below the fold

January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Way She Spoke (Solo Celebration! at Greenhouse Theater)

Karen Rodriguez stars in The Way She Spoke, Solo Celebration, Greenhouse Theater 3           

The Way She Spoke

Written by Isaac Gomez 
Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
thru July 10  |  tix: $34-$48  |  more info
Check for half-price tickets   

June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More

YouTube Hallelujah Chorus–Christmas food court flash mob


Mental Health Break


On Nov.13 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch at the Welland Seaway Mall, Ontario, Canada. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob, singing “Hallelujah Chorus” from George Handel’s Messiah.
Sung by members of the Chorus Niagara.

December 17, 2015 | 6 Comments More

Review: Grand Concourse (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Brittany Uomoleale and Mariann Mayberry star in Steppenwolf Theatre's "Grand Concourse" by Heidi Schreck, directed by Yasen Peyankov. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)            
Grand Concourse 

Written by Heidi Schreck
Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted (map)
thru Aug 30 | tix: $20-$89 | more info
Check for half-price tickets       

July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Airline Highway (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Judith Roberts stars as Miss Ruby in the Steppenwolf Theatre's world premiere "Airline Highway" by Lisa D'Amour, directed by Joe Mantello. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        
Airline Highway

Written by Lisa D’Amour 
Directed by Joe Mantello
at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted (map)
thru Feb 14  |  tickets: $20-$86   |  more info
Check for half-price tickets 
                   Read review 

January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Sanity Break: Awkward Family Photos from 4th of July

4th of July can be a fun time for the entire family, but that doesn’t mean that everything will go smoothly, especially when taking family photos.  Here’s some examples:


Ignore the smoke bombs and smile, dammit!!!

tie-dye family from hell The family that ties together, dyes together!


snuggie-family American flag Snuggies? 


Now that’s one classy patriotic hat!



I think Dad is taking the red-white-and-blue thing a bit too far.  By the way, is there someone hiding behind the boy on the left???


fyi: all pictures courtesy of

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Sanity Break: The Real Housewives of Disney

March 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More