D. L. Groover
18 days ago | Stage
The set-up: Has there ever been a musical filled with such elation and instant, feel-good nostalgia as Jersey Boys? You can feel the excitement in the lobby; you feel the vibes pre-show, the audience is happy to be here. They're pumped to go back ...
21 days ago | Opera
The set-up: Right now, the youngest show in town is its oldest: Giacomo Puccini's 1896 La Boheme. playing only two more performances at Opera in the Heights. The execution: This eternally youthful work, with its high-spirits tempered by that wrenc...
21 days ago | Stage
The set-up: Chicago playwright Mickle Maher may be many things – provocateur, innovator, absurdist – but, first and foremost, he is a wordsmith. He plays with words, runs with them, turns them upside down and inside out, blasts them awake, and the...
29 days ago | Stage
The set-up: Wait, isn't that Blanche from Streetcar? Alma from Summer and Smoke? Tom from Glass Menagerie? Maggie the cat from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Sort of. The execution: Halloween has passed but ghosts haunt MATCH, where Dirt Dogs Theatre Comp...
1 month ago | Stage
The set-up: Let's see, where were we when last we left this tortuous nest of Tudor tarantulas? The execution: In Bring Up the Bodies, influential Cardinal Wolsey (Rutherford Cravens), stripped of power, has died in disgrace or from too many “purga...
1 month ago | Opera
French composer Charles Gounod struggled to get into the inner circle at Paris Opera, but his first attempts didn't set any hearts afire, although the young man showed promise, as critics said, and was heralded by none other than superstar soprano...