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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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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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Cast Announced For CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF At Drury Lane, Opens Today

Posted: July 12, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for its sultry summer drama, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge (2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime, Drury Lane's Smokey Joe's Cafe). Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs …


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The Top Ten Things to Do This Week Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Fest, Chosen Few Picnic & Festival, Nike Tournament of Champions, Brigid Mae Power, and more

Posted: July 5, 2018

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof THEATER:Drury Lane takes a rare foray into nonmusicals with this Tennessee Williams scorcher about a closeted gay man, his unhappy wife, and an extended family of no-neck monsters. Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge—whose 2016 Drury…


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Tapping Into the Operatic in ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Posted: July 16, 2018

In the program note for her ferocious Drury Lane Theatre production of Tennessee Williams’ play, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” director Marcia Milgrom Dodge writes: “On a sultry Southern night, the Pollitt family gathers together to celebrate Big Daddy’s …


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Drury Lane Theatre Presents CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Review – Sizzling!

Posted: July 16, 2018

The decaying antebellum columns dripping with Spanish Moss frame the dram unfolding around the dysfunctional Pollitt family in Drury Lane’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Under the direction of Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and a first…


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Reeking with Mendacity and Greed

Posted: July 15, 2018

On a hot, humid summer evening, somewhere deep in the steamy Mississippi Delta, a festive, 65th birthday celebration is taking shape. Fireworks light up the sky over the family estate, a massive cotton plantation that occupies “28,000 acres of most f…


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‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ fueled less by passion than soap opera melodrama

Posted: July 13, 2018

Spanish moss cascades from treacherous staircases, crumbling columns and broken window shutters; the playful shrieks of unseen children are rendered in a spectral timbre. Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge and her design team imbue Drury Lane Theatre’s ne…


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Drury Lane's excellent 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" leaves lasting impression

Posted: July 13, 2018

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" -- ★ ★ ★ ½ Nearly two years after her revelatory revival of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at Drury Lane Theatre, director Marcia Milgrom Dodge returns to Oakbrook Terrace to helm "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Tennessee Williams' 1955 Pulitz…