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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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Drury Lane’s ‘South Pacific’ has Broadway stars and layers of storytelling

Posted: April 15, 2018

If you are playing Nellie Forbush in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” which opened Thursday night at the Drury Lane Theatre under the open-hearted direction of Victor Malana Maog, it is unwise to fall too much in love with you…


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South Pacific At the Drury Lane Theatre By Dan Zeff

Posted: April 14, 2018

Oakbrook Terrace—It’s been many seasons since “South Pacific” has received a quality production in Chicagoland. Indeed, it’s possible that many musical comedy zealots below a certain age may never have seen this classic locally. In that sense, the re…


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Top cast, swoon-worthy sound make ‘South Pacific’ an enchanted evening

Posted: April 13, 2018

In the 20 years since Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace last staged “South Pacific,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has taken on freight that simply didn’t exist (for many of us anyway) during the 1998 production. Back then, few took iss…


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“South Pacific” Highly Recommended *****

Posted: April 13, 2018

Highly Recommended ***** There are times, when viewing one of the modern-day musicals, that I think back to my earliest years of theater and the works of men like Rodgers and Hammerstein, who gave us some of the greatest musicals ever. When one of o…


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Rodgers & Hammerstein's soaring 'South Pacific' holds up well at Drury Lane

Posted: April 13, 2018

At nearly 70 years old, it's amazing how well "South Pacific" holds up. The 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical wows on a number of fronts, especially in director Victor Malana Maog's solid revival for Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.