‘Xanadu’ at American Theater Company is roller toe summer fun By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety The last time a production of the stage musical spoof “Xanadu” rolled through Chicagoland was in 2012 for a spin around the stage at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook. And prior to that ticket tribute to Greek gods and goddesses wrapped in roller disco music, it was 2009 for what was a short open run at Drury Lane Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago. This summer, the silly stage treatment of the now much-lampooned and lovingly lamented 1980 movie of the same name,...Read More
Month: July 2016
‘This’ at Windy City Playhouse reveals pain/joy of complicated relationships By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety Most of us have been to a party or gathering and the moment hits when the group is asked to participate in a “parlor game” to keep the event entertaining and “interesting.” Not everyone enjoys the same “games of life.” This assessment forms the basis for the Off-Broadway work titled “This” now playing at Windy City Playhouse, ideally billed as “Chicago’s most sophisticated new theater.” The two-hour, one intermission tale focuses on four cultured and educated witting friends, who would happily self-describe themselves as “artistically inclined thirtysomething...Read More
‘The Book of Mormon’ uses clever twists for salty stage fun By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago and a legion of fans are celebrating the return of Tony Award winning “The Book of Mormon” presented by Broadway and also playing through Aug. 14. When this “push-the-envelope” production first played Chicago in 2012, it took the town by storm as a ticket triumph. It still holds the record for the largest weekly gross in history of The PrivateBank Theatre. The book, music and lyrics are all courtesy of Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker...Read More
Marriott Theatre’s ‘Man of La Mancha’ wins with stage strides” By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety Even though the Broadway in Chicago run for “Hamilton,” which is causing the buzz consuming every theater-goer’s conversation these days, doesn’t start until late September, other worthy options abound for summer. A new production of “Man of La Mancha,” starring a talented actress with Northwest Indiana roots, is now playing through Aug. 14 at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. The Broadway musical treatment of the classic tale of “Don Quixote,” detailing his wildly entertaining imagination paired with a perceptive wisdom all can learn from,...Read More
Hofbrauhaus Chicago brings German beer, dining and hospitality to the Windy City By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety The Village of Rosemont has earned a decades-old reputation as a destination for large entertainment and convention spaces conveniently located adjacent to O’Hare Airport. But in recent years, Rosemont is now also enjoying a new identity prized for smaller exciting and entertaining dining highlights with an appeal that reaches near and far. Standing proud with continued growth all around the mecca’s familiar blossoming rose water tower, Rosemont is celebrating a 60th anniversary this year since it first incorporated in 1956. On Jan....Read More
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