Colin Douglas

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Reviews (9)
Chicago Theatre Review

“The play is very funny. It’s biting and bitchy and has been cleverly brought into the 21st century with skill and ease...Jazzy, infectious, and toe-tapping, the music and lyrics are by the incomparable Yazbek...Fontana is drop-dead extraordinary...There’s a little more work that can be accomplished...The show could be shortened without losing anything important...Dorothy’s reveal as Michael isn’t quite as earthshaking...Final moments of the musical feels like the show simply ran out of steam.” Full Review

War Paint
Midtown W
Chicago Theatre Review

for a previous production "As sleek, stylish and skillful as the two entrepreneurs whose careers inspired this biographical musical, Michael Greif has guided this production to magnificence, with energy, humor and considerable polish...This production entertains, educates and enlightens… Ms. Lupone is a force of nature…The underlying motivation behind both women is to succeed beyond her rival, and that constant battle does become a bit redundant…The production’s ensemble is incomparable." Full Review

Chicago Theatre Review

for a previous production "Thoroughly enjoyable, filled with audience participation and overflowing with contemporary references...More madness, mayhem and musical magic occurs in this tropical isle-inspired, lightning-paced production than audiences can even comprehend...The G&S purist may find this uniquely inventive production not to his liking. The majority of theatergoers will revel in the manic fun and unexpected frivolity and musicality Graney has brought to the theatre." Full Review

Amazing Grace
Midtown W
Chicago Theatre Review

for a previous production "What’s missing is that particular spark, that crucial moment when the audience sees Newton finding his spiritual foundation and becoming inspired to write 'Amazing Grace.' This universally-loved hymn, which the audience has been waiting to hear seems, at this stage, to be tacked onto the end of the musical, almost as an afterthought. With so many sweet sounds and moving performances emanating from this production, the promise of the entire story behind the hymn is missing." Full Review

Churchill
Midtown W
Chicago Theatre Review

for a previous production "This is not only an educational production but a highly entertaining one, often humorous and filled with moments that touch the heart as well as the intellect. Mr. Keaton’s determination to develop and bring this show to life is a real labor of love, and it’s a must-see, inspirational production that promises to speak to every generation." Full Review

Chicago Theatre Review

"As the evening progresses, the audience soaks up delicious tidbits about the making of Bette Davis’ most famous films...In Jessica Sherr’s newly-expanded, 90-minute version of her well-researched solo performance, audiences will find themselves mesmerized by this animated, energetic performer...By the end of the evening, Ms. Sherr has infused her audience with a shared adoration of what made Bette Davis a legend." Full Review

Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Chicago Theatre Review

for a previous production "This new musical is quirky, exciting and quite moving...Ms. Rockwell’s staging and choreography is effervescent and practically burns up the floor…Ms. Rockwell’s ensemble is well-cast and simply fantastic…This show is as unique as it is both funny and heartbreaking…Rachel Rockwell has staged, choreographed and guided her talented cast to a production that’s as thrilling as any Broadway experience. A wonderful, touching and memorable roller-coaster ride." Full Review

Airline Highway
Midtown W
Chicago Theatre Review

for a previous production "Lisa D’Amour’s play is staged with genius and sensitivity by Joe Mantello and performed by an ensemble of extraordinary actors. People everywhere will always be the same, but when offered the chance to improve their lives they become reborn. In this celebration of a life well-lived, a cast of fascinating characters show the audience the importance of enjoying each morsel of life’s banquet, and how to glean every precious moment of wisdom from that experience." Full Review

Smokefall
West Village
Chicago Theatre Review

for a previous production "Sometimes a play speaks to an audience in a special, almost personal way. It can transcend time and space seeking out those universal truths that touch each playgoer’s heart. Such is Noah Haidle’s heartfelt, intergenerational story about how love grows and flourishes...Anne Kauffman’s superb, thoughtful direction of Noah Haidle’s captivating and heartbreaking examination of love and family should not be missed." Full Review