January North Shore Theatre Guide

There’s something special about live theater, and the North Shore has some of the country’s finest productions and venues to choose from. Make it a special evening by catching one of these top-notch productions: Northlight Theatre Skokie Box Office: 847-673-6300 Starting January 21: “Awake and Sing” The Attic Playhouse Highwood Box Office: 847-433-2660 Starting January […]

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Winter Fire” Burns Brilliantly

As a blaze during a night chill, the Joffrey Ballet’s “Winter Fire” illuminates the Auditorium Theatre. It revealed a company of dancers rich in the heritage of classical ballet, but pushing the boundaries of their bodies and the art form. This powerful program delivers three ballets, including the U.S. premiere of “Infra” by Wayne McGregor, […]

Don Quixote Restores Young Lovers in Joffrey's World Premiere

Forget “Man of La Mancha.” The Joffrey Ballet has mounted a vividly re-imagined version of the epic story by Cervantes. In this colorful world premiere, Don Quixote remains an aging nobleman dreaming of chivalry, with a bumbling sidekick and a skinny horse. But he is also like Saint Valentine, rescuing a young woman from an […]

Joffrey’s “Merry Widow” Adds Depth to Lehar’s Tale

Luscious music, elaborate sets, and color-saturated costumes grace this production. The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s show is based on Franz Lehar’s operetta of the same name. It boasts breathtaking choreography by Ronald Hynd, who came in to recreate the dances from his 1975 story ballet. The story is set in the Paris embassy of Ponteverdro, […]

Nutcracker by the Joffrey: A Holiday Favorite

“The Nutcracker” is a perennial holiday favorite and Chicago enjoys a first class production by the Joffrey Ballet every December. The company’s 2010 production opened at the Auditorium Theatre Friday, Dec. 10 and it is like a snowflake, sparkling and suffused with light. Mischievous Fritz, danced by Ricardo Santos, and mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer, danced by […]

Joffrey Ballet: "All Stars"

The beauty of motion, the joy of dance, the shapes and choreographed patterns expressed through the human body all come together during the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s fall program, “All Stars,” at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.   The most stunning work of the program is Christopher Wheeldon‘s 2005 “After the Rain,” a Joffrey premiere, […]

Joffrey's "Eclectica" a Delightful Trio

The Joffrey Ballet’s spring program “Eclectica,” delights the eye like a bouquet of fresh flowers. The unifying theme is lyricism, with each number capitalizing on the strength and grace of Joffrey dancers. The evening opens with “Reflections”, a timeless and sparkling piece by the late Gerald Arpino, who co-founded the company with Robert Joffrey in […]