Design Inspiration from 6 Amazing Kitchens

There’s nothing like a kitchen walk to whet your appetite for renovation. Showcasing six stunning kitchens, the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s 2013 Designer Kitchen Tour provided more than a little inspiration. Whether you’re planning a major kitchen renovation or considering a few upgrades, take these ideas to task. Revisit brass Today’s brass is burnished […]

Lyric's 'Oklahoma!' is more than OK

It’s hard to imagine a finer performance of “Oklahoma!” Lyric Opera of Chicago uses its world-class resources to give this production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical a perfect 70th anniversary presentation. It has solo voices that won’t quit, Lyric musicians in the pit and chorus members on the stage, a set that […]

Marriott Theatre: “South Pacific”

Going to Marriott’s Theatre’s, “South Pacific,” to enjoy a timeless, classic love story amidst Rodgers and Hammerstein’s fabulous music is perfectly legitimate. But leaving with only the simple thought of shampooing an irksome someone out of one’s life is to do this production a gross injustice. The impeccable casting of Elizabeth Lanza as Ensign Nellie […]

Cook Like a Pro with These Tools

Whether you’re a novice cook or a talented chef, you can always learn a trick or two.   Out of the thousands of products on display at the International Home + Housewares Show at McCormick Place, a few really stood out. These “tricks of the trade” utensils and small appliances will make you a smarter, […]

Drury Lane Theatre: “Oliver!”

Sometimes, it’s all about punctuation. To many, hinging a professional musical-theatrical production on the abilities of a bunch of children would be a huge question mark. Not to folks in Oakbrook Terrace. At least, not when they have director/choreographer extraordinaire Rachel Rockwell at the helm. Drury Lane’s current production of “Oliver!” doesn’t include an exclamation […]

Joffrey Ballet: "Othello"

We all know how “Othello” ends. The love story between the mighty Moor of Venice and his gentle Desdemona comes to the same tragic conclusion in Shakespeare’s 1693 drama, Verdi’s 1887 opera, the 1995 Hollywood film and in the ballet, choreographed by Lar Lubovitch for American Ballet Theatre in 1997. A revival of that story […]

Citadel Theatre: "Enchanted April"

Clap if you believe in enchantment! Audiences are certainly enjoying “Enchanted April,” the final production of its 10th season. Keep in mind, for it to work you need to suspend disbelief when you take in this tale of two women who flee London rain and neglectful husbands for a month of sunshine and wisteria at […]

Music Theatre Company: "The Pajama Game"

Music and pajamas always go well together. Such is the case with The Music Theatre Company‘s production of “The Pajama Game.” When I think musical, I tend to think big and boisterous—not something you would you expect in a smaller theater. This isn’t a problem for director Jess McCloud, along with founding artistic director and […]