Category: arts

Carousel is a glorious production for the whole family

Carousel is a glorious production for the whole family

April 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

There is a breathtaking new production of Carousel gracing the Civic Opera House stage through May 3. With a star-studded cast and timeless messages, Carousel crosses generations with thought-provoking themes. Waiting in the lobby for the press opening, we saw many families who took the opportunity to dress-up and spend an evening together. Their efforts were […]

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Sweeney Todd Provides a Great Date Night

Sweeney Todd Provides a Great Date Night

August 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

When the usher shows you to your seats and the people behind you are debating whether Sweeney Todd was a mass murderer or a serial killer, you know this isn’t going to be your average date night.  The Drury Lane Theatre offered us complementary tickets to see the show on opening night.  I jumped at the […]

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Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

July 19, 2011 | Comments (3)

We always enjoy the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.   When we were invited to review the new CST Family production of Pinocchio, we immediately grabbed four tickets.   When the lights went down, I spent the first few minutes admiring the actors and set.  The story we all know has been reimagined with original songs and music, and a mix […]

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Dot and Ziggy charms the smaller set

Dot and Ziggy charms the smaller set

May 15, 2011 | Comments (2)

If it were a normal night, the lobby theater would have inspired moans and groans from regular theater patrons. Babies were crying, moms were nursing, toddlers were running here, there and everywhere. But on a Friday morning at 10 a.m., these sights and sounds were just fine. At the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of Dot […]

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No Babies at the Symphony...Please!

No Babies at the Symphony…Please!

May 13, 2011 | Comments (7)

I have written before about my love for the CSO’s Kraft Family Matinee series. This series of several, hour-long Saturday afternoon concerts is a wonderful way to introduce elementary-school aged children to the beauty of classical music. Each concert features selections from works by great composers — organized around a theme, such as water or city versus […]

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The Blue Men with My Men

The Blue Men with My Men

April 1, 2011 | Comments (2)

I’m always on the lookout for creative plays, exhibits – anything that gives my son and I a chance to see a live performance, anything that might spark discussion, anything that will make the both of us laugh. So when we received an invite to check out the Blue Man Group with 3 complimentary tickets, I of […]

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Where Are the Caregiver-Friendly Museum Memberships?

Where Are the Caregiver-Friendly Museum Memberships?

March 24, 2011 | Comments (2)

When our girls were born, I stayed at home.  During the first few years, we had memberships to several museums and a zoo.  We went to these places a few times a year to see the exhibits, play in the children’s areas and take classes.   A couple of years ago, I went back to work.  I work […]

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Jackie and Me – Chicago Children’s Theater

February 15, 2011 | Comments (3)

Every once in awhile, I enjoy a date with my main (little) man: Fratellone, age 9. During the years that I raised my son as a single mom, Fratellone was my one and only Valentine and frankly, until I re-met my husband, the only “date” that always managed to make me laugh. Together, Fratellone and […]

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Google and Art

February 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

What did we do before the Internet? I’m not being facetious; sometimes it’s hard to remember what life was like before we could find three disparate ingredients left in our kitchens, enter them into a search engine and come up with a dozen possible recipes. Every day there are new wonders to be discovered. I […]

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Discarding my Prejudices at the Lion King

November 8, 2010 | Comments (3)

When the Lion King opened on Broadway in New York City, I was a skeptic. It was 1997 and I was still a child-free New Yorker, able to take in all the cultural offerings of city life without worrying about babysitter availability. I remember scoffing at the paper, wondering aloud what types of people would […]

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Picture Book Plea

November 5, 2010 | Comments (11)

2010 Dear Parents, Teachers, Grandparents, Childcare Givers and Babysitters, Please do not abandon me. A recent New York Times article says that picture books are fading from the literary landscape (an interesting observation coming from another format that is on a serious downward slide). It’s easy to blame the economy; picture books with their beautiful […]

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A Musical Halloween

October 27, 2010 | Comments (1)

Doesn’t it feel like Halloween has gone from being a one-day holiday to a month-long death march of costumes, parties and candy? First, you have to take your kids to the pumpkin patch — and by the way, when did “pumpkin patch” become code for “dusty carnival with the occasional gourd thrown in for good measure?”  Then, […]

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