In the local theater scene we're used to Circle Theatre resurrecting forgotten Broadway flops and mounting them with flash and dazzle. But Circle's current production of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" is certainly not one of those neglected failures.
Oak Park Festival Theatre has launched a year-round season. Their new production of Nobel prize-winner Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" opened on the late British playwright's 80th birthday Sunday evening in the store-front performance space at 1010 Madison St. The acting is especially superb.
There isn't a lot of meat and bone in The Wedding Singer. But who cares? This lightweight, fizzy confection, which opens Circle Theatre's new season in its new space, is great fun. The musical is a lively boy-meets-girl spoof of the 1980s with lots of big hair and big shoulders, but no big issues. Nothing is ever very deep but that's not a criticism. The very lively production, directed with great warmth and vigor by Kevin Bellie, is a delightful evening of high-energy escapism.The Wedding Singer