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My Three Angels

Some of the most truly enjoyable theatrical experiences in the entire Champaign-Urbana area can realized during the summer repertory seasons at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The 2005 Summer Studi...
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The Lion King

Truly one of this summer's most anticipated theatrical treats has got to be the return of the national touring company of Disney's The Lion King. After its nine-month Chicago sojourn in 2003, it returns to Chic...
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The Longest Yard

The typical rationale for remaking successful films says that if the film was effective in one generation, it will likely be just as appealing to a new generation of filmgoers. This seemed to be the mindset of ...
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XXX: State of the Union

It's always interesting to see how a big box office film's sequel holds up when a change of cast facilitates minor changes in the focus of the story's successful plot formula. Rob Cohen's 2002 XXX made Vin D...
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Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is probably the greatest romantic tragedy in all of English literature. The current production of Romeo and Juliet by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Company at Navy Pier ...
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Fever Pitch (1997)

The original British film version of Fever Pitch is not exactly what you would expect to be the inspiration for a new Farrelly brothers' film. Director David Evans' 1997 adaptation of a popular Nick Hornby nove...
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Beauty Shop

Even though Beauty Shop features Queen Latifah, who appeared in Barbershop 2, it is not a sequel to either of the popular and entertaining Barbershop films. Directed by Bille Woodruff, whose previous work, Hone...
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George Gershwin Alone

Although composer George Gershwin died nearly 70 years ago, his star is still shining as bright as ever in a remarkably entertaining one-man show called George Gershwin Alone, currently at the Royal George Thea...
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Peter Pan

What more perfect complement to the Oscar-nominated Finding Neverland could one find than the return of Cathy Rigby in the musical Peter Pan. The national touring company is making a two-week stop at Chicago's ...
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Measure for Measure

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater's current production of Measure for Measure presents a real mix of tones, feelings and emotions. Directed by Barbara Gaines in her usual crowd-pleasing manner, this production of...
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Beyond the Sea

2 Stars Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea is an impassioned, entertaining musical biography of the life of Walden Robert Cassotto, better known as pop singer Bobby Darin-who died in 1973 after years of heart probl...
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The Playboy of the Western World

3 Stars It is a rare theatrical treat when an acting company the caliber of Ireland's National Theatre's The Abbey Theatre makes an area visit to perform one of its classic literary standards. In the 100th-ann...