Articles by Noel Schecter

Sun Studio - Birthplace of Rock and Roll

Sun Studio - Birthplace of Rock and Roll Original home of Rock and Roll

Graceland - The Home of Elvis Presley

Graceland - The Home of Elvis Presley Graceland is a must stop for anyone visiting Memphis

The Misanthrope Review- A Comedy of Manners

The Misanthrope Review- A Comedy of Manners The classic 17th comedic lesson in manners set in modern London

Arcadia Review - Present, Future, and Past

Arcadia Review - Present, Future, and Past A meditation on the nature of time played out as a detective novel in the past and present

iFly Review - You Don't Have to Be Superman to Have a Good Time

iFly Review - You Don't Have to Be Superman to Have a Good Time iFly allows customers something previously reserved only for the birds and Superman

The New Sincerity Review - A Comedy For The 99%

The New Sincerity Review - A Comedy For The 99% A comedic take on fledging romance against the backdrop of the Occupy Movement

Spring Awakening Review - Not Your Parents Marriott Theatre

Spring Awakening Review - Not Your Parents Marriott Theatre Sexual desires bloom with often disastrous results in this rock and roll take on a classic play

Dreaming Of A WIP Christmas Review - Better Than Eggnog

Dreaming Of A WIP Christmas Review - Better Than Eggnog Family fun fare that amuses without benefit of a single fart joke

Beautiful The Carole King Musical Review - A Gorgeous Tribute to a Beloved American Original

Beautiful The Carole King Musical Review - A Gorgeous Tribute to a Beloved American Original More than just a biopic, the story of how Carole King found her wings is truly beautiful

Burning Bluebeard Review - A Dark Comedic Take on The Iroquois Theater Fire

Burning Bluebeard Review - A Dark Comedic Take on The Iroquois Theater Fire A haunting tale that balances the silliness of vaudeville with the horrific tragedy of the 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire

Cooper and the Big Apple Review - Look Out New York City!

Cooper and the Big Apple Review - Look Out New York City! Cooper and the Big Apple will amuse children and can also help encourage conversations about Autism

The Jews of Trondheim Review - A Lesson In Resilience

The Jews of Trondheim Review - A Lesson In Resilience 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle a Jewish community remains strong

Sucker Punch Review - A Knockout Performance

Sucker Punch Review - A Knockout Performance This gritty boxing drama delivers with the force of a heavy weight

The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument - Well Worth The Stop

The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument - Well Worth The Stop The Archway is an amazing road side attraction and a pretty darn good museum in its own right

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen - Amusement For The Masses

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen - Amusement For The Masses Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world, is always changing and always amusing

Our Family Travels by Train From Chicago to New York City - Without The Sleeper Car

Our Family Travels by Train From Chicago to New York City - Without The Sleeper Car What it is like to travel by train from Chicago to New York City without a sleeper car

Quiz Show Review - Not Your Parent's Jeopardy

Quiz Show Review - Not Your Parent's Jeopardy Contestants vie for fame on a popular quiz show, but it is not so easy here to reach that final round

Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical Review - Sadness Was Never So Fun

Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical Review - Sadness Was Never So Fun Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical as quirky as it is fun

Anna in the Afterlife Review - To Be or Not to Be

Anna in the Afterlife Review - To Be or Not to Be An ambitious but not quite realized meditation on life and death

Jesus Christ Superstar Review - Up Close and Intimate

Jesus Christ Superstar Review - Up Close and Intimate Jesus Christ Superstar is presented acoustically and with full emotion within the intimate space of the No Exit Cafe

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth Review - Murder and Mayhem in Scotland

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth Review - Murder and Mayhem in Scotland This abridged production is both wonderfully staged and better suited for older children

Lions in Illyria Review - A Clever Adaptation of Shakespeare's Classic Comedy

Lions in Illyria Review - A Clever Adaptation of Shakespeare's Classic Comedy Lifeline Theatre's clever adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is sure to entertain the whole family

Polar Peak Review - Another Answer for Cabin Fever

Polar Peak Review - Another Answer for Cabin Fever Polar Peak will get the heart pumping and the thrills going

Desperate Dolls Review - Motel, Money, Murder, Madness

Desperate Dolls Review - Motel, Money, Murder, Madness A desperate tale indeed of actresses ready to sell their soul to make it in Tinseltown

Jerry Seinfeld Review - At The Rosemont Theatre

Jerry Seinfeld Review - At The Rosemont Theatre Jerry Seinfeld dazzles at the Rosemont Theatre

Smokefall Review - Worthy of an Encore

Smokefall Review - Worthy of an Encore Four generations are depicted with humor, dignity, and a bit of magical in this winning masterpiece

Four generations are depicted with humor, dignity, and a bit of magical in this winning masterpiece

Bethany Review - Where Have All The Saturn Dealerships Gone?

Bethany Review - Where Have All The Saturn Dealerships Gone? Homes are repossessed and characters must make tough choices in this dark thriller/comedy set in the financial collapse of 2009

King Lear Review - A Modern Take On A Classic Treasure

King Lear Review - A Modern Take On A Classic Treasure With the focus on dementia, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a poignant King Lear

The Arsonists Review- A Slow Burn to Evil

The Arsonists Review- A Slow Burn to Evil A modern adaptation of a post World War II dark comedy

Hank Williams: Lost Highway Review - Will Leave You Yodeling

Hank Williams:  Lost Highway Review - Will Leave You Yodeling More than just a showcase of Hank William's immense musical talent, Lost Highway is a musical drama that reaches tragic proportions

Exit Strategy Review - There Can Be No Retreat

Exit Strategy Review - There Can Be No Retreat A timely drama concerning the impact of one school's closing

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Review - A Success By Any Measure

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Review - A Success By Any Measure This Porchlight Music Theatre brings Broadway to your lap in a wonderful production of the classic musical

Lay Me Down Softly - Down But Not Out For The Count

Lay Me Down Softly - Down But Not Out For The Count A traveling boxing road show takes it on the chin in 1960s Ireland

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England Review - A Modern Ice Age Romance

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England Review - A Modern Ice Age Romance The comedy Seven Homeless Mammoths wanders into Chicago to tell of complicated relationships in this modern Ice Age

Venus in Fur Review - The Thinking Person's 50 Shades

Venus in Fur Review - The Thinking Person's 50 Shades An erotic tale for those not afraid to think

Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream Review - Put a Little Culture in Your Polar Vortex

Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream Review - Put a Little Culture in Your Polar Vortex Not just for children, this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is perfect for the whole family

Steve Earle at the City Winery Review - A Postcard From Guitar Town

Steve Earle at the City Winery Review - A Postcard From Guitar Town Steve Earle, with a two hour plus solo acoustic set, electrified in his second of three back to back sold out shows at the City Winery

Sons of the Prophet Review - A Different Take on the American Experience

Sons of the Prophet Review - A Different Take on the American Experience Stephen Karam's one act play explores identity within a tight nit Lebanese family living in Scranton, PA

Elf Review - North Pole Meets New York

Elf Review - North Pole Meets New York Can Buddy the Elf help teach New Yorkers a thing or two about Christmas?

The Nutcracker at Marriott Theatre Review - A Far From Wooden Performance

The Nutcracker at Marriott Theatre Review - A Far From Wooden Performance A delightful take on the holiday classic

Once Upon A Dream Starring The Rascals Review - Going Back to The Age of Aquarius

Once Upon A Dream Starring The Rascals Review - Going Back to The Age of Aquarius  It is the Age of Aquarius all over again at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

Broadsword Review - A Heavy Metal of a Play

Broadsword Review - A Heavy Metal of a Play A truly heavy metal of a play

Pullman Porter Blues Review - The Blues Never Felt So Good

Pullman Porter Blues Review - The Blues Never Felt So Good Three generations of porters wrestle life and each other aboard a train heading south

It's All-Right To Have A Good Time The Story of Curtis Mayfield Review - The Chicago Sound Exposed

It's All-Right To Have A Good Time The Story of Curtis Mayfield Review - The Chicago Sound Exposed It is certainly all-right to have a good time here at the Black Ensemble Theater

Ain't No Crying The Blues (In The Memory of Howlin Wolf) Review - The Blues Never Sounded So Good

Ain't No Crying The Blues (In The Memory of Howlin Wolf) Review - The Blues Never Sounded So Good The Black Ensemble Theater rousing celebration of Howlin' Wolf and the Blues

Le Bouchon Review - Chicago's French Quarter

Le Bouchon Review - Chicago's French Quarter For 20 years Le Bouchon has offered up the finest in French cuisine to the urban masses

Cirque Shanghai Dragon's Thunder Review - Awesome Family Fun

Cirque Shanghai Dragon's Thunder Review - Awesome Family Fun Cirque Shanghai's Dragon's Thunder is nerve wracking, death defying family fun

City Winery Memorial Day Blue Grass Festival Review - Country Fun in the West Loop

City Winery Memorial Day Blue Grass Festival Review - Country Fun in the West Loop The City Winery’s Memorial Day Blue Grass Festival brought to Chicago enough toe tapping yodeling fun to lighten the spirits of the most hardened music critic

Lisa Loeb Review - Live at the City Winery

Lisa Loeb Review - Live at the City Winery Lisa Loeb proved she still has staying power in her two night engagement at the City Winery

Barnum, The Circus Musical Review - The Greatest Show on Earth?

Barnum, The Circus Musical Review - The Greatest Show on Earth? Part circus, part conventional musical,Barnum works best when operating under the big tent

The Whale Review - A Whale of A Tale

The Whale Review - A Whale of A Tale Life and its actors are not always pretty, but in Samuel D. Hunter's play it is impossible to look away

The Elephant and The Whale - A Circus Yarn Like No Other

The Elephant and The Whale - A Circus Yarn Like No Other A nifty piece of story telling makes for a fun family show

A Permanent Image Review - Treading Softly Into The Dark Night

A Permanent Image Review - Treading Softly Into The Dark Night Big bang theory meets family dysfunction

Alice in Wonderland Review - Through The Looking Glass

Alice in Wonderland Review - Through The Looking Glass As much fun as tea with a Mad Hatter

Fiddler on the Roof Review - From Anatevka with Love

Fiddler on the Roof Review - From Anatevka with Love You do not have to be a rich man to enjoy this magical production

Brewed Reviewed - Keeping the Pot Stirred

Brewed Reviewed - Keeping the Pot Stirred If nothing else, Brewed will make you happy for the family you have

See What I Wanna See Review - Is It Worth Seeing?

See What I Wanna See Review - Is It Worth Seeing? Performing at Steppenwolf as part of their fourth annual Garage Rep

Short Shakespeare! Rome and Juliet Review - Classic Tale of Love and Tragedy

Short Shakespeare! Rome and Juliet Review - Classic Tale of Love and Tragedy Classic tale of two star crossed lovers in a family friendly adaptation

Julius Caesar Review - Et Tu Chicago

Julius Caesar Review - Et Tu Chicago An ultra modern take on a classic tragedy

Disconnect Review - Worth Calling Long Distance For

Disconnect Review - Worth Calling Long Distance For Disconnect offers a fascinating window into the pretend world of an Indian calling bank

Lucinda Williams at City Winery - Singer, Songwriter, and Living Legend

Lucinda Williams at City Winery - Singer, Songwriter, and Living Legend Lucinda Williams was simply amazing in her second performance in two nights at the City Winery

Review of Happy Now? - Nobody is Happy Here

Review of Happy Now? - Nobody is Happy Here Few happy souls in Shattered Globe's Happy Now?

Bud, Not Buddy Review - A Jazzy Childhood Quest

Bud, Not Buddy Review - A Jazzy Childhood Quest A depression era story with a feel good Jazz character

The Motherfuc*er With The Hat Review - Funnier Than an AA Meeting

The Motherfuc*er With The Hat Review - Funnier Than an AA Meeting The Motherf**ker With The Hat is jagged, raw, and funny without ever being over sentimental

The Other Cinderella Review - Not Your Mama's Fairy Tale

The Other Cinderella Review - Not Your Mama's Fairy Tale A raucous good retelling of a familiar fairy tale

It's A Wonderful Life The Radio Play Review - A Tradition Worth Keeping

It's A Wonderful Life The Radio Play Review - A Tradition Worth Keeping The American Theater Co. annual production of It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play is a tradition worth keeping

Failure: A Love Story Review - A Strange but Moving Tale

Failure: A Love Story Review - A Strange but Moving Tale An inventive meditation on life,failure,and love

Santaland Diaries Review - Naughty or Nice?

Santaland Diaries Review - Naughty or Nice? Just in time for the holiday season, Santaland Diaries is a good antidote to the usual Christmas fare

Waco Brothers at The Chicago Winery - A Little Outlaw Country on The Rocks

Waco Brothers at The Chicago Winery - A Little Outlaw Country on The Rocks Whiskey and the Waco Brothers is a mighty good match

Spank! The Fifty Shades of Parody Review - Would Christian Grey Approve?

Spank! The Fifty Shades of Parody Review - Would Christian Grey Approve? This Fifty Shades of Grey parody visits Chicago through mid-December

Joe Pug- Live at the Old Town School of Folk Music

Joe Pug- Live at the Old Town School of Folk Music Part homecoming, all soul, Joe Pug returned to Chicago to play the Old Town School of Folk Music

Chris Smither at the Old Town School of Folk Music Review - An Original American Voice Returns to Lincoln Square

Chris Smither at the Old Town School of Folk Music Review - An Original American Voice Returns to Lincoln Square Chris Smither delivered a memorable performance at one of the premier music venues on the North Side

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44 Plays for 44 Presidents Review - More Fun Than The Clinton Presidency

44 Plays for 44 Presidents Review - More Fun Than The Clinton Presidency The Neo-Futurists present 44 skits celebrating our 44 presidents

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The Mistakes Madeline Made Review - A Bit of Dirty Fun in Lincoln Park

The Mistakes Madeline Made Review - A Bit of Dirty Fun in Lincoln Park LiveWire presents to Chicago an original play written by the creator of New Girl. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, The Mistakes Madeline Made is always creative and worth a trip to Lincoln Park.

Equivocation Review - Hard to Tell The Truth in Difficult Times

Equivocation Review - Hard to Tell The Truth in Difficult Times While often creative and thought provoking, Equivocation also struggles to keep its focus throughout the play

Godspell Review - A Heavenly Performance

Godspell Review - A Heavenly Performance The Brown Paper Box Company takes a familiar standby and strips it down to the bare bones. What is left behind is a smart and beautifully constructed musical full of hope and love

Woody Sez Review - A Fitting Celebration of Woody Guthrie on his 100th Birthday

Woody Sez Review - A Fitting Celebration of Woody Guthrie on his 100th Birthday The Northlight Theatre presents a moving tribute to Woody Guthrie that includes the performance of 33 of his classic songs

Six Dead Queens and An Inflatable Henry Review - Reality Wives of The House of Tudor

Six Dead Queens and An Inflatable Henry Review - Reality Wives of The House of Tudor Sometimes poignant, almost always funny Six Dead Queens and An Inflatable Henry is creative and entertaining

The Flatlanders Review - 40 Years in The Making

The Flatlanders Review - 40 Years in The Making The Flatlanders celebrated their forty year existence at the Old Town School of Folk Music with all the country and rock and roll exuberence one would expect from such an accomplished band

Living in a Four Corner World - Travels from Within The Box

Living in a Four Corner World - Travels from Within The Box An intro to one rocking road trip

Crow Review - A Man, A Sailboat, and a Touch of Madness

Crow Review - A Man, A Sailboat, and a Touch of Madness Based on the true story of a man's efforts to sail around the world and the madness it unleashes

A History of Everything - The Greatest Story Ever Told

A History of Everything - The Greatest Story Ever Told All of evolutionary history is presented in a highly entertaining ninety minute production

Rustic Hideaway Review - Vineyards, Hiking, and History in Southern Illinois

Rustic Hideaway Review - Vineyards, Hiking, and History in Southern Illinois Rustic Hideaway is a great base to explore the often underlooked Southern Illinois region

A Brown Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar Review - The Magic of Eric Carle Brought to Stage

A Brown Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar Review - The Magic of Eric Carle Brought to Stage The works of Eric Carle are brought to life with puppetry and beautiful set design

The Iceman Cometh Review - Takes its Time Getting There but Ultimately Delivers

The Iceman Cometh Review - Takes its Time Getting There but Ultimately Delivers A superb adaptation of the little produced O'Neill masterpiece

The Cowboy Junkies Review - At the Old Town School of Folk Music

The Cowboy Junkies Review - At the Old Town School of Folk Music The Cowboy Junkies are alive and well at Old Town School of Music

In A Forest, Dark and Deep Review - Think Twice Before Helping a Sibling Move

In A Forest, Dark and Deep Review - Think Twice Before Helping a Sibling Move In a dark forest darker secrets threaten to reach the light of day

The Butcher of Baraboo Review - Theater That Cuts Right to The Bone

The Butcher of Baraboo Review - Theater That Cuts Right to The Bone The Butcher of Baraboo is suspenseful, dark, and funy

The March Review - The Epic Civil War Tale

The March Review - The Epic Civil War Tale The March chronicles General Sherman's epic campaign to the sea

Smoke and Mirrors Review - A World of Magic Revealed

Smoke and Mirrors Review - A World of Magic Revealed Smoke and Mirrors is an inventive comic book introducing us to a truly magical world

L-VIS LIVE! Review - A Multimedia Hip-Hop Journey

L-VIS LIVE!  Review - A Multimedia Hip-Hop Journey Kevin Coval explores race and the role it plays in artistic expressions in this spoken word performance

The House of Yes Review - The Best Incest Comedy of The Year

The House of Yes Review - The Best Incest Comedy of The Year The House of Yes is a dark comedy involving incest, jealousy, and other wickedness

Review of Prospect Park - the Other New York City Park

Review of Prospect Park - the Other New York City Park One family's visit to Prospect Park

The Strange and Terrible True Story of Pinocchio as Told By Frankenstein's Monster Review - Not for Children

The Strange and Terrible True Story of Pinocchio as Told By Frankenstein's Monster Review - Not for Children A thoughtful not for kids adaptations of the popular wooden puppet as told by Frankenstein's monster

Evolution Wine and Spirits Winemaker Dinner - Featuring the Fine Wines of Yalumba and the Prairie Grass Cafe

Evolution Wine and Spirits Winemaker Dinner - Featuring the Fine Wines of Yalumba and the Prairie Grass Cafe The best of the Down Under just above Chicago

Thodos Dance Chicago 2012 Winter Concert Review - Elevating Chicago Dance

Thodos Dance Chicago 2012 Winter Concert Review - Elevating Chicago Dance Thodos Dance Chicago again brings their engaging and creative art to Chicago

Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew Review - The Classic Battle of the Sexes

Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew Review - The Classic Battle of the Sexes Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew delivers laughs and is a good introduction to the world of Shakespeare

The North Mississippi Allstars at the Old Town School of Folk Music Review- Rocking out Lincoln Square

The North Mississippi Allstars at the Old Town School of Folk Music Review- Rocking out Lincoln Square The North Mississippi Allstars rocked Lincoln Square with their "electric folk" sound

A Midsummer Nights Dream Review - Freud Meet Shakespeare

A Midsummer Nights Dream Review - Freud Meet Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream re-imagined

French Hieroglyphics - Lost in Quebec

French Hieroglyphics - Lost in Quebec A misadventure in an otherwise tranquil part of Quebec

American Idiot Review - An American Rock Opera

American Idiot Review - An American Rock Opera American Idiot rocks the stage

Pinkalicious Review - Think Pink This Winter

Pinkalicious Review - Think Pink This Winter Children will love Pinkalicious

Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival Review - Congress Theater

Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival Review - Congress Theater Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival at the Congress Theater

The Houdini Box Review - The Magic of Family Theater

The Houdini Box Review - The Magic of Family Theater Fans of Brian Selznick will not be disappointed.

Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves: The Magic of Shakespeare Review - An Enchanting Family Concert

Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves: The Magic of Shakespeare Review - An Enchanting Family Concert A great introduction to Shakespeare

Donovan Mixon - Profile of a Jazz Artist

Donovan Mixon - Profile of a Jazz Artist Profile of jazz artist Donovan Mixon

To Tree Review - Deep Questions Take Root

To Tree Review - Deep Questions Take Root A somewhat absurd concept done well

Little Triggers Review - Visually Fascinating Storytelling

Little Triggers Review - Visually Fascinating Storytelling Little Ruckus presents a visually fascinating treat of storytelling

Petit Jean State Park - Travels in Arkansas

Petit Jean State Park - Travels in Arkansas Petit Jean State Park is worth a visit

Blue Mountain Lake - Adirondack Fun

Blue Mountain Lake - Adirondack Fun Blue Mountain Lake is the perfect spot for a few days rest

Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Review - Winter Family Entertainment

Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Review - Winter Family Entertainment Children, but not all adults, will love Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

The Jackie Wilson Story Review - Teardrops of A Complicated Man

The Jackie Wilson Story Review - Teardrops of A Complicated Man A review of The Jackie Wilson Story

Cosby Campground Review - Away from the crowds

Cosby Campground Review - Away from the crowds Avoiding the crowds at Great Smokey Mountain National Park

Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure Review - Family Fun Theater

Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure Review - Family Fun Theater Creative dance adaptation of a children's classic

Star Wars: The Panto Review - Darth Vader Would Approve

Star Wars: The Panto Review - Darth Vader Would Approve Star Wars: The Panto! is a fun, family style sci-fi comedy adventure

Hope B.C - Rambo to Shakespeare

 Hope B.C - Rambo to Shakespeare Hope, slightly off the beaten path, is worth a visit

Beaches of New Brunswick - Adventures North of Maine

Beaches of New Brunswick - Adventures North of Maine Traveling north of Maine in search of an uncrowded beach.

Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracks - A Billion Years in Less Than 300 Miles

Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracks  -  A Billion Years in Less Than 300 Miles A short journey going back a billion years

Starved Rock at Winter - An Aspen Lodge Experience in Ottawa, Il.

Starved Rock at Winter  -  An Aspen Lodge Experience in Ottawa, Il. Vermont style lodge experience in Ottawa, Illinois

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