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Beyond the mustache

Larry Yando has been a prominent presence on stages in Chicago and beyond for many years, including as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman’s annual production of A Christmas Carol (this year marks his 15th outing). He plays Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express at Drury Lane Theatre through October 23. (Read […]

Posted inTheater Review

Mystery train

It is 2022 still, so . . . a nostalgic romp through a bygone era with a whodunit twist? Bring it!  Ken Ludwig transformed Agatha Christie’s novel into a riveting stage text. This timeless mystery is an examination of the limits of a justice system, which may account for its eternal appeal. I will say […]

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War and romance

Ken Ludwig is best known for high-octane farces such as Lend Me a Tenor, but in Dear Jack, Dear Louise, he goes for tender epistolary romance. Based on the love-affair-via-letters story of how his parents met in World War II (but wholly imagined by Ludwig, as his mother destroyed the letters before her death), this […]