Introduction: During these challenging times, I will be sharing a range of ideas, dreams, essays and mostly-true tales stemming from the six decades (so far) of this wonderful career in [...]
Regina Belt-Daniels of the Northwest Herald Review: I’m setting the bar pretty high here for future performances, but darn it!, I can’t find a single thing wrong with the Metropolis production of “Noises Off.” There’s not a weak link anywhere. The timing, the pacing, that cast, line delivery, costumes, sound, lights and the set are all extraordinary.
First published on The Life and Times of Rikki Lee Travolta: Noises Off by playwright Michael Frayn is arguably the funniest stage farce to date. Under the skillful direction of Joe Lehman, the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre staging goes to great lengths to prove this true.
Enjoy a glimpse backstage with the comedy that has been hailed as the funniest farce ever written. A production plummeting off the rails takes center stage in this boisterous play-within-a-play. Following a traveling troupe’s production of the British comedy, Nothing On, from a tense dress rehearsal to a chaotic opening night and finally to a calamitous performance. The actors’ personal lives, ego battles and passionate affairs plunge the production toward the edge of complete disaster.
A Christmas Carol Dialect Coach, Saren Nofs Snyder answered a few questions on the dialects in A Christmas Carol, for our student study guide. Thanks again to Metropolis School of [...]
This year's A Christmas Carol has some exciting new elements that we are very excited to share with audiences. Projection Designer, Anthony Churchill answered a few questions on what to [...]
First published on The Life and Times of Rikki Lee Travolta: Anything Goes, written in 1934 and featuring the work of composer Cole Porter, may be a cookie cutter musical comedy, but the brilliant staging at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights is anything but routine.
Chicago Musical Theatre Review by Erin Fleming: The cast dives in joyfully, fully committing to the vintage camp and stylistic tropes of the piece, many of them going for broke with highly entertaining, over-the-top comic performances, such as scene stealers Mark Ponatrelli and Maddie Dorsey as Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin and sassy moll Erma Latour, and Connor Murray as the Lord Evelyn Oakley.
The final production in the Metropolis 2018-19 Main Stage Series, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” is a magnificent blockbuster. Director Joe Keene has assembled a spirited, vibrant ensemble of 20 who leap, dance, twist and shout across an authentic period set designed by Eric Luchen.
Review by Rikki Lee Travolta – ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ Brings Iconic Music to Life at Metropolis
The 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story featuring a career defining performance by Gary Busey brought the music and the artist’s story of his meteoric rise to fame into the limelight for a new generation of fans. The Alan Janes script for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, now on stage through August 31 at the beautiful Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, lacks the same charm as the movie predecessor, but the uber talented cast and nuanced direction by Joe Keefe creates a plethora of magical moments.