Sunday Night Sondheim: “A Boy Like That” from West Side Story

A very impressive high school performance of “A Boy Like That / I Have A Love”, from Sondheim’s and Bernstein’s West Side Story.  One thing that I love about school productions of Sondheim musicals is that you get to hear the original glorious orchestrations from a Broadway-size orchestra (as opposed to the scaled-down (often over-synthesized) versions presented by most not-for-profit theatres).  Enjoy:

Chicago theater tidbits: New Leaf Theatre, Masha Obolensky, Goodman

Centerstage Chicago: Sarah Terez Rosenblum reviews “Touch” at New Leaf Theatre. (runs Jan 7 thru Feb 14) reports on the upcoming world premier of playwright Masha Obolensky’s “Not Enough Air”, directed by Nick Bowling; produced by Timeline Theatre. More at (runs Jan 24 thru March 22)

Chris Jones reviews “The Emperor Jones”, by Eugene O’Neill, now playing at The Goodman Theatre (awarding it 3.5 stars).  Jones interjects an interesting sideline regarding O’Neill’s underlying racism through his use of exaggerated stereotypes:

Eugene O’Neill wasn’t the only 20th Century American playwright to be afflicted by the scourge of racism. He was just the best of them.