About Us

Scotty-Novermber2008 I like to think of the Chicago Theater Blog as a "bulletin board" for the Chicago live theater scene – including reviews, news, video clips, theater website links, and even theater gossip.  I am committed to getting as much original content and participation from other theater enthusiasts as possible, with the overall goal of prodding more people, including tourists, to experience the wonderful world of Chicago theater.  As you can no doubt tell, live theater is a HUGE passion of mine, ever since my days of music-directing many a musical at Northwestern University. My second aim for this site is to acquire enough contributors – all of whom are pictured below – for this site, so as to cover every multiple-performance play that opens in Chicago. (which I feel has mostly been achieved) So if you have theater news that you feel is post-worthy (such as show extensions, personnel changes, cast replacements, upcoming shows and seasons, etc.), please send an e-mail my way.

Thanks for reading!


Scotty Zacher

Star Ratings

zero stars = abominable

= poor

★½ = mediocre, lacking

★★ = okay, so-so

★★½ = slightly recommended, you might like it

★★★ = good, recommended

★★★½ = highly recommended save for a few caveats

★★★★ = outstanding, highly recommended



Theater Reviewers on the Beat

question mark Larry Bommer
Ecker-Keith Keith Ecker
Eitel-Barry Barry Eitel
Allegra Allegra Gallian
Hewitt-Aggie Aggie Hewitt
Hopkins-KD K.D. Hopkins
Listerud-Paige Paige Listerud
sava Oliver Sava
Sullivan-Catey Catey Sullivan
katy Katy Walsh
Scotty-Novermber2008 Scotty Zacher
question mark Leah Zeldes

Photos by Ian Epstein

12 Responses

  1. Mark Jeffries, Saints volunteer ushers Janice and Mike Galbreath request to usher on April 18 at 3 p.m. “Usher”. We have not found any other way to reach you. Bests, Mike Galbreath Phone 708-268-0658

  2. Could you tell me who designed your website.

  3. Scotty and Review Crew–I love this blog! I’ve been accessing it for quite awhile now and appreciate the fine writing and the in-depth reviews–these reviewers are always right on target. I also want to say a very heartfelt thank you to Scotty for my daughter’s amazing ‘Billy Elliot’ experience. Opening night was by her account “AMAZING” and although it was just an experience to be in the same room with Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson and of course the great ELTON JOHN (she excitedly texted me at intermission that Elton John brushed her sleeve as he passed and said “hello” to Scotty) the greatest experience was being carried away by the music and the power of the story. What a wonderful way to pass on the love of theater to the next generation!

  4. I would just like to know what your submission requirements and deadlines are.

  5. Hi, your blog is the spot I hop on to before I go check out any theatre in Chicago. The reviews are the most in depth and accurate. I was wanting to check out an intriguing play this weekend called Sun, Stand Thou Still. I had read the recommended reader review but Id prefer to hear your take. Will anyone be covering it? I think it runs 2 more weekends at Stage Left.

    Thanks a bunch,

    • Hey Steve – thanks so much for the kind words – and thanks for reading!

      I just posted the review for Sun, Stand Thou Still, which was reviewed by Robin Sneed. Look likes it would be worth it to check out the play.

      all the best,

      Scotty Zacher founder/publisher – ChicaogTheaterBlog

  6. There is incorrect staff information at our review “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” Your email link isn’t working for me – please help me contact you with the correct info!

    Sarah Augusta
    Managing Director
    Two Pence Shakespeare

  7. […] the fabulous Katy Walsh of The Fourth Walsh is always a good time. It was also nice to finally meet Scotty Zacher of Chicago Theater Blog. With 'Billy Elliot' cast members. From left: Abby Church, […]

  8. Friends, can you please take this very QUICK survey on your theatre going habits and preferences, to help us plan for some upcoming shows? Thanks! http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.surveymonkey.com%2Fs%2FGVK5XLN&h=f03b1

  9. Why didn’t anyone come review Mascot/Dr. Persimmons at Rhino this year? I know it’s hard to make it to all the shows. Good news is that Mascot is probably going up again in the Spring so, if you don’t make it out tonight, hopefully you can check it out the next time around.

  10. Hi.

    I am the new Audience Services Manager and a huge fan of your site.

    Do you ever list Industry Nights?

    We are offering $10.00 tickets to Industry Professionals for 2 upcoming performances of J.T. Rogers MADAGASCAR:
    Thursday Feb 17 @ 7:30
    Friday Feb 25 @ 8:00
    Call 847-475-1875 ext 10 to purchase tickets.

    Please let me know if you can help us promote these performances and if you need additional information.

    Thanks so much for a GREAT site!

    Jerry O’Boyle
    Audience Services Manager
    Next Theatre Company
    927 Noyes Street
    Evanston, IL 60201
    847-475-1875 ext. 10

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