Hello, and welcome to my online portfolio! Here you will find writing samples of all kinds that I’ve produced throughout the years, starting with my favorite pieces (theatre reviews) at the top, and scrolling down you’ll find everything from blog entries to guest articles to creative pieces. So, pull up a chair, get comfy, and curl up with a good hyperlink! I’m glad you’re here, and thanks for visiting.
- Rise Up, Chicago: Hamilton Is Here! — Review of Hamilton at the Private Bank Theatre, Chicago. Published October 2016, Buzz News.
- Come to the Fun Home — Review of national tour of Fun Home at the Oriental Theater, Chicago. Published November 2016, Buzz News.
- Gobsmacked Brings A Cappella to Chi-aca-cago! — Review of first US tour of UK revue at Broadway Playhouse, Chicago. Published December 2017, Buzz News.
- Blue Man Group Celebrates 20th Birthday! — Review of 20 year anniversary show at the Briar Street Theater. Published October 2017, Buzz News.
- Come to the Cabaret — Review of national tour of Cabaret at the Private Bank Theatre, Chicago. Published February 2016, Buzz News.
- Australian Pink Floyd Rocks Northerly Island — Review of Aussie Pink Floyd in Chicago. Published September 2015, Buzz News.
- The CSO Hauntingly Delivers Songs from Tim Burton Films — Review of Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance at Ravinia Festival, Chicago. Published July 2015, Buzz News.
- The Real Horror of ‘The Birds’ Is Not Feathered — Review of The Birds at Theatre Wit in Chicago. Published July 2015, Buzz News.
- We’re All Mad Here — Review of Alice in Wonderland play at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre. Published November 2014, Buzz Magazine.
- Murder Ballad: A Fresh Take on the Rock Opera — Review of Murder Ballad the Musical at the Flat Iron Arts Building, Chicago. Published April 2015, Buzz Magazine.
- This Is Modern Art — Review of youth play centering around graffiti in Chicago. Published March 2015, Buzz Magazine.
- Game of Thongs! — Review of Game of Thrones-themed burlesque at Gorrilla Tango Theatre, Chicago. Published February 2015, Buzz Magazine.
- Stomp and Clap! — Review of Stomp at the Bank of America Theatre, Chicago. Published January 2015, Buzz Magazine.
- Cats — Still Meowing — Review of Cats revival tour at Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago. Published October 2009, Buzz Magazine.
- Les Misérables: The New 25th Anniversary Production — Review of Les Misérables revival tour at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Published February 2011, Buzz Magazine.
- Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical — Review of Hair revival tour at Oriental Theatre. Published March 2011, Buzz Magazine.
- The New Mel Brooks Musical, Young Frankenstein — Review of Young Frankenstein tour at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Published November 2009, Buzz Magazine.
- To Kill a Mockingbird at Steppenwolf — Review of Steppwolf Theatre, Chicago’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Published October 2010, Buzz Magazine.
- Twelve Angry Men at the Raven Theatre — Review of Raven Theatre, Chicago’s production of Twelve Angry Men. Published February 2010, Buzz Magazine.
- American Buffalo at Steppenwolf — Review of David Mamet play American Buffalo at Steppenwolf Theatre. Published December 2009, Buzz Magazine.
- Review of Roger Waters: The Wall Live — Review of The Wall Live at United Center, Chicago. Published September 2010, Buzz Magazine.
- How Fiona Apple Songs Changed My Vocabulary — Posted August 2015, HubPages.
- Why You Should Adopt an FIV+ Cat — Posted February 2016, Pet Helpful.
- 10 Must-See Broadway Musicals — Posted October 2008, HubPages.
- A Defense of Nostalgia — Posted September 2008, HubPages.
- We Don’t Just Listen to Rock ‘n’ Roll — Posted January 2009, HubPages.
- The Best Female Singer We All Forgot About — Posted September 2010, HubPages.
Full list of blog entries viewable at HubPages — AnneRako.
Chicago Travel Insider Blog Entries, Concierge Preferred
- Travel Industry Sees Revival in Near Future — Posted July 2010.
- Trump Tower Chicago Appoints New Director of Wine & Spirits — Posted August 2010.
- House of Blues Introduces New Menu — Posted June 9th, 2010.
- Weekly Beer Tastings at Smoke Daddy — Posted July 7th, 2010.
- “Hello Stiletto” Shoe Gala Party at Y Bar — Posted July 14th, 2010.
- Declan’s Irish Pub Hosts Grand Opening Celebration — Posted August 16th, 2010.
- Chicago Architecture Foundation Introduces New Tour: Skyscraper Express — Posted August 2010.
Creative Fiction & Non-fiction
- On the Set with Johnny Depp — Guest article. Published March 2008, Trashwire.com.
- I Met Johnny Depp — First-person news article. Published October 2008, Orato.com.
- Go Ask Lisa — Short story. Published August 2009, Quirk Lit.