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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Athenaeum Theatre on Southport plans a renovation, as well as a new mission and new name by Jerald Pierce

Now called the Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture, the historic venue company will undergo a series of renovations, beginning with a $4 million first-floor project.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: ‘This Wide Night’ invites audiences to open their hearts to pair of women just out of prison by Jerald Pierce

Inspired by real accounts of women in a U.K. prison, this Chicago premiere is presented by Shattered Globe Theatre in association with Interrobang Theatre Project.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Review: ‘Drunk Shakespeare’ cast attempts, hilariously, to tap into ‘Macbeth’ — drinkers with a Shakespeare problem by Jerald Pierce

Tucked away in a corner of the Loop, "Drunk Shakespeare,” created by Scott Griffin and David Hudson, sets about telling the story of Macbeth’s rise to and fall from power through improvi…

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

First big touring musical back in Chicago? ‘Rent’ — including cast members on return visits by Jerald Pierce

“Every person, no matter who you are, no matter what walk of life you come from, there’s someone on that stage that you can relate to in some capacity," said Javon King about "Rent."

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Collaboraction’s Peacebook includes Karen Olivo in her first time on stage since departing Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ by Jerald Pierce

This Saturday, Collaboraction will present the second night of its sixth annual Peacebook Festival, featuring a series of films and solo reflections on the topic of peace.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Destinos Latino Theater Fest is back on stage: With plays from Chicago, Mexico and elsewhere, what to expect from 2021 by Jerald Pierce

After a year away, Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival returns to brighten Chicago stages with presenters both local and international.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Review: ‘The Infinite Wrench’ is back on the Neo-Futurist stage without missing a beat by Jerald Pierce

The basics remain the same: The Neo-Futurists ensemble attempts to perform 30 short plays in 60 minutes, with the order of the plays determined by the audience.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Longtime leader Ann Filmer steps down at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. Where does 16th Street go from here? by Jerald Pierce

A little more than a week ago, after 14 years at the helm of 16th Street Theater, she retired from from the company she had built. A new chapter begins for her and the theater, recognized fo…

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Theatre Y’s ‘You Are Here’ invites audiences to walk with the theater and each other through Chicago’s South and West Sides — a 6-hour exper by Jerald Pierce

On a blistering Sunday afternoon, a walk around North Lawndale as part of Theatre Y’s “You Are Here” series perfectly encapsulated both the promise and the potential pitfalls of the th…

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Stepping Stone aims to give diverse comedians a leg up and bring shows to more Chicago neighborhoods by Jerald Pierce

“I decided to just create my own theater where I can do the scouting and the searching myself for improvisers of all backgrounds, and give them a platform where they can not only perform, …

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Presto! Magic Lounge and other magic shows reopen in Chicago, putting the illusions right in front live audiences again by Jerald Pierce

At the Chicago Magic Lounge, the new Trickery and the Magic Parlour, the close-up magic is back. But magicians are finding their stage nerves, if not their hands, need some time to adjust ba…

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

‘School Girls’ is back at Goodman Theatre after an overnight shutdown in 2020. But acting is something ‘we can’t just put in a box.’ by Jerald Pierce

This play directed by Lili-Anne Brown was closed on the edge of its opening night in 2020. All but one of the cast is back. But dusting it off and getting it back on stage has been no simple…

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