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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Note from an editor by Aimee Levitt

It would have been easy to begin this letter by writing "Chicago is a theater town," but also stupid because everybody knows that, even people who don't live here: Steppenwolf, Second City, …

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nearly a year after Profiles, Chicago theater professionals are still learning to talk to each other about abuse by Aimee Levitt

In the two years since the secret Not in Our House Facebook group was formed, a number of things have changed. Chief among them is that Profiles Theatre no longer exists.…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dead Writers Collective now dead after allegations of harassment and abuse by Aimee Levitt

A social media firestorm of allegations of sexual harassment and emotional abuse ignited Tuesday afternoon and incinerated Dead Writers Collective, a six-year-old theater company, which anno…

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

How do you stop whitewashing Chicago theater? by Aimee Levitt

Nearly 300 members of the Chicago theater community gathered at a town hall meeting  at Victory Gardens Theater Tuesday night to discuss the problem of a lack of roles for performers of co…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Did three interns have to quit Oak Park Festival Theatre to improve working conditions? by Aimee Levitt

A life in the theater, on- or offstage, is so notoriously difficult that it's become romanticized. Young, aspiring actors and crew members expect long hours, late nights, and hard physic…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pride Films and Plays takes over former Profiles Theatre space by Aimee Levitt

Since Profiles Theatre abruptly closed its doors nearly a month ago, six days after the Reader published its investigation of alleged abuse and misconduct within the theater, there has been…

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Profiles Theatre belatedly acknowledges use of pseudonyms after Reader investigation by Aimee Levitt

In a Tribune article about the closing of Profiles Theatre in the wake of a Reader investigation, reporters Chris Jones and Nina Metz address the theater's use of pseudonyms in previous the…

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Profiles Theatre actor: 'I got $75 a week to get the shit beat out of me' by Aimee Levitt

Darrell W. Cox, coartistic director of the now-closed Profiles Theatre, has denied accusations of abuse leveled against him by former actors and crew members in last week's Reader cover sto…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Profiles Theatre closes less than a week after Reader abuse exposé by Aimee Levitt

Profiles Theatre has shut down permanently, effective immediately. Just six days after the Reader published an investigation into alleged abuse at the acclaimed storefront theater, Pro…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

'The statement is a study in crisis management': Not in Our House leaders decline to meet with Darrell Cox without an apology by Aimee Levitt

Activists calling for a code of conduct in non-Equity theaters have declined to meet with Darrell W. Cox, the actor and artistic director accused of misconduct at Profiles Theatre, unless he…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Playwright withdraws script rights from Profiles Theatre in the wake of the Reader’s abuse investigation by Aimee Levitt

Penelope Skinner, the British playwright whose 2011 play The Village Bike was scheduled to open at Profiles Theatre in August, has withdrawn the rights to the script after reading this week…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Actors hand out copies of the Reader in front of Profiles Theatre by Aimee Levitt

Last night, after reading this week's Reader cover story about alleged abuses at Profiles Theatre, Gaby Labotka, a Chicago actor and director, decided to go to the theater and hand out cop…

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Jeff Awards committee, Steppenwolf, and others condemn abuse alleged in Reader investigation of Profiles Theatre by Aimee Levitt

Theater communities in Chicago and across the country reacted swiftly to the publication of this week's Reader cover story—"At Profiles Theatre, the drama—and abuse—is real"—condemni…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real by Aimee Levitt

For more than 20 years, actors and crew members stayed silent about mistreatment they suffered at the acclaimed storefront theater. Now they’re speaking up, hoping to protect workers in no…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In Rebecca Gilman’s new play, everyone is a community organizer by Aimee Levitt

As its title implies, Rebecca Gilman's new play, Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, is set during the American bicentennial—but its roots are very much in the present day, notably the 20…

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

At Rhinofest, the Rhinoceros stampede continues—Ionesco's classic included by Aimee Levitt

Rhinofest, Curious Theatre Branch's fringe theater festival, continues through Sunday, February 28, at Prop Theatr (3502 N. Elston). Now in its 27th year, the fest has departed from its usua…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

What to see at Shakespeare 400 Chicago by Aimee Levitt

The catalog for Shakespeare 400 Chicago is officially out now, both online and in print. As festival producer Doreen Sayegh promised when I talked to her the other day, it is, indeed, possib…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Brush up your Shakespeare all year long at Shakespeare 400 Chicago by Aimee Levitt

If you like Shakespeare, well, 2016 is your year. From January 27 on, you’ll be able to attend a Bard-related event nearly every day if you so desire, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare’s S…

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Steppenwolf's Terry Kinney and Frank Galati talk about East of Eden and the power of myth by Aimee Levitt

John Steinbeck intended East of Eden to be the book of his life. He planned to set down the story of his own personal origins for his two sons, and he meant that both literally and cosmicall…

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The cast of the Goodman's Disgraced takes a field trip to the Art Institute by Aimee Levitt

On the third day of rehearsal for the Goodman Theatre's new production of Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, the director Kimberly Senior took her cast and stage managing crew on a field trip to the A…

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Albany Park Theater Project explores what we talk about when we talk about food by Aimee Levitt

If you're going to produce a theatrical production based on interviews with Chicagoans talking about food, Albany Park is as good a place to start as any. Not only is it one of the most dive…

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