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"The Factotum" is a civic statement by Lyric Opera, an organization finally embracing locality as well as its long-standing leadership of international opera.
This pull-no-punches play was written from the inside and if Shattered Globe can find a way to get the word out to Northwestern’s Greek Row, they’ll pack their theater.
“Big Fish” is a show about familial love and its capacity to make our exits less painful. This production often it complicates everything needlessly.
"Andy Warhol in Iran" imagines a scenario wherein Warhol encounters a young Iranian revolutionary, who plans to kidnap the famous face of pop art.
How truly wonderful it is to see major international theater return to Chicago after the pandemic disruption.
Gretel is the emotional heart of the story and soprano Heidi Stober knows just what to do.
Christina Anderson's new play “the ripple, the wave, that carried me home,” makes a richly worded argument that segregated swimming had an especially pernicious history.
Satchmo is coming to town in the fall. “A Wonderful World" will have the songs and story of Louis Armstrong.
There's so much that's new in this fresh Chicago production, and "Cabaret" is a musical that has taken some notably different directions before.
On a gray January night in Chicago, is there any harm in rolling the dice on hearing such songs as “Nowadays” and “I Am My Own Best Friend?” What were you doing otherwise?
This musical is a show to which Chicago’s young theater artists long have related.
You get an original “Golden Girls” story that employs characters, famous bits and timeless schtick from the TV show from three decades ago.
The Chicago Magic Lounge has been one of the most notable success stories of late on Chicago’s live entertainment scene.
There's a brand new Brontë show at Lookingglass Theatre, another on Navy Pier, Austin Pendleton directing at Steppenwolf and a downtown "Les Miz" for starters.
Broadway's typically slower winter season is set to be even quieter than normal, with only one production currently slated to open.
In the last weeks of 2022, failed Broadway shows seemed to stack up one after another.
Frank Galati, a pivotal figure in Chicago theater, a Tony Award-winning Broadway director, a beloved longtime teacher at Northwestern University, and an ensemble member at both the Steppenwo…
Chicago acting always deserves extra recognition; here were my favorite performances in theaters in the city and suburbs in the past year.
Fans of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" still will have fun, but Theo Ubique Theatre has done far better.
What would the great American artist Jean-Michele Basquiat have achieved, how famous would he now be, had he not died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27?
In a year of Chicago theater's recovery, he directed hit after hit, and he's a reigning authority on the work of August Wilson. That's all just for starters.
This remains an important musical because of the originality of its thought, the strength of its score and its ability to hit such a chord with audiences.
Vichet Chum’s world premiere is one of several recent plays looking at the struggles of immigrants trying to reconcile their past with their American present.
In life, as God and Sondheim understand, we roll along whether or not we choose to do so merrily.
If cirque is your thing, it may be best to wait for "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" or go see the terrific Cabaret ZaZou instead.
She plays the alter-ego of the brilliant Adrienne Kennedy, a 91-year-old Black playwright finally on Broadway.
Was 2022 a normal year in Chicago theater? That depends, but there were some tremendous plays and musicals.
In an era when many plays lack the kind of structure guaranteed to please an audience, “Georgiana & Kitty” is the very model of a well-made play.
I vividly remember watching the piece in 2020 on my laptop in my kitchen, wishing for a family Christmas with then-absent members.
The touring cast of the show is expected to include Montego Glover as the Witch, Stephanie J. Block as the Baker’s Wife.
What do jukebox shows like "Beautiful Noise" hope to give us? Immortality. For a night.