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Lately, those critical of Broadway theater say it compromises art and hurts artists. Karen Olivo quit the cast of “Moulin Rouge!" But consider this ...
When John Kramer first tended bar at Second City in 1981, the co-founder Bernie Sahlins signed every check himself. Kramer says he won't set foot in the theater again.
Ambitious and "unprecedented," the new Arts 77 plan promises millions to fund arts recovery in Chicago.
The Goodman Theatre said Monday that it will join with a video production company and create three new productions in coming weeks, including "The Sound Inside" in its first live production …
The election in Chicago follows similar union victories at Second City theaters in Hollywood, Calif. and Toronto, Ontario.
Recent news that live theater will once again fill the Kennedy Center was greeted with suspicion on social media. How to heal this divide, between politics and the safety afforded by vaccine…
This last week was a start reminder that the performing arts, when they do return to the stage in Chicago, need to address the fears and tensions we all feel this spring.
The longtime husband of Queen Elizabeth II died Friday at the age of 99. But he once looked a schoolboy at Bury Grammar School in the eye, and the boy has not forgotten.
Our theater and dance companies are nearly ready to rush back to Chicago stages. There won't be enough stages to go around. Here's a way to look elsewhere.
The Mercury didn't stay closed for long. It's coming back to life with a new artistic director, Christopher Chase Carter, as well as a new restaurant and plans for the cabaret space.
In Shakespeare's play, a poet on the sidelines gets torn to pieces by the mob. Tim Crouch's piece, now streaming from Chicago Shakespeare Theater, brings him back to debate artistic respons…
The COVID-19 recovery has been a rollercoaster, with both the promise of vaccines and dangers of new cases in the headlines in recent days. Chicago needs careful thinking for this summer.
Stage 773, a longtime anchor of the Belmont Avenue theater district in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, will be rebuilt as a single theater with an immersive audience experience.
What if Banquo had won out over Macbeth? Tim Crouch's play, newly filmed for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, ponders the question.
The storied Chicago theater is likely being sold to redevelopers. Producers for the shows currently in-house say they have been told to pack up.
Both the Mainstage and e.t.c. Stages will have shows for live audiences, but opening full, new comedy revues will take more time.
Victory Gardens has a new artistic director, part of a new group of Black artistic leaders taking positions in the city, including at Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Company.
The seats are flexible in the Cambria Hotel space. Plus circus people say yes. The show is on track to reopening in June.
The video play by Vivian J.O. Barnes streaming as part of Steppenwolf NOW proves to be well-timed to current events with the British royals.
One year ago as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, DeSantis of Drury Lane had to shut down one show, abandon plans for another and tell a bunch of brides their wedding were off. "I just felt l…
"Encore" by the Goodman Theatre puts videos of past shows online to stream for free, a rare opportunity not to be missed.
First show at Chicago Shakes will be “As You Like It” with Beatles music. Drury Lane plans to reopen with "Forever Plaid."
If you were an exhausted actor straight from the dressing room, Petterino's bartender Ed Judge would know your drink and have it waiting.
"Rent" is still as powerful now as it was when it opened on Broadway in 1996.
Pandemic limits for restaurants are relaxed and baseball may have live fans in the stands this summer. But the rules for indoor live entertainment in Illinois remain stuck, and make little s…
Chicago artist Lanise Antoine Shelley takes the lead at the Chicago theater company operating out of the Chopin in Wicker Park.
Are vaccine passports for audience members the quickest way back for the performing arts in Chicago?
The popular annual Canadian theater festival plans shows in outdoor tents, with titles to be announced at a later date.
In the new opera "Taking Up Serpents," set in rural Alabama, a young woman wrestles with her Pentecostal upbringing.
The Joffrey Ballet's new streaming production is free to watch on the company's website, a fine reminder of this Chicago institution, and of the spring that is coming.
Wisconsin's leading theater plans to reopen with “Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song,” starring the Chicago actress Alexis J Roston.