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I miss the music: After 18 months of closure, the Marriott Theatre returns with a COVID adaptation of a Kander and Ebb revue.
A creepy ‘Macbeth’ in Chicago fights deliciously with the recovery narrative so common in the arts. Here you had a night of healing togetherness followed by an opera in which the heavens…
Falls has been the most influential figure of Chicago theater of his generation and his departure is a milestone in the Chicago arts.
Navy Pier will host a series of outdoor performances Sept. 24-25. Dubbed “Chicago LIVE Again,” the two-day festival will have performances produced by Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Childr…
Theater Wit’s decision to return (sooner than most) to live off-Loop performance with a reprise of its 2015 production of Anne Washburn’s hit is clearly designed to get its audience thin…
Here, in the return of a September tradition, are 10 shows that should help you remember why Chicago theater is such a crucial part of this city. Plus one more for the holidays.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new musical director, Enrique Mazzola, gave his first major public performance in Millennium Park. There was excitement in the air.
After a two-year delay, "Kinky Boots" opens at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. You can feel the emotions bursting out of the hearts of the cast.
Blue Man Group returns to Chicago's Briar Street Theatre after a COVID-19 pandemic pause. Critic Chris Jones reviews the latest iteration.
The Goodman's first show back is an exuberant production from the director Lili-Anne Brown that is an excellent match for the moment.
Chicago’s venerable Studebaker Theater, opened in 1898 and located inside the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave., has both a new artistic director, Jacob Harvey, and a hefty renova…
Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced its new indoor fall season, blending postponed productions from last season with new attractions.
I covered Jackie Mason’s live shows in and around Chicago for 20 years. This involved a variety of unchanging rituals and mutually assured deceptions.
Glenn Davis, 40, and Audrey Francis, 42, will succeed Anna D. Shapiro, who announced her departure in May, effective at the end of August, and after six years in the high-visibility and inev…
The first big show to return to Chicago’s Loop, Teatro ZinZanni is, at its core, a continental-style dinner circus with shades of old-school vaudeville.
Writers Theatre said Wednesday that Michael Halberstam, its co-founder and the only artistic director it has known during its decades of growth, was resigning effective immediately.
Mark Kelly, Chicago’s widely admired leader of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), announces he will retire.
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, a 25-year-old Chicago company specializing in repertory works of literary merit, has announced new artistic leadership, though it is expected to remain dark in t…
This Fourth of July weekend was fireworks without the fireworks in Chicago, and that's an apt metaphor for our current moment. No one feels like celebrating the end of the pandemic.
How to get Chicagoans to come back to the theater? Try a comedy show by chef Rick Bayless, with food, titled "Recipe for Disaster" and opening in the fall.
It's now the David Geffen Yale School of Drama, and free tuition will make life a lot easier for its students and graduates. But how will everyone else keep up?
Tickets for some shows are on sale now, but the Loop's Downtown Theatre District won't really be hopping until November and next spring.
Intermissions are back at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which had previously nixed them as a COVID-19 precaution.
Bruce Springsteen returned to Broadway Saturday, and ignored anti-vaccine protesters to put on a great show.
Victory Gardens, the Tony Award-winning Chicago theater company famous for its close relationship with playwrights, has announced a new group of affiliated writers: Marisa Carr, Keelay Gipso…
What is missing from the streets of Chicago this summer? People from other countries. And that's a problem.
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tracy Letts’ “The Minutes” is to open on Broadway — two years later than previously scheduled.
Live Chicago theater you’ve surely heard, will come roaring back in Chicago in the weeks after Labor Day. But summer 2021 also has possibilities.
The billionaire former wife of Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos picked out smaller Chicago arts organizations for her donations, and asked that the spotlight not be on her.
Does Second City have a new pipeline to John Oliver and Stephen Colbert's shows, and what does that actually mean for the comedy theater on Wells Street?