Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Broken Nose Theatre sets cast for 'Plainclothes' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Broken Nose Theatre announced casting for its world premiere of Spenser Davis’ dark comedy “Plainclothes,” under the co-direction of Kanomé Jones and Davis. The show will …

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Monday, September 24, 2018

'Legally Blonde' at the Paramount is pink, silly and plenty of fun by Kerry Reid

Omigod you guys! Sisterhood is awesome! If you want a show that celebrates female friendship with flying colors (mostly on the pink end of the spectrum), then have no fear — Elle Woods is …

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Magician Jamie Allan to make 'iMagician' U.S. premiere at Harris Theater by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Starvox Touring announced the U.S. premiere of Jamie Allan’s “iMagician,” playing at the Harris Theater this holiday season. Previously seen in London’s West End, “iMagi…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Everything from duets to grunge to high-energy jazz dance at Harvest Dance Fest by Lauren Warnecke

A chicly renovated lobby and some important behind-the-scenes updates to the beloved Ruth Page Center for the Arts have made a once-dilapidated space fresh and inviting for the ninth edition…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

In 'Curve of Departure' at Northlight Theatre, a family must work things out in a hotel room by Chris Jones

One fundamental problem faced by America’s oldest Equity actor — that would be the 94-year-old Mike Nussbaum — is that directors keep casting him in age-appropriate roles. Such is his …

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Timeline brings in five new company members by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Timeline Theatre Company announced the addition of five new company members. Chicago artists Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Wardell Julius Clark, Charles Andrew Gardner, and Anish …

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Meet the people who didn't like 'Hamilton' by Zachary Pincus-Roth

After the final performance of "Hamilton" at the Kennedy Center last Sunday, Jim Barnett and Faye Elkins stood on the terrace overlooking the Potomac River. The couple, from Bethesda, Maryla…

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Can a chef teach President Trump empathy? by Chris Jones

On CNN Monday, the remarkable Spanish-American chef Jose Andres was interviewed while feeding tens of thousands of the victims of Hurricane Florence in both Wilmington and Raleigh, North Car…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tracy Letts and Annette Bening will star in a Broadway 'All My Sons' by Chris Jones

Tracy Letts is to star alongside Annette Bening in a spring Roundabout Theatre revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons.” The revival of the moralistic 1947 family drama, set in small-town …

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Strawdog sets cast for Lauren M. Gunderson's 'The Revolutionists' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Strawdog Theatre Company announced casting for its production of “The Revolutionists” by Lauren M. Gunderson with direction by Denise Yvette Serna. The show will feature ens…

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Chicago theater openings for Sept. 21-27

Friday “Curve of Departure”: In this family dramedy, a “ragtag little group of humans” gathers in a motel room in anticipation of the funeral of a man they loved but did not like. Th…

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13 recommended shows to see in Chicago right now

"A Shayna Maidel" ✭✭✭✭ Barbara Lebow's 1980s play "A Shayna Maidel" is a much richer work than I ever realized, especially in director Vanessa Stalling's exquisitely acted production…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chicago Theatre Week returns just in time to kickstart the Year of Chicago Theatre by Kt Hawbaker

Chicago is such a drama queen. On Wednesday, the League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, announced the return of Chicago Theatre Week. The annual celebration will kic…

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The Agency Theater Collective casts the return of 'Hellcab' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Agency Theater Collective announced casting for Will Kern’s “Hellcab.” Directed by Cordie Nelson, the production will feature Regina Linn with George Ellzey Jr., Tyle…

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Factory Theater announces production and cast of 'The Darkness After Dawn' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Factory Theater announced its production of “The Darkness After Dawn,” the first show of its 2018-19 season. Written by co-artistic director Manny Tamayo and directed b…

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Year of Chicago Theatre? Let's not blow the opportunity by Chris Jones

Thanks mostly to Chicago’s culture czar, Mark Kelly, and the genuine enthusiasm of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 2019 has been designated the Year of Chicago Theatre by the city of Chicago. Before I…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Broadway in Chicago announces 10 additional off-season special shows by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broadway in Chicago announced an additional line-up of 10 off-season special shows taking to the stage during the 2018-19 theater season. These productions will join the previousl…

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'Frankenstein' story is a powerful allegory for loss in Lifeline's adaptation by Kerry Reid

The Modern Prometheus is getting quite a workout on Chicago stages this year, with three adaptations of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” opening this fall and a fourth in the spring. The …

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Are you ready for the Gift's 2019 season? 'Doubt' it. by Kt Hawbaker

The Gift Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2019 season, along with a handful of leadership updates. The company’s year begins in January with “Ten” (Jan. 10 – 20), an annual r…

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Underscore Theatre Company announces 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

Underscore Theatre Company will produce two musicals and the 5th annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival during its 2018-19 season. The season kicks off this fall with Jamie Shriner’s one-…

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Rahm Emanuel to announce 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre by Chris Jones

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to make it official on Monday: 2019 is to be the Year of Chicago Theatre. A citywide initiative dreamed up and spearheaded by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Spe…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stunning 'BigMouth' lays bare the historic hypocrisy of political speeches by Chris Jones

Here’s a challenge for the growing slate of mayoral candidates in Chicago: How will you ensure that ordinary Chicagoans hear international perspectives on the many troubling issues faced b…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Dance COLEctive resurfaces with 'REboot' at Dovetail Studios by Lauren Warnecke

In 2016, veteran choreographer, dancer and educator Margi Cole announced she was folding her Dance COLEctive ensemble after 20 years of operation. Rather than continuing as a conventional da…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Dance works 'IS/LAND' and ‘Burrow, Tousle’ present very different versions of home by Lauren Warnecke

Entering Links Hall’s Studio A Thursday night, there was a cozy living room vibe with just two rows of seating and warm lamp lighting from a gaggle of incandescent table lamps spread aroun…

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'The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?' delivers the tragic kick of life by Chris Jones

Tragedy is commonly equated with sadness. But it’s really all about chaos. To quote the great songwriter William Finn: “Life is random and unfair, life is pandemonium.” Be they Greek, …

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

In 'Little Shop of Horrors' at Drury Lane, an Audrey for the ages by Chris Jones

Without “Little Shop of Horrors,” we wouldn’t have Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” or “Aladdin.” That’s because the spoof 1982 off-Broadway musica…

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Chad T. Bay leads cast of 'Love's Labour's Lost' at Invictus Theatre by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Invictus Theatre announced the cast of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” its second show of the 2018-19 season. In this Shakespearean comedy, the King of Navarre and his trio of f…

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Chicago theater openings for Sept. 14-20

Friday “Second Skin”: Through three interconnected monologues, “Second Skin” investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, interrogating how one mistake can ri…

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Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies by Mark Kennedy

Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in "Ragtime," ''Passion" and "Kiss Me, Kate," has died following a three-year bat…

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10 recommended shows to see in Chicago right now

"A Shayna Maidel" ✭✭✭✭ Barbara Lebow's 1980s play "A Shayna Maidel" is a much richer work than I ever realized, especially in director Vanessa Stalling's exquisitely acted production…

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At the Marriott, the key to 'Sweet Charity' is to have this dancer rely on herself by Chris Jones

Those we see every day usually know us best. In the case of Charity Hope Valentine — the Candide of the dance hall — that means her colleagues, the ones who get right to the point while …

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