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‘Ruined’ receives potent revival by Eclipse Theatre

HEDY WEISS: Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner likely to open more eyes with this hugely impressive production.

Modern take on ‘Dorian’ not picture-perfect


HEDY WEISS: For better and for worse, the House Theatre of Chicago’s modern adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Faust-meets-gothic classic takes full advantage of our far more sexually open society.

Beyond PG-13: Theaters divided on applying movie-style ratings on productions


Some companies are playing it safer with warnings about nudity and language, and the Paramount Theater has taken to applying ratings, from the G for “Cats” to a PG-13 for “The Who’s Tommy.”

School drama educates about how teachers are tested


HEDY WEISS: Stage Left and Theatre Seven present the world premiere of Joe Zarrow’s “Principal Principle,” a story set in a Chicago public school that nails the issues with an ideal mix of stinging satire and abiding sadness.

For thee Shakespeare giveth Chicago events


HEDY WEISS: As the bard turns 450, celebrate with theater, dance and even TV.

Arts calendar: an exploration of Charles Ives, a first-ever art and antiques show


CLASSICAL MUSIC Charles Ives Even though Charles Ives died more than a half-century ago, the idiosyncratic, distinctly American music of the modernist composer can still be enigmatic and elusive to contemporary ears. In the last 2013-14 installment of its Beyond the Score series, the Chicago …

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Ingenious theatrical design key element to Chicago stage productions

As an indirect homage to this year’s Merritt Awards, I’ve chosen to highlight the sets for four shows currently running on Chicago stages.

Misfits find meaning in their work-a-day lives


Chicago playwright Marisa Wegrzyn’s “Mud Blue Sky,” and a terrific cast at A Red Orchid Theatre, combine for a story that is at once very funny, heartbreaking and full of unexpectedly profound surprises and insights into the importance of work.

‘Brahman/i’ questions more than it answers


Is it a boy or a girl? That is a perfectly natural, yet altogether bedeviling question explored in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s flourish-filled, identity-swirling play, “Brahman/i” (subtitled “A One-Hijira Stand Up Comedy Show”).

‘The Way West’: Life and debt in a state less than golden


HEDY WEISS: Mona Mansour’s play about financial disarray in California, accurate but far from subtle, has its world premiere at Steppenwolf.

Dream of ‘Pinkolandia’ is alive in Berwyn

The 16th Street Theater is a principal cultural anchor of Chicago’s neighbor, Berwyn. But its reach extends far further than either city, or the intimate performance space at 6420 16th St. (operated by the North Berwyn Park District) that it calls home. Consider, for example, …

Great storytelling still the goal in fresh take on Peking Opera


Tianjin Peking Opera Company comes to University of Chicago with a fast-paced if long evening of spoken dialogue, singing, acrobatics and dance.

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‘Day of the Gypsies’ finds its rhythms in two distinct dance/music forms

“Gypsy jazz just begs to be danced to,” said choreographer Gordon Peirce Schmidt, whose RPM Productions will present “La Journee des Tziganes” (“The Day of the Gypsies”) for two performances at the Athenaeum Theatre. “The impulse to move to that music is overwhelming.”

Not one misstep in Writers’ ‘Dance’


Every second of the Writers Theatre production of “The Dance of Death” is worth the price of admission. But you should take a seat in the company’s intensely intimate bookstore space for one very specific reason alone: Larry Yando.

Pilobolus dances its way to McAninch stage


You’ve probably seen them even if you didn’t know it at the time.

Pilobolus, which formed in 1971, has performed at the Olympics, at the Academy Awards, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and for audiences around the world. The modern dance …

Multitalented Ben Vereen lovin’ his busy life


If you’ve never seen Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen perform on Broadway, he’s bringing a taste of his work to you.

His one-man show, “Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen,” comes to North Central College in Naperville April 12 for an 8 p.m. performance.

The show …