Nearly every theater in town is on a quest to find, foster and showcase new plays and promising playwrights. Steppenwolf’s yearly First Look Repertory of New Work, the summertime showcase of plays in developmental productions, is one of the leading examples of this mission.
Eclipse Theatre has staged a beautifully fine-tuned revival of Lynn Nottage’s heart-piercing 2003 play, “Intimate Apparel,” whichoffers a very different view of female oppression and survival.
The Second City, Chicago’s fabled improv mecca, announced Tuesday that it has signed a lease with Old Town Development Associates, L.L.C., that will enable it to double its footprint at 230 W. North.
HEDY WEISS: The story of the Marvelettes unfolds amid the joy and the tears at Motown.
HEDY WEISS: High-propulsion actors help the ear adjust to Shakespeare’s language in this winningly played, visually entrancing production.
Adam Bock might just be the Rene Magritte of contemporary playwrights.
The best indication a family show is doing everything right is that the adults in the audience are as fully entranced as the tiniest tots. This is clearly the case at Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Seussical,” the 90-minute musical based on the Dr. Seuss canon.
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre created Shakespeare in the Park to bring admission-free, family-friendly productions of the Bard’s plays to parks throughout the city.
Elaine Stritch, the brassy, acerbic, jaded-but-vulnerable Broadway baby who possessed a potent stage presence, great legs, a smoke-enhanced voice and a rocky road sort of personal history, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89. Read more. http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/an-appreciation-elaine-stritch-iconic-broadway-star-dies-at-89/
HEDY WEISS: Director Jonathan Berry has approached the play almost as if he were making an indie film, using tight close-ups on the principal characters against the most minimalist backdrop.
HEDY WEISS: The overdue Chicago debut of Ena Lamont Stewart’s rarely seen 1947 classic at Griffin Theatre features some of the most gorgeous performances you will find on any stage in this city.
HEDY WEISS: Tuneful score, appealing cast help the sitcom make a charming transiton to Theatre at the Center stage.
HEDY WEISS: No need to bother meeting the people in Bruce Norris’ smug but vacuous world premiere, now at Steppenwolf.
The Griffin Theatre’s staging will mark the first time ‘Men Should Weep’ has been produced in this country in 30 years.
Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed — in a way not heard of before.
Don’t mess with “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” That’s what Falstaff learns in Shakespeare’s comedy, at First Folio Theatre’s outdoor stage. Brian McCartney plays that rascally Sir John Falstaff. Taking that role fulfilled a long-time goal for McCartney, who played the part of one of …