Hedy Weiss has been Theater and Dance Critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1984, reporting on local, national and international productions, as well as a …Read More
Something happens to men in the early winter of their lives. And in “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Shakespeare, who possessed an uncanny understanding of human behavior, observed the phenomenon and found it to be both sad and desperate, but above all, laughable. In a …Read More
There’s something about Christmas Eve that seems to set writers’ imaginations on fire — hellfire, that is. Consider two wildly different productions that will be running on Chicago stages throughout the holiday season: Will Kern’s “Hellcab” and Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer.”
Those impossibly dexterous Q Brothers and their creative pals have seized hold of “A Christmas Carol,” one of Dickens’ most widely known, ever-relevant tales, as the focus of their newest hip-hop excursion.
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Santa, the Grinch and Mumford & Sons are heard from Chicago Tap Theatre’s holiday program.
Looking for a foolproof “theater treat” for holiday visitors? “Million Dollar Quartet” might well be just the thing. After five record-breaking years here, this Chicago musical phenomenon is still shake, rattlin’ and rollin’ in peak form at the Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln. I recently …
It takes a village (well, maybe a complete kingdom) to tell a fairy tale. And in its world premiere show “Once Upon a People: A Dancesical,” the Black Ensemble Theater and associate director Rueben D. Echoles demonstrate their ability to spin a tale every bit as compelling as “Sleeping Beauty” or “Wicked.”
British playwright and director Nina Raine admits she has long been intrigued by group dynamics — the relationships within families, among friends or work colleagues, and even the interactions among strangers. “I still remember being 15, and going to a cafe for a hot chocolate …
HEDY WEISS: The Ruffians revive an altogether riveting show revisiting the calamitous 1903 fire that gutted the Iroquois Theatre on Randolph Street.
Politically charged theater designed to challenge the status quo, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s “All the Shows...” features a diverse cast of actors who are breaking with tradition as they perform scenes from four relatively familiar dramas. In each scene the casting has purposefully been done “against type” in one way or another.
When Barbara Gaines directed her 2004 production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre she set the play, dubbed “the first situation comedy,” in autumn, in a New England town where the last-gasp efforts of some middle-aged males (including the irrepressible …
Ron Hirsen’s “Elegy” (now at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater studio), and Motti Lerner’s “Paulus” (at Silk Road Rising) each deal with matters of faith, but they do so in radically different ways.
HEDY WEISS: The return to “reality” does not come quickly in the wake of Timothy Edward Kane’s performance in “An Iliad” — a feat of breathtaking technical skill, extreme intellectual prowess and devastating emotional impact. But when it does, this reprise of his triumphant 2011 performance at Court Theatre, many questions race to mind.
HEDY WEISS: Dominique Morisseau’s play, winningly performed at Northlight Theatre, warrants comparison to “A Raisin in the Sun.”
The United States was a ballet desert before Anna Pavlova visited. It was not until the late 1930s that the San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre were established. The New York City Ballet came into being in 1948; the Joffrey Ballet was founded in …
This is the tale of two brothers — Zachary Uzarraga, 8, and Matthew Uzarraga, 10 — both of whom possess pure, unadulterated theater magic.
HEDY WEISS: Six supremely gifted six actors not only capture all the superficial qualities of Dickens’ marvelous characters, but they furrow deep into their hearts and souls. The show is a stunner on every level.
The Salvation Army pitched in to stock the shelves of the TimeLine Theatre revival.
Oh those Irishmen. They sure can talk. They sure can write. And when it comes to dealing with matters of failure, repression and self-sabotage, or class tension and alienation, they really are hard to beat, whether fueled by alcohol, tea, or words alone. In “Port …
You don’t have to love dictionaries to find delight in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the beguiling little musical chosen to open Griffin Theatre’s 25th anniversary season.
What happens when a choreographer who ordinarily works with his or her own company is invited to do a guest stint with another company? Is there a culture clash, a perfect synchronicity, the birth of new ideas? These questions came to mind while thinking about …