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Hedy Weiss biography

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 …

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‘Small Fire’ a surreal journey that heats things up at Steep

Adam Bock might just be the Rene Magritte of contemporary playwrights.

‘Seussical’ musical is fun for all the family

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.

  • A ‘Midsummer’ treat from Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

    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.

  • Gift Theatre’s first Shakespeare a tight, smart ‘Othello’

    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.

  • Stunning ‘Men Should Weep’ explores dynamic between poverty and family

    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.

  • An Appreciation: Elaine Stritch, iconic Broadway star, dies at 89

    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/

    As a musical, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ offers a heapin’ helpin’ of heart

    HEDY WEISS: Tuneful score, appealing cast help the sitcom make a charming transiton to Theatre at the Center stage.

    ‘The Qualms’ a new play full of tired old ideas

    HEDY WEISS: No need to bother meeting the people in Bruce Norris’ smug but vacuous world premiere, now at Steppenwolf.

  • Griffin Theatre raises the curtain on rarely staged ‘Men Should Weep’

    The Griffin Theatre’s staging will mark the first time ‘Men Should Weep’ has been produced in this country in 30 years.

  • Glorious ‘Brigadoon’ re-emerges in dazzling Goodman Theatre production

    HEDY WEISS: The fairy tale mostly is a vintage beauty — awash in gorgeous songs, lush orchestrations and an exquisite blend of traditional Scottish dance and balletic storytelling.

  • Kokandy captures creepy brilliance of Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’

    No doubt about it: “Assassins,” the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical about that diverse band of outcasts, malcontents and psychotics is the strangest, creepiest, most disturbing show in the Broadway canon. It also happens to be bloody brilliant. READ MORE http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/kokandy-captures-creepy-brilliance-of-sondheims-assassins …Read More

  • Students, adults well-defined at ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

    HEDY WEISS: Drury Lane presents the quirky, witty musical on a grand scale.

  • Sting’s “The Last Ship” gets magnificent Chicago launch

    Sting’s musical is an old-fashioned grand opera of the most eloquent sort — awash in both turbulent emotions and intimate dramatic gestures.

  • Goodman Theatre raising curtain on rarely-staged ‘Brigadoon’

    Before there was “My Fair Lady” or “Camelot,” there was “Brigadoon,” the musical about two young guys from New York who are transformed by their encounter with a mythical Scottish village.

  • Red Bull ‘Flying Bach’ an electrifying mashup of hip-hop, ‘Clavier’

    Were the bones of Bellini, Puccini, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner rockin,’ rollin,’ and hip-hoppin’ at Chicago’s Civic Opera House this weekend, and will they keep on shakin’ to a heartbeat-altering bass thump next weekend, as well?

  • Rene Magritte exhibition transcends the familiar at Art Institute of Chicago

    Conjure in your mind’s eye that oddly manikin-like urban everyman in a black morning coat and bowler hat. And that face covered in a skin of blue sky and clouds.

  • HEDY WEISS: Dance party finale ends ‘Jersey Boys’ on a high note

    The great American movie musical has never fully vanished from the scene. But its “golden age” — stretching from the Astaire-Rogers marvels of the 1930s, to the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics of the 1950s, to “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Sound of …