Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ First Look trio of playwrights ready for new works’ showcase ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:16:15 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28831773-421/first-look-trio-of-playwrights-ready-for-new-works-showcase.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28831773-421/first-look-trio-of-playwrights-ready-for-new-works-showcase.html <![CDATA[ Wilde’s ‘Earnest’ wit has sparkle to spare in Oak Park ]]> Lead story image

If you like your humor dry and your comedy subversive, you’ll want to make your way to Austin Gardens to see Oak Park Festival Theatre’s witty and well-paced staging of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It takes a few moments for the show to start firing all cylinders; early on, some of Wilde’s dazzling satirical quips wit doesn’t quite land. But under the able hand of director Kevin Theis, “Earnest” is mostly delightful. Set in late 1890s London and the nearby Woolton countryside, the plot is classic rom-com: Algernon Moncrieff (Jude Willis) and his best mate John Worthing … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:58:57 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28965755-421/story.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28965755-421/story.html <![CDATA[ ‘Intimate Apparel’ at Eclipse Theatre lays bare a woman’s difficult relationship ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:28:21 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28787580-421/intimate-apparel-at-eclipse-theatre-lays-bare-a-womans-difficult-relationship.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28787580-421/intimate-apparel-at-eclipse-theatre-lays-bare-a-womans-difficult-relationship.html <![CDATA[ Why didn’t The Second City expansion happen sooner? ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:56:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28809549-421/why-didnt-the-second-city-expansion-happen-sooner.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28809549-421/why-didnt-the-second-city-expansion-happen-sooner.html <![CDATA[ Simply ‘Marvelous’ — Marvelettes’ story sings at Black Ensemble ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: The story of the Marvelettes unfolds amid the joy and the tears at Motown. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:06:27 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28734428-421/simply-marvelous-marvelettes-story-sings-at-black-ensemble.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28734428-421/simply-marvelous-marvelettes-story-sings-at-black-ensemble.html <![CDATA[ Leafy parks lend themselves to a mirthful ‘Midsummer’ ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: High-propulsion actors help the ear adjust to Shakespeare’s language in this winningly played, visually entrancing production. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:46:56 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28734381-421/leafy-parks-lend-themselves-to-a-mirthful-midsummer.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28734381-421/leafy-parks-lend-themselves-to-a-mirthful-midsummer.html <![CDATA[ ‘Small Fire’ a surreal journey that heats things up at Steep ]]> Lead story image

Adam Bock might just be the Rene Magritte of contemporary playwrights. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:58:20 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28728465-421/small-fire-a-surreal-journey-that-heats-things-up-at-steep.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28728465-421/small-fire-a-surreal-journey-that-heats-things-up-at-steep.html <![CDATA[ ‘Seussical’ musical is fun for all the family ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:18:10 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28610049-421/seussical-musical-is-fun-for-all-the-family.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28610049-421/seussical-musical-is-fun-for-all-the-family.html <![CDATA[ A ‘Midsummer’ treat from Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:04:02 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28687476-421/story.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28687476-421/story.html <![CDATA[ An Appreciation: Elaine Stritch, iconic Broadway star, dies at 89 ]]> Lead story image

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/ ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:32:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28716183-421/an-appreciation-elaine-stritch-iconic-broadway-star-dies-at-89.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28716183-421/an-appreciation-elaine-stritch-iconic-broadway-star-dies-at-89.html <![CDATA[ Gift Theatre’s first Shakespeare a tight, smart ‘Othello’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:55:12 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28609828-421/gift-theatres-first-shakespeare-a-tight-smart-othello.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28609828-421/gift-theatres-first-shakespeare-a-tight-smart-othello.html <![CDATA[ Stunning ‘Men Should Weep’ explores dynamic between poverty and family ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:04:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28608698-421/stunning-men-should-weep-explores-dynamic-between-poverty-and-family.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28608698-421/stunning-men-should-weep-explores-dynamic-between-poverty-and-family.html <![CDATA[ As a musical, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ offers a heapin’ helpin’ of heart ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Tuneful score, appealing cast help the sitcom make a charming transiton to Theatre at the Center stage. ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:38:27 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28608349-421/as-a-musical-the-beverly-hillbillies-offers-a-heapin-helpin-of-heart.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28608349-421/as-a-musical-the-beverly-hillbillies-offers-a-heapin-helpin-of-heart.html <![CDATA[ ‘The Qualms’ a new play full of tired old ideas ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: No need to bother meeting the people in Bruce Norris’ smug but vacuous world premiere, now at Steppenwolf. ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:44:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28607885-421/the-qualms-a-new-play-full-of-tired-old-ideas.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28607885-421/the-qualms-a-new-play-full-of-tired-old-ideas.html <![CDATA[ Griffin Theatre raises the curtain on rarely staged ‘Men Should Weep’ ]]> Lead story image

The Griffin Theatre’s staging will mark the first time ‘Men Should Weep’ has been produced in this country in 30 years. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:50:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28570762-452/griffin-theatre-raises-the-curtain-on-rarely-staged-men-should-weep.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28570762-452/griffin-theatre-raises-the-curtain-on-rarely-staged-men-should-weep.html <![CDATA[ ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ musical gets world premiere at Theatre at the Center ]]> Lead story image

Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed — in a way not heard of before. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:22:03 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28564448-421/beverly-hillbillies-musical-gets-world-premiere-at-theatre-at-the-center.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28564448-421/beverly-hillbillies-musical-gets-world-premiere-at-theatre-at-the-center.html