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[ John Leguizamo returns with revamped ‘Ghetto’ ]]> Lead story image

John Leguizamo is bringing his critically acclaimed, one-man autobiographical show “Ghetto Klown” back to where it all began — Chicago. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:26:04 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29704995-421/john-leguizamo-returns-with-revamped-ghetto.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29704995-421/john-leguizamo-returns-with-revamped-ghetto.html <![CDATA[ Chicago Shakespeare Theater 'Measure for Measure' goes walkabout through Chicago ]]> Lead story image

For starters, let me list some of the things I did during the course of “Since I Suppose,” the unique, one-person-at-a-time urban “walkabout,” inspired by Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:09:14 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29763612-421/chicago-shakespeare-theater-measure-for-measure-goes-walkabout-through-chicago.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29763612-421/chicago-shakespeare-theater-measure-for-measure-goes-walkabout-through-chicago.html <![CDATA[ ‘The Whaleship Essex’ an epic tale of loss and survival at sea ]]>

There is something about those great white whales — those emperors of the oceans — that continue to grab hold of our imaginations and refuse to let go, even now, as we no longer hunt and murder them for the oil that will keep our machines humming. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:39:18 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29687887-421/the-whaleship-essex-an-epic-tale-of-loss-and-survival-at-sea.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29687887-421/the-whaleship-essex-an-epic-tale-of-loss-and-survival-at-sea.html <![CDATA[ Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer named grand marshals for Chicago Fire Festival ]]> Lead story image

“Chicago Fire” stars Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer have been named grand marshals for the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, the free spectacle of fire that takes place Oct. 4 on the Chicago River. ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:03:59 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29663369-421/taylor-kinney-jesse-spencer-named-grand-marshals-for-chicago-fire-festival.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29663369-421/taylor-kinney-jesse-spencer-named-grand-marshals-for-chicago-fire-festival.html <![CDATA[ TimeLine Theatre’s “My Name is Asher Lev” portrays artist as trangressor ]]>

“Asher Lev,” Aaron Posner’s exquisite 90-minute stage adaptation of the bestselling 1972 novel by Chaim Potok, is a portrait of a natural-born artist as he struggles to come to terms with a gift that makes him at once “demonic and divine,” and that endows him with the power to inflict profound emotional harm on those who love him, and who he most loves. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:58:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29560374-421/timeline-theatres-my-name-is-asher-lev-portrays-artist-as-trangressor.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29560374-421/timeline-theatres-my-name-is-asher-lev-portrays-artist-as-trangressor.html <![CDATA[ Jessie Mueller to help launch a new musical theater incubator in Chicago ]]>

Chicago-bred actress Jessie Mueller, who received the 2014 Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical for “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” but she has not lost touch with her roots. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29502154-421/jessie-mueller-to-help-launch-a-new-musical-theater-incubator-in-chicago.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29502154-421/jessie-mueller-to-help-launch-a-new-musical-theater-incubator-in-chicago.html <![CDATA[ ‘Clemente: The Legend of 21’ a musical homage to legendary right fielder ]]> Lead story image

“Clememte: The Legend of 21” paints a portrait of a man and an era. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:52:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29382078-421/story.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29382078-421/story.html <![CDATA[ Equity Jeff nominations showcase brilliant field ]]> Lead story image

Reading the list of Jeff Award nominations for a season’s worth of productions by both large and midsize Equity contract companies is invariably a potent reminder of the breadth and depth of talent in this city. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:54:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29400929-421/equity-jeff-nominations-showcase-brilliant-field.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29400929-421/equity-jeff-nominations-showcase-brilliant-field.html <![CDATA[ Chicago Dancing Festival a grand showcase ]]> Lead story image

Here is an annotated look at four of the many pieces to be performed on various nights of the free festival. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:08:41 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29257797-421/chicago-dancing-festival-a-grand-showcase.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29257797-421/chicago-dancing-festival-a-grand-showcase.html <![CDATA[ ‘On the Town’ hums along in the key of NYC ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: The Marriott Theatre revival moves with the style and the frantic pace of its setting. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:07 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29381549-421/on-the-town-hums-along-in-the-key-of-nyc.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29381549-421/on-the-town-hums-along-in-the-key-of-nyc.html <![CDATA[ 8 reasons to see ‘Dreamgirls’ in its one night only at Millennium Park ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Though fictional, the musical starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in many ways trumps “Motown the Musical.” ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:54:53 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28059380-421/8-reasons-to-see-dreamgirls-in-its-one-night-only-at-millennium-park.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28059380-421/8-reasons-to-see-dreamgirls-in-its-one-night-only-at-millennium-park.html <![CDATA[ Choreographer Alex Sanchez finds inspiration in vaudeville for ‘On the Town’ ]]> Lead story image

The 1944 musical “On The Town” follows the zany adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during World War II. ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29243311-452/story.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29243311-452/story.html <![CDATA[ Hypocrites’ 12-hour marathon demands stamina from cast, audience ]]> Lead story image

A Herculean labor for those on stage as well as for the audience, “All Our Tragic” turns out to be a mind-boggling flight of the imagination, with many sequences of immense passion, intense physicality and wit. ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:39:30 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29119889-421/hypocrites-12-hour-marathon-demands-stamina-from-cast-audience.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29119889-421/hypocrites-12-hour-marathon-demands-stamina-from-cast-audience.html <![CDATA[ For a play so bad it’s good, look to Drekfest ]]> Lead story image

The Stage Left Theatre contest asks writers “to intentionally write awful plays so that we may laugh at them.” ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:26:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28926697-421/for-a-play-so-bad-its-good-look-to-drekfest.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/28926697-421/for-a-play-so-bad-its-good-look-to-drekfest.html <![CDATA[ Great actresses sent to extremes in First Look plays ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Lusia Strus’ talents back on view at Steppenwolf in the best of the trio, Martyna Majok’s “Ironbound.” ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:43:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29119587-421/great-actresses-sent-to-extremes-in-first-look-plays.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29119587-421/great-actresses-sent-to-extremes-in-first-look-plays.html <![CDATA[ Hypocrites’ ‘All Our Tragic’ a production of epic proportions ]]> Lead story image

“All Our Tragic,” The Hypocrites’ newest project, meshes 32 Greek tragedies into an 11-hour marathon. ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:19:24 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29101175-421/hypocrites-all-our-tragic-a-production-of-epic-proportions.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/29101175-421/hypocrites-all-our-tragic-a-production-of-epic-proportions.html