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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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![CDATA[ Upton Sinclair’s searing ‘Jungle’ makes a powerful statement on stage ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: “The Jungle,” the revelatory 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair, is now being presented in a bare-bones, wildly inventive, powerhouse world premiere staged by Oracle Productions. ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:18:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mysterious ‘Fiddler’ is heart of classic musical ]]> Lead story image

Playing an iconic character is tough. Playing an iconic metaphor? That’s a task sure best not undertaken by dilettantes. It’s also the job that falls this month to musician Ryan Naimy, who embraces a presence both corporeal and otherworldly as he rosins up the bow to play the titular musician in Light Opera Works’ production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” “I feel like we’re all fiddlers on the roof in a way,” says the Michigan native who first picked up the violin over 20 years ago. “It’s like that fantastic line in the show,” he continues, paraphrasing a brilliant bit … ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:18:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Glass slipper fits Robbins actress Keke Palmer ]]> Lead story image

21-year-old cast as Broadway’s first black Cinderella ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:07:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ronald Keaton launches SoloChicago theater company, brings Winston Churchill to life in first show ]]> Lead story image

“Churchill,” directed by Kurt Johns, is based on the prolific writings of Churchill (1864-1975), as well as the teleplay, “Winston Churchill” by Dr. James C. Humes. ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:07:45 -0500 <![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 <![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