Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Misfits find meaning in their work-a-day lives ]]> Lead story image

Chicago playwright Marisa Wegrzyn’s “Mud Blue Sky,” and a terrific cast at A Red Orchid Theatre, combine for a story that is at once very funny, heartbreaking and full of unexpectedly profound surprises and insights into the importance of work. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:10:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Brahman/i’ questions more than it answers ]]> Lead story image

Is it a boy or a girl? That is a perfectly natural, yet altogether bedeviling question explored in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s flourish-filled, identity-swirling play, “Brahman/i” (subtitled “A One-Hijira Stand Up Comedy Show”). ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:20:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘The Way West’: Life and debt in a state less than golden ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Mona Mansour’s play about financial disarray in California, accurate but far from subtle, has its world premiere at Steppenwolf. ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:21:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Day of the Gypsies’ finds its rhythms in two distinct dance/music forms ]]> Lead story image

“Gypsy jazz just begs to be danced to,” said choreographer Gordon Peirce Schmidt, whose RPM Productions will present “La Journee des Tziganes” (“The Day of the Gypsies”) for two performances at the Athenaeum Theatre. “The impulse to move to that music is overwhelming.” ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drury Lane’s ‘Les Miserables’ a timely reflection ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Production of the challenging musical is notable for its overall vocal lushness, and for the altogether ravishing sound that emerges from the pit. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:35:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dream of ‘Pinkolandia’ is alive in Berwyn ]]>

The 16th Street Theater is a principal cultural anchor of Chicago’s neighbor, Berwyn. But its reach extends far further than either city, or the intimate performance space at 6420 16th St. (operated by the North Berwyn Park District) that it calls home. Consider, for example, the theater’s current production, Andrea Thome’s “Pinkolandia,” which is part of the New York-based Lark Play Development Center’s program titled Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative. The 16th Street Theater was among four companies nationwide chosen to give the work “a rolling premiere.” Directed here by Ann Filmer, 16th Street’s artistic director, Thome’s play … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Remy Bumppo does not shy away from harrowing truths of ‘Our Class’ ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: This is a work of genuine chutzpah, with director Nick Sandys and his expert cast doing truly impressive work, and playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek sparing no one. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:38:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Not one misstep in Writers’ ‘Dance’ ]]> Lead story image

Every second of the Writers Theatre production of “The Dance of Death” is worth the price of admission. But you should take a seat in the company’s intensely intimate bookstore space for one very specific reason alone: Larry Yando. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:18:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ AlbanyPark Theater Project fearless in revised ‘God’s Work’ ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Harrowing is the essential word when describing “God’s Work,” the emotionally scorching story of child abuse and religious fanaticism now in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:04:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Larry Yando adds another layer to multifaceted career with ‘Dance’ ]]> Lead story image

Larry Yando is back on a Chicago-area stage this week, co-starring with Shannon Cochran in the Writers Theatre production of “The Dance of Death,” August Strindberg’s drama of a marriage from hell. ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:02:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zoe Perry following in family footsteps ]]> Lead story image

No doubt about it. Zoe Perry is an actress born into a dramatic dynasty. ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:22:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ sails to Neverland ]]> Lead story image

A play is a whole lot more than a script. And “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the Broadway play-with-music that arrived Wednesday at the Bank of America Theatre in a sparkling national touring edition, serves as a reminder that “play” itself is of the essence. READ MORE HERE. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:49:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ A fiery night for River North Dance ]]> Lead story image

The dancers of River North Dance Chicago are power movers. Whether finessing a complex solo or duet, or hard-driving through an aerobically challenging group work, the members of this ensemble generate a sense of propulsion that keeps you watching and breathing along with them. The company, under the artistic direction of Frank Chaves, will be returning to the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, for a showcase of its highly charged repertory at 8 p.m. Saturday. Among the richly theatrical pieces on the program will be a revival of Chaves’ own epic work “Underground Movements” (from 2006), set to a score … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Tristan & Yseult’ soars in passionate staging at Chicago Shakespeare ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Kneehigh ensemble pulls out all the stops in recounting the story of love and betrayal. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:24:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Family bonds are put to the test in ‘Thinner than Water’ ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: The title of Melissa Ross’ tragicomedy, “Thinner Than Water,” now in a ferociously acted Chicago premiere by The Gift Theatre, riffs on the old adage that “blood is thicker than water.” But just how powerful are family ties? ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:45:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Second City’s journey to ‘Depraved New World’ disappoints ]]> Lead story image

I had high hopes for The Second City’s new mainstage show, “Depraved New World.” But the company’s 102nd revue, under the direction of Mick Napier, turns out to be disappointingly sophomoric, despite the impressive physicality of many in its six-person cast. ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:13:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Giordano Dance Chicago program a tribute to lightness and life ]]> Lead story image

When Nan Giordano, artistic director of Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), began planning the company’s spring season at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, she told Autumn Eckman, the company’s gifted associate artistic director and resident choreographer, exactly what tone she hoped to strike. “She wanted it to feel light and celebratory, and she wanted me to create a piece that would celebrate the life of Kevin Flynn, the Chicago businessman [and former investor in the Chicago Sun-Times], who, along with his wife, Susan, were longtime supporters of the company,” said Eckman. Flynn, the father of four, died this past … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:25:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Little Boy Found — ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ gives us the backstory to ‘Pan’ ]]> Lead story image

The directions to Neverland have remained constant for more than a century: “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” But with the arrival of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the Tony Award-winning “play with music” audiences also have been able to fly on an answer to that persistent question: How did Peter Pan become “the boy who never grew up?” ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:51:35 -0500