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[ ‘Game’s Afoot’ powered by high-style hilarity ]]> Lead story image

Everyone on stage in the Drury Lane Theatre production of “The Game’s Afoot,” Ken Ludwig’s deliciously nutty, sensationally well-done mock murder-mystery about the New York theatrical set, circa 1936, is in full “actor” mode. Read more. ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:22:19 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29784245-452/games-afoot-powered-by-high-style-hilarity.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29784245-452/games-afoot-powered-by-high-style-hilarity.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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29560374-421/timeline-theatres-my-name-is-asher-lev-portrays-artist-as-trangressor.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29502154-421/jessie-mueller-to-help-launch-a-new-musical-theater-incubator-in-chicago.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29502154-421/jessie-mueller-to-help-launch-a-new-musical-theater-incubator-in-chicago.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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29381549-421/on-the-town-hums-along-in-the-key-of-nyc.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29381549-421/on-the-town-hums-along-in-the-key-of-nyc.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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29400929-421/equity-jeff-nominations-showcase-brilliant-field.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29257797-421/chicago-dancing-festival-a-grand-showcase.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29257797-421/chicago-dancing-festival-a-grand-showcase.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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28059380-421/8-reasons-to-see-dreamgirls-in-its-one-night-only-at-millennium-park.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29243311-452/story.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29119889-421/hypocrites-12-hour-marathon-demands-stamina-from-cast-audience.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29119889-421/hypocrites-12-hour-marathon-demands-stamina-from-cast-audience.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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29119587-421/great-actresses-sent-to-extremes-in-first-look-plays.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29101175-421/hypocrites-all-our-tragic-a-production-of-epic-proportions.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29101175-421/hypocrites-all-our-tragic-a-production-of-epic-proportions.html <![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. ]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 06:11:11 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29042140-421/upton-sinclairs-searing-jungle-makes-a-powerful-statement-on-stage.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/29042140-421/upton-sinclairs-searing-jungle-makes-a-powerful-statement-on-stage.html <![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. ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:02:58 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28731980-421/ronald-keaton-launches-solochicago-theater-company-brings-winston-churchill-to-life-in-first-show.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28731980-421/ronald-keaton-launches-solochicago-theater-company-brings-winston-churchill-to-life-in-first-show.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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28787580-421/intimate-apparel-at-eclipse-theatre-lays-bare-a-womans-difficult-relationship.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28787580-421/intimate-apparel-at-eclipse-theatre-lays-bare-a-womans-difficult-relationship.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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28734428-421/simply-marvelous-marvelettes-story-sings-at-black-ensemble.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28734381-421/leafy-parks-lend-themselves-to-a-mirthful-midsummer.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28728465-421/small-fire-a-surreal-journey-that-heats-things-up-at-steep.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:09:38 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28610049-421/seussical-musical-is-fun-for-all-the-family.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28610049-421/seussical-musical-is-fun-for-all-the-family.html