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[ ‘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/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 -0500 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 -0500 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 -0500 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. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:18:10 -0500 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 <![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/weiss/28687476-421/story.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28687476-421/story.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/weiss/28609828-421/gift-theatres-first-shakespeare-a-tight-smart-othello.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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/weiss/28608698-421/stunning-men-should-weep-explores-dynamic-between-poverty-and-family.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28608698-421/stunning-men-should-weep-explores-dynamic-between-poverty-and-family.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/weiss/28716183-421/an-appreciation-elaine-stritch-iconic-broadway-star-dies-at-89.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28716183-421/an-appreciation-elaine-stritch-iconic-broadway-star-dies-at-89.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/weiss/28608349-421/as-a-musical-the-beverly-hillbillies-offers-a-heapin-helpin-of-heart.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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/weiss/28607885-421/the-qualms-a-new-play-full-of-tired-old-ideas.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/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/weiss/28570762-452/griffin-theatre-raises-the-curtain-on-rarely-staged-men-should-weep.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28570762-452/griffin-theatre-raises-the-curtain-on-rarely-staged-men-should-weep.html <![CDATA[ Glorious ‘Brigadoon’ re-emerges in dazzling Goodman Theatre production ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: The fairy tale mostly is a vintage beauty — awash in gorgeous songs, lush orchestrations and an exquisite blend of traditional Scottish dance and balletic storytelling. ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:17:26 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28445406-421/glorious-brigadoon-re-emerges-in-dazzling-goodman-theatre-production.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28445406-421/glorious-brigadoon-re-emerges-in-dazzling-goodman-theatre-production.html <![CDATA[ Kokandy captures creepy brilliance of Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ ]]> Lead story image

No doubt about it: “Assassins,” the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical about that diverse band of outcasts, malcontents and psychotics is the strangest, creepiest, most disturbing show in the Broadway canon. It also happens to be bloody brilliant. READ MORE http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/kokandy-captures-creepy-brilliance-of-sondheims-assassins … ]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:19:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28456124-452/kokandy-captures-creepy-brilliance-of-sondheims-assassins.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28456124-452/kokandy-captures-creepy-brilliance-of-sondheims-assassins.html <![CDATA[ Students, adults well-defined at ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Drury Lane presents the quirky, witty musical on a grand scale. ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:02:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28324254-421/students-adults-well-defined-at-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28324254-421/students-adults-well-defined-at-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee.html <![CDATA[ Sting’s “The Last Ship” gets magnificent Chicago launch ]]> Lead story image

Sting’s musical is an old-fashioned grand opera of the most eloquent sort — awash in both turbulent emotions and intimate dramatic gestures. ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:46 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28317743-452/stings-the-last-ship-gets-magnificent-chicago-launch.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28317743-452/stings-the-last-ship-gets-magnificent-chicago-launch.html <![CDATA[ Goodman Theatre raising curtain on rarely-staged ‘Brigadoon’ ]]> Lead story image

Before there was “My Fair Lady” or “Camelot,” there was “Brigadoon,” the musical about two young guys from New York who are transformed by their encounter with a mythical Scottish village. ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:03:49 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28266037-421/goodman-theatre-raising-curtain-on-rarely-staged-brigadoon.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28266037-421/goodman-theatre-raising-curtain-on-rarely-staged-brigadoon.html <![CDATA[ Red Bull ‘Flying Bach’ an electrifying mashup of hip-hop, ‘Clavier’ ]]> Lead story image

Were the bones of Bellini, Puccini, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner rockin,’ rollin,’ and hip-hoppin’ at Chicago’s Civic Opera House this weekend, and will they keep on shakin’ to a heartbeat-altering bass thump next weekend, as well? ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:06:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28205038-421/red-bull-flying-bach-an-electrifying-mashup-of-hip-hop-clavier.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/28205038-421/red-bull-flying-bach-an-electrifying-mashup-of-hip-hop-clavier.html