| Sep 16, 2011
| 9:52 AM
Scores of shows are opening in Chicago this fall. Here are 10 productions to anticipate with particular relish.
Just a few weeks after the opening of the Broadway transfer of the Kennedy Center revival, Chicago director Gary Griffin stages...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 7:26 AM
Jonathan Epstein, a frequent actor in the Massachusetts Berkshires, stars as abstract artist Mark Rothko in John Logan's Tony Award-winning play "Red." The two-actor play will be produced at Hartford's TheaterWorks and run March 23 to May 6.
| Sep 27, 2011
| 1:37 PM
Of all the sacred monsters of the art world, surely none was as discomfited by a flat, still canvas as Mark Rothko. If you were to distill this formidable abstract-expressionist painter down to two words — folly, I know — you could do worse...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 2:25 PM
Credit goes to Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway — relax, you're reading the theater column, not the business pages — for popularizing, if not coining, the phrase "skin in the game."
In the Buffett usage, the phrase refers to a desirable...
| Oct 2, 2011
Rico Lebrun was probably the most famous Modern American artist working in Los Angeles in the decade following World War II. Yet, when the J. Paul Getty Museum opened "Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970" on Saturday, kicking off the...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Baltimore helped the avant-garde painter Max Weber forge a national reputation in 1915. Now, nearly 100 years later, this could be the city where the late artist begins his long-overdue comeback.
It's not that critics and curators are unfamiliar with...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:13 PM
So many 20th-century murders were dubbed "The Crime of the Century" that erstwhile Chicago playwright-turned-Academy-Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan could have made a career from that carnival of mayhem alone — perhaps as a decade-by-decade,...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 11:46 AM
When I was a graduate student in England, I once attended a soccer game — or football, as they call it most everywhere but here.
I didn't get much out of it. It seemed awfully simple: two teams kicking the ball back and forth for two hours, and...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 9:48 PM
"Think! Think!" bellows artist Mark Rothko to his assistant Ken repeatedly throughout "Red," the Tony-winning play by John Logan that made its Central Florida debut Friday in an Orlando Shakespeare Theater production.
And thinking is surely what Logan...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 8:01 PM
It might be hard to duplicate the anticipation and publicity that greeted the inaugural season in Everyman Theatre's inviting new home on West Fayette Street, but that hasn't stopped the company from trying.
"I want next season to be even more...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 7:12 AM
There have been a number of stage plays devoted to the lives of visual artists -- Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko have all received the grand theatrical treatment. But Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is unlike the others in that he is a bonafide...