| Oct 30, 2012
| 1:29 PM
A huge hit 17 years ago at both the Turnaround and Steppenwolf Theatres, the Chicago production of Brian Friel's Irish drama "Faith Healer" is to be remounted in December, replete with its original director, JR Sullivan, and the original cast of Brad...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 1:22 PM
The widely admired Circle Theatre production of the moving Australian drama "When the Rain Stops Falling" (penned by Andrew Bovell) is moving from Oak Park to Chicago. John Gawlik's production will reopen in January at the Greenhouse Theatre Center on...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Q. In a recent column, you wrote, "Most people around you will actually give away what they originally wanted if you will just let them be right." I can't understand how your scenario could possibly work. It sounds as though if I disagree with a colleague...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 9:30 AM
"The Glass Menagerie" has announced an extension for Jan. 31 to Feb. 17. The surprise hit production of Tennessee Williams' drama is directed by directed by Hans Fleischmann for Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, and is currently running through Jan. 20 at the...
| Dec 30, 2012
It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate.
Example: This year the "reality" show "Jersey Shore," which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:50 PM
Writing a presidential biography is a work of selection. When the president in question is as iconic as Abraham Lincoln, the task is arduous. Consider that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield alone houses 1,600 original...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:53 AM
Pioneering film director and producer Penny Marshall has some advice for future filmmakers: Take some chances and don't be a slave to Hollywood ambition.
The 69-year-old Marshall, who rose to fame as a comedic actress in the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley"...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 1:18 PM
In today's age of political gridlock in the nation's capital, the case of Thomas Jefferson, as much as that of any American president, could illuminate a way forward. That's the underlying premise of “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,”...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life. A brilliant actor surpasses even himself and makes...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 12:25 PM
It's not often that a sequel is better than the original, especially when the original is as dazzling as BBC America's miniseries "The Hour" was last year.
But that's the case with the intoxicating mix of lust, longing, superb acting and a little bit...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 8:41 AM
Last fall, FX’s "American Horror Story" burst onto the scene as one of television’s best drama miniseries and was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards. This season, co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk flipped the script by changing characters,...