| Dec 14, 2012
| 2:37 PM
Anything goes in live theater. And that includes injuries, illnesses and all sorts of physical mishaps that come with performing in high-energy, high-impact productions eight times a week.
This week, anything apparently did go when two of the lead...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
| Nov 25, 2012
Using a newly developed editing machine that he dubbed the "three-headed monster," Dann Cahn pioneered multi-camera editing on sitcoms in the 1950s while helping to craft a classic, "I Love Lucy."
"Lucy" broke ground in television by employing three...
| Dec 18, 2012
Jack Hanlon, 96, a former child actor who had roles in the 1926 silent film "The General" and in two 1927 "Our Gang" comedies, died Thursday at an assisted living center in Las Vegas, family members said.
"He was in good physical shape until two...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 10:23 AM
The Library of Congress announced the names of 25 films Wednesday that are to be enshrined in its National Film Registry. Of those 25, 5-1/2 were based on books or stories. The half? Read on.
The 1983 film "A Christmas Story" -- with Ralphie, a frozen...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 11:21 AM
Jimmy Fallon was declaring his love for the film This Is 40 last night when he interviewed the film’s writer and director, Judd Apatow. It’s yet another thing Fallon and I agree on. I caught a press screening of the movie Dec. 17 in Delray...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 10:08 AM
When I was in high school, the drama group traveled to Louisville to see a series of plays (my first experience of Sheridan's Rivals!). As we walked to the theater, a gentleman was handing out some kind of document. It was typed, single-spaced, with no...
| 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,”...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 8:22 AM
Charles Durning, a Tony Award-winning actor whose prolific work in films and television included supporting roles in the classic comedy "Tootsie" and the TV sitcom "Evening Shade," died Monday. He was 89.
Durning, a decorated veteran of World War II,...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:15 PM
This is the second of three columns reviewing the year 2012 in local theater.
Home-grown theater, as practiced by community playhouses and collegiate drama departments, was particularly prevalent during 2012 in the cities covered by this column: Costa...
| Jan 3, 2013
*** (out of four)
I can’t say I expected Chicago-born Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) to appear in a small role in the Swiss drama “Sister.”
The film, recently named to the shortlist of possible nominees for the 2013...