| Jul 26, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Backward reels the bad guy, pummeled and stunned. Round goes the good guy's granite fist, finishing its gorgeous orbit after connecting with the villain's smirking mug.
Up jump hope and inspiration, fortified by daring fictional heroes on the page and on...
| Sep 5, 2011
| 8:20 AM
Repeat after me:
There. Feels good, doesn't it? Some words are just plain fun to say. And those are the words, according to Michael Chabon, that belong in any honorable, self-respecting bedtime story for children, the kind...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 7:21 AM
The Chicago-based touring production of "A Christmas Story: The Musical!" (a new stage version of the iconic holiday movie) will now be directed by John Rando, the producers announced Friday. Previously announced director Warren Carlyle (who also is now...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 10:00 PM
History is real, but sometimes reality doesn't tell the whole story.
That's why we have the historical novel — a genre that, at its best, combines the cold scrupulousness of fact and the hot drama of human ambitions and emotions. To understand...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 12:19 PM
If you can imagine a bricklayer who's had it up to here with bricks, or a pastry chef who's frankly a little ambivalent about the whole flour and sugar deal, then you get Daniel Clowes.
He works with words and pictures, but he's pretty suspicious of...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 8:01 AM
Karen Mason, the Broadway actress with much history in Chicago, is to headline the upcoming Chicago-based tour of "A Christmas Story: The Musical!," it was announced Wednesday. Mason will play the schoolteacher, Miss Shields.
| Nov 5, 2011
In 2003, Dana Gioia walked onto the battlefield that was the National Endowment for the Arts and brokered a peace. He chaired the NEA for six years, longer than the Civil War. The George W. Bush appointee increased the agency's budget and worked to...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 1:46 PM
A few minutes into the House Theatre's distinctive version of "The Nutcracker" — one of my favorite holiday shows — the Christmas jollity of an exuberant household is suddenly ended by a gust of frigid wind and the arrival at the door of a man...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 1:53 PM
Like the creeping tinsel at the mall, holiday shows in Chicago seem to start earlier each year. This season, it was “White Christmas” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire even before the trick-or-treaters had ventured forth from their...
| Jan 21, 2013
Notwithstanding the considerable charms of librarians — named Marian and otherwise — it's the kid who holds the emotional keys to "The Music Man," the masterful Meredith Willson musical from 1957 about a traveling con-man who, for the first...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 1:10 PM
There are raunchy, trashy, terrible movies. And then there is "Intrepidos Punks," in a class all its own. An exploitation artifact from early 1980s Mexico (there is some dispute about the film's exact date), it pits the berserk against the berserker: Punk...