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  • A super-heated superhero summer

    A super-heated superhero summer
    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...
  • Bam! Pow! Crunch! Michael Chabon builds a new superhero

    Bam! Pow! Crunch! Michael Chabon builds a new superhero
    Repeat after me: Sklurp. Skreeech. Ska-runch. 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...
  • 'A Christmas Story' announces new director; casting

    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...
  • Second crack for Gellhorn, conscientious witness and novelist

    Second crack for Gellhorn, conscientious witness and novelist
    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...
  • Seth, Daniel Clowes think inside the box

    Seth, Daniel Clowes think inside the box
    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...
  • Karen Mason added to 'Christmas Story'

    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.
  • Patt Morrison Asks: Well versed, Dana Gioia

    Patt Morrison Asks: Well versed, Dana Gioia
    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...
  • House Theatre still offering a 'Nutcracker' like no other

    House Theatre still offering a 'Nutcracker' like no other
    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...
  • 2011 Holiday Guide

    2011 Holiday Guide
    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...
  • Love story is main attraction in 'Music Man'

    Love story is main attraction in 'Music Man'
    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...
  • Logan Theatre reviving some forgotten -- or never known -- trashy movies

    Logan Theatre reviving some forgotten -- or never known -- trashy movies
    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...