| Aug 21, 2014
| 11:02 AM
Aug. 29-31: DeKalb Corn Fest. Started in 1977 the festival draws more than 100,000 visitors. There'll be live music, a carnival, beer garden and food, classic car show and more. 815-748-2676, cornfest.com. Miles from Chicago: 65
| Jul 1, 2014
I alluded in my column today to an email that first began circulating in the late '90s and purported to explain the origins of many popular expressions on the basis of life in 1500s England. Here it is: Anne Hathaway......
| Sep 14, 2014
| 2:34 PM
This past weekend, two works by the same author opened at two leading Chicago-area theater companies, Writers Theatre in Glencoe and Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. This would not be so unusual if the playwright was William Shakespeare or David Mamet,...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Some Shakespeare, a touch of Stoppard and then things get really Wilder (Thornton, that is). That's just some of the major writers whose works will highlight a busy stage season on Connecticut. Throw in a new musical at Goodspeed, a new comedy by a...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 3:27 PM
CLERMONT — Not much is as important to Jan Sheldon than theater and not much is as cool as William Shakespeare.
"People say, 'Why should we do Shakespeare? It never makes the theater any money," said Sheldon, who founded the Moonlight Players 20...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 9:27 AM
To be an actress with red hair — and Molly Glynn was so gifted — is to constantly find your name attached to adjectives like "fiery" or "feisty" after even the most minor display of independence or spunk. Glynn, who was fond of red sweaters,...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Enjoy an intimate concert featuring singer Arthur "Terry" Beebe, who will sing classic songs from the Great American Songbook from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Leesburg Center for the Arts, 429 W. Magnolia St.
Patrons also can get a sneak peek of the...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:52 AM
A red-hot rocking musical as well as a heart-felt one. Two ensemble dramas that looked at the way we live with humor and rue. A pair of outstanding shows from the state’s smaller theaters. A Shakespearean horror story and an over-the-top political...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Macbeth: Wars for crowns and kingdoms were popular long before "Game of Thrones." More than 400 years ago, William Shakespeare introduced the dark world of "Macbeth," a tragedy about the Scottish general whose appetite for the throne changes the course of...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 2:37 PM
William Shakespeare didn't write "The Lost Comedies of William Shakespeare," but he did inspire the production debuting Friday, April 18, at Rollins College. The real authors are in the audience, and they're different every night.
That's because "Lost...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:31 AM
Celebrating Shakespeare's birth makes more sense than marking his death.
The birth, 450 years ago next week, started something unceasing, an industry of Shakespeare performances, publications and scholarship, in addition to the inspiration and wisdom...