| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Had Lorraine Hansberry's Younger family from "A Raisin in the Sun" wanted to move quietly into Clybourne Park, they could have engaged in a practice that informs another play about race and real estate, Kirsten Greenidge's "Luck of the Irish."
| Nov 1, 2013
Redtwist Theatre has made a cottage industry out of intimate productions of shows that first popped up locally at Steppenwolf, including Tracy Letts' "Man from Nebraska" and Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman." But their latest offering...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Turf struggles loaded with questions of racial identity and privilege erupt in a pair of engaging plays by writers with Chicago roots, each receiving local premieres in suburban theaters.
Steven Simoncic's "Broken Fences" is being...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 2:30 PM
The Mark Taper Forum at L.A.'s Center Theater Group has lined up its 2014 season with a couple of world preems that legiters in Gotham and beyond will likely keep an eye on.
Among the titles on the list is "Marjorie Prime" (Sept. 10-Oct. 19, 2014), the...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 12:59 PM
One of the downsides of our ascendant era of writerly TV drama — wherein networks are constantly luring away playwrights with big checks — is that new plays by young authors now often feel more like spec treatments or screenplays than juicy...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 9:35 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 season, a slate that features the first stage appearance by ensemble member Joan Allen in more than 20 years as well as a number of new works — several from lesser-known playwrights....
| Jul 19, 2013
| 4:03 PM
Theatre Downtown has an eclectic season planned, opening with a revival of "Lizzie Borden," an original musical by Michael Wanzie and Rich Charron. Also on the schedule: two shows from classic books, "The Grapes of Wrath" and "A Christmas Carol," and...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Bruce Norris, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright of "Clybourne Park," opened his metaphysical drama "A Parallelogram" at the Mark Taper Forum on Sunday. The busy New York writer already has his eye on his next play, the politically...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
A high-toned concept combined with disagreeable characters and a jaded worldview provided the formula for Bruce Norris' bracing retort to "A Raisin in the Sun," "Clybourne Park," the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that became a huge hit at the Mark Taper...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:00 AM
A refresher course in high school geometry isn't a prerequisite for "A Parallelogram," the play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris running at the Mark Taper Forum. But it certainly wouldn't hurt.
The four actors in Norris' strange, ambiguous domestic...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 6:40 PM
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's dysfunctional-family dark comedy, was named best play at the 67th Tony Awards, presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall.
The show stars Durang's longtime muse Sigourney Weaver, along...