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  • REVIEW: 'The Inside' by MPAACT at the Greenhouse Theater

     REVIEW: 'The Inside' by MPAACT at the Greenhouse Theater
    Before playwright Lydia Diamond went to Broadway in 2011 with "Stick Fly," her compelling and witty story of a wealthy black family on Martha's Vineyard confronting secrets and prejudices, she honed her voice in small theaters in Chicago. ("Stick Fly" got its world premiere with Congo Square Theatre Company in 2006.) Now MPAACT, which first produced Diamond's "The Inside" way back in 1998, offers a revised version in a sparkling, if sometimes discursive, production.
  • Ambitious new work would help elevate Center Theatre Group

    Ambitious new work would help elevate Center Theatre Group
    Taking stock of Center Theatre Group on the occasion of the Music Center's 50th anniversary is a bit like trying to summarize an up-and-down marriage. So many reasons to leave, so many cherished moments making it impossible to go. After the rudderless...

    What really happened at Steppenwolf Theatre

    What really happened at Steppenwolf Theatre
    The board of directors at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company engaged earlier this month in the kind of image management one associates more with politicians and major corporations than a nonprofit Chicago theater with roots in rough-hewn theatrical daring....

    Steppenwolf Theatre names Anna D. Shapiro as next artistic director

    Steppenwolf Theatre names Anna D. Shapiro as next artistic director
    Anna D. Shapiro, the Tony Award-winning director of "August: Osage County," has been named the new artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, the company announced Thursday. Shapiro will assume the job in the fall of 2015, succeeding...

    Community theater offers a diverse lineup of plays and musicals this season

    Community theater offers a diverse lineup of plays and musicals this season
    Each season, thousands of theater-goers come out and support the hundreds of actors, musicians and those behind the scene who make possible community theater in our area. Many of these amateur performers work all day and rehearse all evening to bring...