| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Dramas with unlikely performers and documentaries about unexpected subjects dot the 2015 Sundance lineup -- including a Sarah Silverman film about an addict mother and nonfiction looks at subjects as diverse as Mexican drug cartels and the amateur porn...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 9:24 AM
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...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 4:34 PM
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....
| Oct 8, 2014
| 2:30 PM
After bidding by multiple outlets, the new TV series rendition of "In the Heat of the Night" from Tate Taylor, Warren Littlefield and MGM TV has landed at Showtime.
The pay cabler has commissioned multiple scripts with an eye toward a straight-to-...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Perhaps it dates back to the classic Greek tragedies performed at harvest-time festivals, but autumn has always been prime season for theater. "In the summertime, people like to do summer things, and then all the [theater] seasons start up in the fall,"...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 8:58 PM
What is it that everyone is so concerned about losing these days? Oh, that's right: their memory.
Fortunately, I have my smartphone to get me out of a jam when I can't remember the name of that actress who was just in that movie, you know the one with...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Menachem Golan, the colorful, free-spending Israeli-born producer and director whose Cannon Films yielded hundreds of productions starring the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris before going bust, died Friday in Israel, according to Haaretz....
| Aug 9, 2014
| 6:56 PM
Producer/director Menahem Golan, whose prolific output of schlock action movies and occasional prestige projects made him a force to be dealt with in 1980s Hollywood, died Friday in Tel Aviv, according to Israeli and other news sources.
He was 85....
| Aug 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days," said Robin Williams.
REALLY AND truly, some of the recent dead are just too heartbreaking.
What about Robin Williams, who I knew throughout his amazing career as...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:00 AM
In 2013, television got a lot of love from the appreciation societies, amateur and professional — some say it was the best TV year ever! (Notwithstanding the unprepossessing fall season.) Can 2014 do better? Will it be the fulfillment or the end...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:37 PM
Chicago is home to the Clybourne Park neighborhood, Bruce Norris' Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play of the same name tells us. But really, Clybourne Park could be any place where people are prejudiced without realizing it, folks dance around issues of...