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  • 'Mullingar' finds poetry in dirt, rain and family strife

    'Mullingar' finds poetry in dirt, rain and family strife
    John Patrick Shanley's "Outside Mullingar" may be odd and flawed, but it is also is rarely less than engrossing in the Northlight Theatre production running through April 19. Both a romance and a meditation on death, legacy, and the deep pain that results when dreams are stymied for decades, "Outside Mullingar" is lyrically rich and marvelously acted.
  • Chicago theater openings for the week of March 20-26

     Chicago theater openings for the week of March 20-26
    SATURDAY | "Les Miserables": Jean Valjean et les amis are back on the barricade, this time in Aurora. Through April 26 at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora; 630-896-6666 or paramountaurora.com "Outside Mullingar": John Patrick Shanley's play...

    Playwright captures language of father's Irish homestead

    Playwright captures language of father's Irish homestead
    Every year, John Patrick Shanley's father made a solitary trip to the farm in Ireland where he was born and raised. It wasn't until his father was too old to make that journey alone that the playwright was allowed along. It was an eye-opening and ear-...

    Updated: Final title announced for Mad Cow Theatre 2015-16 season (Hint: It's a popular musical)

     Updated: Final title announced for Mad Cow Theatre 2015-16 season (Hint: It's a popular musical)
    The first of two musicals in Mad Cow Theatre's 2015-16 season will be "The Secret Garden," a 1991 Tony winner based on the novel about a young orphan who brings love and joy back to her emotionally cold uncle. The second will be the off-color, adult...

    Theater review: 'Doubt' from Beth Marshall Presents/Garden Theatre

     Theater review: 'Doubt' from Beth Marshall Presents/Garden Theatre
    In his play "Doubt," John Patrick Shanley peers into the tiniest crack of the human psyche, the place where a faint voice asks that hardest of questions: What if it's not true? Galileo heard that voice when he thought about the configuration of the...