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  • REVIEW: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre ★★★★

    REVIEW: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre ★★★★
    In 1938, a young African-American named Robert Nixon, a man born in small-town Louisiana, was executed by the electric chair in Chicago for the murder of Florence Thompson Castle, whom Nixon was convicted of killing with a brick. Even by the standards...
  • REVIEW: 'A Kurt Weill Cabaret' by Theo Ubique Cabaret ★★★½

     REVIEW: 'A Kurt Weill Cabaret' by Theo Ubique Cabaret ★★★½
    The distance between Berlin and Broadway is about 4,000 miles. The distance between the onlookers and the performers in Theo Ubique's "A Kurt Weill Cabaret" can be as close as 4 inches. Yet the great achievement of this very fine show is that director...
  • 'Kiss Me, Kate' an ingenious adaptation at Pasadena Playhouse

    'Kiss Me, Kate' an ingenious adaptation at Pasadena Playhouse
    “Let's Make a Deal's" Wayne Brady as the lead in a revival of "Kiss Me, Kate": It almost sounds like an especially wacky draft in some fantasy stunt-casting league for theater directors. Sheldon Epps of the Pasadena Playhouse has not only made...
  • Ovation nominations embrace a range of L.A. theater

    Ovation nominations embrace a range of L.A. theater
    The announcement of the nominations for this year's Ovation Awards made Tuesday a better than average day for certain members of the Los Angeles theater community. Culture Monster spoke to some of them after they learned they received multiple mentions,...
  • Cast gives 'Hair' a quick styling before Hollywood Bowl shows

    Cast gives 'Hair' a quick styling before Hollywood Bowl shows
    Wherever the musical "Hair" is performed, the casting requirements are the same: young, good looking, capable of carrying a rock tune. Looking great in various states of undress also helps. The lead performers in the Hollywood Bowl's production of the...
  • Inside the new iO,where Fey, Poehler got their start

    Inside the new iO,where Fey, Poehler got their start
    Thirty-two years ago Charna Halpern approached Del Close with an offer. He was already a renowned director in the world of comedy, and working at Second City. She had just launched the ImprovOlympic and wanted him to teach a class. "I heard about this...
  • 'The Simpsons' set to invade the Hollywood Bowl

    'The Simpsons' set to invade the Hollywood Bowl
    When you gather some of the top creative names behind "The Simpsons" in one room, a reporter's questions tend to get buried under rapid-fire one-liners, overlapping anecdotes and boisterous laughter. ¡Ay caramba! But who would expect otherwise from a...
  • Kyle Kinane's unfinished puzzle

    Kyle Kinane's unfinished puzzle
    Before he found comedy, Kyle Kinane was in a Chicago punk band, The Grand Marquis, with some of the friends he grew up with in west suburban Addison. "Our motto was, 'It's not talent, but it's at least entertainment,'" he recalls now, some two decades...
  • Comedy for fall 2014: Big laugh lineup in Chicago

    Comedy for fall 2014: Big laugh lineup in Chicago
    It's a fine fall for comedy in the Chicago area as the latest stand-up renaissance continues. Below are some of the leading shows of the season, and we don't even mention the steady fare at Laugh Factory, UP or Zanies; the wealth of improv and variety...
  • Dance for fall 2014: 'Swan Lake' and Beijing Dance Theater

    Dance for fall 2014: 'Swan Lake' and Beijing Dance Theater
    Some of the classical dance this fall has been bent, folded or mutilated — in the best possible way, of course. It's set to indie rock, transformed into a ballet within a ballet, dedicated to the philosophical significance of the growth and death of...
  • Choreographer Jan Bartoszek makes Cuban connections

     Choreographer Jan Bartoszek makes Cuban connections
    "I'm really trying to find out what makes people dance," says choreographer Jan Bartoszek. "It's got to come from the whole body — it's not just intellectual, not about mimicking." Bartoszek, who's helmed contemporary troupe Hedwig Dances for...