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  • Angela Lansbury keeps spirits high in 'Blithe Spirit'

    Angela Lansbury keeps spirits high in 'Blithe Spirit'
    When Angela Lansbury takes the stage as Madame Arcati, the lovably outlandish medium in Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," a supernatural charge is instantly detectable. This five-time Tony winner doesn't need levitating tricks or inexplicable table knocks...
  • REVIEW: 'Airline Highway' at Steppenwolf Theatre

    REVIEW: 'Airline Highway' at Steppenwolf Theatre
    "In the beginning," observes a dying character in Lisa D'Amour's fascinating new Steppenwolf Theatre Company drama, "Airline Highway," "there was sex." Miss Ruby, who is played by the remarkable actress Judith Roberts, and whose imminent demise is the...
  • Review: 'Pretty Persephone' musical by Billy Corgan

    Review: 'Pretty Persephone' musical by Billy Corgan
    It might engender a few eye rolls, but the notion of Billy Corgan writing a musical makes excellent sense. He has always been an artist of ambition, his lyrics long suffused with the emotional language of melancholy and transformation. He has enjoyed...
  • Review: 'Dances for the Underground' at Links Hall

    Review: 'Dances for the Underground' at Links Hall
    Dancers move, right? They don't talk. Yet Chicago is home to a generous handful of choreographers whose funny, pointed text-laced works not only entertain but instruct, generally without any agenda or conclusion. Dance and words intersect to probe the...
  • REVIEW: Redmoon 'Winter Pageant'

     REVIEW: Redmoon 'Winter Pageant'
    Amid the Christmas shows (Ebenezer, meet George Bailey) and anti-Christmas shows (you know who you are, Crumpet!) flooding theaters this time of year, Redmoon's annual "Winter Pageant" stands out as a quirky alternative. Secular but sweet, it's filled...
  • 'Into the Woods' has a bewitching popularity — and presents issues

     'Into the Woods' has a bewitching popularity — and presents issues
    The new movie version of "Into the Woods" is big in many ways — big stars (Meryl Streep, Chris Pine), big visual effects (giant beanstalk, angry giantess) and big score (booming orchestra that lays on the grandiosity). The $50 million that...
  • Angela Lansbury's spirit and star power burn as bright as ever

     Angela Lansbury's spirit and star power burn as bright as ever
    As gracious and unpretentious as her Brentwood home, Angela Lansbury radiated hospitality as she ushered me into her living room, where her honorary Oscar sits as casually as a figurine placed on a table while a kettle was whistling. Flowers sent from...
  • Four political dramas that play around with form

    Four political dramas that play around with form
    The words "political drama" may evoke finger-pointing lectures to some, but the subtlest works of dramatic literature have a political dimension, and the most enduring political dramas have an artistic suppleness. A false dichotomy between aesthetics...
  • The male of the species, under glass and onstage

    The male of the species, under glass and onstage
    "The Penis Chronicles" has extended at the Coast Playhouse, which is understandable, and, given that venue's long-dark status, heartening. Tom Yewell's study of the male experience isn't necessarily the counterpart to Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues"...
  • Holiday gift ideas for theater lovers

    Holiday gift ideas for theater lovers
    Still wondering what to get your theater-obsessed nearest and dearest? Theater critic Charles McNulty shares his gift ideas for those with the right kind of histrionic nature. For playwrights "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh" (W.W....
  • Balancing sweet and tart, it's an 'Almost' happy holiday

    Balancing sweet and tart, it's an 'Almost' happy holiday
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- an unusually frosty, Northeastern Christmas for these climes -- at the Hudson Mainstage, where a twinkly new production of John Cariani's "Almost, Maine" has opened. The whimsical collection of nine...