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  • iO performs its final show in Wrigleyville space

    iO performs its final show in Wrigleyville space
    When I talked with iO Theater proprietor Charna Halpern late Saturday night, she didn't seem particularly nostalgic about the Wrigleyville location she was leaving after nearly 20 years. "I'm not sad," she said. Not even a little bittersweet. Next week...
  • REVIEW: "A Small Fire" at Steep Theatre ★★

    REVIEW: "A Small Fire" at Steep Theatre ★★½
    Adam Bock's "A Small Fire," a melancholy off-Broadway drama from 2011 now in its first Chicago production at Steep Theatre, is only about 80 minutes long. But the changes it charts in its central character, a middle-aged woman named Emily Bridges, are...
  • REVIEW: 'The Qualms' from Steppenwolf Theatre Company ★★

    REVIEW: 'The Qualms' from Steppenwolf Theatre Company ★★½
    Why do married — or otherwise committed — couples go to sex parties? One obvious reason presents itself. But the characters in the new black comedy "The Qualms" — set amid a little clutch of mostly miserable middle-aged Midwestern...
  • REVIEW: 'Silk and Steel' at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

    REVIEW: 'Silk and Steel' at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
    Imagine a huge canvas covered in human flesh and billowing cloth, combining Hieronymus Bosch's earthbound creatures with the angels of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment." That was the vision as the curtain rose on "Surge," a jam-packed visual wonder created...
  • REVIEW: 'Dance for $9.99' at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

    REVIEW: 'Dance for $9.99' at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse
    The spirit of summer fun — serious fun, defying expectations — rules "Dance for $9.99/D49." Produced by the Energizer bunny of local dance, the 41-year-old Chicago Moving Company, this second incarnation of the two-day festival again...
  • REVIEW: 'Hamlet' by Shakespeare's Globe at Chicago Shakespeare Theater ★★

    REVIEW: 'Hamlet' by Shakespeare's Globe at Chicago Shakespeare Theater ★★
    If you were to see the Shakespeare's Globe "Hamlet" in dusty South Sudan, or in the tiny nations of Tuvalu or Nauru, or on St. Kitts and Nevis (maybe both if the touchy latter island decides to execute its right to secede from its Caribbean twin), this...
  • 'Jersey Boys' has been a windfall for all involved

     'Jersey Boys' has been a windfall for all involved
    At the height of their fame, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons churned out a string of hit singles about a rag doll, a girl named Sherry and a particularly memorable night in late December, back in '63. The team behind the stage musical "Jersey Boys"...
  • Joey Luft, Mary Bridget Davies coming to Pasadena Playhouse

    Joey Luft, Mary Bridget Davies coming to Pasadena Playhouse
    Joey Luft, son of Judy Garland, will headline a show about his mother at this year's Summer at the Pasadena Playhouse, the company's annual performing arts offerings. The lineup also includes Mary Bridget Davies, who was recently seen on Broadway...
  • Sarah Steele of 'The Country House' finds comfort in her characters

    Sarah Steele of 'The Country House' finds comfort in her characters
    "Who are you?" It's a line Scott Foley, playing TV star Michael Astor, delivers to Sarah Steele's teenage character Susie Keegan in the new Donald Margulies play "The Country House" at the Geffen Playhouse after Susie delivers a diatribe of truth: The...
  • Eli Wallach, an Actors Studio veteran and theater stalwart

    Eli Wallach, who died on Tuesday at the age of 98, was an actor whose working-class demeanor often led to typecasting and character parts on the big screen. Onstage, where he began his career and continued to work well into old age, his career was...
  • Eli Wallach had the power to illuminate a character on stage and screen

      Eli Wallach had the power to illuminate a character on stage and screen
    Some actors are too good for stardom. Eli Wallach, who died Tuesday at 98 after a long and distinguished career on stage and screen, was at the top of my list of the best actors I've encountered in the theater — a striking fact given that I was...