| Oct 31, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Since time immemorial, the plot device of a dead child has propelled drama from Iphigenia to Ibsen to “Rabbit Hole.” At a comfortably cathartic distance, audiences have thrilled to the unimaginable loss of a child. Yet in recent years, that...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 3:29 PM
Russian actor and director Yuri Lyubimov, founder of Moscow's renowned Taganka Theater, which he led for more than four decades, has died. He was 97.
During the 1980s, Lyubimov was exiled for several years after criticizing cultural restrictions in...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:35 PM
"Pippin," the Tony-winning revival that transformed Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's musical into a circus theatrical, has pitched its tent at the Hollywood Pantages, and it has been quite a while since this majestic old theater has held so much...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 4:50 PM
"Zealot," Theresa Rebeck's new play at South Coast Repertory, is set in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at the start of the Hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage that able adult Muslims are required to make at least once in their lifetime. But like most unconvincing...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 8:45 AM
I was whipsawed by "come, been and gone," performed Saturday by the London-based rogue ballet troupe Michael Clark Company in its Chicago debut. A tribute to David Bowie and his collaborators, it runs through Monday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 7:30 PM
What is perhaps Edward Albee's most unlikely play, “The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?” is certainly one of his very best.
What starts out as a sort of lewd joke concerning one man's ill-fated love affair with a barnyard animal unfolds into a...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 3:00 PM
In an age of vacuous celebrity, in which body parts can go viral and a good plastic surgeon can get you a bigger pay day than talent, it is heartening to report that Broadway's leading men still come in all shapes and sizes.
Here, a character actor...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 6:53 PM
From afar, the arched entrance to the grounds of the Pageant of the Masters appeared to be a handsome work of carved stone and stucco.
But in a brief ceremony this week, the archway was reduced to its basic elements — plywood and foam.
| Oct 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Comedians may be known for their frenetic personalities, but as Andrea Martin descends the Santa Monica hotel staircase, she slowly takes in the foggy ocean view through a wall of glass. "Mmm, just beautiful, right?" she says, settling into a plush...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Aside from being a hugely entertaining and strikingly emotional show, "The Art of Falling," Second City's not-to-be-missed new collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, is a very significant formative moment in this city's long history of...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 3:46 PM
"You know, Degas was groundbreaking," says choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. "He painted ballet rehearsal the way it really is: The girls are sweaty, they have a bad back, they're leaning over. They're in their undergarments. He wanted to paint the...