| Sep 15, 2014
Khecari specializes in the odd: unusual states of mind, ambiguous emotional tones, cockeyed takes on history, mythology, politics. Slant rhymes are the rule.
The two pieces on its shared program with Happydog, through Sunday at Links Hall, are no...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 2:34 PM
This past weekend, two works by the same author opened at two leading Chicago-area theater companies, Writers Theatre in Glencoe and Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. This would not be so unusual if the playwright was William Shakespeare or David Mamet,...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 5:00 PM
“Conviction” is the flip side of “Doubt” — in more than a semantic sense.
Carey Crim’s promising new drama about a high school teacher accused of sexual misconduct shares some obvious thematic DNA with John Patrick...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 4:00 PM
For anyone who didn’t quite connect with the 2008 Ahmanson Theatre production of "Spring Awakening" on an emotional level, the current production by Deaf West Theatre will redress that deficit brilliantly.
If rippling goosebumps are any indication...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 3:30 PM
Winston Churchill, inarguably one of the most effective political figures of all time, had a palpable affection for the United States of America. That came in part from his being the child of an American mother in an era when those trans-Atlantic...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Aug 1, 2014
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...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The line of succession from Samuel Beckett to playwright Will Eno runs through the Irish actor Conor Lovett.
An internationally acclaimed Beckett interpreter, Lovett believes that both writers' avoidance of traditional narrative opens up new...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 3:07 PM
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...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Plays, regardless of when they were written, take place in the eternal present. Updating a classic — for example, resetting Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in late-1920s Los Angeles, as Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has done — is a tried-...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Showbiz has been this route before: a man playing a woman who sports a stereotypical regional and class-specific accent, outrageous hair and accessories, and a wit wicked enough to keep the character airborne on continual gusts of laughter. Spasms, even....