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  • Best of 2014: Showing what's possible in a storefront

    Best of 2014: Showing what's possible in a storefront
    Small budgets and even smaller venues are often part of the fringe theater equation. But what sets Chicago apart from most other theater towns is that our grass-roots scene blossoms with work created by artists who don't view the storefront as just a steppingstone to "bigger" things, but as an opportunity to create work where intimacy and innovation provide the greatest rewards. Here are some of the best shows we reviewed in our "On the Fringe" column in 2014.
  • Lance Barber on his long-awaited 'Comeback'

    Lance Barber on his long-awaited 'Comeback'
    It is almost unheard of for a TV series to get a second season nearly 10 years after the first. But with so many recent changes in the viewing landscape, nothing about television is business as usual anymore. Which brings us to "The Comeback," a spiky...

    The Second City, Goodman partner for 'Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You'

    The Second City, Goodman partner for 'Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You'
    This time of year, reruns of holiday specials—Island of Misfit Toys, anyone?—have a way of transporting you back to your childhood. Former "The Colbert Report" writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort are playing off of that nostalgia in "Twist Your...

    REVIEW: 'Red, White & Blaine' at iO Theater

     REVIEW: 'Red, White & Blaine' at iO Theater
    Beloved as it is, "Waiting for Guffman" didn't even crack $3 million at the box office when it came out in 1997. The comedy is probably best watched on the small screen anyway, where you can rewind the funniest moments into oblivion. Among Christopher...

    Book review: In 'Yes Please,' Amy Poehler takes us on entertaining, but haphazard ride

    Book review: In 'Yes Please,' Amy Poehler takes us on entertaining, but haphazard ride
    Yes Please by Amy Poehler 3 stars Is there anything Amy Poehler can’t do? With “Yes Please,” out Tuesday, the modern day Renaissance woman proves her comedic talents translate into the written word almost as well as when...