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  • 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...
  • New ArtsQuest festival to get second year

    New ArtsQuest festival to get second year
    An entertainment festival that ArtsQuest started this year will be back for a second year, it has been announced. The second SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival will be held Jan. 31 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, the organization says on its...
  • Jeffrey Sweet show is coming to Chicago

    Jeffrey Sweet show is coming to Chicago
    Jeffrey Sweet lives in New York, but he's a Victory Gardens playwright and a man long compelled by the history of Chicago theater.  So he said this week that he plans to bring his current hit from the New York Fringe Festival to town. Briefly, for now. ...
  • Snooki appearing at Chicago-area tanning salon, Skylar Grey performing at Studio Paris, LeBron James dines at RPM Italian

    Snooki appearing at Chicago-area tanning salon, Skylar Grey performing at Studio Paris, LeBron James dines at RPM Italian
    The sixth season of “Jersey Shore” isn’t scheduled to begin filming until the summer and its spinoff, “The Pauly D Project,” isn’t filling the void like you had hoped, so this might be your only chance to get your...
  • This town needs a show like 'Second City Improv All-Stars'

    This town needs a show like 'Second City Improv All-Stars'
    If any one town can claim to have invented improv, it's Chicago. It's been that way since July 5, 1955, when the Compass Players opened their first show at 1152 E. 55th St. and allowed the likes of Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Valerie Harper and Alan Alda to...
  • Improv pioneer Josephine Forsberg dies

    Improv pioneer Josephine Forsberg dies
    Josephine Forsberg, a pioneer of the teaching of improvisational acting in Chicago, an early company member at The Second City, and an influential teacher of such stars as George Wendt, Shelley Long and Bill Murray, died Monday morning at the Illinois...
  • My favorite moments of 2012

    My favorite moments of 2012
    Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
  • What would Neva Boyd think?

    What would Neva Boyd think?
    In Chicago, last week was for the playing of games. Three of Chicago's best-trained game players — Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong — landed lucrative, career-making gigs on "Saturday Night Live," a tantalizing reminder of the...
  • Sarah Silverman added to Just for Laughs

    Sarah Silverman added to Just for Laughs
    The comic Sarah Silverman has been added to the line-up of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival. Silverman will present an evening of her "favorite comedians" at the Chicago Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. June 16. Tickets for all shows go on sale 10 a.m....
  • Del Close: Dueling scripts detail improv pioneer

    Del Close: Dueling scripts detail improv pioneer
    Charna Halpern's script about her late iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) co-founder Del Close opens with the vastly influential, hard-living, difficult, brilliant improvisation pioneer glimpsing a TV on which his former student Betty Thomas is thanking him...
  • Second City to stage a twisted 'Christmas Carol'

    Second City is producing a new Christmas-themed show in Los Angeles, the Center Theatre Group announced Thursday. "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" will open at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre (part of the complex that includes the...