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  • Life forms ingredients for filmmaker's indie

    Life forms ingredients for filmmaker's indie
    In the Chicago-shot indie "Warren," filmmaker Alex Beh plays a barista by day, occasional improv performer by night. Put another way: He's a guy in his 20s struggling to get his act together. That post-grad sinkhole of unfulfilled ambitions is a...
  • REVIEW: Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

    REVIEW: Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
    Even after 14 years, Chicago's Sketch Comedy Festival hovers below a lot of cultural radars. This is partly due to the glut of small festivals in early January; SketchFest competes both with the fringe-theater Rhinoceros Theater Festival and, this year,...
  • Jason Chin, iO performer and teacher, dies at 46

    Jason Chin, iO performer and teacher, dies at 46
    Jason R. Chin, a longtime improv performer, director and instructor at iO Theater, was reported dead late Thursday. He was 46. His death was announced via Facebook by Charna Halpern, founder and proprietor of iO. A integral member of the comedy...
  • Our suggestions for Chicago's fringe theater in 2015

    Our suggestions for Chicago's fringe theater in 2015
    Nimble and risk-taking, small theater companies in Chicago are often leading the creative charge. There's nothing like a tight budget to entice artists down the unbeaten path. With that in mind, a few observations about Chicago's fringe theater worth...
  • Big moments in theater in 2014

     Big moments in theater in 2014
    In 2014 ... Chicago's Jessie Mueller snagged the role of Carole King in "Beautiful" on Broadway. By June, she had a Tony Award and the Mueller family was on its way to becoming a national theater brand. Seth Meyers, first spotted doing a little show...
  • How to fail proof, fool safe your NYE

    How to fail proof, fool safe your NYE
    Face it, your New Year's Eve is going to suck a big fat one. It's overhyped and anticlimactic, and it's impossible to find a cab. So take the reins, take controlĀ and make it a "choice," my enlightened little bunnies. Don't be a victim. Instead, check...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
    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 displayed live from New York. The memoir/...
  • All Hallows' shows: 18 titles for Halloween

    All Hallows' shows: 18 titles for Halloween
    In a way, theater is a year-round Halloween party — it's all about dressing up and pretending to be someone (or something) you're not. But in honor of the ghostly season, several companies offer shows with spooky twists — from straight drama...