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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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/...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ArtsQuest's SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival to get a second year

    ArtsQuest's SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival to get a second year
    An entertainment festival that ArtsQuest started this year will be back for a second year. The second SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival will be held Jan. 31 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, the organization says on its website, http://www.artsquest....
  • io West sketch comedy team Redford performs in Chicago

    io West sketch comedy team Redford performs in Chicago
    Los Angeles owns the entertainment world. That's no secret. The West Coast harnesses Hollywood, multibillion dollar agencies, the homes of the world's biggest movie stars and a booming stand-up comedy scene. But sketch comedy? It's just not...
  • Mission Theater announces full lineup

    The Mission Theater, the comedy space inside iO Theater that’s run by TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi,¬†announced its full lineup of programming on Monday. Two of the shows are ongoing, while the other two close at the end of October. “TRAP,...