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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • The non-football fan's survival guide

    The non-football fan's survival guide
    Autumn! What a magical season. Time to trade in your overpriced iced coffee for even more overpriced pumpkin spice lattes, your window AC units for gas bills that necessitate a second job, and your shorts for… ...Wait, what’s that sound?...
  • Inside the new iO,where Fey, Poehler got their start

    Inside the new iO,where Fey, Poehler got their start
    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...