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  • The 2014 Equity Jeff Award winners are...

    The 2014 Equity Jeff Award winners are...
    On Monday night in Oakbrook Terrace, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee displayed a deep love for the intimate. Writers Theatre's production of August Strindberg's "The Dance of Death," a rarely produced and difficult play about the lust for power on the battlefield of marriage, emerged as a surprising big winner at the 46th annual Equity Jeff Awards in a ceremony at the Drury Lane Theatre. Director Henry Wishcamper's production won for best "large" production (despite being staged in a Glencoe theater with less than 60 seats) and its stars, Larry Yando and Shannon Cochran, walked away together with the night's two major non-musical acting awards.
  • A revival of path-breaking musical 'Next to Normal' takes Center Stage

    A revival of path-breaking musical 'Next to Normal' takes Center Stage
    The average, certifiably sane person might consider the idea of writing a musical about mental illness to be a manifestation of mental illness. Composer Tom Kitt and lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey famously proved otherwise when their path-breaking...

    Fiction does a disservice to psychiatry

    Fiction does a disservice to psychiatry
    I just saw Center Stage's production of "Next to Normal," a play portraying a family grappling with the wife/mother's bipolar disorder. I am not a theater critic. I am however, a psychiatrist on the teaching staff of Sheppard Pratt, University of Maryland...

    'Everyday Rapture' actress has a song in her heart

    Even saving her full-out voice in rehearsal, Jodie Langel generates enough power to light the stage at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park. So it's easy to see how she can climb into the lead role of the real Sherie Renee Scott and take an audience...

    Sting sails to Chicago for pre-Broadway tryout of 'The Last Ship'

    Sting sails to Chicago for pre-Broadway tryout of 'The Last Ship'
    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, will tryout his new Broadway musical in Chicago this June, confirming previously published expectations. "The Last Ship," as the show is known, will be drawn from the singer's childhood experiences in...