| May 1, 2012
| 1:43 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — With a new Mark Rothko retrospective (and some even more eye-catching surprises) at the Portland Art Museum, Portland has plenty of visual-arts stimulation to offer — as well as music, dance, theater, literary happenings and...
| Dec 22, 2011
Phew, 2011 was quite a year in Chicago theater. As the year comes to a close, ready for a quick tour back through the newsworthy highlights?
The Black Ensemble Theater bowed a gorgeous, $19 million new home on the North Side. Stage 773 on Belmont...
| Apr 6, 2012
Sunday, April 8
'Next to Normal' Red Branch Theatre Company presents this rock musical about a family trying to take care of itself the best way it knows how through April 22 at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Showtimes are...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 1:42 PM
There is nothing normal about "Next to Normal"at Columbia's Red Branch Theatre Company. This 2009 Broadway musical is a tuneful consideration of a family that is being ripped apart by the mother's mental illness. It's not the cheerful musical norm, that's...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 9:55 AM
What? Another year has gone by already? Here are some theater reflections at the end of 2011.
•Best scene-stealer: Isn't "Chicago" the story of two women convicts? In Theatre Downtown's production last January, Joel Warren as lawyer Billy Flynn more...
| Jan 21, 2012
| 2:50 PM
A new musical based on the 2002 Todd Haynes' film "Far from Heaven" gets a bow at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Massachusetts Berkshires in July with a high-profile creative team.
Tony Award-winner Richard Greenberg ("Take Me Out') writes the...
| Dec 2, 2011
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Office of Aging, the party takes place 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Music by vocalist Robyn Helzner. Reservations required by Thursday,...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 2:47 PM
In the past when the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre, or GOAT, has turned to musicals, the goal has been big, big shows complete with dance numbers. The results, in productions such as "Jekyll & Hyde" and "Aida," have been uneven.
So it's a pleasure to...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 9:39 AM
David Hyde Pierce will direct Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," which opens the main stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival June 26 to July 14. It marks the 58th season of WTF, located in the Massachusetts Berkshires, and the second...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 12:23 AM
For "Bring It On," the very promising and belatedly affecting new cheerleader musical in progress, to succeed on Broadway next season, here's what will have to happen, pronto. The show will have to understand that, right from the start, it must live...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 1:30 PM
As they prepare for their Chicago opening Wednesday, the cast of the touring cheerleader musical "Bring It On" is sitting, cheerfully, in Des Moines, Iowa, working on major changes to its Broadway-bound show.
In essence, the producers (Mike Isaacson and...