| Aug 11, 2013
| 12:59 PM
One of the downsides of our ascendant era of writerly TV drama — wherein networks are constantly luring away playwrights with big checks — is that new plays by young authors now often feel more like spec treatments or screenplays than juicy...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The new season at L.A. Theatre Works is scheduled to feature a roster of top-notch theater names, including Neil LaBute, Tracy Letts and David Auburn. In addition, actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater are to reprise their roles in Shakespeare'...
| Sep 6, 2013
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the theater scene offers its own bountiful fall harvest. From heirlooms to hybrids, homegrown treats to intriguing imports, the list below highlights just a few of the toothsome possibilities on the...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:10 PM
The fall theater season of 2013 is already very much underway. From the scores of intriguing possibilities, here are 10 Chicago shows, opening between now and the holidays, that sound especially juicy. They're listed in alphabetical order; date ranges...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:14 PM
After 19 years directing in area theaters large and small, you'd hardly call Kimberly Senior any kind of sudden success. Still, it's hard to think of another Chicago director with a remotely comparable 2013-14 dance card. Senior has one show lined up...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 8:06 AM
Whenever playwrights get about a half million dollars to help their careers I think it’s a good day.
And it was a great day this week at Yale’s Sprague Hall in New Haven when three playwrights -- among nine writers in all -- were the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:28 PM
A Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member returning to Chicago to appear in a show at Steppenwolf is not typically big news. Why else have an ensemble? But the case of Joan Allen is different.
Previews began Thursday for "The Wheel," a play by the...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:45 PM
To survey the Gettysburg Battlefield — strikingly quiet when I was last there — is to feel the weight of history in an unusually intense way. There is something about this particular patch of Pennsylvania grass that takes the sprawling Civil...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:42 PM
"4000 Miles": Kimberly Senior directs the drama by Amy Herzog about a grandmother and grandson. Through Oct. 20 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; $25-$75 at 847-673-6300 and northlight.org
"The Wheel": Actress Joan...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Janine Nabers is Hartford Stage’s new Aetna New Voices Fellow, a season-long position previously held by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, as well as Daniel Beaty, Will Power and Martthew Lopez.
The fellowship allows...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 7:17 PM
I was listening to the radio Saturday afternoon as I drove to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company: Reports were coming in of the shooting in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. A kids' cooking competition had been going on. “A lot of children were...