| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:40 AM
John Malkovich is performing in Chicago this weekend for the first time in five years. But the formidable and distinctive actor is not appearing at Steppenwolf Theatre, where of course he remains an ensemble member, but at Symphony Center in downtown...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 8:28 AM
In his younger days, playwright Jon Robin Baitz was known for his angry young characters, usually in conflict with stubborn members of the older generation. Those bristling, indignant, furious youth fill such plays as "A Fair Country" (produced in Chicago...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 1:49 PM
About halfway through a very interesting interview over breakfast at the Kingsbury Street Cafe, the actor Jimmy Smits asked a question of his own.
"How come you've not asked about my own relationship with addiction?" he said, as his warm face took on...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 10:00 AM
Could the theater artist of 2012 really be … Samuel Beckett?
Well, the 1969 Nobel Prize winner had stiff competition this year from Anton Chekhov, dead for more than a hundred years but more alive than ever onstage. Chekhov's early play "Ivanov"...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 7:00 AM
NEW YORK — Tracy Letts has his hands full these days writing plays and preparing for the release of the movie version of his Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama, "August: Osage County." But he's added another formidable task to his agenda: elucidating...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 1:58 PM
On Tuesday at the headquarters of the Yollocalli Arts Reach program in Pilsen, Alex Aguilar was hunched over a piece of 8-by-11 paper, carefully outlining the word “Chicago” in cursive. He drew the city skyline rising from the tops of the...
| May 10, 2013
| 10:39 AM
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Today, we are reminded of these universal truths: “Life is very long” (T.S. Eliot). “Family holds us up….Family knocks us down.” And Meryl Streep is poised for a 2013...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 7:02 AM
NEW YORK -- The Tony nominations announcement Tuesday morning brought good news to Christopher Durang’s dysfunctional-family tale "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and the late Nora Ephron's period journalism weepie "Lucky Guy" with the two...
| Apr 20, 2013
The huge dramas playing out from Boston to our flooded basements are weighing on our hearts now. But humans are not wired to be stressed out 24/7/365. When our imaginations are ready to soar, we couldn’t be in a better place than Chicago.
| May 1, 2013
| 7:12 AM
When Joy McCormack's son was murdered after a Halloween party in 2009, she was lost: not only in trying to rationalize why this senseless act occurred, but also in the horrific aftermath of navigating everything from emergency rooms to courtrooms.
| Apr 23, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Once a month, at Third Coast Comics in the Edgewater neighborhood, the store closes for the evening and the knitting comes out. Followed by the drinks. Drink & Draw & Knitting Night is the second Thursday of each month, as it has been since Terry Gant...