| Jan 19, 2015
| 2:54 PM
John Malkovich has played his share of refined psychopaths on screen, though perhaps his most famous role to date was a meta-version of himself in the 1999 Spike Jonze movie "Being John Malkovich."
Last year, the actor once again refracted his eccentric...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 1:34 PM
A notable group of stage and screen artists will celebrate the life of Sheldon Patinkin, the theater artist and teacher who died Sept. 21, it was announced on Friday.
Although the free, Jan. 26 event is sold-out, attendees without tickets may be...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 2:43 PM
When Lisa D'Amour wrote "Detroit" — a play that premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010 and went on to New York and London's National Theatre and became a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize — it seemed like she knew the Motor City...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 12:21 PM
"In the beginning," observes a dying character in Lisa D'Amour's fascinating new Steppenwolf Theatre Company drama, "Airline Highway," "there was sex."
Miss Ruby, who is played by the remarkable actress Judith Roberts, and whose imminent demise is the...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 11:59 AM
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its 2015 grant recipients on Tuesday. Out of $29 million in nationwide awards, 60 Illinois arts organizations will receive a total of $1,636,000.
The local organization that received the most money was the...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 12:21 PM
The actress Laurie Metcalf will be honored next year at the Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts luncheon, the theater said on Tuesday.
Metcalf is an original ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre, where she last appeared in Lisa D’Amour’s...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 3:26 PM
FRIDAY | "Newsies": "Headlines don't sell papes, Newsies sell papes." And tickets. This touring musical is based on the Disney movie about the Newsboys Strike of 1899, and has a score by Alan Menken and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Through Jan. 4 at the...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 6:00 AM
It's that time of year again, and you know what that means — The Theater Loop's annual holiday video message! This year, 38 theaters and productions participated in the video.
The theaters shown here — featuring hundreds of actors,...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 9:34 AM
What makes a holiday film, play or TV show a classic? For many, it's because watching it brings back fond memories of holidays past. For some, it's because the film offers an important message for the season. And there are those who just like spending the...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Several Chicago-area artistic directors have signed an open letter protesting the firing of Ari Roth, the artistic director of Theater J in Washington, D.C. Although the stated cause of Roth’s firing last week was insubordination, Roth has said in...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 11:19 AM
The winter season in Chicago theater features festivals, large-cast epics and revivals with a twist. Out of the scores of shows opening in the next few weeks at Chicago theaters, here are 10 that, for one reason or another, I'm anticipating with...