| 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 21, 2015
| 4:15 AM
"Scandal" star Jeff Perry was "gushing and crying" when he saw his actress daughter Zoe Perry on Broadway in 2013.
The Northwestern graduate not only made her Broadway debut in Sharr White's thriller "The Other Place" but she also received much...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 2:55 PM
When I first started reviewing Chicago theater — some years ago now — the commercial suburban theaters that ringed the city seemed like aberrations and relics of a former era. Places like the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace or the...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 1:15 PM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is Judith Roberts ("Orange Is The New Black") in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Broadway-bound production of “Airline Highway” by Lisa D’Amour.
D’Amour’s drama takes...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 3:00 AM
The Jan. 15 announcement of the 2015 Academy Award nominations was greeted with widespread dismay at the omission of Ava DuVernay, the director of "Selma," and David Oyelowo, the movie's star. Once people analyzed and totaled up the nominations, dismay...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 2:52 PM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is Mark L. Montgomery and Jennifer Coombs in “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” a comedy by Gina Gionfriddo currently playing the Goodman Theatre.
In the play Catherine (Coombs), a professor, comes to...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 10:05 AM
Television and film star Alec Baldwin, recently having returned from filming a role in "Mission Impossible 5," the latest in the franchise that has earned more than $2 billion worldwide, was talking on the phone from Manhattan about his upcoming trip to...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 2:27 PM
Dirt, paint, pencils and flower petals are not fit human fare, yet at least six times a week Catherine Combs appears to chow down on them during the Goodman Theatre's return engagement of "Smokefall" — and she still shows up for the curtain call...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Without artists who teach, the cultural life of Chicago would effectively cease to exist.
This is true in all artistic fields: dance, art, theater, comedy, poetry, music of all kinds. It is a national phenomenon; the money provided to the arts and...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 2:36 PM
The Profiles Theatre production of "The Cryptogram" features a really great performance from Aaron Lamm, a seventh-grader at Wilmette Junior High School. People tend not to believe critics when they say that a kid was really great in a show. "Oh, he's...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 4:34 PM
The board of directors at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company engaged earlier this month in the kind of image management one associates more with politicians and major corporations than a nonprofit Chicago theater with roots in rough-hewn theatrical daring....