| Mar 14, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In Greg Pierce's "Slowgirl" at the Geffen Playhouse, 17-year-old Becky (Rae Gray) comes to visit her Uncle Sterling (William Petersen), who left the U.S. years earlier for Costa Rica.
She's freaked out by his primitive jungle lifestyle, which is...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Some writers, especially those from families that don't necessarily understand the need for such a profession, curse their relatives. Others mine them for material.
Quiara Alegria Hudes most certainly is in the latter camp. Her North Philadelphia kin...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 3:33 PM
A few years back, in a sleepy hotel bar in Costa Rica, I found myself in one of those late-night conversations in which it felt like my new friend was not telling the whole truth. No doubt the history of this genial, white-haired American emigre was...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 2:06 PM
In a shuffling of artistic staffs, Rebecca Rugg, recently a producer at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, is heading to Redmoon Theater, where she'll work on that recently re-energized company's Great Chicago Fire Festival.
The Great Chicago Fire...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:03 AM
At the end of 2011, a poster featuring a group of square-jawed characters in dark suits, legs slightly apart, started appearing in bus shelters around Chicago. The men — the group was all white men — looked like they might have gathered for...
| 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 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...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:58 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway drama "Good People," and its lead actress, Mariann Mayberry, emerged triumphant at the Joseph Jefferson Awards held at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace on Monday...