| 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...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:17 AM
Tickets for participating productions in Chicago Theatre Week, the League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago's annual period of discounted show tickets, went on sale Tuesday morning.
Over 100 productions at theaters including the Goodman Theatre,...
| 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,...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 8:49 PM
There are some dark moments, to be sure, in Conor McPherson's "The Night Alive" at the Steppenwolf Theatre. On Thursday night, Halsted Street delivered an extra one.
A little after 9 p.m., about 15 minutes before the end of the show, the power went...
| 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...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Steppenwolf For Young Adults' acclaimed production of "Animal Farm," newly-adapted from George Orwell's novel by Alice Austen and Steve Pickering, will add four more public performances, the theater said on Monday.
Those performances occur Friday, Nov....
| 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 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...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 12:57 PM
A celebration of the life of Sheldon Patinkin, the influential teacher and Chicago comedy pioneer, has been set for Monday, Jan. 26, it was announced Monday. The event will take place in the main theater at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 10:00 PM
People often want to describe Alana Arenas' eclectic personal style as "funky." But the 33-year-old Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member really would prefer that they didn't.
"That is a word that I actually hate," Arenas said. "I just feel like [my style...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:53 PM
Terry Green, an old-timer when it comes to Chicago theater, took me to task on Facebook this week for giving short shrift to many of the early artistic glories of the Next Theatre Company, which declared itself busted on Monday — after 34 years on...