| 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...
| Sep 30, 2014
The question of what you will feel like when you die — and, more specifically, whether you will actually feel like you are dead — suffuses Conor McPherson's "The Night Alive." The season opener at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company is another raw...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Sheldon Patinkin, a crucial figure in the development of improvisational comedy in Chicago and a mentor to generations of American and Canadian comedians, as well as aspiring theatrical directors and other theater artists, died Sunday at the age of 79,...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 3:04 PM
The Idaho retirement community at the heart of "Rest," the new play by Samuel D. Hunter, who received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" last week , is no place you want to spend your golden years. Granted, there are no druggies or winos, but it is...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 10:58 AM
Malkovich? Malkovich Malkovich.
The strange, unconventional career of John Malkovich has two projects this fall to extend his brand of languorous eccentricity: his new movie, "The Casanova Variations," and an art exhibition featuring the actor...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 2:48 PM
Sunday | "The Night Alive": When a stuck-in-a-rut guy comes to the aid of a distressed woman, both of their lives are changed for the better. Francis Guinan and Tim Hopper star in Conor McPherson's play. Through Nov. 16 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company,...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:53 PM
What the cult Canadian TV show "Slings & Arrows" did for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival — and for resident classical theaters in general — so Shawn Pfautsch's "Season on the Line" aims to do for small Chicago theater companies.
| Sep 3, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Manhattan Theater Club, the New York nonprofit theater company, will round out its Broadway season with "Airline Highway," the new play by Lisa D'Amour ("Detroit") that will premiere later this fall at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater.
Joe Mantello ("...
| Aug 28, 2014
In an unexpected flurry of late summer activity, it was revealed that two Chicago theater companies are eyeing new homes in buildings that once were put to use by the city of Chicago. Chicago Children's Theatre, in residence at the Ruth Page Center for...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 3:06 PM
Look! Here's the recent high school graduate Tavi Gevinson swinging from a crab apple tree in her Oak Park backyard — as photographed by Annie Leibovitz and published in Vanity Fair. Look! Here's Tavi Gevinson lying on her single, teenager's bed...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Seanachai Theatre Company announced its 2014-15 season on Tuesday, while also saying that it will no longer be called Seanachai Theatre Company. The theater’s new monicker is Irish Theatre of Chicago. It’s a bold change for the twenty-year-old...