| 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.
| Oct 2, 2014
| 11:23 AM
Anna D. Shapiro, the Tony Award-winning director of "August: Osage County," has been named the new artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, the company announced Thursday.
Shapiro will assume the job in the fall of 2015, succeeding...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Notching one more achievement in what is already a helluva year, Anna D. Shapiro has been tapped to lead Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company when its current artistic director, Martha Lavey, steps down at the end of the 2014-15 season.
| Oct 2, 2014
| 1:23 PM
In the great flurry of Chicago theater openings this last three weeks, two must-see shows have emerged. They are "Smokefall" at the Goodman Theatre and "Native Son" at the Court Theatre.
I've also been especially impressed with an exceptional lead...
| 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 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...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 12:30 AM
"Sex With Strangers" sounds like fun. Scribe Laura Eason certainly tries hard to make it so, with a cunning plot about a callow young author of bestselling dreck who seduces a gifted older novelist whose brilliant work he loves and envies. You don't often...
| 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...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Why do married — or otherwise committed — couples go to sex parties? One obvious reason presents itself. But the characters in the new black comedy "The Qualms" — set amid a little clutch of mostly miserable middle-aged Midwestern...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Cooler temperatures and changing leaves might cue the chants of “wait until next year” for Chicago baseball fans, but for theater lovers it's a whole new ballgame. Below are just a few promising names on this fall's roster of shows.