| Jan 21, 2014
| 12:55 PM
Casting was announced on Tuesday for the world premiere of playwright Mona Mansour's "The Way West," a serio-comic play of frontier tales told by a modern downtrodden California mom, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Directed by ensemble member Amy...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 10:16 AM
I've written several times about the issue of hearing actors playing the roles of deaf, or partially deaf, characters. That happens from time to time in Chicago, most recently at Profiles Theatre. The casting of a hearing actor in the role of a deaf...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 8:24 AM
The Grammy Award-winning musician Sting will appear at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in a benefit event to support the theater's Artistic Development Fund on Feb. 24, Steppenwolf announced on Friday.
Ahead of the world premiere of his new Broadway-bound...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Nearly a week after "Scandal" First Lady Mellie Grant got sloshed and told off her philandering husband, fans still are buzzing about "Drunk Mellie."
Bellamy Young is happy to hear it, but she was initially terrified about delivering the moonshine-...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:28 PM
William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" was required reading for every 12-year-old in the 1960s and 1970s, especially in the United Kingdom, since it dealt with British boys marooned on an island who descend into savagery and generally put on a very poor...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 8:06 AM
Whenever playwrights get about a half million dollars to help their careers I think it’s a good day.
And it was a great day this week at Yale’s Sprague Hall in New Haven when three playwrights -- among nine writers in all -- were the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:28 PM
A Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member returning to Chicago to appear in a show at Steppenwolf is not typically big news. Why else have an ensemble? But the case of Joan Allen is different.
Previews began Thursday for "The Wheel," a play by the...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:42 PM
"4000 Miles": Kimberly Senior directs the drama by Amy Herzog about a grandmother and grandson. Through Oct. 20 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; $25-$75 at 847-673-6300 and northlight.org
"The Wheel": Actress Joan...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 11:22 AM
TORONTO — Modern television dramas are filled with all kinds of fantastical characters you’ll probably never meet in real life — turncoat FBI agents, throne-seeking knights, superhero crime fighters.
What it may not have enough of, at...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Janine Nabers is Hartford Stage’s new Aetna New Voices Fellow, a season-long position previously held by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, as well as Daniel Beaty, Will Power and Martthew Lopez.
The fellowship allows...
| Sep 6, 2013
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the theater scene offers its own bountiful fall harvest. From heirlooms to hybrids, homegrown treats to intriguing imports, the list below highlights just a few of the toothsome possibilities on the...