| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Chicago's storefront theaters operate on very low budgets. They typically put together a season, or several seasons, on a budget far less than a single Broadway play. Yet, time and again, the artists who work within those confines ensure that audiences...
| 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 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 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 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...
| 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...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 2:45 PM
By some measures, L.A.'s Center Theatre Group is the busiest nonprofit stage company in the nation — and it's the biggest by far outside Manhattan. But now this theatrical giant is in serious need of more than a little help from its friends.
| Jun 13, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Those who toil in Chicago's storefront theaters had two moments in the sun recently. One was anticipated: the non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards held at the Park West nightclub. The other was entirely unanticipated: the 2013 Tony Awards held Sunday at the...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 1:50 PM
So, how well do you know your lover? Can you really trust your husband? Your wife?
Implicitly, you say to yourself as you read. One would hope so. But every so often, the news media will throw up a story of someone living a complete lie, someone who...
| 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...
| 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...