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  • Sheldon Patinkin, a giant of Chicago comedy and theater, dies at 79

    Sheldon Patinkin, a giant of Chicago comedy and theater, dies at 79
    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,...
  • Sexy in the city

    Sexy in the city
    Chicago has long had a thing for strippers and I do not mean the anything-but-subtle lap dancers who populate so-called gentlemen's' clubs. I mean some of the legendary artists (and I do mean artists) who have wowed Chicago through the decades, among...
  • Andrea Martin and Seth Rudetsky, weekending in Chicago

    Andrea Martin is headed to Second City's UP comedy club with her semi-autobiographical show, "Final Days! Everything Must GO!."  The former SCTV star will play UP, located in Pipers Alley at 230 W. North Ave., from May 11-13. She'll be accompanied by...
  • A new comedy room, and a cautionary tale for Second City

    A new comedy room, and a cautionary tale for Second City
    Beware, O Second City, of the perils of the plush-and-shiny new room with the new high-tech toys just begging to be used! Beware further of the dangerous assumption that just because we all now spend our entire lives staring at tiny video screens,...
  • Next stop, Japan ... Second City extends its reach to second continent

    Next stop, Japan ... Second City extends its reach to second continent
    In its first formal move outside North America, The Second City is joining with Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd., one of Japan's largest TV producers, talent managers and entertainment companies, in a new joint venture that aims to introduce the improv-based...
  • Bailey sets a smart tone at UP

    Bailey sets a smart tone at UP
    "You guys in Chicago are used to improv," sneered the acidic Ben Bailey on Friday night at the opening of UP, the new comedy club at the Second City. "You can smell written material like a pack of hound dogs. You want to hunt it down. You want me to...
  • Up next at Second City? A new theater in Piper's Alley

    Up next at Second City? A new theater in Piper's Alley
    Despite the famously lengthy titles of its revues, the Second City has come up with a very short name for its new venue in the Piper’s Alley complex on Chicago’s North Side: “Up.” Intended as a riff on stand-up comedy and the...
  • 2011 FALL THEATER GUIDE

    2011 FALL THEATER GUIDE
    New theaters. Renovated playhouses. Hot dramas. Nervous new artistic directors. Stephen Sondheim and his “Follies.” A celebration of Stephen Schwartz, a dissection of Mark Rothko, and a look at the tragedy that befell the Amish of...
  • Improv pioneer Josephine Forsberg dies

    Improv pioneer Josephine Forsberg dies
    Josephine Forsberg, a pioneer of the teaching of improvisational acting in Chicago, an early company member at The Second City, and an influential teacher of such stars as George Wendt, Shelley Long and Bill Murray, died Monday morning at the Illinois...
  • 'Bye Bye Liver's' Pub Theater finds new home near Wrigley Field

    'Bye Bye Liver's' Pub Theater  finds new home near Wrigley Field
    Seven years after launching the profitable and long-running “Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play,” Pub Theater has acquired its own theater space just a few blocks north of Wrigley Field at 3914 N. Clark St. The longtime home of Live...
  • The incredible Steve Carell

    The incredible Steve Carell
    TOLUCA LAKE, Calif. — Looking trim in a black windbreaker over a gray crew neck sweatshirt, Steve Carell walked into the diner near the Warner Bros. lot just like a regular guy. OK, most actors/celebrities walk into diners like regular folk; it&...