| Aug 26, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Chicago theater often is perceived as a kind of giant theater graduate school — a place for young artists to find opportunity, refine their craft and attract attention from elsewhere. There is truth to that image. But sometimes, an older actor...
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 11:23 AM
It's difficult to watch director Dennis Zacek's staging of "Other People's Money" for Shattered Globe Theatre without thinking about the director's own well-publicized disputes with the board of Victory Gardens Theater, where he served as artistic...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Playwright Samuel Hunter's "A Permanent Image" is by no means the first play to tell the story of adult siblings returning from out of town for a parent's funeral.
The emotional tension of that ubiquitous human moment — which often involves booze,...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Charlie, the dying, pathetic, 600-pound man stuck on the couch in the middle of Samuel D. Hunter's beautifully devastating drama "The Whale," is familiar with blubber. An online writing teacher, he's a fan of Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick." When Charlie'...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 1:42 PM
On Monday, Ayad Akhtar, author of the terrific play "Disgraced," which began life at the American Theater Company in Chicago, won the Pulitzer Prize in drama. He beat out writer Amy Herzog, who was a finalist. Others regarded as likely candidates for...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:44 AM
PigPen Theatre Co. and playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury will be participants in the 2013-14 Writer's Room, a new play development program with a focus on productions, Manhattan Theater Club and Ars Nova announced on Tuesday in New York. The seven-member...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 8:31 AM
This Theater Loop Showcase video is “Appropriate,” playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new drama currently onstage at Victory Gardens Theater. After the family patriarch dies, three siblings, their wives, children and special friends descend...
| Dec 13, 2013
The year in Chicago theater produced some gorgeous new plays, a stunning revival of one of the most important dramatic works ever penned by a Chicagoan and any number of intimate encounters with matters of import, not the least being the problem of gun...
| May 8, 2013
| 7:52 AM
The peak fall weeks at the Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., won't be occupied by a Victory Gardens Theater production, but a small commercial musical set during the era of the Holocaust and concerning a ghetto and concentration camp located in...
| May 17, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Traditionally, Chicago's nonprofit theaters view the first production of the autumn season, usually in late September or early October, as the tent pole of their artistic marquee. It's a chance to unveil something artistically challenging and...