| Mar 11, 2013
| 9:04 AM
The words and rhymes of 12 high school poets competing in the individual finals of the Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry festival echoed off the marble walls of the Chicago Cultural Center Wednesday night. Jada-Amina Harvey, a member of Kenwood Academy's...
| Aug 28, 2012
Thanks to medication and spending every night in a sleeping bag, comedian Mike Birbiglia has his sleepwalking episodes under control. Well, except during times of intense anxiety—such as when he co-directs, co-writes and stars in a movie based on...
| Aug 31, 2012
One night in a La Quinta motel room, comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia jumped through a second-story window while acting out one of his dreams, ending up in the hospital with a leg full of broken glass. Well, it's a living. Since then he has...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 8:12 AM
Maria Somma, a spokeswoman for the Actors' Equity union in New York, said Friday morning that the Victory Gardens Theater production of "Ameriville" was now being produced under an Equity contract. Cathy Taylor, a Victory Gardens spokeswoman, confirmed...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 6:09 AM
Victory Gardens Theater has announced its 2012-13 season, the first under new artistic director Chay Yew and featuring several directors making their debuts at this long-standing Chicago company.
The 2012-13 begins with the Chicago premiere of...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 12:36 PM
Victory Gardens Theater said Monday that it has hired Geoffrey Jackson Scott as its new director of new play development.
Although he has a background in Chicago (he was associated with the old Roadworks Productions), Jackson Scott has spent the last...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 12:53 PM
The Chay Yew era at the Victory Gardens began in earnest Monday night with "Ameriville," an intensely politicized and energetic performance collage that starts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and ends up as a poetic indictment of all manner of...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 10:56 AM
Oral histories are only as good as their sources. So the amateur actors researching the systematic extermination of the Herero tribe of Namibia by German colonial occupiers in and around 1907 have a crippling problem.
These well-meaning thespians,...
| Feb 28, 2012
Mary Zimmerman will premiere her new stage-musical version of "The Jungle Book"in Chicago, as part of the Goodman Theatre’s 2012-13 subscription season, the Chicago theater announced.
"The Jungle Book," a Goodman production enhanced by the...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 2:53 PM
In case it wasn't clear by now, it's a new era at the Victory Gardens Theater. On Wednesday morning, artistic director Chay Yew announced a new slate of ensemble playwrights.
It's a much smaller group, made up of Philip Dawkins, Marcus Gardley, Samuel D....
| Mar 21, 2012
| 12:32 PM
American Blues Theater has announced an intriguing new season. The 2012-13 slate of plays at the Biograph Theatre begins with the world premiere of a new James Still work called "Illegal Use of Hands," to be directed by Victory Gardens associate...