| Feb 4, 2011
Joyce Sloane, the beloved maternal powerhouse of The Second City, and the woman who found and nurtured such comedy giants as John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley and Bill Murray, died Thursday, according to Kelly Leonard, the vice-president of The...
| Jun 22, 2011
When Russ Hencinski looks out of his classroom window at Lane Tech High School, the science and astronomy teacher sees a strip mall with a Jewel-Osco grocery store and other smaller shops.
But in his mind's eye, Hencinski can conjure up an image of the...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 2:04 PM
While in Chicago promoting his upcoming film, "Larry Crowne," Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson visited RL in the Gold Coast Thursday and Friday. Country singer LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian had brunch at RL Sunday. Cibrian is filming NBC's...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 8:30 AM
Dear Members of Printers Row,
What a nice ring to that phrase!
On behalf of my colleagues here at the Chicago Tribune, I'm delighted to welcome you to this great new adventure: Printers Row.
This is the first of your weekly newsletters, and a step in...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 11:06 AM
Lyric Opera of Chicago has shied away from commissioning any new operas over the last decade, at a time when other major American opera companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera have...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 12:45 PM
The Midwest is often accused of parochialism — and Chicago theater assumed to be preoccupied with dysfunctional American families. But there has been the distinct flavor of Africa in the air these last few weeks. Chicago theaters have offered a...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 2:31 PM
Life for Denis O'Hare has changed significantly. Vampires and their ilk took care of that.
O'Hare has always worked as an actor, ever since graduating during an especially fertile period for Northwestern University and arriving on the Chicago theater...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 11:37 AM
The performance this evening is sold out.
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Since 2003, Voices of a People's History -- the national non-profit that runs education and performing arts programs based on primary source materials has...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 10:26 AM
Within 24 hours last weekend, I watched two artistic directors make their debuts at the artistic helm of two Chicago theater companies: Halena Kays at The Hypocrites and Chay Yew at the Victory Gardens Theater Company. Their opening salvos were striking...
| Dec 22, 2011
Phew, 2011 was quite a year in Chicago theater. As the year comes to a close, ready for a quick tour back through the newsworthy highlights?
The Black Ensemble Theater bowed a gorgeous, $19 million new home on the North Side. Stage 773 on Belmont...
| Jan 22, 2012
Eric Ting respects superstitions, especially the one that says you can't say "Macbeth" aloud in a theater without dire consequences. ("The Scottish Play" is used instead.)
"I think superstition is a powerful force," says the fate-conscious Ting,...