| Dec 18, 2012
| 5:56 PM
As 2012 draws to a close, let's take a look back at the year in Chicago theater. January started with a roar — Klea Blackhurst doing Ethel Merman doing "Gypsy" at the Drury Lane Theatre. Twyla Tharp, an artist who refuses to stop reworking her...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 7:30 AM
Apparently confronted by a plethora of riches in the past season of Chicago theater, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee offered up not the traditional four or five nominees one finds at the Tony Awards, for instance, but a bevy of nominees for its...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...