| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 2:47 PM
The regulars at Victory Gardens Theater are theater-going people. A number of subscribers say they hold season tickets to six to eight different theaters all over town — and have for decades. Many of them also feel a longtime affinity for Victory...
| Sep 6, 2007
First impressions: Tuan Nguyen, who co-owned the now-shuttered Pasteur, has opened an oasis amid the Lincoln Avenue bar scene. He called the place Simply It to emphasize, he said, the "nothing fancy" food. The dining room soothes with walls of chile red...
| Mar 29, 2010
| 12:44 PM
Easter Shortbread Cookies
5 oz butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven at 325. Combine all ingredients into a large mixer bowl with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed...
| Feb 6, 2003
| 10:00 PM
This feels like a big moment in the history of TimeLine Theatre.
Of course, a lot of Chicago troupes worry that they live and die by the strength of their current show. Plenty of theaters have suffered through slumps only to re-emerge stronger than...
| Sep 1, 2002
With its gorgeous balcony overlooking tall ships, promenading visitors to Navy Pier and a shimmering Lake Michigan, the neatly arranged office of the artistic director of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is probably the nicest such digs of any theater in...
| Sep 13, 1998
| 2:28 PM
Roy Leonard is never one for opening up the phone lines to hear what Joe in the suburbs has to say.
That was apparent on Friday morning when just about every talk-radio station in town was trying to gauge what the man on the street,...