| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 10:06 AM
Gary Griffin with direct a new play called "Appropriate" at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and then at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in the fall.
Set in Arkansas, "Appropriate" is a piece by...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 2:38 PM
Philip Dawkins, a hugely talented Chicago writer, has, in his newest work, "Failure: A Love Story," penned a Chicago tale full of emotional riches. Alas, this potentially moving drama about three ill-fated sisters in the 1920s has been saddled with a...
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 11:52 AM
"Disconnect," the aptly named new play by Anupama Chandrasekhar at the Victory Gardens Theater, is set in a collection agency in Chennai, India, where smart, ambitious and energetic young Indian workers assume pseudonyms like Jennifer and Michelle and try...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Last week, in a valiant effort and one that deserves to be applauded, the mayor and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas took the point in an effort to raise money to expand the at-risk youth basketball program known as Windy City Hoops.
“For me, as a...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Citing the need for financial responsibility and a desire to conserve resources for the 40th anniversary season, Victory Gardens Theater artistic director Chay Yew announced Monday that the venerable non-profit will have a 2013-14 subscription season of...
| 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...