| Oct 31, 2012
| 4:58 AM
Baltimore native Jason Winer signed a new deal with 20th Century as NBC announced a premiere date for his sitcom, "1600 Penn," according to the trade publication Variety.
The deal will keep the Friends School graduate writing-producing and directing at...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:36 AM
Broadway shows reported declines in box-office revenue across the board last week following super storm Sandy. Total Broadway grosses were $13.6 million for the week ending Sunday, down about $5.7 million, or 30%, from the previous week, according to data...
| Nov 10, 2012
I wrestle with my demons just like everybody else, addicted as I am to Mariel Hemingway movies and those little "fun-sized" Snickers bars, of which several trillion are floating around in these weeks after Halloween.
Airlift them to Cuba. Put them in...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 9:33 AM
When Joseph Smith Jr. published The Book of Mormon in 1830, he likely wasn't expecting that an outrageously profane musical that purloined his golden title would dominate the 2011 Tony Awards. Then again, he probably wasn't anticipating "South Park"...
| Dec 13, 2012
'Tis the season for sucking up at company holiday parties — or, as Frank, the central character in David Ives' "The School for Lies" would put it, this is prime time, baby, for "two-faced pestilential etiquette." Perchance you indulged in a little...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Over the past 103 years, America's churches have built the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) into the nation's most successful youth group — which makes it remarkable that the BSA stands ready to let gays join Scouting, thus publicly renouncing the wishes...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 11:23 AM
I just saw the super-ultra-atmosphere-piercing smash hit musical “The Book of Mormon” and had two conflicting feelings about it. Yes, it’s entertaining, clever, and funny as hell, but also, has anyone noticed, that much like some of...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Chicago has a plethora of holiday shows each and every year — and I’ll be reviewing enough of them over the next couple of weeks to put Rudolph in rehab. But based on many years of seasonal theater-going, here are 10 of our potential favorites...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 8:15 PM
"Once" is once again in the awards spotlight. The original cast recording for the popular Broadway show is among the Grammy nominees this year in the category of musical theater albums. The show features songs by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 10:16 AM
The presidential campaign has placed a spotlight on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The Book of Mormon” musical is pushing the religion to the forefront of pop culture. And with Ann Romney’s recent appearance on...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 10:20 AM
I’d wanted to take an actual Mormon to see “The Book of Mormon,” but the closest I could come was the lovely and patient older daughter — so well scrubbed and shimmery that she looked like an Irish coin.
“Come on, Coin,...