| May 22, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Two components of many a Chicago summer of live entertainment are absent this year — there's no Cirque du Soleil tent at the United Center and no Riverfront Theater at the Tribune Company's Freedom Center. So you'll have to go camping for fun...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 9:01 AM
With Scrooge back under wraps, it's time for the 2013 winter theater season to begin in earnest. There's an especially strong slate of classical works opening between now and the end of March, but the offerings also are as diverse as ever. Among the...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:26 PM
"We're inventing a Rome," said Jonathan Munby over lunch recently, "that looks and feels like contemporary Washington."
Although he was born in Yorkshire, England, and bases his freelance career in London (with frequent forays to the Royal Shakespeare...
| Jul 27, 2014
I'm all for affording former Mayor Jane Byrne a long overdue geographical honor, but I draw the line at the Circle.
Byrne, now 80, Chicago's only female mayor, served from 1979 to 1983, but never had her name slapped on a park, street, building,...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 3:16 PM
Stephen Sondheim's "Road Show" is coming back to Chicago, where it once was "Bounce." And it'll share a season on Navy Pier with "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Henry V," "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Gypsy."
Gary Griffin will direct both of the musicals...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 2:56 PM
No theater in the world has done more for Italian drama than the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, which, despite the diminutive in its name, has become famous for bold productions of works by the likes of Carlo Goldoni, Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo....
| Feb 14, 2012
| 8:15 AM
The Windy City Circus, a new, non-profit circus that was slated for Festival Hall on Navy Pier this month, has canceled at the last minute, due, its founder said, to financial problems caused by a lack of sponsorship.
In a statement, founder David...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 12:06 PM
Gary Griffin will direct "Sunday in the Park with George." Barbara Gaines will stage both David Ives' "The School for Lies" and Shakespeare's "Henry VIII." And the British director Jonathan Munby will helm a new production of "Julius Caesar," using...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 1:09 PM
Taking a leaf from the early days of Joseph Papp in New York and endeavoring to increase its own accessibility, Chicago Shakespeare Theater says it plans to tour its "Short Shakespeare" production of an abbreviated version of William Shakespeare's "The...
| May 29, 2013
| 10:14 PM
So here's an indication of how far China has come: The last motorcycle rider in the Globe of Death in this year's "Cirque Shanghai" on Navy Pier is a woman. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has had more riders — we Globe of Death fans...
| May 4, 2012
Few realizations are as painful in life as the one that comes to a previously generous person, fallen on hard times and made suddenly and brutally aware that the quality of kindness among homo sapiens is neither reciprocal nor ubiquitous.