| May 30, 2014
The way Stuart Dybek tells it, on the night that he decided to become a writer, the moon rose full and bright over Lake Michigan. It had not been an easy decision. His father, an immigrant from Poland who had pushed his way to foreman at the McCormick...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 2:52 PM
NANGALE, Tanzania — Only about half the dogs Anna Czupryna is studying in Tanzania have names. Dogs are different here. They are foragers and night watchmen who are treated more like livestock than pets.
But when the dogs of north-central Tanzania...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 2:18 PM
The Circle Theatre production of "When the Rain Stops Falling," a prismatic drama by Andrew Bovell set in Australia, and "Smokey Joe's Cafe," a rocking musical revue of the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, emerged as the big winners at Monday...
| May 21, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Theo Ubique Theatre, the small Chicago company known for its intimate productions of musicals, will stage Stephen Sondheim's "Passion" as part of its 2013-14 season, the Rogers Park company has announced.
"Passion" will be helmed by Theo Ubique artistic...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 7:33 AM
The time is ripe, you'd think, for a revival of "Reefer Madness," the silly musical spoof of the 1936 exploitation-morality movie that spun the yarn that Mary Jane was lying in wait for all the clean-cut young people of America, ready to turn each and...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 1:06 PM
Even a warm, fun, country-rock night at the Double Cupp Diner — home of the "Pump Boys and Dinettes" — must come to a close. So the authors of this familiar, honkey-tonk musical revue helpfully provided a number — "Closing Time" —...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 7:56 AM
Chicago-area fans of the Stratford Festival in Canada have a new and vastly more convenient way to fly to the popular theatrical destination. On June 14, American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin non-stop service from...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Lifeline Theatre will stage a new adaptation of "The Woman in White," the 1899 English ghost story by Wilkie Collins that previously became the main source of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, as the opening production of its fall season. Robert Kauzlaric's...
| Feb 14, 2012
The new production at the Lifeline Theatre is, in essence, the story of a group of people slowly starving to death. It is a measure of the quality of the acting here — and, looking at the ensemble as a whole, I don't think I've seen a better acted...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 2:09 PM
Kelli Harrington, the little-known actress playing Margaret Johnson in Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier's deftly sung, intensely intimate, astutely staged and very moving little production of the Adam Guettel musical "The Light in the Piazza," is currently...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 12:59 PM
The last time you could see a significant production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Aspects of Love" in Chicago was more than 20 years ago, when a touring company played the old Civic Theatre, now used by the Lyric Opera as a rehearsal space. The No Exit...