| Jul 15, 2014
| 1:05 PM
PASADENA, Calif. How do the wizards of television keep audiences coming back for more? With so much competition it requires a mysterious alchemy to spin straw into television gold. And it's an uber-challenge when some of the shows run a marathon of 24...
| Jul 4, 2014
As a preview to this year's Children's Read & Write Program, which invites children to submit book reviews for possible publication, we asked several Chicago-area authors to tell us about favorite characters from childhood books. Here's what they said....
| Jun 13, 2014
American readers got their first taste of Dutch novelist Herman Koch's disturbingly creative mind when "The Dinner" was published here last year. Its unnervingly amoral characters whet our appetite for more of Koch's sick, twisted — and more...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Northlight Theatre in Skokie announced on Wednesday the casts of the first three productions of its 2014-15 season: “The Commons of Pensacola,” “The Mousetrap” and “White Guy on the Bus.”
“The Commons of...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:47 AM
"Kid President: Declaration of Awesome" (Hub Network, Saturdays). Young Internet phenom Robby Novak, now 10, is the star of this whole-family-friendly half-hour series, expanded from the short online "pep talks" -- at once mock-inspirational and...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 3:50 PM
David Suchet, best known for his television portrayal of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, plays another canny scrutinizer of nefarious human behavior in Roger Crane's "The Last Confession," a straightforward political drama sexing itself up as a...
| Jun 8, 2014
There's no mystery about the best place for book lovers to gather this weekend — it's the Printers Row Lit Fest in the South Loop. But here are other questions about literature that have confounded many:
1/ In September 1849, Edgar Allan Poe...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:40 PM
"Orange is the New Black" will make a prison out of binge viewers' living rooms beginning June 6 on Netflix, but there's a whole lot more great TV coming this summer. Here are some of the new shows that could lock up your viewing time in the next three...
| May 8, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Vanessa Bell Calloway delivers "Letters from Zola" at Pasadena Playhouse. And South Coast Rep revisits its inaugural production, Moliere's "Tartuffe," to close out its 50th anniversary season.
Letters From Zora Vanessa Bell Calloway portrays African...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 12:00 PM
If the clang and clutter of summer superhero movies and action behemoths aren't for you — or even if you just want a break — there are still plenty of options in the months ahead, both at the art house and the far corners of the multiplex....
| Mar 31, 2014
| 7:01 PM
Kate O'Mara, 74, a British actress best known for her role as Caress Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in the 1980s prime-time soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at a nursing home in southern England after a short illness, according to her...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:25 PM
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight.
Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could...