| May 24, 2013
| 3:17 PM
As afternoon light tried to filter through the thick, stained-glass windows of Sharp Street United Methodist Church last weekend, Marco K. Merrick pounded out the bass line of a spiritual on a raw-sounding piano, singing along in a raspy voice: "Great...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:15 AM
The Steppenwolf Garage Theatre — a theater jury-rigged into the ground floor of a parking garage — hardly is the Savoy Theatre in London. But compared to the basement of the Chopin Theatre, a venue in Wicker Park where remarkably creative...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 2:35 PM
If this hellish Chicago January proves to be a harbinger of horrors to come, all the theaters around town will all be jumping on to a growing sub-genre that has borne much artistic fruit these last two or three years — the winter show that offers...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 7:28 AM
The Hypocrites' cheeky production of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance," a two-time hit in Chicago and also at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass, has added another regional notch to its belt.
Sean Graney's show...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 2:31 PM
A few innovative theaters have started offering child care somewhere in their building. But for its outrageously enjoyable and inclusive new take on "The Mikado," The Hypocrites upped the ante in a way that would have made old W.S. Gilbert and Arthur...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 10:55 AM
A lot of schools have their big student productions in fall and spring. By contrast, Trinity College is offering full productions of three different shows on this otherwise bleak January weekend.
Another Antigone (Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2 at 1:30 p....
| Apr 15, 2012
| 5:13 PM
One hundred and thirty-two years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan dreamed up a preposterous operetta involving a very modern major-general, his bevy of beautiful, naive daughters and a dutiful young Englishman apprenticed to a band of big-hearted...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 2:41 PM
A tiki bar serving mai tais and the like has been added to The Hypocrites' production of "The Pirates of Penzance," back for a second winter. The ability to imbibe, mid-show and for a mere five-spot, a fruity cocktail with a little umbrella is, perhaps,...
| Jun 30, 2011
People in the theater are often the first to feel it when the economy goes south. If it's a choice between pricey tickets to The Book of Mormon or paying the mortgage, most of us choose the latter. But, we have the financial meltdown of 2008 to thank...