| May 29, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Young adulthood is so very, very hard to capture honestly on screen, in all its lurches and false starts and weird little moments of truth. Compress those experiences into the weeks spent rehearsing a college play, and there's an almost absurd degree of...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Debutant feature writer-helmer John Magary directs with a great deal of verve, imbuing even the most drawn-out scenes (as his frequently are) with a clipped, punkish energy. He has a perfect counterpart in leading man Josh Lucas, who approaches his...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"LET me explain this. I take a step on the terrace. Where I was just a memory. I take another step -- a memory. Look! A shooting star. It's gone. Shot! It's a memory!"
"You seem very wrought up, dear."
So it went between Elizabeth Taylor and Noel Coward...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 3:30 PM
In "Gidion's Knot," the intriguingly tense new play from emerging writer Johnna Adams, a mother, Corryn, shows up at her son's classroom to attend a previously scheduled parent-teacher conference. Her arrival at the school is a surprise to the teacher,...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:10 PM
The fall theater season of 2013 is already very much underway. From the scores of intriguing possibilities, here are 10 Chicago shows, opening between now and the holidays, that sound especially juicy. They're listed in alphabetical order; date ranges...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:14 PM
The earlier they trot out the decorations, the more quickly arrives the seasonal fatigue.
So if you would rather choke on an undigested bit of beef than pay dearly for Ebenezer Scrooge, if you secretly hope the "Christmas Schooner" will never leave...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Low-grade verbal abuse of those you love passes as humorous small talk in many British households, especially those populated by snarky writers, creative types and insufferable academics from the so-called humanities. Such a family — progressive...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:30 AM
The timing feels serendipitous. After a hiatus in 2012 to regroup, Reeling, Chicago's long-running gay and lesbian film festival, is back — kicking off just days after Illinois lawmakers voted in favor of marriage equality. You can't plan that...
| 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 4, 2013
Can "The Birthday Party" be celebrated in a wide-open space? It depends, surely, on the intent of the event. As the history of the 20th century teaches us, and as the Nobel laureate Harold Pinter understood at a very early age, unwanted, destructive...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Pessimism, a character observes in this 1995 drama from Austin Pendleton, is not something that can really be enjoyed in public. Which is why perhaps we seek it out so greedily at the theater, where it can be enjoyed at a safe remove....
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:40 AM
John Malkovich is performing in Chicago this weekend for the first time in five years. But the formidable and distinctive actor is not appearing at Steppenwolf Theatre, where of course he remains an ensemble member, but at Symphony Center in downtown...