| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:41 AM
Mark Kriegel, a columnist for FoxSports.com, is one of the best sports biographers. His previous books chronicling the lives of Joe Namath (2005) and Pete Maravich (2008) were definitive.
Both men were legends in their respective sports, football and...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 2:47 PM
Toward the end of David Mamet's play "Race," onstage in an Orlando Shakespeare Theater production, a character's college thesis becomes part of the plot. Stripped of its over-intellectual academic language the fictional thesis is about race, power and the...
| Oct 24, 2012
When “The Sessions” co-star William H. Macy came to Chicago in the early 1970s, he briefly worked as a waiter at former Lincoln Park bar Le Pub. He made more money, he says, as a carpenter.
“[I would] build shelves and things like...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 7:21 AM
A co-writer for the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has reportedly accepted a book deal to tell his side of the story of the troubled mega-production.
Glen Berger, who wrote the book for the musical along with Julie Taymor, has inked a...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 7:01 AM
One of Broadway's more consistent box-office draws, Nathan Lane will return this season in a new play by Douglas Carter Beane. The two-time Tony Award-winning actor will lend his magical ticket-selling powers to "The Nance," which is scheduled to open...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Critic's Notebook: The dramatist who used to regularly scorch the stage with complex stories has let his anti-P.C. rage blunt his work.
What in the world has happened to David Mamet? The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Glengarry Glen Ross," a modern...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Al Pacino gets his freak on in HBO Film's biopic about legendary record producer Phil Spector, who definitely had a case of the crazies.
Written and directed by Chicago native David Mamet, "Phil Spector" (8 p.m. CT March 24, HBO; 3.5 stars) fictionalizes...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 10:00 AM
John Cunningham is Joe, Douglas Sills is John and Jordan Lage is Sam in William Mastrosimone's new play, "Ride the Tiger" slated for New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre.
And if you want to assume they're Joe Kennedy, JFK and mobster Sam Giancano, well, there...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 11:42 AM
The 2013 season at the Mark Taper Forum will feature plays by Bruce Norris and Sebastian Barry, as well as revivals of classics by August Wilson and Joe Orton.
Actor Brian Dennehy will be featured in Barry's "The Steward of Christendom."
In all, the...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:41 PM
One of the highest honors in the field of letters, the PEN Literary Awards, were announced Wednesday, and among the honorees are three playwrights. Christopher Durang is receiving the Master American Dramatist award, while Will Eno and Adam Rapp are being...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 10:15 AM
Fall in Fairfield County looks and behaves differently this year. You could call it artistic license, in the way that there are hunting seasons with special licenses for rare game.
The season is a fantastical odyssey designed to upend expectations at...
| Feb 4, 2012
A New York native of Sicilian heritage, Ben Gazzara was a strongly masculine, subtly menacing screen presence with a gravelly voice that one writer described as "saloon-cured" and another said could strip paint at 50 paces.
The veteran actor, who died...