| Oct 8, 2012
| 6:30 PM
Charles Smith is just your average, bumbling occupant of the Oval Office. Up for reelection, he doesn't stand much of a chance of gaining a second term. His wife is already asking whether she can take one of the White House couches she had reupholstered...
| 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 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 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Kara Walker will be difficult. This gets whispered to you by enough people in the art world and you start to believe it: She's humorless!
Intimidating! David Mamet intimidating!
And this week, before the Thursday opening of “...
| May 1, 2012
| 1:43 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — With a new Mark Rothko retrospective (and some even more eye-catching surprises) at the Portland Art Museum, Portland has plenty of visual-arts stimulation to offer — as well as music, dance, theater, literary happenings and...
| 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...
| Mar 22, 2012
Ulu Grosbard, a Tony-nominated stage director who also worked in film, directing such movies as "True Confessions" and "The Deep End of the Ocean," died late Sunday or early Monday in New York City, according to his family. He was 83.
During a five-...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 1:28 PM
Claire Forlani played Sean Connery's daughter in "The Rock," was Brad Pitt's love interest in "Meet Joe Black" and starred opposite Gary Sinise in "CSI: NY." On the new Starz series "Camelot," the 38-year-old actress reigns supreme as the beautiful and...
| Mar 24, 2012
The first thing you'll notice walking into the Hotel Lincoln is that it's not in downtown Chicago. No five-minute stroll to Navy Pier. No looking up to face the 900 Shops or the John Hancock Center.
Good for them.
The boutique hotel, which opened...