| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:41 AM
For two decades Christian Stolte has been a mainstay of Chicago's theater scene. If you've seen enough plays over the years at the Goodman, Steppenwolf or Profiles, you've likely seen Stolte, who has a pugilist's mug one does not easily forget.
| Aug 25, 2014
| 12:45 PM
TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi are known nationally as masters of long-form improvisation, that made-in-Chicago art form wherein a single audience suggestion of dialogue or a situation can unspool into a 90-minute show, never to be repeated. This past...
| Aug 1, 2014
Thirty-two years ago Charna Halpern approached Del Close with an offer. He was already a renowned director in the world of comedy, and working at Second City. She had just launched the ImprovOlympic and wanted him to teach a class.
"I heard about this...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Why do married — or otherwise committed — couples go to sex parties? One obvious reason presents itself. But the characters in the new black comedy "The Qualms" — set amid a little clutch of mostly miserable middle-aged Midwestern...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 6:37 AM
One of the busiest summers in Chicago's sketch and improv community just got busier. Next month veteran improvisers TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi will open a theater of their own called the Mission, which will be housed in the new iO Theater space at...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Pulitzer-winning playwright-provocateur Bruce Norris ("Clybourne Park," "The Pain and the Itch") has proven himself an expert at depicting American middle class hypocrisy, exposing characters' true convictions as contradictory to the beliefs they would...
| May 29, 2014
| 11:01 AM
There are a lot of famous names out and about this summer: Sting, Michael Cera, Bruce Norris and Sandra Oh, just to name a few. The reason is partly a few Broadway tryouts and partly a few more new Chicago productions that seemed designed to attract out-...
| May 6, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced casting for the world premiere of "The Qualms" by Bruce Norris on Tuesday. Norris is the author of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning "Clybourne Park."
The nine-person cast includes Steppenwolf...
| May 1, 2014
| 8:51 AM
"Jonah, you're not even a man," begins one of many epic insults hurled in the face of Jonah Ryan, the needling, socially maladjusted pisher of a human on HBO's "Veep," embodied with no-holds-barred gusto by one-time Chicago actor Timothy Simons. "You're...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Charna Halpern's script about her late iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) co-founder Del Close opens with the vastly influential, hard-living, difficult, brilliant improvisation pioneer glimpsing a TV on which his former student Betty Thomas is thanking him...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films).
| Nov 9, 2012
| 12:51 PM
The iO Theater is moving. On Friday, owner Charna Halpern purchased a new space for her long-running comedy enterprise, signaling an end to iO's presence in Wrigleyville after nearly two decades.
Currently located at the corner of Clark and Addison,...