| 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...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:41 AM
A highlight of this year's Black Harvest Film Festival (which begins this weekend and continues throughout the month) will likely be an early look at one of the most anticipated documentaries of the year: "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley."
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:15 PM
"Didn't he play a serial killer?" an editor asked when I brought up Gary Cole's name not long ago. Not a serial killer, but the 1984 TV miniseries "Fatal Vision" was Cole's first major role. Playing Jeffrey MacDonald, the real-life Army doctor who was...
| 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,...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 3:27 PM
"No actor should be in Chicago 'cause they wanta make money," a character says in "The Last Duck," a new play that includes a brief but pointed look at our Second City complex. "It's more about art," the guy says. "You know, whatever that means. Or you...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 9:32 PM
THEATER REVIEW: "God of Carnage" ★★★ Through April 17 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes; Tickets are $25-$78 at 312-443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org Post-show dining is always tricky in...
| May 4, 2012
| 8:20 AM
Joel Murray and Bobcat Goldthwait have known each other since 1985, when they met on the set of "One Crazy Summer," an iconic comedy of the era starring John Cusack as a dorky animator and Demi Moore as the girl of his dreams.
"The day I met Bob, he...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 12:04 PM
I spent a full day on the set with the "Boss" cast and crew when they were filming here this summer, and I walked away with the distinct impression that the series would not fall into some of the same traps that hampered Fox's "The Chicago Code" or so...