| Mar 8, 2014
| 10:56 AM
Laurence "Larry" O'Dwyer, who delighted Center Stage audiences with his theatrical irreverence and memorable performances, died of cancer Feb. 28 at his home in Knox City, Texas. The former Mount Vernon resident was 77.
A local favorite, he was often...
| Sep 14, 2013
Center Stage could easily have chosen a work of great dramatic depth and weight to open its 51st season — some masterwork of the vast American theatrical canon, like, say, Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" from 1928.
But, noooooooo. Instead,...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 11:20 AM
Anarchists have taken over Center Stage.
Not the bomb-throwing kind, but the quip-smacking, horn-honking, non-sequitur-spinning types known as the Marx Brothers.
Those indelible siblings — weirdly mustachioed Groucho, fake-Italian Chico,...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 7:24 AM
A set of plays reacting to issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case will be created by seven playwrights with the support of theater companies around the country, including Baltimore's Center Stage.
The venture, "Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on...
| Dec 1, 2011
Not long after 9/11, playwright and actress Rohina Malik attended her best friend's wedding wearing a hijab.
"There was an American wedding going on in the same place as our Pakistani wedding," Malik said. "A guest from the American wedding saw me and...
| Sep 12, 2002
Didn't get cast in Hairspray the first time around? Well, get out those Aquanet cans again - you've got another chance. The hit musical is holding an open-call audition in New York on Sept. 20 for its first national tour, which goes into rehearsal in...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Of all the sectors of the arts and entertainment industry in Chicago, none has seen anything close to the level of explosive growth in 2014 enjoyed by the institutions that make people laugh.
This has been easy to miss.
Unlike prestigious nonprofit...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 9:37 AM
The Goodman Theatre has announced the cast of its 37th annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”
Larry Yando returns for his seventh turn as Dickens’ reformed curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge. Yando’s Scrooge will be uniquely...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:35 AM
By 11 p.m. Sunday night, the roughly two dozen cast members of The Hypocrites' production of Sean Graney's "All Our Tragic" had been together with their deeply loyal audience (and their hardworking crew) for 12 straight hours. They'd eaten pita bread...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Director Marion McClinton was in a Boston hospital bed when playwright August Wilson came to see him. It was September 2004.
McClinton had been Wilson's go-to director for more than a decade. Two years earlier, he had staged the world premiere of Wilson'...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 8:49 PM
Chicago, you likely have figured out by now, has more than its expected share of theaters and cutting-edge restaurants.
This week at the Goodman Theatre, you can see a relatively rare collaboration between the two dominant local cultural industries....
| Aug 5, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Staring at Rick Bayless chopping greens — and, let's face it, most of the ticket buyers at “Cascabel” are paying the big bucks to stare at the famous Chicago chef en personne and eat his delicious Mexican-inspired vittles — it...