| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:24 PM
More than 450 people enjoyed the rollicking Chicago premiere of "Pullman Porter Blues" on Sept. 24 as part of the Goodman Theatre's season-opening celebration. The festive evening began at The Standard Club, with a reception in its elegant wood-paneled...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Brian Dennehy, who is currently in the Los Angeles production of "The Steward of Christendom" at the Mark Taper Forum, will reprise his recent Chicago performance in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" for a six-week run at the Brooklyn Academy of...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:52 AM
In 2002, I wrote a Sunday piece for this newspaper comparing the fortunes of two theaters on Chicago's affluent North Shore: the Apple Tree Theatre of Highland Park and an upstart named Writers Theatre, then known as Writers' Theatre Chicago, a reflection...
| Nov 7, 2013
Fight or go with the flow. Not the flashiest of life's dilemmas, I suppose, but it sure comes up a lot in work and love. Those who know which to choose at which moment are lucky sods; most of us just flail around, wondering.
At one point in "Port...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 12:41 PM
On Wednesday, the Goodman Theatre announced casting for the Chicago premiere of "Buzzer," Tracey Scott Wilson's ("The Good Negro") play about the shifting landscapes of an urban neighborhood. Eric Lynch, Lee Stark and Shane Kenyon will star in the three-...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Albany Park Theater Project, the multi-ethnic, youth performing arts ensemble, will return to the Goodman Theatre next spring with "God's Work," the Goodman announced on Tuesday. Receiving a new production in April designed for the Goodman's Owen...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:59 AM
It seems chef Rick Bayless has been by bitten the acting bug. In addition to next summer's remount of Lookingglass Theatre Company's "Cascabel," a dining-entertainment fusion show being presented at the Goodman Theatre, Bayless will be trying his hand...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:30 AM
1. Trevor Burkins, 26
Communications coordinator, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Group
Previously an NBC page, with stints at "SNL" and assignments at NBC News and NBC Entertainment, Burkins got his start with Oprah Winfrey, pitching segment ideas;...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 3:51 PM
Noah Haidle, the overachieving young playwright formerly known for hyperintellectual insouciance, went through some personal stuff over the past year or two, resulting in his mother flying in, scooping him up from his urban East Coast milieu and...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:44 AM
Over lunch in Chicago's River North neighborhood the other day, the playwright Noah Haidle, a restless spirit, was chortling at a menu item at Restaurant Beatrix.
"Enlightened Caesar," he said. "That's really obnoxious." From there, Haidle, who is a...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:00 AM
In preparation for the annual Goodman vs. Steppenwolf flag football game next weekend, the Goodman Theatre's staff and artists wish to tell the world why they're all that and an intermission cookie — by creating this funny parody of Robin Thicke's...
| Oct 25, 2013
Great wisdom about artistic endeavor can come from all kinds of weird sources. Last week it came from the mouth of a puppet with a hollow head and a cloth body.
This particular puppet is the star of "The Table," the truly amazing show from the touring...