| Oct 8, 2012
| 5:04 PM
It is hard to immediately think of a theater piece as tough to watch as Dael Orlandersmith's new solo show "Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men," a relentlessly intense and deeply disturbing charting of the broad swath cut when adults abuse young men, whether...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 1:20 PM
The Goodman Theatre said Wednesday that Andre de Shields, a growing presence on the Chicago theater scene, would be part of the ensemble cast of Mary Zimmerman's "The Jungle Book" this spring. He'll play King Louie. The show, which uses the beloved...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 1:49 PM
Pushing boundaries, good taste and tiny budgets to their breaking point is the very definition of Chicago's fringe theater scene.
But, most important, you can always count on honest performances, often delivered in spaces the size of your living room....
| Mar 15, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Any theater company can make you fall in love again with a play you adore. The real mark for creative moxie is whether they can breathe life into a script that felt DOA the first time you saw it.
When I saw Noah Haidle's portrait of a young, benumbed...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 2:50 PM
Tennessee Williams' fleet of fragile, fading beauties contains many traps for long-beautiful actresses eager to publicly confront their neuroses and their mortality, if only to assert that they're not in denial about the constant ravages of time, even...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 8:28 PM
Two of the most accomplished productions in the history of Chicago theater — "Follies" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and "The Iceman Cometh" at the Goodman Theatre — shared top honors at the Joseph Jefferson Awards, presented Monday night...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Rachel Rockwell, the Chicago director whose career has flourished at such musical theaters as the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, is to make her Goodman Theatre debut in the summer of 2014.
Rockwell will direct a new,...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 12:25 PM
The Goodman Theatre has announced casting for its upcoming production of "Other Desert Cities," directed by Jon Robin Baitz. Tracy Michelle Arnold will play Brooke Wyeth (the role originated on Broadway by Rachel Griffiths); the Tony Award-winning...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Rudyard Kipling hated Chicago. "It holds rather more than a million of people with bodies, and stands on the same sort of soil as Calcutta," wrote the man whom George Orwell dubbed "the prophet of British imperialism in its expansionist phase,"...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Chicago has a plethora of holiday shows each and every year — and I’ll be reviewing enough of them over the next couple of weeks to put Rudolph in rehab. But based on many years of seasonal theater-going, here are 10 of our potential favorites...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Two components of many a Chicago summer of live entertainment are absent this year — there's no Cirque du Soleil tent at the United Center and no Riverfront Theater at the Tribune Company's Freedom Center. So you'll have to go camping for fun...
| Jun 28, 2013
So what did Bernie Sahlins, who died June 16, have in common with such fellow Chicagoans as Cyrus McCormick, Ray Kroc, Gustavus Swift, George Pullman, Potter Palmer, Wallace C. Abbott and Aaron Montgomery Ward?
Not much, you may be thinking. Sahlins ran...