| 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,"...
| 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...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 11:43 AM
Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls is to helm playwright Beth Henley's play "The Jacksonian" at the New Group in the fall, the New York-based theater company said Monday.
Falls' off-Broadway cast will include Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Any writer knows the temptation of using one's family for material. They're immediate and present. Their influence is intense and fundamental. Writers usually justify the act on the grounds of authorial honesty: Since the issues in one's life are forged,...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 9:08 AM
It's a little after 10 p.m. in Chicago's theater district and you just got out of "The Book of Mormon" at the Bank of America Theatre, but the show's dirty jokes and catchy music numbers have left you a little too giddy to go home. What are some good...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 12:55 PM
When Diane Lane first arrived at the Goodman Theatre to begin rehearsals for David Cromer's much-anticipated fall production of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," someone handed the famous actress — star of such movies as "Rumble Fish,"...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 12:19 PM
The set is the same, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. So for those who hoped that the Goodman would mark the 35th anniversary of "A Christmas Carol" by sprucing up the visuals – well, maybe Santa will strike that off your wish...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 5:50 PM
It didn't take long for Danai Gurira to make her mark as zombie-killing warrior Michonne in "The Walking Dead." After all, the beloved character from Robert Kirkman's graphic novels can chop off a walker's head with one stroke of her katana sword....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Inspiring music-making isn't necessarily loud, aggressive, self-aggrandizing or heavily promoted.
Consider what happens early every Wednesday night at Andy's Jazz Club, where the superb but serenely understated Chicago guitarist Andy Brown leads a...