| Dec 3, 2012
| 1:45 AM
5:30 - 9 a.m. Jonathon Brandmeier
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mike McConnell
10:05 a.m. The difference between middle and upper class is all about the way you think. Mike McConnell finds out how rich people think.
12 - 3 p.m. John Williams
1:35 p.m. ...
| May 24, 2013
| 10:59 AM
Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" came to life May18 at the Fairmont Chicago hotel for more than 700 people in attendance at the Goodman Theatre Gala. The evening featured the first musical performance of selected songs from the theater's new summer...
| May 17, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Sometime in the next few weeks, if you're walking down Fullerton Avenue around DePaul University and have 15 minutes to spare, duck into the tidy brick building alongside the CTA station. Here you will find the DePaul Art Museum, an institution so...
| May 11, 2013
| 10:00 AM
NEW YORK — David Mamet has his hustlers, Edward Albee his domestic warriors, Tony Kushner his brilliant self-flagellators. If playwright Christopher Shinn has a signature character, it is the manipulative victim — the half-sympathetic, half-...
| May 2, 2013
| 2:19 PM
The idea for "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," now in performances through June 2 at the Goodman Theatre, came to playwright Lynn Nottage the way so many of us discover so many slivers of old Hollywood. How? By happening upon a lesser-known title on the...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 1:42 PM
On Monday, Ayad Akhtar, author of the terrific play "Disgraced," which began life at the American Theater Company in Chicago, won the Pulitzer Prize in drama. He beat out writer Amy Herzog, who was a finalist. Others regarded as likely candidates for...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:34 AM
Last Saturday night in Chicago, three theatrical producers from out of town (one American, one Canadian, one British) all showed up to see the same show. They were joined by one of Broadway's more powerful booking agents, who was seeing the show for a...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 9:33 AM
You can't help but feel the maternal touch of Phylicia Rashad.
She exudes warmth, calm and centeredness that brings to mind ideal qualities of a mom. Her voice is honeyed and clear, her answers are specific and instructional, and when she says, "Oh,...
| Oct 11, 2012
Generally in this space I write of interesting connections (interesting to me, anyway), upcoming attractions, notable careers, powerful performances, sad-or-sweet news, money, art and other salient issues. I had such a column in mind for this week, but...
| Oct 17, 2012
In the excellent new drama “Mr. Sophistication,” veteran comedian/actor Ron Waters (Chicago-native Harry Lennix) is tempted by the notion that fame means he exists on a different level in society.
“I think any honest celebrity would see...
| Oct 21, 2012
For the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's opening night Oct. 11, attendees were treated to a star-filled red carpet at the Harris Theater that included Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Jon Bon Jovi. Academy Award-winning producer Tom...