| Dec 28, 2013
| 9:31 AM
Actors are used to hearing "break a leg!" before a performance, but those words strike terror in the heart of a professional football player.
"Don't say that! People keep saying that to me!" retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher joked Friday...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 9:43 AM
The holidays are upon us, and in the spirit of the season a few of Chicago’s many theaters would like to give you a special message.
The theaters shown here — including hundreds of actors, directors, designers, staff and administrators...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The actor's life is arduous and peripatetic, but it can be a long and fulfilling ride. You can find yourself handed enormous responsibility at a young age, like Johnny Rabe, given the pivotal job of playing Winthrop Paroo in the Paramount Theatre's "The...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:00 PM
"Tragedy," the critic Eric Bentley once wrote, "is an experience of chaos." True. But not only is the chaotic the landscape of "Hamlet," "Othello" and the like, it also visits many of us on a daily basis. A waiter finds himself in the weeds. A reporter...
| Jan 23, 2014
Dwyane Wade, a Chicago native and major part of three Miami Heat NBA championship teams, has sold his four-bedroom town house in Chicago's River West neighborhood for $1.66 million.
Wade, 32, recently became engaged to actress Gabrielle Union. He also...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 1:56 PM
The big wave of winter theater openings, many of which took place in subzero temperatures, is in a brief lull. The pace picks up again next week, but enough has come down to merit an update. This has been an especially notable couple of weeks for...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Lyric Opera’s 60th anniversary season will run Sept. 27 to March 15 at the Civic Opera House and will consist of 68 performances of eight operas, the same total as that of the current season.
The 2014-15 schedule, announced Monday morning at a...
| 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...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The Goodman Theater's much-lauded 2012 staging of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" has locked in a New York run that will play the Brooklyn Academy of Music in spring 2015 with its original cast -- including Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy -- intact....
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Walking into the Chicago Cultural Center for a warmhearted retirement celebration last week, I was pulled up short at the double door by a set of stickers. The ones with the menacing black handgun inside a bright circle, with a line through the gun. Those...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 12:06 PM
Picking a mere 10 shows from the plethora of work on offer this winter in Chicago's theaters is no easy task. Here's a mere sprinkling of the different kinds of live entertainment on offer in the city in the coming weeks, including a few shows that look...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:36 PM
NEW YORK — "Things like that freak me out," says Jessie Mueller, coming to life in a booth at Bond 45, a Midtown eatery where Broadway stars like to be seen. Except that Mueller, who opens Sunday in the role of Carole King in the new jukebox musical...