| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:59 AM
I first saw Susan Nussbaum when she was playing the writer Gertrude Stein.
This was in 1987, when she appeared as Stein in the Goodman Theatre's production of Frank Galati's "She Always Said, Pablo."
This piece first ran in...
| 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...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 2:32 PM
"Write about your own life" says many a writing teacher to many a young scribe. Confronted with that authoritative solipsism, the young writer tends to worry about two things. First, that my life is not interesting enough to write about, especially not...
| Mar 8, 2013
For many people the defining moment in the Field Museum's recent history was the bid at a 1997 auction that made Chicago home to the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as Sue.
But that choice could have far less impact on the Field's future than another...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 1:16 PM
To open up “The Glass Menagerie” in Chicago — whether you're in a second-floor walk-up or a downtown showcase — is to awaken the ghosts of history.
This city never supported a needier or worthier play. There's an excellent case to...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 9:01 AM
With Scrooge back under wraps, it's time for the 2013 winter theater season to begin in earnest. There's an especially strong slate of classical works opening between now and the end of March, but the offerings also are as diverse as ever. Among the...
| 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 24, 2013
| 8:28 AM
In his younger days, playwright Jon Robin Baitz was known for his angry young characters, usually in conflict with stubborn members of the older generation. Those bristling, indignant, furious youth fill such plays as "A Fair Country" (produced in Chicago...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Just a few things that didnt make it to the main stiory of the "Water by the Spoonful" opening in New York earlier this week.
Quiara Alegria Hudes, the playwrioght -- who is about to giuve birth to a baby boy in a few weeks -- is prepping for the...
| Jan 13, 2013
Is it possible to fall in love with all the characters in a play, even those who see themselves as less-than-worthy members of the human race? And then, after more than a year, fall in love with them all over again?
That's what happened to me with...
| 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...
| 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....