| Feb 19, 2013
| 10:18 AM
Several of the city's major cultural institutions announced plans Tuesday to join together this fall for a "citywide celebration of arts and culture."
Dubbed “Expo Art Week,” the event is set to encompass museum and gallery exhibitions,...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 11:29 AM
"The Grapes of Wrath," composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie's operatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's sprawling 1939 novel about dispossessed Oklahoma sharecroppers during the Great Depression, has enjoyed a degree of instant success...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 3:19 PM
Some big new theaters cost tens of millions of dollars — even more than a decade ago, the new Goodman Theatre in the Loop cost $46 million. The new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis cost in the region of $125 million in 2006. In Washington, D.C., the...
| Mar 13, 2013
The turn of the millennium was a heady time for many Chicago cultural institutions. Cheap loans, high investment returns and swelling endowments spawned a slew of new attractions along the lakefront and around downtown.
The Art Institute built its Modern...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 9:51 AM
That's what the guy who sat behind me said as I settled into a matinee performance of "The Motherf***er With the Hat" at the Steppenwolf Theatre recently: "Whoa, will you look at that? That is something. That is large. I wonder what that'll do?...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 5:44 PM
One of the problems with plays dominated by collegiate sexuality — and there is no shortage of graphic undergraduate sex in Christopher Shinn's “Teddy Ferrara” — is that if you are a few years removed from that particular time of...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 1:32 PM
You may well think you have seen David Auburn's "Proof," the story of a single, 25-year-old Hyde Park woman grieving for the mathematically brilliant father who has left her bereft. The Broadway national tour came through Chicago. There was a very solid...
| Mar 25, 2013
Even in translation, Juan Rulfo's superb and highly influential short novel "Pedro Paramo" is a powerful, haunting experience. Published in 1955, this famous Mexican story of a young man, Juan Preciado, who journeys to a ghostly desert town in search of...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 8:32 AM
“Graceland” star Daniel Sunjata decided to become an actor partly because he would get to experience different challenges on the job. At the time he may not have been thinking he’d have to surf.
“My surfing? As Daniel, not so...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Say you had a family secret.
A juicy one. The kind that speaks volumes about families. And you wrote a book about it. But your family hates the book. Or, at the very least, potentially feels embarrassment from it. Would you still release that book?...
| Feb 16, 2013
After I pointed out that the Goodman Theatre production of Christopher Shinn's "Teddy Ferrara" contains a goodly amount of onstage groping, poking and unbuttoning, a fevered member of the Twitterati made a rather stinging observation.
"Chris Jones," the...
| 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,...