| Mar 10, 2014
| 12:45 PM
UPDATED MARCH 11 WITH FULL OBITUARY ... The men playing Ebenezer Scrooge changed over the years — William J. Norris, Tom Mula, Larry Yando — but not the man lighting the famous Dickensian sinner's pathway to redemption.
For the entire 36-year...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The Goodman Theatre said Wednesday that its 2014-15 mainstage season in the Albert Theatre will begin with a reprise of Anne Kauffman’s hit 2013 production of Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall,” restaged for the larger space.
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Blythe Danner and scribes Donald Margulies and David Auburn have lined up world premieres as part of the Manhattan Theater Club's 2014-15 season, a lineup that sees the Gotham nonprofit partnering with L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse and Chicago's Goodman...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 12:54 PM
The veteran Chicago actor Larry Yando, best known currently for his annual turn as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Goodman Theatre, will play King Lear in a new production of William Shakespeare's tragedy directed by Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 11:49 AM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is Lyric Opera’s new production of “The Barber of Seville,” directed by Rob Ashford. In Gioachino Rossini's 1816 opera, Count Almaviva disguises himself as a student named Lindoro to win...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:44 AM
It takes time to create a television documentary, and filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin have said they spent much of a year amassing 1,000 hours of video to make their CNN true-crime documentary "Chicagoland." So America currently is discovering, in...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 12:05 PM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase is Antonin Dvorak’s 1901 Czech opera, “Rusalka,” currently onstage in a new production from Lyric Opera. This production marks Lyric's first "Rusalka" in all its 59 seasons. Like Hans Christian...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 2:28 PM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is Tracey Scott Wilson’s serio-comedic new play, “Buzzer,” currently playing at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. Jackson (Eric Lynch), a young African American lawyer, moves back to his...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:35 PM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is “Luna Gale,” playwright Rebecca Gilman’s heated new drama at the Goodman Theatre. The titular Luna is a newborn baby that social services removes from the care of her parents, both teenage...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Some writers, especially those from families that don't necessarily understand the need for such a profession, curse their relatives. Others mine them for material.
Quiara Alegria Hudes most certainly is in the latter camp. Her North Philadelphia kin...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:59 PM
The term "masochism" — the practice, should you require a definition, of deriving sexual pleasure from the feeling of pain — has its origins in the fine work of one Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. His major opus of domination and subjugation was...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 4:30 AM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is a song from the national tour of "Once," the Tony Award-winning musical that currently plays the Oriental Theatre. Guy is a vacuum cleaner repairman in Dublin who bashfully writes the most beautiful music...