| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:39 AM
Charles Dickens is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker and the chief mourner. Old Dickens is as dead as a door-nail.
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:42 PM
"4000 Miles": Kimberly Senior directs the drama by Amy Herzog about a grandmother and grandson. Through Oct. 20 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; $25-$75 at 847-673-6300 and northlight.org
"The Wheel": Actress Joan...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:52 AM
In 2002, I wrote a Sunday piece for this newspaper comparing the fortunes of two theaters on Chicago's affluent North Shore: the Apple Tree Theatre of Highland Park and an upstart named Writers Theatre, then known as Writers' Theatre Chicago, a reflection...
| 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...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:59 AM
It seems chef Rick Bayless has been by bitten the acting bug. In addition to next summer's remount of Lookingglass Theatre Company's "Cascabel," a dining-entertainment fusion show being presented at the Goodman Theatre, Bayless will be trying his hand...
| 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...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The Goodman Theatre has announced the cast for the Chicago premiere of "Venus in Fur," David Ives' audition-set play, and it is a major break for the Chicago actress Amanda Drinkall, who recently appeared in "Great Expectations" at Strawdog Theatre...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:32 AM
Goodman Theatre has landed one of Broadway’s biggest names for its “A Dream Evening” gala.
Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”) is set to perform at the benefit for Goodman Theatre’s education and community engagement...
| Dec 27, 2013
It's the final column of 2013. So, happy New Year! And here are 10 moments from the Chicago theater — the inspired, the unusual and the I-can't-believe-they-just-did-that — that I'll be remembering for years to come.
1. The umbilical cord...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 3:12 PM
Rebecca Gilman's last play at the Goodman, 2010's "A True History of the Johnstown Flood," used the 1889 cataclysm that killed more than 2,200 people as a sweeping indictment of Gilded Age class privilege. It was a massive production, thematically and...
| Jan 20, 2014
When Kat Falls first imagined her best-selling middle-grade novel, "Dark Life," she was a busy stay-at-home mom of three, dashing from activity to activity and setting a 15-minute timer to ensure she got some writing in each day.
After taking about a...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:49 AM
August Wilson's plays first arrived in Chicago as they were still being written, mostly in the 1990s. For those of us who were around, the experiences at the Goodman Theatre — complete with Wilson, cigarette in hand, pacing the Dearborn Street...