| 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...
| 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 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
| 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...
| 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
| 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...