| Dec 15, 2013
"August: Osage County," one of the most acclaimed plays ever to debut in Chicago, has been turned into a movie that will reach theaters nationwide in coming weeks and is likely to increase awareness of the city's vibrant theater scene. Here are 10 facts...
| Dec 12, 2013
Playwright Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer" takes place on the kind of Christmas Eve too often ignored in the season of mandatory cheer — one filled with recrimination, booze and soul-crushing fears of what the future holds, in this life and the...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Can't go home again? That old adage apparently doesn't apply to actors who started in Chicago theater before going on to Hollywood success. In the past six months alone, Windy City auds have seen the return of an impressive ensemble of well-known big- and...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:26 AM
The iconoclastic movie star Bill Murray is always on the guest list for events celebrating anniversaries and the like at The Second City. But the famously unpredictable actor invariably does not show up. On Monday night, though, there was Murray on Navy...
| 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...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Rhea Perlman, the actress best known for playing Carla on the NBC comedy "Cheers," is to star in a show at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie this spring.
Perlman will play Stella in the world premiere of "Stella & Lou," a new three-character drama by...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Northlight Theatre is announcing part of its 2013-14 season, including a new production of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," the Chicago-area premiere of "4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog and a new Irish drama that will star John Mahoney.
"4000 Miles," a big...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:39 AM
Sit down for coffee and conversation with Sophia Sinise (who goes by "Sophie" informally) and she seems like any other personable 24-year-old mulling over her career possibilities. Until she emerges from the ladies' room in the coffeehouse and gleefully...
| Feb 4, 2013
Can "The Birthday Party" be celebrated in a wide-open space? It depends, surely, on the intent of the event. As the history of the 20th century teaches us, and as the Nobel laureate Harold Pinter understood at a very early age, unwanted, destructive...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Oh, it's just the way you'd want it to be. Rhea Perlman is playing Stella in the soon-to-open "Stella & Lou" at Northlight Theatre — you likely know Perlman as Carla from television's iconic "Cheers."
She got the theater gig after getting a call...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 4:22 PM
I just finished Warren Littlefield’s book “Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV.” It was a Father’s Day present. Littlefield was NBC's president of entertainment during that era, and it was fun to learn......
| Mar 6, 2012
| 10:06 AM
A production of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” directed by Austin Pendleton, a fresh staging of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Broadway hit “Good People,” a new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a remounting with a new...