| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Improv, that Chicago comedic staple, has been in the news recently for some of the wrong reasons. The debate about the lack of diversity on the famed sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" prompted the broader question of whether a lack of diversity...
| Dec 13, 2013
The year in Chicago theater produced some gorgeous new plays, a stunning revival of one of the most important dramatic works ever penned by a Chicagoan and any number of intimate encounters with matters of import, not the least being the problem of gun...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:10 PM
As irresponsible as it may be to encourage drinking at this time of year, you are more likely to enjoy “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre if you toss back a few Tiny Tim-tinis or Scroogedrivers at the lobby...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:37 AM
NEW YORK — Adam McKay still has the improvising chops that made him a Second City standout, but now he's doing his work with microphone in hand, video monitors arrayed in front of him and fellow funny guys Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Some Chicago theater companies become important by growing to the point they become institutions — entities that hire actors, build subscriber bases, raise money for new buildings, that kind of thing. That's one form of influence. But what of that...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:56 AM
Here's something you may not know about Bill Cosby.
"He orders lunch for everyone," Robert Townsend said when I reached him in Los Angeles by phone. "Usually somebody like a production assistant does that. But he will call the restaurant himself and...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:20 PM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican from Florida, faces arraignment in a Washington court Wednesday morning after being charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.
Radel was arrested on Oct....
| Nov 12, 2013
| 8:38 PM
There are no signs or banners on this nondescript industrial warehouse in West Town to indicate that the 18,000-square-foot structure is headquarters for what could soon become the largest commuter cycling system in the country.
| Nov 12, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Record executives, radio stations and arts critics love making crisp distinctions among jazz, blues, gospel, soul and you-name-it.
But music doesn't necessarily break down that way, and few performers epitomize the stylistically borderless nature of...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:58 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway drama "Good People," and its lead actress, Mariann Mayberry, emerged triumphant at the Joseph Jefferson Awards held at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace on Monday...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Former Chicago resident John Lehr has another season to tame the Wild West in Hulu's original series "Quick Draw." The online service Monday announced it has renewed the comedy for a 10-episode second season.
"Quick Draw" premiered this summer, becoming...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:36 AM
Really, in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor, minor point, somewhere between apocalyptic and not-very-apocalyptic-at-all: The 24-hour Starbucks in Piper's Alley, the large, busy one that hugs the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street in Old Town,...