| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:56 AM
In a move that comes after NBC's "Saturday Night Live" reacted to intense pressure to hire more minority performers, Chicago's Second City says it has created a new (and tuition-free) multi-performer fellowship designed to fast-track talented minority...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:21 AM
On October 26, an ornery puppet named Moses from Blind Summit Theatre’s “The Table,” which recently concluded an acclaimed stint at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, took to another one of Chicago’s famous stages — The Second City...
| 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...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 5:39 PM
John Lehr and Nancy Hower didn't know a lot about Westerns when they embarked on writing their new Hulu comedy, "Quick Draw." But they dug up comedy gold while researching the Old West.
"It's amazing the stuff that never made it into the Westerns because...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:13 AM
After nearly a decade in Uptown, the Annoyance Theater announced plans this past spring for a new venue at 851 W. Belmont Ave., just west of Clark Street. Lakeview is thriving neighborhood for sketch and improv (with ComedySportz, The Playground and The...
| Oct 11, 2013
There are things, for all time, which are decidedly the essence of Chicago: the Belushis, Michael Jordan, The Second City, thick-fingered Old-Style-drinking dudes who pronounce the word sausage as "saah-sidge," the Sears—err, Willis—Tower, hot...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:49 PM
There was a time, not many years ago, when Orange County was the cultural stepchild of Los Angeles. Boy, have things changed. Today, on many fronts, the O.C. leads the charge in such areas as the performing arts, visual arts, healthcare and scientific...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Although she's best known as silver-tongued killjoy Sue Sylvester, a scheming cheerleader coach with a propensity for track suits on Fox's "Glee," Jane Lynch's range as an actress runs wide and deep. Her roots with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:24 PM
The first time I read Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" was on an eight-hour road trip over the winter holidays. I was 7. We were on our way to visit cousins and I was squeezed in the backseat with my two older brothers, sandwiched...
| Mar 31, 2013
Allison Klotz remembers the scene perfectly.
It's 1974, and she is in her family's driveway. She is about to depart California for Chicago, where North Park College and nursing school await. Her mother is taking pictures, her father is scrambling...
| May 2, 2013
| 8:27 PM
Mike Gray, an author, activist and documentarian who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "The China Syndrome," the provocative 1979 film about a cover-up at a nuclear power plant, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Hollywood Hills home, his...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 8:52 AM
Second City is headed back to the opera in June; a performance this weekend at the UP Comedy Club will preview what's to come. "Improv & Arias: A Sneak Peek," from Second City and Lyric Opera Chicago, will be an evening of informal evening of sketches,...