| Nov 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
It's pretty incredible that Steven Spielberg got the real Abraham Lincoln to play himself in “Lincoln,” a recounting of the first few months of 1865 as the president worked to pass the 13th Amendment and end the Civil War....
| Sep 27, 2012
| 1:32 PM
The late Edward M. Kennedy is being honored with a new drama prize in his name. The annual award, which will be given through Columbia University Libraries in New York, will recognize a new play or musical that explores American history in a meaningful...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 4:55 AM
Bill Raymond, who has played Scrooge in Hartford Stage's "A Christmas Carol" in 12 of the last 14 annual runs, is featured in the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, "Lincoln," based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals."
Daniel Day-Lewis plays...
| May 8, 2012
| 6:31 AM
Sad new: Children's author Maurice Sendak is dead at the age of 83.
Here is an interview I did with the fascinating artist at his Ridgefield home in 2006 in advance of the children's opera in which he collaborated, "Brundibar.":
By FRANK RIZZO
| May 9, 2012
He had already been proclaimed "the Picasso of children's books" by Time magazine when Maurice Sendak, then in his 30s, wrote and illustrated "Where the Wild Things Are," a dark fantasy that became one of the 10 bestselling children's books of all time....
| May 8, 2012
| 12:38 PM
For every kid with a scraped knee, a skinned elbow, a bumped head and a torn shirt — the inevitable result of being very determined not to learn from one's mistakes — Maurice Sendak was your man.
For every kid who builds forts out of old...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 1:08 PM
On Nov. 3, 2002, Arthur Miller stepped up to the Armour Stage at Symphony Center, stood at the podium and read from his book "On Politics and the Art of Acting," in which he explored the American political stage.
As inaugural winner of the Tribune...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 1:07 PM
Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler, both longtime stars of Chicago theater, are to be the stars of the 2012 Goodman Theatre production of Regina Taylor's "Crowns" next summer, the theater said Tuesday. The pair of much-loved divas will be joined by a...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Charles Newell's office is spotless. Unnervingly tidy. Standing in it makes you feel as though you have intruded on a magazine photo shoot about anal-retentive work environments. His desk, which looks out onto 55th Street in Hyde Park, gleams: There's not...
| Apr 29, 2011
It may be hard for those who grew up watching "Will & Grace" to imagine the shock and excitement when Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band" caught fire off-Broadway in 1968, becoming one of the most discussed, derided and defended dramas of its era.
| Nov 17, 2011
This fall, theater fans may be in for a little déjà vu: "Carnage," "Ides of March," "A Dangerous Method" and "War Horse" are all films, opening from October through December, that have been adapted from plays. All are also popping up with early buzz,...
| May 6, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Theater legend: Arthur Laurents, the writer-director behind "West Side Story," "Gypsy" and other theatrical works, is dead. He was believed to be 93. (Los Angeles Times) Show of support: A federal commission has recommended construction of a museum on...