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Review: La Gringa (UrbanTheater Company)

This La Gringa is worth the trip west, with an energetic cast and a lovely message about home and family. A solid production from beginning to end, La Gringa is heartwarming but not sappy, presented in a welcoming venue by a talented ensemble. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Now Casting: BuzzFeed-Style Web Series and More Paid Gigs

No one can resist a listicle! In today’s casting notices, an upcoming web show in the style of BuzzFeed is casting talent to serve as its hosts. We’ve also got a union Shakespeare production and a fantastic on-camera opportunity! BUZZFEED-TYPE...Show More Summary

Atlanta Now Casting: Earn More Than $2,000 in an Airline Print Ad

Photo: Pexels Fasten your seatbelts! An airline company is casting Atlanta-area talent for an upcoming print ad and the gig will pay $2,250. Male and female talent, ages 18–59, is sought. Shooting is slated for Feb. 14–15 in Atlanta, Georgia. Show More Summary

In Second City e.t.c.'s 'Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno,' the laughs take the long view

"Saturday Night Live" has Alec Baldwin on tap to play — and greatly annoy — the president-elect. The very funny new show at the Second City e.t.c., "Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno," goes one further. It's hit up some modeling studio and brought in a many-tentacled monster to take over...

Review: Her America (Greenhouse Theater, Solo Celebration)

Part of Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration! series, Her America, by Brett Neveu, has a troubling premise regarding women's choices. That being said, Kate Buddeke is an actor of fierce abilities, directed well by Linda Gillum. Slightly Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Chris Tucker's talent only counts for so much at the Chicago Theatre

Comedian Chris Tucker may not know how to structure a coherent 85-minute comedy set (more on that later) but he definitely knows how to make an entrance. Most comedians enter from stage left or stage right. Saturday night at the Chicago Theatre, with Bruno Mars' brash "24K Magic" blaring about...

Review: What of the Night? (Cor Theatre & Stage Left Theatre)

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when it first premiered in 1990, Cuban-American playwright María Irene Fornés’s What of the Night? is an important, but rarely produced, work of unconventional theater. Ambitiously presented by Cor Theatre and Stage Left Theatre, it thematically explores poverty and survival through a series of four unique segments. Show More Summary

Farewell to Ringling Bros., truly the Greatest Show on Earth

It has come time to pen a requiem for the circus. "Why?" you wonder. Did not the unexpected announcement Saturday night of the closing in May of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus just mean the end of one circus? Do not many circuses remain, here and especially in circus-loving countries...

Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to shutter in May

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a mainstay of family entertainment in America for 146 years and a retro throwback to the days of circus trains, parades, pachyderms and old-school clowns, is to close permanently in May. The announcement was made on the website of Feld Entertainment,...

Review: Honky Tonk Angels (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)

Despite a winning roster of country favorites and powerful, talented voices to serve them up, Honky Tonk Angels is all but done in by the barrage of clichés that creator Ted Swindley has mushed into a plot that’s staler than year-old corn pone. Slightly Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Sweat, maybe tears and no apologies at Black Box Acting

It's not easy dying eight times a week onstage. And it's uncomfortable sprinting dozens of times through knee-deep snow in subzero temperatures for a single scene until a director says you can stop. But that's the reality of acting: Rehearsing and performing for stage, television and movies can...

Review: The Sundial (City Lit Theater)

Despite a few strong performances, City Lit Theater's The Sundial fails to fully deliver. Though based on the novel by influential author Shirley Jackson, it's clear here that not every literary work adapts well to the stage. Adaptor/Dirctor Paul Edwards is very clearly passionate about Jackson, but passion doesn’t translate in this adaptation. Show More Summary

Theater openings Jan. 13-19

Saturday "Eurydice": Promethean Theatre Ensemble presents Sarah Ruhl's play about a bride who descends to the underworld where she finds her father. Through Feb. 11 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.; Sunday "Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno": The...

Review: 'What of the Night?' is a heavy and important 3 hours

"I fear for our future," wrote the distinguished Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornes. "I feel that we are becoming greedy and heartless. I don't understand what is leading us to these feelings, and I can't imagine anything but disaster being the outcome of our mindlessness and heartlessness."...

Watch Matthew McConaughey Audition for His Most Iconic Role

If the country's current climate has you wishing for days gone by, Richard Linklater's cult classic “Dazed and Confused” is one way to transport yourself back in time. Released in 1993, the film tells the story of the last day of high school for a group of kids in 1976. Show More Summary

Get Cast in ‘Spamilton’ and 4 More Theater Gigs

As the Broadway mega hit “Hamilton” takes over the city of Chicago, so, too, does its acclaimed Off-Broadway counterpart, “Spamilton.” The satirical take on the Founding Fathers rap musical is casting for its upcoming production in the Windy City in this week’s roundup of casting notices. Show More Summary

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