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3Arts 2015 winners announced

3Arts, a non-profit organization that advocates for women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities, has announced the recipients of its 2015 awards. Ten Chicago artists in the performing, teaching and visual arts will each receive an unrestricted $25,000. The winners are: dancer...

Cho preaches to her choir at Chicago Theatre

Lewis Black is not be bringing his brand of angry stand-up to the Chicago Theatre stage until the end of the week, but Margaret Cho's 80-minute set Saturday night, part of her international "The psyCHO Tour," tapped into a very similar vein. Launching immediately into a tirade against the Pope...

'Marvin's Room' still a beautiful thing to behold

Scott McPherson's "Marvin's Room," now in a fine production from the Shattered Globe Theatre that includes the Tony award-winning actress Deanna Dunagan, is a comedy about so many of life's great sadnesses: estranged families, dementia, aging, ill health, regrets, cancer. "Well, you party on, Mr....

Review: Love and Information (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

It may be that the term mixed bag was never a more appropriate descriptor than for Remy Bumppo’s production of Love and Information. Playwright Caryl Churchill provides the bag of dialogue and the director is allowed to style the 50+ scenelets with more than the usual discretion. Show More Summary

Fox Valley Repertory Theater company abruptly closes

Fox Valley Repertory Theater, a St. Charles theater company, announced it has been "forced to close" this week due to "unexpected circumstances," in a post on its website. "We are very sorry that the curtain is closing," the post said. The post said ticket sales have been discontinued and the theater...

Review: Punk Punk (Nothing Without A Company)

Punk Punk isn't perfect, but we appreciate its edginess and genuine effort to be different. Silly, raucous and more than a little nasty, Punk Punk isn’t like anything else you’ll see in the city. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Feathers and Teeth (Goodman Theatre)

With Feathers and Teeth, we get an enervatingly familiar look at family dysfunction disguised as demonology, a quirkfest that dumbs an audience down as they realize how little’s at stake. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review...)

Texas Now Casting Stephen King Project and Other Upcoming Auditions

Hulu is hiring extras for its small-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 novel, “11/22/63.” The James Franco starrer is filming in Dallas, Texas and has King attached as executive producer alongside writer J.J. Abrams as producer. The...Show More Summary

Change in plans at Chicago Children's Theatre

Ralph Covert will replace Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s “Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny” this weekend at Chicago Children’s Theatre due to travel delays. Covert, co-author of “The Hundred Dresses,” will perform his rock and roll concert “Ralph’s World Rocks and Reads!” The show features...

SAG-AFTRA to Honor Amazon Studios, Capitol Records, and NPR

Amazon Studios, Capitol Records Nashville, and NPR are being honored at SAG-AFTRA’s American Scene Awards for their dedication to diversity. Amazon Studios is being recognized for its Emmy-winning “Transparent,” Capitol Records Nashville for Grammy winner Darius Rucker’s “Southern Style,” and NPR for Code Switch. Show More Summary

8 Chances to Get Discovered

There are an abundance of roles casting on Backstage. Here are eight, which might peak your interest. Film, theater, and TV included! “WAITRESS,” B’WAYThe role of 6-year-old Lulu is being cast for the Broadway production of “Waitress.” Auditions are Oct. Show More Summary

Tony-winning Irish playwright Brian Friel dies at 86

DUBLIN — Brian Friel, the Tony Award-winning playwright who created “Dancing at Lughnasa” and more than 30 other plays, has died in Ireland at the age of 86. The government and the Arts Council of Ireland said Friel died Friday in his seaside home in County Donegal, northwest Ireland, the setting...

WATCH: Blake Lively Auditions for Her Iconic ‘Gossip Girl’ Role

One of the most popular teen dramas of the late 2000s, girls everywhere longed to be immersed in the world of the ever-scandalous Upper East Side socialites on “Gossip Girl.” Blake Lively, however, put herself into this realm from her...Show More Summary

'Razzle Dazzle' by Michael Riedel offers enjoyable romp through Broadway

In 2011, Michael Riedel, the formidably sourced and eternally puckish theater columnist of the New York Post, was charged by his bosses with writing something on the eve of the Tony Awards. For a journalist like Riedel, who styles himself as the Last Great Broadway Columnist Still Standing (the...

Should prestige trump revenue? At the Chicago Symphony? For Amy Schumer?

On Tuesday, my colleague John von Rhein reported, the board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the musicians of that venerable orchestra attended separate meetings but came out with the same conclusion: to ratify a new three-year musicians contract resulting in a 1 percent salary...

What you should see now in fall theater: An update

The 2014 Tony Award-winning musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" opened its national tour in Chicago this week. So in honor of its arrival, and with a nod to the gender-parity imperative, let me offer a gentleperson's guide to the first wave of autumnal theater openings in the Chicago...

Free Dance Festival Comes to Brooklyn

Looking to see some great dance performances? Brooklyn and White Wave will be hosting the 2015 Dumbo Dance Festival, a four-day celebration of movement featuring 75 contemporary dance troupes and 325 dancers from the U.S., Canada, Italy,...Show More Summary

Austin Film Fest Announces 2015 Lineup

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) has announced its lineup for 2015, which features standout awards contenders like “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and “Legend” as particular draws. Show More Summary

Nice work

You can’t play the part of Hamlet, only parts of Hamlet. And the bits Benedict Cumberbatch offers us are of… The post Nice work appeared first on The Spectator.

Shtumming the spiel

London may cry foul over Hamlet’s misplaced to-be-ing and not-to-be-ing but Edinburgh is in raptures over a Magic Flute which… The post Shtumming the spiel appeared first on The Spectator.

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