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Review: King Lear (Belarus Free Theatre at Chicago Shakespeare)

Flaws and all, there’s an urgency and a joyous, subversive spirit throughout King Lear. Directed by the adapter, the actors are ferociously committed to the raw physicality of the piece. The show’s sensibility is that of a massive middle finger gleefully flipped in the face of tyrants. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: The Drawer Boy (Redtwist Theatre)

Michael Healey’s writing in the late 90s was inspired by his experiences with The Farm Show. The Drawer Boy is an alternately humorous and poignant memorial to the lives of these people. Don’t miss this powerfully acted, moving production. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire production...)

Review: Estrella Cruz–the junkyard queen (Halcyon Theatre)

Charise Castro Smith's Estrella Cruz balances parody admirably and, in doing so, presents a fun and unusual story about the underworld. Halcyon's production has a lot to offer, and its refreshing to witness a theatre company hold fast to its mission statement and core values so well. Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Fly High in ‘Finding Neverland’ and 3 Other Casting Opportunities

Find yourself in Neverland and feature films with four of this week’s most exciting casting notices. “FINDING NEVERLAND”With just a bit of pixie dust, this Broadway hit makes magic onstage night after night. Auditions are being held Feb. Show More Summary

Submissions being accepted for Chicago Women's Funny Festival

Are you a funny woman in Chicago looking to showcase your comedy chops? Submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Stage 773 announced Friday. The wide-ranging celebration of the Windy City's women in comedy features stand up, sketch, improv, musical performances...

8 Great TV Couples

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and to celebrate we want to reflect on some of the greatest couples to grace our televisions. Making chemistry translate on screen makes all duos notable in their own right, but here are eight of...Show More Summary

‘West Side Story’ and 3 Other Fabulous Acting Gigs

Check out some of this week’s most exciting casting notices below! “WEST SIDE STORY” CENTENNIAL WORLD TOURDid you know Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins were all born within months of each other—about 100 years ago?...Show More Summary

Review: A butler's memories in 'Looking Over the President's Shoulder'

If British playwright Joe Orton hadn't already used it, "What the Butler Saw" would be a highly apropos title for James Still's 2001 solo play. Instead, he went with "Looking Over the President's Shoulder" for this portrait of Alonzo Fields, who served as White House butler under four presidents...

WATCH: Tina Fey in Afghanistan for ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

Tina Fey dances with guns, Afghanistan, and fellow journalists in the new trailer for the comedy “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” Fey stars as war correspondent Kim Barker, who travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan during Operation Ending Freedom...Show More Summary

WATCH: Kurt Russell Auditions for ‘Star Wars’

The name Han Solo is synonymous with Harrison Ford, but other well-known actors auditioned for the part as well—including Kurt Russell. Despite a grainy tape, it’s evident the actor would’ve held his own as the iconic space captain. Although...Show More Summary

WATCH: Jessica Simpson in ‘A Chorus Line’

File this under Before They Were Famous. YouTube, that bastion of procrastination options, has provided us something we didn’t even know we wanted: Jessica Simpson’s performance as Cassie in her high school’s production of “A ChorusShow More Summary

8 Musical Theater Songs to Break Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

Love comes and goes, but belting is forever. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are eight musical theater songs (in no particular order) that will certainly break your heart in two. These tunes are best enjoyed while treating yourself...Show More Summary

'Thank You for Coming' at the MCA: You'll be asked, politely, to join in

First my coat and purse were taken. Then the boots had to come off. Finally, I was asked not to haul my pad of paper and pen around but instead to have the true "immersive experience." No notes. Yikes, my critical armor was gone in a flash. But the minders at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where...

Casting announced for 'Dreamgirls' at Porchlight

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced casting for "Dreamgirls," the Henry Krieger musical about a '60s female singing group and the cost of their growing fame. Donica Lynn will star as Effie Melody White, a role made famous by Jennifer Holliday on Broadway in 1981 and by Jennifer Hudson in the...

The Update on Equity’s Election Calendar

The Actors’ Equity Association election for 2016 is in full swing. Candidate packets were made available on Feb. 5 and can be viewed by accessing Equity’s website or contacting any regional office. The deadline for nominations via independent petition are due in all three regional offices by Friday, March 4 at 2 p.m. Show More Summary

Valentine's video: 'Name That Tune' with the cast of Goodman's 'The Matchmaker'

How many popular, hummed love songs could you name in one minute? That's the Valentine's Day challenge in this week's Theater Loop video featuring the cast of Goodman Theatre's "The Matchmaker." Actors Ron Rains, Elizabeth Ledo, Anita Hollander, Behzad Dabu, Postell Pringle and Theo Allyn test...

Review: A 'Cabaret' with fresh ways to make us squirm

The toast of Mayfair is back in town, and she's looking a little desperate. Sally Bowles, I mean — not "Cabaret." The touring version of the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2014 revival of Sam Mendes' 1998 revival (got that?) of Fred Ebb and John Kander's portrait of Weimar-era weltschmerz and excess...

Chicago theater openings for the week of Feb. 12-18

SATURDAY | "The Flick": Annie Baker's Pulitzer-Prize winning play set in a movie theater makes its Chicago premiere. Through May 8 at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.; 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org "Adoration of the Old Woman": A rebellious Jersey teenager is sent to live with her Puerto...

12 Actors Nominated for an Oscar After 60

Oscar records are broken every year, especially among actors with many benchmarks relating to an actor’s age. In 2013, Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) broke a new record becoming the oldest nominee in the lead actress category at 85. Meanwhile,...Show More Summary

Now Casting ‘Gotcha’ and 3 Other Can’t-Miss Gigs!

Get complete creative control on the film “Gotcha,” or star in a national tour or an Equity musical! We’ve got all the casting notices right here! “GOTCHA”You need to be an incredibly confident actor to be cast in “Gotcha,” a film centered on three couples who invite a camera man out to the woods to produce a movie. Show More Summary

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