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Samuel Roberson, actor and Congo Square artistic director, dies

Actor Samuel G. Roberson Jr., who died of pneumonia Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 8 years old. That experience, said his father, Samuel Roberson Sr., meant that this son knew several children his own age who did not live to be adults. "Sam appreciated...

Now Casting: ‘Tupac All Eyez on Me’ Short Film + More Projects

Buff up that reel with today’s casting roundup! We’ve got four on-camera gigs seeking talent of all sorts, and you can apply right here and now. “TUPAC ALL EYEZ ON ME”“Tupac All Eyez on Me,” a short film about the titular rapper, is casting actors for a leading and two supporting roles. Show More Summary

Audra McDonald spends an up-close-and-personal evening at Steppenwolf

On Monday night at the Steppenwolf Theatre — a rare chance to see such a talent in an intimate setting — Audra McDonald ordered up a little singalong to "I Could Have Danced All Night," the ecstatic ditty from "My Fair Lady." The harmonic sound that flowed from McDonald's adoring Chicago fans resembled...

Kristin Chenoweth to appear at the Paramount in Aurora

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth will appear in a one night-only performance at the Paramount Theatre next fall, the Aurora company announced Tuesday. The "intimate evening" with the Broadway star, who most recently appeared in NBC's "Hairspray Live!," is slated for Nov. 4 at 8 p.m....

8th Annual Lilly Awards Honor Julie Taymor, Denée Benton

May 22 was ladies’ night at Playwrights Horizons. The 8th annual Lilly Awards were handed out to some of the top women theater makers working today. The awards, hosted this year by Tony Award-winning playwright Sarah Jones with presentations...Show More Summary

Coen Brothers Begin Casting on Possible Netflix Series

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Other Tales of the American Frontier”The Coen Brothers are fulfilling theirShow More Summary

Get Your Renfaire On + More Actor-Friendly Events in Atlanta This Week

If you're not headed to Tybee or Blue Ridge this Memorial Day weekend, have no fear—Backstage has you covered for anything creatively nourishing you could possibly want to do in town. Skip the inevitable traffic jam, chill in the city,...Show More Summary

L.A. Now Casting: Commercial Shoot for Country Club + More SoCal Jobs

“No Limits & Nothing Ordinary,” a video and photo shoot for “one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the country,” is casting for a paid gig. The spot seeks male and female talent ages 35–55 to depict tennis players, as well as talent of the same age range to portray swimmers. Show More Summary

Cannes Updates, What’s Coming to the West End + More News

It seems like all anyone wants to talk about this week is Cannes, and the alleged hubbub Netflix has created by not releasing their films in French theaters. Their Bong Joon-ho–directed “Okja” was amongst the films that were booed during a screening and had to be stopped. Show More Summary

Review: Not About Nightingales (Raven Theatre)

Based on real events, Not About Nightingales is Tennessee Williams’ gut-wrenching account of events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937 when prisoners mounted a hunger strike in hopes of bringing to light the horrifying inhumane treatment they endured. Show More Summary

Play about Elwood and his unseen rabbit is a story we need to believe in

Mary Chase's "Harvey" — a Colorado journalist's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1944 Broadway play about a man with an imaginary lapine friend — actually has a good deal in common with Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Not to mention the musical "Next to Normal." You're forgiven for thinking...

Now Casting: Leading Roles in Short Film + 3 More On-Camera Gigs

Today in casting notices you definitely don’t want to miss, we have four on-camera projects, all of which are paid and hiring talent right now. With opportunities from San Francisco to New York, see if there’s a gig for you below! “SUGAR”Casting...Show More Summary

Atlanta Now Casting: Principal Roles in Silent Short ‘One Hand’ + More

Casting is underway for three leading and four supporting roles in “One Hand,” a silent short film “focusing on the lives of four people, each one playing the life cards he or she has been given.” There will be a mandatory rehearsalShow More Summary

Rob Delaney of ‘Catastrophe’ is Doing Stand Up + Other London Events to Check Out This Week

As most aspiring actors know, London can be a tough nut to crack. But while the capital may not always be easy, it’s always interesting. This week for your delight and delectation we’ve got musicals, movies, and mirth, so buckle up. Show...Show More Summary

Time feels right for the Ringling Bros. to call it quits

Our daughter clapped for the first time at the last circus. She sat up and, without urging, both slapped her hands together and missed her hands completely. I think she was clapping for a camel, which I noted with annoyance was the first interesting animal to lope past in 45 minutes. There’d been...

Ringling Bros. Circus awaits its final show Sunday night

Aging clowns were buying aerialists drinks at the bar. Publicists of four decades standing stood shoulder-to-shoulder with retired jugglers. Jackets read "The Medeiros Troupe," long-faded T-shirts said "Clown Alley 2001," and military-style hats were emblazoned with "USS Ringling."   There was...

At Northlight, Mike Nussbaum is as unique as Einstein

Albert Einstein is an ideal role for Mike Nussbaum, the new show, "Relativity," at the Northlight Theatre reveals. I speak not merely of the fusion of extraordinary mental capability, although I swear it is merely our familiarity with Nussbaum, America's oldest active union actor and the comforting...

Review: Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare)

Sparkling wit, a feel-good romance and a sexy, sassy, intelligent heroine - with those elements firmly in place, Chicago Shakespeare's Shakespeare in Love is just the thing to usher in the sunny, budding days of springtime. Based onShow More Summary

High drama of the ballet 'Red Giselle' returns at the right time

"Control versus chaos — that formula came to define my Russian experience. My journey to Russia turned up all of the stereotypes — onion domes, stacking dolls, hammers and sickles, exasperating bureaucracy — but it also went well beyond the cliches," wrote travel writer Cameron Hewitt about his...

Nikki Glaser at Thalia Hall was long on the racy stories, short on jokes

Imagine the most embarrassing moment in your sexual history. Got it? Now imagine recounting that moment to a stranger. Now imagine recounting that moment to a room full of strangers while holding a microphone and hearing them laugh at you. This is what comedian Nikki Glaser — who last year hosted...

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