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REVIEW: Giordano Dance Chicago ???

A bit of blissed-out Americana, of escapist fantasy, goes down pretty easy these days. And that's what Giordano Dance Chicago delivers with Ray Leeper's new "Feelin' Good Sweet." A former Giordano student, he's gone on to choreograph for music videos and tours, television ("So You Think You Can...

Teatro Vista adds ensemble members and associates

Teatro Vista announced two new ensemble members and seven artistic associates on Friday.

Writers breaks ground on new theater

The groundbreaking of the new, Studio Gang-designed Writers Theatre in Glencoe took place on Tuesday.

DuSable Museum chief to retire

Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History, will retire on Dec. 31, according to an announcement from the museum. Adams joined the institution on Nov. 9, 2009.

Why we link Ebola to fictional stories like 'Contagion'

"Health officials struggle to control the media narrative about Ebola," read a headline in the Washington, D.C., publication The Hill a few days ago. The words were atop an article arguing that careful Obama administration pronouncements about the limited threat posed to most Americans by Ebola...

A song from 'Amazing Grace'

This week’s Theater Loop Showcase is Josh Young from the new musical “Amazing Grace,” currently playing the Bank of America Theatre.

REVIEW: 'Disgraced' at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway

NEW YORK — Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced" — a deftly crafted, theatrically compelling dissection of the intersection of sex, ethnicity and ambition — makes an intense and mostly effective leap to Broadway. It does so as protesters surround the Metropolitan Opera production of...

Humanities Festival preview: Journey off the beaten path

Long before Lollapalooza became a fixture in Grant Park, long before Riot Fest and Pitchfork Music Festival and the myriad other concentrations of cultural events that have come to define the city's warm-weather entertainment scene, there was the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Al Pacino and David Mamet return to Broadway

Al Pacino is to return to Broadway in a new play by David Mamet next fall, the New York producer Jeffrey Richards announced Thursday.

Steep names new executive director

Kate Piatt-Eckert, Steep Theatre's business manager for the past year, will become the small Edgewater company's new executive director, it was announced on Thursday.

Billy Corgan musical will debut in Highland Park

Billy Corgan, frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, is writing a 20-minute musical for The Music Theatre Company of Highland Park, the group is to officially announce Thursday afternoon. The topic? The Eleusinian Mysteries, a religious rite in Ancient Greece.

REVIEW: 'Ionesco Suite' by Theatre de la Ville ???

"Are you going to Ionesco?" said the French woman in the Navy Pier elevator Wednesday night, a sharp question that set me off thinking about whether Ionesco could ever really be said to be a place and, if he could, probably merited a response like "aren't we all?"

A daredevil in a grand public space

As I work in Tribune Tower on North Michigan Avenue, I have plenty of chances to pass through Pioneer Court, the privately owned public space directly south of Tribune Tower and north of the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. Ever since the plaza, which is owned by the Zeller Realty...

Griffin announces 'Balm in Gilead' cast

Griffin Theatre Company announced the cast of its upcoming production of Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead” on Wednesday. Director Jonathan Berry’s production will include a whopping 27 actors and musicians.

All Hallows' shows: 18 titles for Halloween

In a way, theater is a year-round Halloween party — it's all about dressing up and pretending to be someone (or something) you're not. But in honor of the ghostly season, several companies offer shows with spooky twists — from straight drama to musicals, burlesque to magic shows.

'Book of Mormon' tickets on sale Nov. 16

Tickets for the return engagement of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon,” the musical comedy by Matt Stone, Trey Parker (“South Park”) and Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q,” “Frozen”), will go on sale Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 a.m., Broadway in...

Shakespeare Project of Chicago marks its 20th year

The current production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing through Nov. 9 at the handsome and justifiably renowned Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, stars Larry Yando as the increasingly delusional title character and features the music of Frank Sinatra. It is has gotten...

In 'Traces' and 'Falling,' artists get their own moments

About halfway through Second City's very moving and revealing collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago last week — you missed it, but I suspect it will be back — I found myself thinking about another fabulous show at the Broadway Playhouse in 2011. Titled "Traces," it was the...

Chicago theater openings for the week of Oct. 24-30

Saturday | "The Hundred Flowers Project": A group of actors tries to create a play about Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution in this show from Silk Road Rising. Through Nov. 23 at Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St.; 312-857-1234 or

REVIEW: 'Devil's Day Off' at Signal Ensemble ?½

My experience with the plays of Chicago writer Jon Steinhagen has been mixed. He can be such a funny writer, and he has a real instinct for throwing groups of lousy-but-endearing idiots together and letting them mix it up a bit (his "Aces" and "Successors" being the strongest in this vein).

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