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Review: Pocatello (Griffin Theatre)

Set entirely in a doomed chain restaurant in the outskirts of Idaho, Griffin Theatre’s Midwest premiere is brilliant from beginning to end, an ode to broken dreams and a personification of the word stuck.

Review: Marjorie Prime (Writers Theatre)

With Marjorie Prime, Director Kimberly Senior helms a story that’s accessible and compelling, even as the philosophical conundrums it poses become almost too weighty to wrap your mind around. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Does Will Smith Have a Political Career ‘In the Near Future’?

Global superstar (and this week’s Backstage cover subject) Will Smith sat this week for his first-ever podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter,” in which he discussed his latest awards-caliber gig, “Concussion”—but...Show More Summary

Chicago fallout: 'Chi-Raq' uproar fades with release of Laquan McDonald video

Three days after the Chicago premiere of Spike Lee's much-discussed movie "Chi-Raq," a provocatively titled but strikingly hopeful film about the scourge of gun deaths in Chicago, a Cook County judge brought about the release of a devastating video wherein one of the young African-American men...

Michael Shannon and Kirsten Fitzgerald talk Chicago storefront theater

This week's Showcase features Michael Shannon and Kirsten Fitzgerald, currently starring as an on-stage married couple in A Red Orchid Theatre's "Pilgrim's Progress."  In the interview, filmed on-site at the Old Town Ale House, Shannon and Fitzgerald talk about the history behind A Red Orchid,...

Audition for Tupac’s Feature Film and 2 Other Projects

What better way to celebrate the start of the holiday season than with a few casting submissions? Get a few in before your turkey-induced lethargy kicks in! We have opportunities in Georgia, New York City, and China! “ALL EYES ON ME”Start...Show More Summary

Texas Now Casting ‘Peacemaker’ and Other Roles

Talent is currently being sought for “Peacemaker,” a touring production about tolerance and diversity, intended for children in Pre-K through fifth grade. Music, dance, juggling, puppetry, and audience participation will all be a part...Show More Summary

Dave Chappelle to perform 12 shows at Thalia Hall

Dave Chappelle has announced a six-day twelve-show slate of performances at Thalia Hall. The comedian will perform two shows a night, every night, from Dec. 1 - 6. Chappelle comes to Chicago after launching his US tour in September. His return to comedy has kept him busy, most notably landing him...

David Arquette as 'Sherlock Holmes': Elementary and much, much worse

At the end of the new touring production of "Sherlock Holmes," at the Oriental Theatre for Thanksgiving week, that great breathy saxophone solo from the late Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit "Baker Street" emerges from the loudspeakers — ra da da da d-a-a-arrr! This is, by far, the highlight of the night....

Equity Audition Center to Host Open House Event

Auditions are always nerve-wracking, and it doesn’t help when stuck in an unfamiliar space. The folks over at the new Equity Audition Center in North Hollywood know that, and they want to help you nail your next big audition. Purchased and renovated in mid-2014 by the Actors’ Equity Association, this warehouse space at 5636 Tujunga Ave. Show More Summary

David Ives talks 'Heir Apparent' - and Stephen Sondheim

Theater icon Stephen Sondheim was given the Carl Sandburg Literary Award on Oct. 21 by the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Sondheim was interviewed on stage by Scott Simon of National Public Radio and, predictably enough, the question came up as to what Sondheim was working on at present. That...

5 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

In case you didn’t get your fill of Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek’s zany relationship on “30 Rock,” the charismatic characters will be getting tipsy together in “Drunk Parents.” Noting the self-explanatory title, the film will find two empty nesters drinking their cares away after their daughter goes off to college; hilarity and bad decisions ensue. Show More Summary

‘Spring Awakening’ Actors Recognized for Clive Barnes Awards

The Clive Barnes Foundation announced Nov. 20 the nominees for its sixth annual Clive Barnes Awards. Broadway revival “Spring Awakening” led the pack with three of its lead actors receiving finalist recognition. Newbies Austin P. McKenzie,...Show More Summary

Star in a Film With Kevin Spacey and 3 Other Opportunities!

You’re probably taking the next few days off for turkey and family, so send out a few casting submissions today to eat your grub guilt-free! We’ve got four casting opportunities happening in New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. “THE...Show More Summary

6 Texas Agents to Follow on Social Media

Finding an agent is one thing; finding the right one for your career is another. Keeping track of who’s who on social media is a good way to get a sense for what kind of support they offer talent, in addition to casting and networking opportunities. Show More Summary

Review: The Raid (Jackalope Theatre)

The Raid comes across as an uneven production overall, owing mostly to the lack of focus in the narrative structure. Nonetheless, the world premiere by Idris Goodwin contains some strong performances, especially Warren Feagins as Frederick Douglass. Slightly Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

Rivendell announces 2016 season

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has announced its 2016 season, featuring three plays directed by women ensemble members. Opening the season is Danielle Pinnock’s “Body/ Courage,” (Jan.28 – Feb. 28) produced in association with the Waltzing Mechanics. Megan Carney will direct the documentary play derived...

All the right notes in 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Of all the holiday shows in the world, Emerald City Theatre's "A Charlie Brown Christmas," based on the beloved 1965 animated special, is the Charlie Browniest. Ernie Nolan's staging aims for the sweet spot between feeding adult nostalgia and satisfying a new generation of tykes. The result is...

Announcing the 31st Annual Indie Spirit Award Nominees

Nominations for Film Independent’s 31st Annual Spirit Awards have been announced, and this year’s serious awards season contenders begin to take further shape. “Carol,” the critical darling starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, racked...Show More Summary

Review: No More Sad Things (Sideshow Theatre)

At its heart, No More Sad Things is a beautiful play. Playwright Hansol Jung’s rumination on connections lost and found is not only pretty to look at, but has significant substance. However, the script is troubling in that it never quite loses the “ick” factor. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

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