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BROADWAY REVIEW: 'A Delicate Balance' at Golden Theatre

NEW YORK — “But in the end how do you get hold of hollowness,” was the rhetorical question asked by the perplexed critic Walter Kerr, when Edward Albee's “A Delicate Balance” first opened on Broadway in 1966. Back then, critics and audiences had just come to...

Mike Nichols' two unforgettable years in Chicago

In 1955, Fred Wranovics, a bartender at the Woodlawn Tap on 55th Street in Hyde Park, bought a Hyde Park joint called the Hi-Hat Lounge. Wranovics decided he might as well add in the empty storefront next door and combine the two buildings, also on 55th. He knew that a man named David...

Holiday Guide 2014: 60 shows and concerts for your season

Before the polar vortex takes all the fun out of winter, there are plenty of ways to get out and celebrate the stories and sounds of the season. Below is just a partial list of some of the best in theater, dance and music – from traditional to tongue-in-cheek, sacred to secular.

REVIEW: 'Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale' at the Broadway Playhouse

Chicagoans being nice folks for the most part, it's not unusual to sit in a theater here and feel an audience will a show to succeed. Especially in the so-called season of goodwill. Especially when it's new and blessedly Scrooge-free material. Especially when you've shown up for a hot rock...

Mike Nichols, 'The Graduate' director and husband of Diane Sawyer, dies

Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate" and "Carnal Knowledge," died on Wednesday at age 83, ABC News said.

Chicago theater openings for the week of Nov. 21-27

FRIDAY | "Santaland Diaries": Theater Wit brings back David Sedaris' comedy about a dejected North Pole elf. Through Dec. 28 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-975-8150 or

How 'The Humans' got a Chicago-style production

Monday night at the American Theater Company was one of those Chicago evenings that make putting up with snow and ice in November — not to mention buses catching fire on Lake Shore Drive — wholly worth the cost.

REVIEW: 'Annie' at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

So it's Thanksgiving week — and family and "Annie" are in town. Whaddya wanna know? I'd venture it's whether the latest bus-and-truck "Annie" delivers the full "Annie" experience.

REVIEW: 'Line One' by Waltzing Mechanics

There is an intriguing concept underpinning the Waltzing Mechanics' latest outing, "Line One," which originated with John Kaufmann at Seattle's Annex Theatre 10 years ago. But at least on the preview night I attended, it didn't jell into an evening of theater as compelling as the company's...

Dr. Zhivago and Other Possible Broadway Entries

Ever since Dr. Zhivago was announced last month for a spring Broadway berth, I've been thinking: "What other shows that...

The Reviews for Side Show are In…

The reviews for the revival of Side Show are in, and the critics agree that this production is at least twice as compelling as the 1997 original.  As the title gives away, the story features sideshow freaks, including attached twins Violet and Daisy.  Though the world of Side Show can be grungy and vile in […]

Marriott announces 'La Cage' cast

They are who they are. The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire announced the cast of its upcoming production of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s drag musical comedy “La Cage Aux Folles” on Wednesday.

REVIEW: 'Hotel Aphrodite' by Factory Theater

I thought I might make it through this holiday season without a sighting of a panto dame. Then I went to Factory Theater's "Hotel Aphrodite."

Mike Birbiglia will come to MAC

Comedian Mike Birbiglia will stop at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn as part of his “Thank God for Jokes” tour, a spokesperson for the theater said on Wednesday.

REVIEW: 'The Humans' at American Theater Company

For all its associations with tradition and fulfillment of our need for constancy, Thanksgiving dinner often turns out to be a reminder of how much things have changed.

School to company, Visceral Dance is at Harris Theater this weekend

If you build it, they will come: That's the hope of many dance artists. But choreographer/entrepreneur Nick Pupillo has proved especially adept at making his wish come true.

REVIEW: 'Always ... Patsy Cline' by Theo Ubique

Many years ago I was visiting a friend in Wicker Park whose musician boyfriend was heading out to rehearsal. "What are you girls doing tonight?" he asked. "Just hanging out," we replied. He laughed and said "Yeah, I know what that means. You're going to drink beer, listen to Patsy Cline, and...

BROADWAY REVIEW: 'Side Show' at St. James Theatre

NEW YORK — "Come look at the freaks," goes the accusatory opening number of "Side Show," the eclectic and enticing 1997 musical from Bill Russell and Henry Krieger that looks at the struggles of conjoined twins, each eager to escape the carnival, develop careers, experience love and...

Stand-up Scene: Open season on comedy open mics

Comedian Monte LaMonte tells a terrific story about his effusive worship of '80s metal band Judas Priest and its now openly gay singer Rob Halford. Monte says he grew up with a gay uncle and cousin — but in the machismo world of heavy metal to accept that his hero was openly gay was not...

Albany Park Theater Project returns to Goodman in 2015

Albany Park Theater Project, the youth theater group that creates its own original works, will perform two productions in 2015, it was announced on Monday.

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