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Review: Twisted Melodies (Congo Square Theatre)

In 100 minutes, writer-performer Kelvin Roston Jr.’s explosive one-person-show Twisted Melodies examines the tragic life of Donny Hathaway, exploring this troubled composer from the inside out. Recommended. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review...)

Review: Kurios (Cirque du Soleil)

From trapeze to clowning to acrobatics, Kurios is part old-school circus and part new wave entertainment that will surprise and gratify young and old alike. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

'The Price': The emotional cost of selling your old stuff

If you've ever tried to sell the possessions of a loved one, you've doubtless encountered the popular game of reducing the seller's expectations. One approaches a dealer with an item - a lovely table, perhaps, or a heavy wooden wardrobe - and you get not a price but a groan. "People don't want...

7 Chances to Get Cast

Here are seven opportunities—from short films and a Spanish-language series, to TV and theater—to showcase your audition skills all across the country. Check them out and see if any are right for you! “REPAIRING A NATION”Auditions are Aug. Show More Summary

WATCH: Bryan Cranston Charms in Biopic ‘Trumbo’

Bryan Cranston is slowly but surely achieving pop culture domination. After God knows how many Emmys (four) for his performance in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” plus a Tony Award for playing LBJ in “All the Way,” it now seems Cranston will be...Show More Summary

Michelle Pfeiffer Cast in HBO’s Bernie Madoff Flick ‘Wizard of Lies’

HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” has found its new star in Michelle Pfeiffer. The film centered on swindler Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme will feature Robert De Niro as Madoff and Backstage cover star Alessandro Nivola as his older son Mark Madoff. Show More Summary

Second City alumni share memories after fire destroys offices

The Second City comedy theater of Chicago encouraged alumni to post pictures and memories Friday in the wake of a Wednesday fire in the neighboring Adobo Grill restaurant that destroyed the theater's offices in Piper's Alley but spared its performance spaces. Former students and performers used...

From the British seaside, asking, do we need Banksy?

GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND - To pass a day at a cloudy British seaside resort in the waning days of summer is to embrace melancholy. The resorts themselves - conceived as great Victorian towns of pleasure and repose - have yet to recover from a period of decline that began in the 1970s when cheap...

Now Casting ‘Marcus’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Marcus.” “Marcus” follows the rise, climax, fall, and redemption of a adult film star. Over 30 roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought worldwide. Filming will take place in L.A. Show More Summary

#ICastIt Why Casting Was Key To the ‘Out There In the Dark’ Trailer

Romantic comedy writer and producer Diana Ippolito is taking her first stab at the horror genre with “Out There in the Dark,” a feature film focusing on two girls (inspired by her nieces) who go to a haunted house and leave with a ghost. Show More Summary

Kate Winslet on Going After the Parts You Want

Kate Winslet’s casting in the upcoming “Steve Jobs” biopic opposite Michael Fassbender is proof that sometimes an actor can benefit from playing against their “type.” As Joanna Hoffman, a “feisty immigrant,” Winslet had to convince producer...Show More Summary

Mary-Arrchie Theatre is closing after 30 years - why it matters

The news this week that Rich Cotovsky, one of the great unvarnished characters of the Chicago theater, will be hanging it up at Angel Island after 30 years of the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company deserves some reflection.

Wendy Williams says you should leave mom at home

Wendy Williams would never let her mother attend her first comedy tour and says that you probably shouldn't bring yours either. The television and radio talk show host, unshackled from FCC regulations for the first time in her three-decade-plus career, is working blue on her "Sit Down Tour" (Williams...

Chicago theater openings for the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

FRIDAY |  "American Idiot": The Hypocrites take on Green Day's punk rock musical about three friends that travel from suburbia to the big city. Through Oct. 25 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-398-7028 and

WATCH: Kaitlin Olson Nail Her ‘Always Sunny’ Audition

Believe it or not, the formidable Kaitlin Olson has been playing Dee Reynolds (aka Sweet Dee) since 2005; “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is set to premiere its 11th season next January. Though her character is a quirky and terrible...Show More Summary

'October Sky': Light a fire under these young rocket boys

At one point in "October Sky," the new Marriott Theatre musical based on the biographical 1999 movie about the aerospace engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr., the principal of Big Creek High School delivers one of those lines that authoritarian antagonists in musicals can be relied upon to spit out with...

WATCH: Julianne Moore and Ellen Page Star in Powerful ‘Freeheld’

Coming on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality is a noticeable increase in the amount of LGBT stories in mainstream entertainment. First “Fun Home” takes top honors at the Tony Awards, then film awards season frontrunners “Carol” and “Grandma” feature more strong and complicated lesbian characters. Show More Summary

Raphael’s no Angel, but it’s not because he’s Jewish

  Frederic Raphael intrigues me. Though I don’t think I’ve read any of his nearly 20 works of fiction, I relished his TV series The Glittering Prizes, as well as his Oscar-winning screenplay for Darling and his Far from the Madding Crowd.  His occasional journalism, replete with Latin tags and sometimes entire, un-translated passages in […]

L.A. Now Casting ‘360 to Paradise’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the short film “360 to Paradise.” “360 to Paradise” follows a skateboarding drug dealer for 24 wild hours as he tries to gather $12,000 by midnight. This paid gig is casting nine roles, and submissions...Show More Summary

3 Websites Texas Actors Should Bookmark

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that certainly seems to be true of the growing film industry in the largest state in the continental U.S. For actors in the Lone Star State, that means there are numerous possibilities to become stars of stage, television, and film. Show More Summary

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