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Goodman announces New Stages lineup

The Goodman Theatre has announced the schedule of its annual New Stages Festival.

REVIEW: 'The Downpour' by Route 66 Theatre Co. ???½

The best thrillers — and, believe me, playwright Caitlin Parrish's grippingly intimate new play "The Downpour" is as tense and disturbing an experience as any thriller you might find at the multiplex — are rooted in quotidian, real-life fears. You know: Contemplating marriage....

Dance Card: Polishing Balanchine's masterly 'Prodigal Son'

"You be nasty," Edward Villella instructs April Daly. He tells her partner, Ogulcan Borova, just as pointedly: "She scares the bejesus out of you."

Stand-up Scene: Confessional jokes are therapy for the rest of us

Drew Michael is staring out at the crowd at Zanies and describing us as a "sea of drunk silhouettes." From from where he’s standing I imagine it to be a more or less an apt reading of the room. He is dressed in his customary T-shirt and jeans and his hair appears freshly cut. Michael is...

REVIEW: 'Cats' at the Paramount Theatre ???

When Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" first opened in London in 1981, long before the kitty takeover of social media, I recall my teenage self marveling over a line in the newspaper advertisements of the time. "No admission," the ads would say, "while the auditorium is in motion."

'Stomp' will play Chicago in the winter

The percussion-based performance piece, “Stomp,” will return to Chicago for one week in January, Broadway in Chicago announced on Monday.

A Musical The Winter's Tale Brings the Community In

Longtime readers of mine know, I strongly believe in the importance of bringing new people into the theater, whether...

Theater Wit will perform 'Bad Jews'

Theater Wit will perform “Bad Jews,” a vicious new comedy by Joshua Harmon, this spring, a representative for the theater announced on Monday.

REVIEWS: 'Isaac's Eye' ??½ and 'Death Tax' ??

This past weekend, two works by the same author opened at two leading Chicago-area theater companies, Writers Theatre in Glencoe and Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. This would not be so unusual if the playwright was William Shakespeare or David Mamet, say, but the minifestival is of the work...

DANCE REVIEW: Happydog + Khecari at Links Hall ??★

Khecari specializes in the odd: unusual states of mind, ambiguous emotional tones, cockeyed takes on history, mythology, politics. Slant rhymes are the rule.

OPERA REVIEW: 'Macbeth' at the Harris Theater ???½

As far as most operatic buffs are concerned, there is only one musical setting of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" – the revised 1865 version of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece.

REVIEW: 'The Midnight City' in the Steppenwolf Garage ???½

Tony Fitzpatrick's latest show is his swan song to Chicago — the 55-year-old artist/poet/performer/provocateur is packing up and moving down to the Big Easy by the end of the year. But in "The Midnight City," a show packed with Fitzpatrick's lovely avian images, it's the smaller and...

Seinfeld, Che both have upcoming Rosemont gigs

Did you ever wonder why comedian Jerry Seinfeld is still touring regularly despite his incomprehensible wealth? He is, and he will play Rosemont Theatre this fall, the venue announced Friday, not in time to make my list of anticipated upcoming comedy shows. Tickets for the two shows, at 7...

REVIEW: 'This is Our Youth' at Cort Theatre

NEW YORK — In its home base of Chicago, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's studiolike production of Kenneth Lonergan's closely observed and emotionally potent “This Is Our Youth” was an intimate, immersive affair. With the audience seated on both sides of the action, the...

Fall theater season one for the aging

This weekend the new season of Chicago theater gets underway in earnest. If there is an unintended theme of the fall, I'd say it is that Chicago theater finds itself collectively engaged with issues dealing with the final years of our lives. If you have a gig for an actor over age 70 this fall,...

50 shows for fall: The game's just beginning

Cooler temperatures and changing leaves might cue the chants of “wait until next year” for Chicago baseball fans, but for theater lovers it's a whole new ballgame. Below are just a few promising names on this fall's roster of shows.

Chicago theater openings for the week of Sept. 12-18

Friday | "Death Tax": In Lucas Hnath's play, a dying woman is convinced that her nurse and daughter are working to speed up her death in order to avoid paying an estate tax. Tony Award winner Deanna Dunagan stars. Through Oct. 12 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan Ave.;...

Theater lights as far away as Milwaukee will dim tonight

For the first time on such scale in the Midwest, theaters all over Chicago, the suburbs and in Milwaukee will dim their marquee lights prior to showtime.

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