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If the Griswolds taught us anything about traveling it’s that family vacations are ripe for strife; Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer are about to learn that lesson firsthand. The comedic duo is teaming up for “Mother/Daughter,” a Kate Dippold–penned script that was picked up straight off the pitch. Show More Summary

The Humana Festival: 40 Years of New Plays

To glimpse the future of our nation’s theater, look no further than the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In its first-ever iteration in 1977, after all, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky, produced “The Gin Game” by D.L. Show More Summary

Boy facing threat of street violence sees heroes in 'Jabari Dreams of Freedom'

The titular, 11-year-old hero of "Jabari Dreams of Freedom," the frank and compassionate new children's play from Nambi E. Kelley, goes to school in Chicago. Like too many of the real-life kids in his neighborhood, he lives with the constant presence of gun violence. He sees it on the news, which...

Review: Blood Wedding (Lookingglass Theatre)

Directed by Daniel Ostling, 'Blood Wedding' is visually arresting and emotionally intense. But the overarching themes that Lorca delves into aren’t always clear, despite a fine cast and a staging rich with retina-searing images accompanied by haunting original music.

'Carlyle' asks: What makes a black person a conservative?

To many who hold to liberal orthodoxies, Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, J.C. Watts, Alan Keyes and Condoleezza Rice are all examples of a paradoxical absurdity: the African-American Republican. To many of those African-American conservatives, the inability of the left to understand that one actually...

Non-Equity Chicago theaters create a code of conduct to address sexual harassment

Lori Myers and Laura T. Fisher, in association with Not in Our House collective, say they have created a code of conduct for Chicago's non-Equity theaters. An event will be held April 18 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., to present the 25-page drafted document, composed over the past year by...

Eamonn Walker to star in 'Between Riverside and Crazy' at Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the complete cast for Stephen Adly Guirgis' "Between Riverside and Crazy." The cast features Eamonn Walker, a current star of NBC's "Chicago Fire," as Pops and ensemble member James Vincent Meredith as Junior, with ensemble member Tim Hopper as Lieutenant Caro,...

Get Cast With James Franco in HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ and 3 Other Opportunities

Want to be cast in a buzzy new HBO series from “The Wire” creator David Simon? How about a role in the upcoming season for Cambridge, Massachusetts’ acclaimed American Repertory Theater? You could even land an agent with Across the Board...Show More Summary

Hubbard Street Dance announces 2016-17 season

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announced its 2016-17 season performances in Chicago on Tuesday. The fall series (Nov. 17-20) opens with world premieres from Alejandro Cerrudo and Brian Brooks, recently named the Harris Theater's first choreographer in residence. Completing the fall series program...

Cynthia Nixon, Phillip Dawkins, Brett Neveu part of 'Solo Celebration!'

The Greenhouse Theater Center on Tuesday announced the 12-play lineup for its inaugural "Solo Celebration!" series, including a Chicago premiere directed by "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon and world premieres from local playwrights Phillip Dawkins and Brett Neveu. The series runs June-February....

Sign Up for CSA’s Meals for Monologues!

Members of the Casting Society of America are organizing Meals for Monologues, a charity event created to benefit local-area food banks. Meals for Monologues allows talent to perform for New York City–based casting directors, agents,...Show More Summary

7 Silent Film Actors Who Transitioned to Talkies

The shift from silent films to talkies was a huge deal for actors in the late 1920s. Many silent film stars found it difficult to “find their voice” and place in this new Hollywood medium, which completely changed the game of on-screen performance. Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting ‘About a Drum’ and Other Opportunities

We all know middle school can be tough! Gossip, cliques, bullying—the list goes on. But what happens when these habits carry over into adulthood? That’s the darkly comic question at hand in director Daniel Delosh’s feature film, “About...Show More Summary

4 Key Pointers From ATLFF’s Casting Panel

The 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival was a huge success, highlighting the best and the brightest of Atlanta’s thriving film scene in 10 days of creative conferences, film premieres, and fun. On April 6, actor Carrie Anne Hunt moderated “A Working Actor: What It Takes,” a panel for performers based in the Southeast. Show More Summary

Emily Stein conducts 'Secret Experiments in Ballet'

Several women sit motionless on stools, hands resting in their laps or on their knees, eyes closed — but flashing open at unpredictable times with a look of pleasure, astonishment, appreciation of a secret joke. Gradually, gracefully, their fingers, hands, arms begin to float. Eventually they cross...

Review: Mary Page Marlowe (Steppenwolf Theatre)

In Tracy Letts’ 85-minute world-premiere Mary Page Marlowe, the six incarnations of the title character create a drama that pierces the heart, engages the intellect and weaves an extraordinary story from an ordinary life. Directed by Steppenwolf’s artistic director Anna D. Show More Summary

Young Jean Lee, Idris Goodwin in Haven Theatre's 2016-17 season

Haven Theatre Company, now in its fourth year, has announced a 2016-17 season of Chicago premieres that will take place at The Den Theatre, where Haven is a new resident company. Idris Goodwin's "How We Got On" (Oct. 2-Nov. 13) opens the season. Jess McLeod will direct the coming-of-age '80s tale...

Review: The Life of Galileo (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

One of Remy Bumppo's most commendable traits is its willingness to tackle challenging productions. While I commend their initiative here, they ironically lose sight of the central conflict of Galileo's story much as those in the 17th century struggled to identify the astronomical center. (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

'Hillary and Clinton' review: When Bill tried to save Hillary

Somewhere, deep in your political memory — now trumped by another contest, I know — you may recall the Democratic primaries of 2008 when a woman named Hillary fought a young man named Barack. Although the former first lady was the better debate performer (at least true at the debate I attended),...

Now Casting ‘Pippin’ Tour Plus 3 More Exciting Opportunities

Got some magic to do? Love “Doctor Who?” There are great casting opportunities just around the corner! Check out these four exciting audition listings. “PIPPIN” NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL TOURLeading and ensemble roles are being cast inShow More Summary

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