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REVIEW: 'Skelebration' at Redmoon ???

After the disastrous Great Chicago Fire Festival this month, Redmoon Theater gets back to basics in a big way. Which is to say, a small way. Well, in a way.

REVIEW: 'Amazing Grace' at Bank of America Theatre ??

One way to understand the main problem facing "Amazing Grace," the very sincere new musical with Broadway aspirations, is to imagine a version of the Academy Award-winning movie "12 Years a Slave" wherein the protagonist is not Solomon Northup, the free-born American sold into slavery, but...

The Reviews for On the Town are in…

The reviews for On the Town are in, and the critics agree that this is one helluva revival!  Director John Rando has created a fresh, fun, and bouncy New York that only appears in the eyes of excited newcomers and the dreams of long-time citizens — it’s the American capital of opportunity.  Choreography by Joshua […]

REVIEW: 'Animal Farm' at Steppenwolf Theatre Company ????

THEATER REVIEW: "Animal Farm" from Steppenwolf Theatre Company ???? A blistering new adaptation of "Animal Farm" is the best production in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program since "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 2010.

The Fabulous Broadway Season So Far

Is this the best fall theater season in years? I think so. While I don't do reviews really, I felt the need to discuss this amazing season we're having. It would kick last season's butt in almost any competition.

REVIEW: 'The Art of Falling' by Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ????

Aside from being a hugely entertaining and strikingly emotional show, "The Art of Falling," Second City's not-to-be-missed new collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, is a very significant formative moment in this city's long history of improvisation and sketch comedy, forms invented...

REVIEW: 'Swan Lake' by the Joffrey Ballet ????

At what point does the animal turn into the human? Fear into love? The everyday into magic? The brilliance of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's re-imagined "Swan Lake" is to bring into high relief those transformations — as well as their reversals, in a tragic loss of art, of love.

REVIEW: 'Luce' at Next Theatre ???

In the first moments of "Luce" at the Next Theatre on Sunday afternoon, I had a distinct sense of deja vu. There was actress Amy J. Carle, playing a defensive parent and confronting her son's teacher after the educator had come across disturbing material created by the young man in her class....

Snacks at Your Seats on Broadway, Complete with Delivery

Years ago, I wrote a New York Times article in which Patti LuPone told a story about people sitting in the theater fighting...

Standup Scene: Maria Bamford is riding her own kind of comic wave

As soon as Maria Bamford bows and exits the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago Thursday night where she is headlining, the stand-up comic veteran will — to use surfer language — “ride the wave.” That is to say that the joy and relief she’ll feel...

REVIEW: 'The Vandal' at Steep Theatre ???

If two shows can constitute a trend, then the latter half of 2014 is turning into the Year of the Desperate Woman Waiting for a Bus. In Martyna Majok's "Ironbound," produced in August with Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory, we saw the same woman over 20 years at a bus stop in a desolate...

The 2014 Equity Jeff Award winners are...

On Monday night in Oakbrook Terrace, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee displayed a deep love for the intimate. Writers Theatre's production of August Strindberg's "The Dance of Death," a rarely produced and difficult play about the lust for power on the battlefield of marriage, emerged as a...

Joffrey's 'Swan Lake' is set to take wing

"You know, Degas was groundbreaking," says choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. "He painted ballet rehearsal the way it really is: The girls are sweaty, they have a bad back, they're leaning over. They're in their undergarments. He wanted to paint the blood, sweat and tears of rehearsal."

Eclipse to focus on McNally in 2015

Eclipse Theatre Company, the theater that dedicates each season to the work of only one playwright, will produce three plays by Terrence McNally in 2015.

Drury Lane announces 'Camelot' cast

Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook announced the cast of its upcoming production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical “Camelot” on Monday. 

Goodman taps four for Playwrights Unit

The Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, a yearlong residency program meant to nurture playwrights as they develop new works, will include four participants during the 2014-15 season, the theater announced Monday.

REVIEW: 'The Wild Party' by Bailiwick Chicago ???

One of the happier consequences of the recent uptick in the quantity and quality of off-Loop musical theater is that a very capable but often pigeonholed director and choreographer like Brenda Didier can take time away from the mainstream suburban circuit to get down and dirty with a risque...

An aria from 'Don Giovanni'

This week’s Theater Loop Showcase is soprano Marina Rebeka from “Don Giovanni,” currently in a new production directed by Goodman artistic director Robert Falls at Lyric Opera.

Technology and The Actor’s Instrument: Part Two

SOLVING THE PROBLEM AND REPAIRING THE DAMAGE As a Pilates teacher/movement consultant who specializes in how clients move/behave within their own environments, I spend a lot of time out of my studio space needing to be connected to clients via text, email, and social media. I use my phone and iPad as lifelines in travel […]

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