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Windy City Playhouse announces 'End Days' cast

Windy City Playhouse, a new Equity theater in Chicago, announced the cast of its inaugural production, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedy “End Days,” on Monday.

Stand-up Scene: For these comics, a fine career choice

At Uncharted Books in Logan Square, I am crammed in so tightly that my back is touching the spines of dozens of used books. I feel a dusty copy of L. Ron Hubbard’s “Dianetics” poking into my side and hope it’s not an omen. Sound equipment is being fidgeted with and a...

Next Theatre closes it doors

Next Theatre of Evanston has closed its doors and cancelled the rest of its 2014-15 season, artistic director Jenny Avery said in a letter sent this weekend to the actors and other theater artists who had been contracted to appear in upcoming shows. 

Barn can hardly contain Khecari's explosive piece of theater

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REVIEW: 'Camelot' at Drury Lane Theatre

Given its inexorable associations with the glamorous Kennedy White House and such formidable but distant personas as Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's exquisitely scored "Camelot" now usually comes with a retro patina, a stiff echo of an age long gone.

The Theater Loop becomes part of digitalPLUS

Beginning Friday, Nov. 7, The Theater Loop with Chris Jones will become part of the premium digitalPLUS tier of

Does a negative review qualify for the 'right to be forgotten'?

On Tuesday, the Washington Post printed an impassioned letter from pianist Dejan Lazic, which began like this: "Dear Madam/Sir, It is hard to believe that almost four years after this article was published in your newspaper the contents of it still appear amongst top ten topics on google...

Power outage is no loss to 'Night Alive'

There are some dark moments, to be sure, in Conor McPherson's "The Night Alive" at the Steppenwolf Theatre. On Thursday night, Halsted Street delivered an extra one.

Director Martin Charnin: Latest 'Annie' looks to past

NEW YORK - In the fall of 2012, the world's most lucrative redheaded, pooch-loving orphan appeared again on Broadway, directed by James Lapine. Although it was never the box-office hit its producers had hoped, "Annie," starring Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan, ran for more than 14 months,...

Diedre Hall joins Hell In A Handbag's holiday benefit

Diedre Hall, the daytime TV actress who starred as Dr. Marlena Evans on “Days of Our Lives,” will perform in Hell In A Handbag Productions’ holiday benefit this year, the theater said on Thursday.

REVIEW: 'Social Creatures' by Tympanic Theatre

In a zombie story that never actually uses the word "zombie" — one of the more realistic decisions made here — playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury sticks a handful of survivors in an abandoned building and watches them squirm.

Dick Schaal, a Second City pioneer and former husband of Valerie Harper, dies at 86

Richard "Dick" Schaal, a pioneer at the Second City comedy theater in Chicago, the former husband of the actress Valerie Harper and a familiar face from a plethora of character roles on movies and television, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," died Tuesday at the Motion...

Chicago theater openings for the week of Nov. 7-13

 Saturday | "Women at War": Megan Carney's world-premiere play consists of interviews with women who've served in the U.S. military. Through Dec. 6 at Rivendell Theatre, 5779. N. Ridge Ave.; 773-334-7728 or

REVIEW: 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore' by AstonRep

Once, when I was a young teenager and my parents were out of town, the baby sitter staying at our home looking after me — and, by extension, looking after Missy, our sweet if somewhat daffy rescue dog — made the careless mistake of leaving the gate open to our backyard. Missy got...

Jazz, cabaret and Broadway converge

It was a three-and-half-hour marathon of songs — some indelible, some forgettable, all sharing at least one rarefied trait: Each appeared in a Tony Award-winning musical.

'First Wives Club' finds its Broadway wives

The Broadway-bound show "First Wives Club The Musical" has announced who will play its leading trio of spurned spouses: Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill and Carmen Cusack.

Disability is what enables Heidi Latsky Dance

"Having people with disabilities is like having a new color as a painter to add to your palette," says choreographer Heidi Latsky. "How does that change the art, make it stronger? Incorporating people with disabilities forced me to look at dance in different ways than I had before."

'Starcatcher,' 'Birdie' and more at Drury Lane in 2015-16

The previously announced Chicago-area premiere of “Billy Elliot” will be joined by two plays and two musicals at Drury Lane Theatre during the 2015-16 season, the theater said Monday.

New Colony moves to The Den

The New Colony, a storefront theater company known for its  zany, ensemble-based work, will make The Den Theatre in Wicker Park its new home, the company announced Monday.

Chicago Dramatists names 5 new resident playwrights

Chicago Dramatists, the city’s playwright-centric theater, named five new resident playwrights on Monday, bringing the company’s total to 35.

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