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Porchlight announces 'Forum' cast

Porchlight Music Theatre announced the cast of its upcoming production of “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” on Wednesday.

Goodman Theatre's 2015-16 season includes 'Disgraced'

The new season at the Goodman Theatre, announced Wednesday, includes new plays from Jose Rivera and Rebecca Gilman, revivals of works by Lorraine Hansberry and Thornton Wilder, a new adaptation of an epic Chilean novel from artistic director Robert Falls and Seth Bockley, and a classic musical,...

Hubbard Street reincarnates 'Mister B' at the Harris

"See the music, hear the dance" is perhaps George Balanchine's best-known pithy remark. It's also the one that choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano has taken to heart.

Theo Ubique manages to make 'Superstar' sound new

I first heard the score of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in about 1975, when my childish self (for I was but a babe) gave the original concept album a whirl on the old turntable. Ian Gillan, the incomparable lead singer of Deep Purple and one of rock's great voices, turned the anthemic...

Video: Sparring and seduction in 'Dunsinane'

This week’s Theater Loop Showcase is the National Theatre of Scotland’s “Dunsinane,” currently playing Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

'Hammer Trinity': Fantasy of kings, quests and stories

Full disclosure: I've never made it all the way through "The Lord of the Rings" — on the page or on screen. My notions of Arthurian legend derive from seeing "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at an impressionable age, with a soupcon of "Excalibur" tossed into the mix. In other words,...

'Heat Wave': Death in a sweltering 1995 Chicago

Between July 13 and July 20, 1995, when temperatures lingered at 106 degrees and the heat index reached 125 degrees, more than 700 Chicagoans died. A preponderance of those deaths were of minorities and/or of the poor.

Churchill, Brecht and Coward next season at Remy Bumppo

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company announced its 2015-16 season, the theater’s 19th, on Monday.

Mary Zimmerman adapts 'Treasure Island' for Lookingglass Theatre

Mary Zimmerman, the widely acclaimed Chicago theater artist behind such titles as “Metamorphoses” and "The Arabian Nights," is to adapt Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic swashbuckler “Treasure Island” for the Lookingglass Theatre Company.

' Picture Imperfect': Play about autism has unneeded turns

In a widely shared article on the website The Archipelago last month, autistic writer Sarah Kurchak took to task the "anti-vaxxers" who have used the long-discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. In Kurchak's view, they promote the notion that autism itself, rather than a potentially...

Court Theatre's 2015-16 season includes August Wilson

Court Theatre announced its 2015-16 season on Monday, featuring works by August Wilson, the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, Terry Teachout, Eugene O’Neill and Richard Bean.

Even Queen Elizabeth has her dark moments

Aside from giving the redoubtable Helen Mirren another chance to essay Queen Elizabeth II — a necessarily reclusive character with whom this actress is now so closely allied that the two verge on a coalition, with Mirren doing all the talking — Peter Morgan's "The Audience" succeeds...

John Hughes show needs more teen angst

Music, especially angsty British new wave from such artists as Altered Images, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and New Order, was an indispensable part of the cinematic oeuvre of John Hughes.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Slipping into past

If a dance company has prospered for nearly 60 years, it's not only doing something right, it's moving forward. But Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater takes a step back this season, at least on the evidence of Friday's opening-night program. If your most contemporary-feeling piece was...

Remembering August Wilson: His train keeps running

In August 2005, August Wilson picked up the phone and called two reporters to tell them he was dying.

In 'Akasha.' Shantala Shivalingappa narrows the gap between India and us

What can you say about the perfect, wholly committed embodiment of an incomprehensible form? A chasm divides Westerners' understanding and treatment of religion from the ancient, highly codified Hindu operas of India.

New school is a total joke: Zanies offers comedy classes

Sitting in the darkness that is the inside of Zanies comedy club no matter the time of day or the glare of the sun on Wells Street outside, it is impossible not to be thrown back into the past.

'Fish in the Dark': Broadway debut for Larry David's brain

NEW YORK — Larry David's first foray into Broadway comedy is like watching a weird — but undeniably entertaining and, God help us all, even potentially transformative — fusion of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Borscht Belt comedy of the old school, long-form improv of the Chicago...

Chicago theater openings for the week of March 6-12

Saturday | Garage Rep: Steppenwolf Theatre's annual showcase of storefront theater features works from Cold Basement Dramatics, Red Tape Theatre and Pride Films and Plays. Through April 26 at Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St.; 312-335-1650 or

'Infinite Monkey Cage': The have facts and they're not afraid to use them

"We have an agenda," said the comedian Robin Ince the other day, between bites of a chicken sandwich. These days, who doesn't? Of course, the most effective polemical tool might not be calling your show "The Infinite Monkey Cage Live." Or so you'd think.

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