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'Andrews Sisters' is all about the cheery songs

THEATER REVIEW: "A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters" by Theo Ubique ??? THEATER REVIEW: "A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters" by Theo Ubique ???... Who were the most successful female vocalists in history? By most reasonable measures, the Andrews Sisters.

Tony Night: Awards & After-Parties

I sometimes feel like I have my own Tony Awards black cloud. Last year, my guest got injured at Party #2 (and Matilda lost, which made...

In 'Yankees,' sweetness and light, baseball and the devil

REVIEW: "Damn Yankees" by Light Opera Works REVIEW: "Damn Yankees" by Light Opera Works... On my way to Light Opera Works' "Damn Yankees" Saturday night, I passed a young man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a Cubs logo and the legend...Show More Summary

Be Your Best You

The American Theatre Wing’s Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre presentation ceremony occurred last night and portions of it were broadcast via television. I would like to take this moment to respond. Dear ATW and Broadways Producers, Let me begin with: Presenting what are essentially a local arts award ceremony to a national audience and making […]

AWARDS SEASON 2014: Tony Award Winners

It’s finally here – the end to an exciting awards season – and the big trophies everyone is hoping to snag. The show starts tonight at 8 PM (though we’re live tweeting and facebooking the red carpet fun before then and will be adding our excitement and snark to the live stream during the ceremony). So if you couldn’t make […]

Open your eyes to a new kind of 'Carrie'

REVIEW: "Carrie: The Musical" by Bailiwick Chicago ??? REVIEW: "Carrie: The Musical" by Bailiwick Chicago ???... They came to poke fun at a girl who in 1988 lent her name to one of the great almighty flops of Broadway history: "Carrie the Musical," a monument to excess...

'Haymaker' a clever parody of action movies

THEATER REVIEWS: "Haymaker" by the Neo-Futurists ??? and "Love Tapes" by The Inconvenience ??½ THEATER REVIEWS: "Haymaker" by the Neo-Futurists ??? and "Love Tapes" by The Inconvenience ??½... Consider this exchange of growled dialogue in the Neo-Futurists' new show, which is a full-on embrace of action-movie tropes...

This 'Aunt Susan' has written herself into a corner

THEATER REVIEW: "Ask Aunt Susan" at the Goodman Theatre ?½ THEATER REVIEW: "Ask Aunt Susan" at the Goodman Theatre ?½... When, in its first few minutes, the Goodman Theatre's new show, Seth Bockley's "Ask Aunt Susan," goes after Yelp by setting up a juicy scenario wherein nefarious employees sit in restaurants all day...

'Ivanov' relentlessly strips down Chekhov

THEATER REVIEW: "Ivanov" by Piven Theatre Workshop ??? There are few traps worse for a play than to be chockablock with characters who proclaim — early and often — that they are bored. You're practically begging the audience to say,Show More Summary

'Heart' a play about our best faces and our if-onlys

THEATER REVIEW: "Eat Your Heart Out" at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ??? "Coffee's the date that says 'I'm not committing to a meal,'" says Tom, the jittery and eager-to-please guy on a blind date near the beginning of Courtney Baron's...Show More Summary

Fly By Night: Believe in Stars, Believe in Love?

Fly By Night is about fate, love and loss. Out of those, the second topic provides for more entertaining discussions, so I emailed Allison Case, Adam Chandler-Berat and Patti Murin and asked them some questions about just that.

AWARDS SEASON 2014: Drama Desk Award Winners

The 2014 Drama Desk Award winners have been announced and there seems to be little contest about who was the best of the best this season. Will the Tony Awards follow suit, or will we be surprised? Less than one week and we’ll find out! Follow all of the awards coverage as we live blog, tweet, facebook or view a summary of all things […]

The Drama Desks, All The Way, M&M's and More

My fair readers -- it is a week before the Tony Awards. What does that mean? It's time for The Drama Desk Awards. There are...

New musical is about love, relationships and what can go wrong

THEATER REVIEW: "Days Like Today" at Writers Theatre ??? THEATER REVIEW: "Days Like Today" at Writers Theatre ???... Alan Schmuckler, the phenomenally talented composer of "Days Like Today," is capable of lush, driving, intermittently quirky melodies...

'Lifeboat' tells harrowing story through eyes of young survivors

THEATER REVIEWS: "Lifeboat" by Filament Theatre ??? and "The Lord of the Wrigley: The Fellowship of the Cubs" ?? "Lifeboat"

Videos: Jessie Mueller on Chicago stages

Before Evanston-born actress Jessie Mueller was a Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award nominee for playing the title role in “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” she was, well, a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award nominee...Show More Summary

'Exit Strategy' sells out entire run; adds new shows on sale Memorial Day

The Jackalope Theatre Company's hit production of Ike Holter's "Exit Strategy," a play about the final days of a Chicago Public School slated for closure, has sold out its entire run at the Broadway Armory in Edgewater..

Photographer Vivian Maier captured in dance in 'Bird Lady'

DANCE CARD: "Bird Lady" by Rebecca Salzer Dance Theatre "Bird lady" was the nickname North Shore teenagers gave Vivian Maier, the Chicago-area nanny/photographer who gained fame only after she died in 2009, penniless, at 83. The moniker...Show More Summary

Voices get lost in crowded show-within-a-show

THEATER REVIEW: "One Hit Wonders" at Black Ensemble Theater ?? THEATER REVIEW: "One Hit Wonders" at Black Ensemble Theater ?? "One Hit Wonders" treats us to only about 10 minutes (the finale) of what we are accustomed to enjoying all night at Black Ensemble Theater...

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