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The thorniest questions of education, asked on stage

"We're always talking about teaching,” says one of the Chicago Public Schools teachers in Joe Zarrow's new play, “Principal Principle.” “We don't need some rubric handed down from on high.”

Harris Theater announces 2014-15 dance season

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance announced its 2014-15 dance season on Friday. The season features the Chicago debut of two international companies: the Beijing Dance Theater and Scottish Ballet. 

'Motown' spins through the songs, if not the full story

THEATER REVIEW: "Motown the Musical" at the Oriental Theatre ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Motown the Musical" at the Oriental Theatre ??½... In one of the most revealing lines of Berry Gordy's "Motown the Musical," the legendary founder of Motown Records gets some advice from a lawyer.

The Hypocrites snag a new Den

The Hypocrites, the longtime Off-Loop theater company that has seen strong growth in its national identity, is to take up permanent residence as the anchor tenent of a new 200-seat theater in Wicker Park. 

Michael Urie on the story behind 'Buyer & Cellar'

Michael Jackson had Neverland Ranch. Barbra Streisand has a mall in her basement.

A clear, eloquent 'Henry V' reigns on Navy Pier

THEATER REVIEW: "Henry V" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater ??? THEATER REVIEW: "Henry V" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater ???... The British director Christopher Luscombe's new production of "Henry V" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater...

'Mill Fire' an absorbing story of a small-town tragedy

THEATER REVIEWS: "Mill Fire" at Theater Wit ??? and "The Next Thing" by Signal Ensemble ?½ THEATER REVIEWS: "Mill Fire" at Theater Wit ??? and "The Next Thing" by Signal Ensemble ?½... It is sometime in the late 1970s, a steel town in Alabama. The crew working the graveyard shift ambles into the noisy, steam-filled plant and goes about its business.

ShawChicago announces 2014-15 season

ShawChicago, a company devoted to staged readings of the plays of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, announced its 2014-15 season on Wednesday. Two of the titles belong to the company’s namesake, and all three are directed by artistic director Robert Scogin.

Flower children of 'Hair' live in the real world this time

THEATER REVIEW: "Hair" at American Theater Company ???½ THEATER REVIEW: "Hair" at American Theater Company ???½... "Hair," the once-revolutionary American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, has become something different.

Cast of Steppenwolf's 'The Qualms' announced

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced casting for the world premiere of "The Qualms" by Bruce Norris on Tuesday. Norris is the author of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning "Clybourne Park."

A Red Orchid announces 2014-15 season

A Red Orchid Theatre in Old Town announced its 2014-15 season, the theater’s 22nd, on Tuesday.

AWARDS SEASON 2014: Theatre World Award Winners

The 2014 Theatre World Award winners have been announced. Winners will be celebrated at a ceremony at Circle in the Square on June 2 at 6:45 pm, hosted by Peter Filichia. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Follow all of the awards coverage as we live blog, tweet, facebook or view a summary of all things awards at The Broadway Musical […]

Standup scene: Place you bets on these local comics

On Facebook this week, I see that a boatload of Chicago comedians are heading out Friday night to Diamond Jo’s casino in Dubuque, Iowa, to compete in the “Comedy 10K,” a nationwide standup competition. I’m half tempted to make the four-hour drive. Show More Summary

In insightful 'Principal,' reading, writing and reality

THEATER REVIEW: "Principal Principle" by Stage Left at Theater Wit ???½ THEATER REVIEW: "Principal Principle" by Stage Left at Theater Wit ???½... Sometimes it takes a Krispy Kreme doughnut to crystallize a delicious paradox. So it goes in Joe Zarrow's satirical yet very knowing behind-the-classroom look...

'MythBusters' to play Chicago

“MythBusters: Behind the Myths” will play one performance in Chicago on December 6, Broadway In Chicago said on Monday. The touring show features Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, the co-stars of the Discovery Channel television series on which the duo debunks popular myths using science.

Maud Le Pladec's disorderly 'Democracy'

DANCE REVIEW: "Democracy" at the Museum of Contemporary Art ??½ Who knew politics could be fun? In Maud Le Pladec's 2013 "Democracy," her five dancers and the four drummers of Ensemble TaCTuS cavort around the stage in a reasonable facsimile of a wild party.

Irish musical 'Juno' comes with mixed blessings

THEATER REVIEW: "Juno" at TimeLine Theatre ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Juno" at TimeLine Theatre ??½ Sean O'Casey's dark, restless drama begins with the brutal shooting of a young Irish man by British forces during the Irish War of Independence...

Preljocaj's 'Snow White' at the Harris Theater

DANCE REVIEW: 'Snow White' at the Harris Theater ???½ DANCE REVIEW: 'Snow White' at the Harris Theater ???½...Angelin Preljocaj's "Snow White" is something of a Frankenstein. Fortunately, it not only lives and breathes—it has a kindly heart.

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to See After Midnight on Broadway

We’ve got an exciting giveaway – tickets to see the critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated musical, After Midnight, on Broadway. There are two pairs of tickets to give away, one for any show starring Vanessa Williams (now through May 11) and the other for any show starring Fantasia (May 11-June 8). To enter to win, just comment below with the name of your favorite […]

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