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LinkUP artists confront cultural differences

The evening began and ended with a party. But two more distinctive parties couldn't be imagined. While the first was a tea ceremony, the last was an audience-friendly dance bash, complete with pulsing music. Each reflected the work it preceded or followed: quiet as a whisper or loud enough to pop...

What is it like for an actor the moments before curtain at 'Disgraced'?

Actor Bernard White plays Amir, the New York attorney at the center of "Disgraced," now at the Goodman Theatre through late October. Playwright Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winner of a play has Amir at the center of a dinner party that turns sour, devolving into the most intense sort of exchange...

WATCH: 10-Year-Old Henry Thomas Books the Job in ‘E.T.’

One advantage child actors may have over their adult counterparts is the ability to believe extraordinary circumstances. Take the audition tape below; a grown-up may have a hard time imagining their best friend is an alien being taken...Show More Summary

When Does a Young Performer Need an Entertainment Attorney?

For parents of working actors, the entertainment industry may seem like a lot of smoke and mirrors. While there are plenty of mirrors in show business, your child’s legal rights should not be one of them. Parents often ask me when, if at all, is there a right time to hire an entertainment attorney. Show More Summary

The Building Blocks of Building Relationships

The key to success in the entertainment business is who you know. Yet, one of the most overlooked aspects of anyone’s acting career is developing the skills to connect with the people in the industry who can actually get you a job. This business is based on relationships. Show More Summary

Redmoon's Fire Festival gets a second chance Saturday

After a public flame-out on the Chicago River last year, the organizers of the Great Chicago Fire Festival will attempt to hold a fire spectacle Saturday that's smaller in scope and in a less-prominent location. An estimated 30,000 onlookers witnessed Redmoon Theater having trouble igniting three...

SAG Foundation Celebrates 30 Years With Leonardo DiCaprio

SAG Foundation’s turning 30 and to celebrate its three decades of giving back to SAG-AFTRA members, it’s honoring one of its best with the Actors Inspiration Award. “To commemorate our landmark anniversary, we’re excited to honor Leonardo DiCaprio’s outstanding achievements,” said president JoBeth Williams, in a statement. Show More Summary

7 Chances to Get an Audition!

Check out these seven opportunities posted on Backstage this week! From sketch comedy opportunities and indie films, to theater and commercial work, there’s an audition for you! “WE WILL ROCK YOU,” ROYAL CARIBBEANCreatives for the Royal...Show More Summary

Review: Miss Buncle’s Book (Lifeline Theatre)

Romantic and quirky, ‘Miss Buncle’ is a bemusing crowd-pleaser. Recommended. (read Clint May's entire review....)

'Chi-Town Rising'? If only.

Even before Spike Lee came along with "Chi-raq," the presence of the term "Chi-Town" on a billboard (usually preceded by "Hey") meant one thing: An out-of-towner wrote the copy. Who has not cringed at some Madison Avenue genius trying to get all hip and personal and conversational to hawk rollover...

2015 Ovation Award Nominees Announced

The best of L.A. theater creatives are getting their due. Nominees for the Ovation Awards were announced Sept. 24 and included the Ebony Repertory Theatre and the Center Theatre Group at the top of the list with 14 recognitions each....Show More Summary

'Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys': A riveting play about infamous case

Long before Black Lives Matter, there were the Scottsboro Boys. And not long before there was "The Scottsboro Boys," there was "Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys." If you go to Raven Theatre expecting the former — a 2010 Broadway musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb that was nominated for...

Curly proposes to real-life Laurey at opening of 'Oklahoma'

Colte Julian, currently playing Curly at the Paramount Theatre in "Oklahoma," proposed to girlfriend Erika Senase on opening night.  Julian claimed he had left his phone and wallet in his dressing room at the opening night party and asked Senase, along with planned videographer Amanda Corcoran,...

Review: 'Washer/Dryer' a fun spin on romantic comedies

"I need my space" is as familiar as "It's not you, it's me" in the lexicon of troubled relationships. But what if actual, literal living space is the problem? That's the question posed in Nandita Shenoy's comedy "Washer/Dryer," now in a local premiere by Rasaka Theatre Company. Anyone who has tried...

Chicago theater openings for the week of Sept.25 to Oct. 1

SATURDAY | "The Marriage of Figaro": Barbara Gaines returns to the Lyric to direct Mozart's comedic opera about a crazy day in an 18th century castle. Through Oct. 24 at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive; 312-827-5600 and "Sucker Punch": Roy Williams' play follows two aspiring...

8 Actor-Writers All Thespians Should Study

Are you an actor looking to write yourself onto the stage? Or perhaps a playwright who benefits from performing live? Either way, there’s a lot to be learned from studying today’s most productive multi-hyphenates of the stage. BelowShow More Summary

6 Texas CDs to Follow on Social Media

Each state has its inner circle. Texas is no different, so don’t hesitate to use all the tools at your disposal to begin to build relationships within the industry. For working actors looking to get work in Texas, here are six CDs based...Show More Summary

Nail the Audition With Backstage University

Learn how to bring your a-game to the stage and the camera with Backstage University! Next week offers three great opportunities to hone your craft. On Monday, Sept. 28, NYC musical theater actors have the chance to work with casting director Joy Dewing. Show More Summary

Chicago theater back in days of the Great Fire in 'Stagestruck'

If you're interested in the history of Chicago theater, you'll likely know the formidable collection of documents, programs and other memorabilia at the Harold Washington Library Center, the site of many an exhibit over the years. But you might know less about the holdings of the Newberry Library,...

Review: Funnyman (Northlight Theatre)

Playwright Bruce Graham had the right idea for this World Premiere play about a burlesque and Broadway follies comedian struggling to remain relevant amid changing audience tastes in the later years of his career, but he doesn't yet have enough ideas for a plot or characters to work within this setting. Slightly Recommended. (read John Olson's entire review....)

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