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Ivo van Hove's 'A View From the Bridge' is an American tragedy waiting to happen

“A play is rarely given a second chance,” Arthur Miller once wrote. He who was right about so many perils of the human condition was wrong about that. To wit: Director Ivo van Hove’s desperate, despairing, heart-pounding 2015 Broadway revival of “A View From the Bridge,” now on a tour of major...

For Hubbard Street's fall series, you'll follow dancers on loading docks and stairwells of Harris Theater

Over its 40-year history, Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance has continuously expanded the constraints of contemporary dance and embraced theatrics. If you’ve seen the company in performance recently, maybe a world premiere from Brian Brooks or a Twyla Tharp revival or the genre-defying Second City...

In 'The Rembrandt,' why would a museum guard try to touch a masterpiece?

I’ve always found the guards in museums at least as interesting as the exhibits. How intriguing are those silent sentinels of the gallery, as sphinxlike as Secret Service agents but charged with guarding not the products of a pseudo-democratic whim of the moment, but immortal artifacts that never...

The Margaret Atwood story of 'Alias Grace' gets inside your head

Did a 16-year-old housemaid named Grace Marks kill her lecherous employer and his housekeeper in 1843? Or was the impoverished Irish immigrant to Canada merely the stablehand’s unwitting accessory? Or was she possessed by the ghost of another? Those are a couple of the questions bubbling around...

On a bigger stage, 'Million Dollar Quartet' is still a blast

For nearly eight years, “Million Dollar Quartet” packed the intimate Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. The story of the fabled night that four giants of popular music all turned up in Memphis’ tiny Sun Studios obviously struck a crowd-pleasing chord. So how does it stack up in a big proscenium house...

PrivateBank Theatre renamed CIBC Theatre

The PrivateBank Theatre at 18 W. Monroe St. will soon have a new name and marquee, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday. The PrivateBank, where the Chicago production of “Hamilton” has played since October, will change its name to the CIBC Theatre, following a June acquisition of the company. CIBC...

Sing away your troubles: ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ a musical celebration of Louis Jordan

When Chance the Rapper asks the question “Is you is or is you ain’t got gas money?” in his song “All Night,” he nods to the legacy of the great songwriter and bandleader Louis Jordan. Jordan — whose first big break came in 1941 at the Capitol Lounge on State Street in Chicago — is a crucial intersectional...

Visceral Dance Chicago's fall opener pops and fizzles

A small but enthusiastic crowd assembled at Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for Visceral Dance Chicago’s fall offering, the official season opener for the fledgling company’s fifth season. The program, which will show again Oct. 7 at the Harris Theater, is mostly greatest hits...

'The Heavens Are Hung in Black' is a play set during Lincoln's darkest hours

Early 2009 seems like a lifetime ago — a point when the inauguration of the first African-American president signaled that, while racism was far from over, it at least couldn’t keep all our American dreams deferred. But as we’ve been reminded too well and too harshly in recent months, the forces...

Disney's 'Frozen' musical plays it too safe with Elsa and Anna

A vista of the pressures faced by Disney Theatrical Productions fills the lobby of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts: Hundreds of bubbly children and unabashed adults dressed as Elsa, Anna, even the rotund sidekick Olaf, the animated snowman peripheral and problematic for a live Broadway...

Factory Theater sets 25th season

The Factory Theater announced its 25th season of world premieres, along with the company’s new co-artistic directors, Thursday. Opening the season is Mike Ooi’s “Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom” (Oct. 27-Dec. 9), about what the creatures in a children’s show do when the host isn’t around. Following...

13 shows to see now

"The Audience" ??? The longevity of the British monarchy — as manifest for the last 64 years in the personage of Queen Elizabeth II — is at the center of Peter Morgan's play "The Audience," a smart, gossipy exploration of the queen's complex, sometimes political relationship with her decades of...

Theater openings Sept. 15-21

Friday “1984”: Big Brother is watching in AstonRep Theatre Company’s latest. Through Oct. 8 at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.; 773-828-9129 and www.astonrep.com Saturday "Five Guys Named Moe”: The songs of Louis Jordan fuel this musical tribute. Through Oct. 8 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis...

The cast is willing but the laughs are cheap in '90210: The Musical'

Sandwiched between the 1980s teen-angst comedies of John Hughes and the famous-for-being-famous post-millennium reality television antics of the Kardashians, the kids of “Beverly Hills, 90210” staked their own claim to pop-cultural stardom. The show, which ran from 1990-2000, eventually led to...

'Spamilton' to end Chicago run

“Spamilton” will end its open run in Chicago Oct. 8, the New York based producers of the hit “Hamilton” parody announced Thursday. The skewering of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, created by “Forbidden Broadway’s” Gerard Alessandrini, has run for seven months at the Royal George...

David McDermott named executive director of Hubbard Street Dance

David McDermott will join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s leadership team as executive director, the company announced Thursday. McDermott currently serves as the first deputy commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, managing daily operations and working on events...

Chicago Shakespeare's new Navy Pier theater: It can transform

The Yard theater at Navy Pier has a unique feature: It can transform. Nine huge seating towers can be moved around with ease, to create a wide range of stage and seating configurations for audience capacities of 150 to nearly 900 people. The first performance in the approximately 35,000-square-foot,...

At Navy Pier and MCA, fresh new invites for overseas artists to drop in

A vibrant city with global aspirations — certainly, any city capable of landing the second headquarters built by Amazon — needs frequent access to cultural work and artists from all over the world. How else will we understand the thinking of those with whom we share this stressed-out planet? How...

Gift Theatre announces cast of 'Swell in the Ground'

The Gift Theatre announced the cast of its world premiere production of Janine Nabers’ “A Swell in the Ground” Wednesday. The nonlinear look at the lives of four college friends will star ensemble members Keith Neagle and Darci Nalepa, along with Sydney Charles and Andrew Muwonge. Chika Ike will...

An actor with Chicago ties to lead new Barry Jenkins film

Kiki Layne, an actress who was named one of the Tribune’s Hot New Faces of Chicago theater in 2016, will play the lead role in Barry Jenkins and Annapurna’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Variety reported Wednesday. Layne, a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul...

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