Blog Profile / The Theater Loop


URL :http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/
Filed Under:Arts / Theater & Performing Arts
Posts on Regator:5056
Posts / Week:10.7
Archived Since:March 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Theater openings March 24-30

Friday "By the Water": In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, a family loses its home and unlocks long-buried secrets. Through April 23 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300 and www.northlight.org Sunday "In to America": Griffin Theatre presents a new drama covering hundreds...

What if we tried truth-and-reconciliation talks with gang members in Chicago?

The Oscar-nominated "Manchester by the Sea" made the point that some things happen from which people cannot really recover. In the case of that film's central character, a Massachusetts janitor named Lee Chandler, as written by Kenneth Lonergan and played by the Oscar-winning Casey Affleck, the...

Radical 'Picnic' reimagines Inge classic about brief moment of youth and possibility

"This production is meant to be felt," said Will Davis, the new artistic director of the American Theater Company, in a lengthy explanatory curtain speech before Wednesday night's opening of a radical, gender-fluid take on "Picnic." Aren't they all, I thought in that moment. Why else would we be...

Andrew Volkoff steps down as About Face artistic director

Artistic director Andrew Volkoff will step down at the end of About Face Theatre's 2016-17 season, the company announced Thursday. "For the past four years, it has been my privilege to work with the talented and fiercely dedicated staff, artists and board at About Face Theatre, where our crucial...

‘View From the Bridge’ opens Goodman’s next season

The Goodman Theatre will open its 2017-18 season with the director Ivo Van Hove's intensely radical West End and Broadway adaptation of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge," the Goodman announced Thursday, along with announcing the rest of the theater's season.   The Tony Award-winning "A View...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tries out some new moves at the Auditorium

Through Sunday, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual Chicago engagement, the company's 47th time at the Auditorium Theatre. Though each of the programs (four in all) has a smattering of classic Ailey, much of the work presented this weekend is new or newly acquired and nudges...

More 'Aladdin' tickets on sale

Looking for "Aladdin" tickets? Your wish is granted. The North American tour of Disney's "Aladdin" will extend its Chicago stay through Sept. 10, it was announced Thursday. The final 10 weeks of performances go on sale April 7 at 800-775-2000 and www.broadwayinchicago.com. As previously announced,...

La-aadies and gentlemen, this 'Circus 1903' is the real thing

I've never seen a show quite like "Circus 1903." Note that the title is not "Cirque 1903." This is not some dreamy, ethereal proscenium entertainment, designed to capitalize on the perennial appeal of the "Cirque du Soleil." This is dat-dat-dada-dada-dada circus. Roll up, boys and girls of all...

'Destiny of Desire' also about the desire for a new kind of audience

At one point in "Destiny of Desire," the very fun, very self-aware new show by Karen Zacarias at the Goodman Theatre that offers up a live version of a telenovela, it is said from the stage that telenovelas represent the most popular form of live entertainment on the planet. We're told some "2...

Review: Dark 'Arturo Ui' wasn't intended to be this relevant

He's petulant and greedy, surrounded by thugs who take out enemies real and perceived at the drop of a hat. He mouths populist bromides while engaging in the worst excesses of corruption and intimidation. He's Arturo Ui —cautionary tale, historical parable and frighteningly apt mirror of our own...

Jonathan Pitts moves on from Improv Fest, in part because of advice from Del Close

The first years of his life spent in the company of an ice-skating chimpanzee named Spanky, Jonathan Pitts has spent the last two decades of his 57 years in the company of a vast array of talented human beings walking that creative tightrope that is improvisational comedy. He is the co-founder...

Review: From Sideshow, the power of an hour of witnessing each others' conflicts

Are the words "truth" and "reconciliation" inherently oppositional? You might well argue so, when the truth involves the recounting of unspeakable suffering on the part of ordinary citizens in, say, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and the former Yugoslavia, ordinary citizens undergoing...

Just like a real tech rehearsal, '10 Out of 12' can get a little dull

What most often stands in the way of excellence in theater? It's not usually a lack of talent or creativity — if you're having a real career in the merciless performing arts, those qualities likely are in place, especially in this city of high standards. It's not even a lack of resources; excellence...

World premieres and returning classics in Lifeline's 2017-18 season

Two world premieres will take place in Lifeline Theatre's 2017-18 mainstage season, the company known for its literary adaptations announced Tuesday. First up is a new adaptation of "Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle" (Sept. 8-Oct. 29). Christina Calvit's adaptation, based on the novel by Georgette...

Every Alvin Ailey Dance visit to Chicago ends with 'Revelations' - here's why

On a recent edition of his WXRT radio spot "Lin's Bin," host Lin Brehmer defined what it means to be a classic: "A classic is a survivor. A classic transcends the winds of change. We see its genius in the timelessness of its appeal. … There is a measure of comfort in our belief that a classic will...

'Destiny of Desire': The sweaty popularity of telenovelas, now at Goodman

What is the most popular form of entertainment on the planet? No, it's not the broadcasts of the National Football League or even the World Cup. It's not even Robert Falls' famous productions of the works of Anton Chekhov. It's the genre of drama known as telenovelas, a formulaic but singularly...

Review: 'The Source' is entertaining but I don't believe it for a minute

Even when uncovering facts that might change the world, great investigative journalists rarely self-dramatize. And if they do, it's likely long after the story is filed, usually accompanied by both adult beverages and whatever sympathetic colleagues can be bribed with beer to hear the war stories....

Now on Broadway: 2 Mueller sisters in leading roles

This week Broadway has a true rarity: Two sisters from Evanston appearing in leading roles in two separate Broadway musicals. But it's only through Sunday. At the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Jessie Mueller is starring in the Sara Bareilles musical "Waitress," a role which garnered her a Tony nomination....

Review: Love vs. science in Stoppard's 'The Hard Problem' at Court Theatre

Next time you're accused of being selfish, try this Stoppardian rejoinder: Darwin really doesn't do sentimental. Or try putting it another way: We're all hard-wired to be out for ourselves. Some of us are just cleverer than others when it comes to the concealing thereof. If you want to be unpopular,...

19 recommended shows to see now

"A Disappearing Number" ??? "When the world is mad," wrote the British scholar G.H. Hardy, "a mathematician may find in mathematics an incomparable anodyne." That famous quotation and, indeed, Hardy himself are central themes of "A Disappearing Number," one of the best theater pieces ever created...

Recent Posting Activity

Achievements

Posts per Week
Posts on Regator

Related Blogs


Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC