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"1980 (Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson)" ??? "1980 (Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson)" is a highly enjoyable and unpredictable world premiere by Patricia Cotter, now at the Jackalope Theatre. It's a bit like a sitcom set in a regional Boston office of the presidential campaign of John B....

Silk Road's 'Wild Boar' needs the thrill of the chase

When Candace Chong Mui Ngam’s “Wild Boar” premiered in Cantonese in the playwright’s native Hong Kong in 2012, the South China Morning Post described the play as “exploring how urbanites react when they are trapped like wild animals.” At Silk Road Rising in Chicago, where the play currently is...

Theater openings Nov. 24-30

Friday “This Way Outta Santaland”: Mitchell Fain reminisces on his eight years as Crumpet the Elf in this holiday offering. Through Dec. 23 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-975-8150 and www.theaterwit.org Saturday “Altered Boy”: This one-man show follows the comedic coming-of-age story...

Video: 'Electricity' from Porchlight's 'Billy Elliot'

Need a musical theater break before turkey basting and giving thanks? This week's Showcase features both Billy Elliots from the hit Porchlight Music Theatre production singing that Elton John ballad about breaking free and flying like a bird. In the video, Jacob Kaiser and Lincoln Seymour, who...

Goodbye Tribune Tower: We'll miss our cathedral when we have to move out

The Chicago Tribune, it was announced Nov. 17, will be leaving its namesake tower on Michigan Avenue in the second quarter of 2018 after a run of 93 years. The stage set will remain. But the actors, alas, will be gone. The Tribune is hardly the first major American newspaper to depart from its...

Chicago comedy leader resigns, apologizes ‘if he offended anyone’

Chicago comedy figure and Sketchfest founder Brian Posen has announced he is “stepping down as Creative Director of Stage 773” after a decade at the helm of the Lakeview performance venue. Posen made the announcement Friday in a Facebook post, making it his second departure from a high-profile...

In 'White Christmas,' the lights of a holiday inn are all aglow

Chicago’s big downtown theaters are humming with eclectic fodder for the holiday weekend: Budgets and stamina permitting, you can choose from “Hamilton,” Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” and, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for the next two weeks, “White Christmas.” If you’re picking that...

Our list of 40: Holiday entertainment for 2017

Attention, residents of Whoville! It’s that time of year again. And while we know you’re busy with your snoof and your fuzzles, your tringlers and trappings, don’t forget to take time out to enjoy some holly-jolly entertainment. Below are some of the best bets of the season in theater, dance and...

Of the holiday shows, are you more of an 'Elf' or a 'Hellcab'?

What should you be doing for your holiday entertainment pleasure? Let's ponder a little of the old, the new and the shifting sands of seasonal change. Some old favorites are expanded, moved and otherwise amplified. Take, for example, "Q Brothers Christmas Carol," long a recommended attraction at...

They saved Shakespeare: 'The Book of Will' is a dramatic story well told

In the early 1620s, a couple of aging actors named Henry Condell and John Heminges set about the task of publishing, in a single, bound volume, all of the plays of their late and beloved pal William Shakespeare. “Just to have them all together,” their characters say in Lauren Gunderson’s terrific...

In Tracy Letts' 'The Minutes,' a town council moves for blood

In the moist, all-American burg of Big Cherry — the setting for the new Tracy Letts play “The Minutes” — the rambling and esoteric agenda of the town council is filled with the patter of parking and pepper jelly, softball fields and suppers at the Kiwanis. The council is one of part-timers and...

'Fade' is a fresh new spin on the writer-in-Hollywood play

As long as Hollywood has hired playwrights from New York or Chicago, which is as long as there has been Hollywood, these transplanted, bought-and-paid-for scribes have written plays about their dislocation in La La Land. The complaints have remained consistent from Tennessee Williams to Lillian...

Chicago Dance Crash celebrates 15 years with its edgy, hip-hop kind of class

In 2002, an actor, a dancer and a martial artist started a fusion hip-hop contemporary dance company. It sounds like the setup for a bad joke, but one’s got to wonder if Illinois State University grads Charlie Cutler, Mark Hackman and Marissa Moritz knew when they conceived a different sort of...

In 'Welcome to Jesus,' the scary Other lurks in a small Texas town

Take the football culture of “Friday Night Lights,” mix it with the supernatural clamminess of “The X-Files” and strain it through the satiric/horror filter of “Get Out,” and you’re close to what Janine Nabers creates in “Welcome to Jesus,” now in a world premiere at American Theater Company. Nabers,...

Mike Daisey, monologist and Trump-era soothsayer, is back in Chicago

After Donald J. Trump became president of the United States — which, you may recall, actually was a massive surprise to most of us — the amount of analytical bloviating about the reasons for his ascendancy would have been enough to sink the great Library of Alexandria. Had it been spewed out on...

Theater openings Nov. 17-23

Friday “The Book of Will”: Shakespeare’s company stages the First Folio in this Chicago premiere by Lauren Gunderson. Through Dec. 17 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300 and www.northlight.org “Hellcab”: The Agency Theater Collective presents a Chicago-set holiday tale...

For Laurie Metcalf in 'Lady Bird,' this is the moment for her kind of honesty

There’s a scene in “Lady Bird,” this fall’s remarkable coming-of-age movie by Greta Gerwig, where the title character, a complicated Sacramento 17-year-old encapsulated by Saoirse Ronan, finds herself in the dressing room of an off-price clothing store with her mother, Marion McPherson, who happens...

'Escape to Margaritaville' has the Buffett-brand attitude but takes too much latitude

“Work is a dirty word out here,” says the charming, guitar-strumming, Jimmy Buffett-esque central figure of the new musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” a “Mamma Mia!” for Parrotheads. This seductive but commitment-phobic dude is trying to instill some chill into an uptight environmental scientist...

Peninsula Players sets 2018 summer season

Peninsula Players, Wisconsin’s mainstay resident summer theater, announced its 2018 season Thursday. Opening the season is Sean Grennan’s “Now and Then” (June 12-July 1), a world premiere about an extraordinary conversation that takes place in 1981 at a neighborhood bar. Next up is Christopher...

10 gifts for the theater lover

Wondering what to get your favorite theater lover this holiday season? Read on for my 10 suggestions for 2017. (Chris Jones)

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