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Harvard blues: Why high tuition for arts education is a lousy idea

Under the Obama administration in 2015, the Department of Education toughened up a set of rules known as the Gainful Employment Regulations. The rules were designed to protect students from being buried in debt by for-profit trade school programs that created far more student indebtedness than...

First Floor Theater announces 2017-18 season

First Floor Theater announced its 2017-18 season featuring three new-to-Chicago plays Thursday. Opening the company's sixth season is Leah Nanako Winkler’s "Two Mile Hollow" (Oct. 8-Nov. 4), a satirical take on dramas about affluent white families with no white actors playing the white characters....

Theater openings July 21-27

Friday "Fight City": Women dominate a dystopian future in this Factory Theater production. Through Aug. 26 at Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St.; thefactorytheater.com "Luzia": Cirque du Soleil presents a dream-world spectacle inspired by Mexican culture. Through Sept. 3 at the United Center,...

Montego Glover and Gregory Treco to join Chicago 'Hamilton' cast

Montego Glover and Gregory Treco are heading in to the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton," and Daniel Breaker and Karen Olivo are heading out, producer Jeffrey Seller announced Thursday. Breaker has played the antagonist Aaron Burr in the hip-hop Founding Fathers...

Still no bad ideas: Barrel of Monkeys celebrates 20 years of schoolkids' stories on stage

Like creating a villain that is a toilet. A pickle and a bat that are friends. A confused boy on the hunt for frozen pancakes who ends up in the desert, only to be eaten by vultures. No bad ideas. Just material for achingly sincere and laugh-out-loud stories, written by students who aren't even...

Strawdog sets 2017-18 season

Strawdog Theatre Company announced its 30th season Thursday, the first to take place at the company's new home on W. Berenice.  First up is the previously announced Chicago premiere of Robert O'Hara's "Barbecue" (Aug. 17-Sept. 30), about a family intervention set for a summer outing. Damon Kieley...

'Luzia' and ' Something Rotten,' a pair not to miss

For the first time in its history, the Cirque du Soleil has a touring production under its signature grand chapiteau that doesn't dwell in an abstract conceit. "Luzia," which opens in Chicago on Friday night for a summerlong engagement, is a show about a specific place. Mexico. "This is the first...

'Ghost the Musical,' 'Steel Magnolias' in Theatre at the Center's 2018 season

Theatre at the Center, Northwest Indiana's Equity theater company, announced its 2018 mainstage season Wednesday.  Artistic director Linda Fortunato will direct the season opener "Steel Magnolias" (Feb. 22-March 25), inspired by the 1989 film about the bonds between a group of women at a Southern...

Kate Baldwin, Kate Shindle win Sarah Siddons Society awards

Kate Baldwin and Kate Shindle, Broadway stars and alumni of Northwestern University, are both 2017 winners of the The Sarah Siddons Society of Chicago's Actor of the Year Award. Baldwin recently garnered a Tony nomination for "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway and last appeared in Chicago in Lyric Opera's...

New ensemble members join Neo-Futurists

The Neo-Futurists are adding five new members to the ensemble, the first to join since the company launched its new late-night show "The Infinite Wrench," it was announced Wednesday.  The new writer-director-performers include Neil Bhandari, Trent Creswell, Joanna Jamerson, Jasmine Henri Jordan...

'Little Fish' adapts New York stories for the stage

Deborah Eisenberg, whose short stories have been popping up in the New Yorker and in acclaimed collections since the 1980s, began writing when she stopped smoking. She stopped because her longtime partner, playwright/actor Wallace Shawn, has asthma. In the throes of nicotine withdrawal and self-doubt,...

'Pushcart Tony' tells the all-too-forgotten Chicago story of Anton Cermak

Rahm Emanuel needed a desk. His predecessor, Richard M. Daley, took his desk with him when he left office after his 22-year tenure, and the new mayor's fifth-floor office at City Hall was deskless. So one of the very first things Emanuel did when elected mayor in 2011 was to have some folks retrieve...

Raven Theatre's longtime leaders are stepping down

One of the longest-running double acts in Chicago theater history is coming to a close: artistic directors and co-founders Michael Menendian and JoAnn Montemurro are "retiring" from Chicago's long-lived Raven Theatre, according to an announcement, after more than 34 years at the helm. Through a...

Jimmy Buffett and his Parrot Heads take over the Playhouse

The event was Jimmy Buffett talks with Chris Jones and Christopher Ashley, but it could have been a listed as a quadruple bill: Jimmy Buffett, the Tribune's Chris Jones, Christopher Ashley and a house full of Parrot Heads, so much a part of the proceedings were the room full of Buffett fans Monday...

'At the Table' extends three weeks

Broken Nose Theatre's hit remount of "At the Table" is extending again after selling out six weeks of performances, the company announced Monday.  Written by Michael Perlman and directed by Spenser Davis, "At the Table," about a group of friends serving up clashing conversations on identity politics,...

'Beauty's Daughter' seen through new eyes at American Blues

When the poetic playwright Dael Orlandersmith premiered "Beauty's Daughter" in Midtown Manhattan in 1995, few had heard her name. This was before "Monster," "The Gimmick" or "Yellowman," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It was before Orlandersmith told "Stoop Stories," or imagined "Horsedreams,"...

All the world's a lovely stage in First Folio's 'As You Like It'

On a clear and pleasant July evening, with just enough breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay, First Folio Theatre's pastoral setting gives the forest of Arden a run for its money. But that can only take you so far without a smart and heartfelt take on "As You Like It." Fortunately, that's precisely...

David Rabe, 'Hamlet' in Gift's 2018 season

The Gift Theatre's 2018 season will include a world premiere from Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour, a Chicago premiere from the Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe and a modern take on "Hamlet," the Jefferson Park company announced Sunday.  First up is Osei-Kuffour's "Hang Man" (Feb. 9-April 8), about...

'New Dances,' the end of the beginning, is final performance for Thodos Dance

Thodos Dance Chicago's performance in the "Made in Chicago" series at the Auditorium Theatre last March marked the end of the group's run as an ensemble company, after artistic director Melissa Thodos announced she would disband her 25-year-old company to focus on independent projects. After "Made...

Parrotheads converge on Wrigley for Buffett love

"A parrot, a shark and a cheeseburger walk into Wrigley Field" may sound like the beginning of a bad bar joke, but in reality it refers to just a few of the Parrothead characters who made their way to Wrigley Field on Saturday night to watch Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band. Buffett's Wrigley...

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