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Review: Pip's travels are long but worth the trip in 'Great Expectations'

In "Great Expectations," Charles Dickens crafted an indelible portrait of a young man of no means whose desires to be a "gentleman" almost come true — but with tragic consequences. At its most basic level, it's a tale of personal ambitions and assimilation gone wrong. Tanika Gupta's 2011 adaptation...

Review: 'T.' has Tonya Harding but no Nancy — and no point

In 1994, an American skater named Nancy Kerrigan was whacked on the thigh with a baton wielded by Shane Stant, a thug hired in part by Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan's fiercest domestic competitor, Tonya Harding. Aside from the bizarre intrusion of naked aggression into the world of...

Bonnie Brooks departs Columbia's Dance Center

Bonnie Brooks, the presenting series director and lead curator for the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, will depart the center effective May 31, concluding 18 years of leadership with the Dance Center and the college. Brooks, also a Columbia College Dance Department Associate Professor,...

Review: 'Ideation' give us a high-stakes seat at the conference table

When the leading management consulting firms — the likes of McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group or Mercer — want to recruit top MBAs, their standard operating procedure is to wine and dine them at steakhouses or maybe observe them at a little team-building exercise at a place such as WhirlyBall....

Summer theater guide 2017: 30 must-see shows

Summer in Chicago focuses on outdoor fun, whether it's at music festivals, street fairs, ballgames or beaches. But Chicago's red-hot theater scene also has plenty of option. Here are 30 shows for summer, from the big hits to family shows to, yes, Shakespeare under the stars. LONG-RUNNING HITS "The...

Magic Lounge will bring the magic bar back to Chicago

Coming later this year to 5050 N. Clark St. on Chicago's North Side: A new entertainment venue, replete with food and beverages, that's dedicated to the art of close-up magic. There's a history of such places in and around town. In the 1930s, Ryan's Magic Tap occupied the corner of Division Street...

Understanding the agonies of Manchester, our fellow Second City

Manchester — whose big Lancashire heart was broken into pieces Monday night — is England's Second City. It's not the second-biggest city in terms of population: Birmingham, in the Midlands, is larger. But then Los Angeles sprawls more than Chicago. And even if Houston's population will soon eclipse...

The story gets hazy in 'Johnny 10 Beers'

It's been more than 15 years since 9/11 and the offspring of men and women first deployed to Iraq and its surrounding areas are now themselves old enough to enlist and serve — in the very same region, picking up where their parents left off. That's a queasy-making reality: Generation after generation...

Trio of world premieres in Chicago Children's Theatre's 2017-18 season

Three world premieres are coming up in Chicago Children’s Theatre's 2017-18 season, the company announced Wednesday. The five-show slate begins in the fall with the return of "A Year with Frog and Toad" (Sept. 19-Nov. 5), Robert and Willy Reale's musical update to Arnold Lobel's children's book...

The comedy fests are coming: Who to see at Break Out and 26th Annual

Among the many things that Chicago is known for, comedy remains one of our most cherished and proudly exported. Whether you prefer chuckling at locally-sourced, artisan jokes at open mics and small comedy clubs or laughing out loud at imported, nationally-recognized comedians on tour, on any given...

Samuel Roberson, actor and Congo Square artistic director, dies

Actor Samuel G. Roberson Jr., who died of pneumonia Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 8 years old. That experience, said his father, Samuel Roberson Sr., meant that this son knew several children his own age who did not live to be adults. "Sam appreciated...

Audra McDonald spends an up-close-and-personal evening at Steppenwolf

On Monday night at the Steppenwolf Theatre — a rare chance to see such a talent in an intimate setting — Audra McDonald ordered up a little singalong to "I Could Have Danced All Night," the ecstatic ditty from "My Fair Lady." The harmonic sound that flowed from McDonald's adoring Chicago fans resembled...

Kristin Chenoweth to appear at the Paramount in Aurora

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth will appear in a one night-only performance at the Paramount Theatre next fall, the Aurora company announced Tuesday. The "intimate evening" with the Broadway star, who most recently appeared in NBC's "Hairspray Live!," is slated for Nov. 4 at 8 p.m....

Play about Elwood and his unseen rabbit is a story we need to believe in

Mary Chase's "Harvey" — a Colorado journalist's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1944 Broadway play about a man with an imaginary lapine friend — actually has a good deal in common with Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Not to mention the musical "Next to Normal." You're forgiven for thinking...

Time feels right for the Ringling Bros. to call it quits

Our daughter clapped for the first time at the last circus. She sat up and, without urging, both slapped her hands together and missed her hands completely. I think she was clapping for a camel, which I noted with annoyance was the first interesting animal to lope past in 45 minutes. There’d been...

Ringling Bros. Circus awaits its final show Sunday night

Aging clowns were buying aerialists drinks at the bar. Publicists of four decades standing stood shoulder-to-shoulder with retired jugglers. Jackets read "The Medeiros Troupe," long-faded T-shirts said "Clown Alley 2001," and military-style hats were emblazoned with "USS Ringling."   There was...

At Northlight, Mike Nussbaum is as unique as Einstein

Albert Einstein is an ideal role for Mike Nussbaum, the new show, "Relativity," at the Northlight Theatre reveals. I speak not merely of the fusion of extraordinary mental capability, although I swear it is merely our familiarity with Nussbaum, America's oldest active union actor and the comforting...

High drama of the ballet 'Red Giselle' returns at the right time

"Control versus chaos — that formula came to define my Russian experience. My journey to Russia turned up all of the stereotypes — onion domes, stacking dolls, hammers and sickles, exasperating bureaucracy — but it also went well beyond the cliches," wrote travel writer Cameron Hewitt about his...

Nikki Glaser at Thalia Hall was long on the racy stories, short on jokes

Imagine the most embarrassing moment in your sexual history. Got it? Now imagine recounting that moment to a stranger. Now imagine recounting that moment to a room full of strangers while holding a microphone and hearing them laugh at you. This is what comedian Nikki Glaser — who last year hosted...

End of Ringling Bros. Circus: Ladies and gentlemen, the final time for the Greatest Show on Earth

Come with the Theater Loop to the circus: The Tribune's Chris Jones and photographer Zbigniew Bzdak will be at the final performances by the Ringling Bros. in New York, backstage and ringside Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CST. Check back all weekend. The mile-long train will pulling into a...

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