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There is far more to this show than biography.There is the vibrant sense of a musical era in the making.
The show's playful yet pungent parody seems more timely than ever.
Puccini's melodies are beyond rapturous, with several haunting themes and variations exquisitely laced throughout the opera's three acts.
Clarion voices and exceptional acting reveal the full beauty of Jeanine Tesori's work.
His haunting pencil drawings and prints became a prized feature of the Chicago theater scene in the 1980s and '90s.
WEISS: Since the debut last season of Christopher Wheeldon's production, the ballet has become clearer and deeper in its storytelling and dancing.
WEISS: The exuberantly performed holiday musical can't overcome its essentially annoying quality.
WEISS: A lively Northlight cast plays out the path taken to get the Bard's 36 plays on paper.
"White Christmas" is at once a sassy romantic comedy and a patriotic homage to the post-World War II era.
"Lizzie," the riveting musical about the notorious Lizzie Borden, turns out to be an ideal inaugural production for Firebrand Theatre.
Playwright Tracy Letts has devised a blood ritual rooted in the farcical manifestations of local government and parliamentary procedure.
Georges Bizet was just 24 years old when his opera, “The Pearl Fishers” (“Les pecheurs de perles”) — now in a new-to-Chicago production at Lyric Opera — had its p…
Think of it as a sort of "SpongeBob Square Pants" for adults.
A gifted cast, marvelous sets and witty repartee fuel a marvelous production.
The Bourne family possesses glorious voices that, when joined in unison, create one of the most beautiful, multi-layered sounds imaginable.
The play, directed by Sandra Marquez, is a canny indictment of success at any price.
WEISS: The actress, a Chicago favorite, brings emotional fire and sparkling intelligence to the poet in the one-woman show.
JIMMY BUFFETT: "My love of musical theater dates back far longer than my interest in the music I am known for."
Raven's current hit, Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Choir Boy" — expertly directed by Menendian — runs through Nov. 12
The 49th annual Jeff Awards, presented Monday night, proved to be an exciting event for the Paramount Theatre and Court Theatre.
A downright revolutionary edition of "42nd Street" is now dazzling audiences at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace.
Marriott Theatre's in-the-round production of the wonderfully rambunctious Disney musical is aided by the physical brilliance of an exemplary cast.
They not only can act, sing and dance up a storm, but, in "School of Rock" – now at Cadillac Palace Theatre - they also can play musical instruments.
"A Golden Celebration of Dance" — a one-night-only mixed repertory extravaganza — will showcase artists from internationally acclaimed companies.
Wagner's propulsive, wildly expressive score, which can sometimes feel like a cinematic soundtrack, is in a class all by itself.
Playwright Rohina Malik is a stylish, accessible writer who can mix poetic angst with comedic manners.
WEISS: When you combine a New Orleans/voodoo vibe with cutthroat Chicago politics, the mix of passion, betrayal and corruption is irresistible.
Director Kaiser Ahmed has cast "1980" ideally, although too often he seems to have pushed his actors into overdrive.
"The Black Renaissance" is a full throttle exploration of the history of race in the United States.
Griffin's 30th season will be celebrated with its typical mix of a musical and contemporary plays.
Jean Nabers' world premiere at the Gift Theatre might best be described as a study in self-destruction and reconstruction.