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First show at Chicago Shakes will be “As You Like It” with Beatles music. Drury Lane plans to reopen with "Forever Plaid."
If you were an exhausted actor straight from the dressing room, Petterino's bartender Ed Judge would know your drink and have it waiting.
"Rent" is still as powerful now as it was when it opened on Broadway in 1996.
Pandemic limits for restaurants are relaxed and baseball may have live fans in the stands this summer. But the rules for indoor live entertainment in Illinois remain stuck, and make little s…
Chicago artist Lanise Antoine Shelley takes the lead at the Chicago theater company operating out of the Chopin in Wicker Park.
Are vaccine passports for audience members the quickest way back for the performing arts in Chicago?
The popular annual Canadian theater festival plans shows in outdoor tents, with titles to be announced at a later date.
In the new opera "Taking Up Serpents," set in rural Alabama, a young woman wrestles with her Pentecostal upbringing.
The Joffrey Ballet's new streaming production is free to watch on the company's website, a fine reminder of this Chicago institution, and of the spring that is coming.
Wisconsin's leading theater plans to reopen with “Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song,” starring the Chicago actress Alexis J Roston.
With 150,000 tickets sold, "Immersive Van Gogh" is a huge pandemic hit in Chicago and there are lessons here for the future of live entertainment.
Talking to the young playwright Vivian J.O. Barnes, who has written a play inspired by the British royal family, now being virtually staged for Steppenwolf subscribers.
A private equity firm is swooping into Chicago and buying Second City, the legendary comedy theater now at a low point. How did we allow this to happen?
It's just you on a video call with a Court Theatre cast member for a 10-minute monologue. And the actor can see you, too.
Chicago’s famed comedy theater Second City is close to a deal that would see it sold to Strauss Zelnick's ZMC.
“NY PopsUp,” a spring series of events with the backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, shows New York's willingness to take small steps to return to live arts. A teachable moment for us.
When should massive festivals like Glastonbury, or Chicago's Lollapalooza, return? How about big weddings? We need to keep in mind there are different ways of looking at those questions.
Sideshow Theatre has announced a 2021 season of virtual readings, its first slate under new artistic director Regina Victor.
Steppenwolf Theatre will bring back "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" as an audio adaptation, based on the book by Erika L. Sánchez and once again starring Karen Rodriguez.
The new livestreaming magic show via A Red Orchid Theatre is very persuasive, and even therapeutic in these isolating pandemic times.
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell first danced at HSDC at the invitation of Lou Conte, then spent more than a decade as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey in New York.
At one time, theater producers thought no one would be interested in solo shows. Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain changed that. Everyone from Gilda Radner to the upcoming "Fillet of Solo" at Lifel…
Captain Tom, the 100-year-old veteran, is best known for his fundraising walks around his garden. But he came to symbolize so much in the COVID-19 moment.
A theater critic, trying to live up to his colleagues, reviews a show in a blizzard only to end up in a dangerous snowdrift. A memory of a fateful night at "Burn the Floor."
Second City founder Bernie Sahlins had some wisdom about staying young — it was on my mind as I watched a new documentary set at the Florida retirement community The Villages.
In Rajiv Joseph's animated new short play, a first grader voiced by Carrie Coon must face down his fear.
Fundraising works better online, and Zoom performances can reach bigger audiences from all over the country, according to a new survey of Chicago arts groups by Gaylord & Dorothy Donnell…
Sideshow Theatre Company adds new collaborators
We have to be spontaneous and organic, letting Chicago artists and street festivals lead the way, and DCASE and the city must with the plans. And soon.
Even after the pandemic has passed and Chicago comedy theaters are back to doing live shows, the popular ComedySportz chain wants to keeps its successful e-shows running.
This new show, livestreamed from Scotland, is on the cutting edge of translating old-school magic into our new online worlds. Worlds where ostensibly we're all connected.