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Monday, April 15, 2019

Your indecisions, not the politicians, prompt Second City’s ‘Grinning’ by Darel Jevens

The cast of comic actors — and one in particular — delivers fresh takes on subjects connected to the audience's real world.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Tickets on sale Friday for first Teatro ZinZanni show in new Loop space by Darel Jevens

Opening production "Love, Chaos, & Dinner" blends cirque, spectacle, live music and comedy accompanied by fine dining.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Broadway in Chicago adds ‘Once on This Island’ revival, Donna Summer musical by Darel Jevens

The two tuneful shows join 'Oslo,' 'Mean Girls,' 'Once on This Island' and a Britney Spears premiere, all previously announced, in the 2019-20 season.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Second City e.t.c. cast dances around the funny stuff in ‘Gaslight District’ by Darel Jevens

While big laughs are scare, the talented writer-actors keep the energy high and break out plenty of silly moves.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

iO West, the L.A. branch of Chicago improv house, to close next week by Darel Jevens

The theater had been giving classes and performances since 1997.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Stacy Keach, who fell ill playing Hemingway, will bring show back to Goodman by Darel Jevens

The Goodman announced Tuesday that a six-week run of Keach's "Pamplona" will begin July 10 at the Owen Theatre.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

WATCH: Cecily Strong plugs her old Oak Park theater troupe in ‘SNL’ sketch by Darel Jevens

At 8 she performed with the Village Players, who get a shout-out from her character in a fake Chantix commercial.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Second City performer, TV producer Danny Breen dies at 67 by Darel Jevens

He was a producer on TV series including "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "The Wayne Brady Show."

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tavis Smiley’s live Dr. King tribute tour canceled after sex scandal by Darel Jevens

The former PBS host had been scheduled to speak at the Chicago Theatre on Jan. 20.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Writers Theatre investigates alleged sexual harassment by Halberstam by Darel Jevens

The Glencoe company's board says a consultant is looking into claims against the longtime artistic director.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Actor Anthony Rapp says he was propositioned at 14 by Kevin Spacey by Darel Jevens

Spacey issues a public apology to the "Star Trek Discovery" actor and confirms for the first time that he is gay.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

In Second City’s ‘Dream Freaks,’ a talented cast dodges the politics by Darel Jevens

Likable mainstage actors seem to favor the silly over the socially aware.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Jim Gaffigan asks his fans to stomach a comedy show devoid of food by Darel Jevens

The perpetually hungry Elgin native has other subjects in mind for his upcoming stand-up performances at the Chicago Theatre.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Celebs violate Norm at Second City’s big-money roast of George Wendt by Darel Jevens

Some comedians reluctant to go too rough on the "sweetheart" actor best known for his "Cheers" role.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Camilla Cleese helps revive sketches her father did pre-Monty Python by Darel Jevens

Barely seen since their one TV airing in 1967, bits by John Cleese, Graham Chapman and others get a second life in a show at the iO Theatre.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cirque du Soleil shells out the green, buys Blue Man Group by Darel Jevens

The cobalt performance artists are "a perfect cultural fit" for Cirque, its CEO says.

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Seas a little less funny as Second City, Norwegian Cruise deal ends by Darel Jevens

The long tradition of Second City actors entertaining passengers on Norwegian Cruise Line boats is coming to an end. The Chicago-based comedy company’s contract with the cruise ship line w…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Laurie Metcalf wins her first Tony Award for ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ by Darel Jevens

The Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member and "Roseanne" co-star was honored for her acclaimed work in Lucas Hnath's sequel to the Ibsen classic.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

26 minutes of ‘The Real Live Brady Bunch’ surface on YouTube by Darel Jevens

Andy Richter and Jane Lynch play Mike and Carol Brady in a YouTube video of ... The post 26 minutes of ‘The Real Live Brady Bunch’ surface on YouTube appeared first on Chicago En…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Former Letterman writer to show industrial musical clips at Music Box by Darel Jevens

Musicals don’t always have to celebrate individuality and the triumph of the human spirit. Sometimes ... The post Former Letterman writer to show industrial musical clips at Music Box …

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

‘Chicago Fire’ star Monica Raymund joins cast of Lookingglass play by Darel Jevens

Monica Raymund, who plays paramedic-turned-firefighter Gabriella Dawson on “Chicago Fire,” is settling into the city’s ... The post ‘Chicago Fire’ star Monica R…

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

2 Second City alumni cast in Lena Dunham pilot for HBO by Darel Jevens

Lena Dunham and her team have tapped two veterans of Chicago’s improv scene for a ... The post 2 Second City alumni cast in Lena Dunham pilot for HBO appeared first on Chicago Entertai…

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Elaine May making Mike Nichols documentary for PBS by Darel Jevens

Mike Nichols, the former Chicago actor and WFMT-FM announcer who went on to become one ... The post Elaine May making Mike Nichols documentary for PBS appeared first on Chicago Entertainment…

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Chicago improv team’s TV show ‘Teachers’ set for Jan. 12 debut by Darel Jevens

The school year will start in January for the Chicago improv team starring in a ... The post Chicago improv team’s TV show ‘Teachers’ set for Jan. 12 debut appeared first o…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Yellow brick road leads to high-fashion looks in ‘The Wiz Live!’ by Darel Jevens

One thing the latest Dorothy will discover when she gets to Emerald City: some pretty ... The post Yellow brick road leads to high-fashion looks in ‘The Wiz Live!’ appeared first…

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Mix — Lewis Black (and 5 other cool things to check out this weekend in Chicago) by Darel Jevens

1. COMICS COME HOME The ChiTown Comedy Takeover show at the Chicago Theatre will be ... The post The Mix — Lewis Black (and 5 other cool things to check out this weekend in Chicago) appear…

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Jane Lynch’s Lyric Opera shows move from December to June by Darel Jevens

The local cabaret performances of “Glee” star Jane Lynch have shifted from a holiday present ... The post Jane Lynch’s Lyric Opera shows move from December to June appeared…

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chicago comics’ ‘Teachers’ series gets TV Land sneak peek tonight by Darel Jevens

America is about to get its first extended look at the cable version of “Teachers,” ... The post Chicago comics’ ‘Teachers’ series gets TV Land sneak peek tonig…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tracy Letts spoofs Dick Cheney in Funny or Die shorts by Darel Jevens

Chicago actor and playwright Tracy Letts, whose scheming CIA director on “Homeland” often is compared to ... The post Tracy Letts spoofs Dick Cheney in Funny or Die shorts appea…

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Common joins the cast of ‘The Wiz,’ live on NBC by Darel Jevens

Chicago actor-rapper Common, already busy this year with today’s 100,000 Opportunities Initiative job fair at ... The post Common joins the cast of ‘The Wiz,’ live on NBC a…

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Monday, August 10, 2015

‘We Gotta Bingo’ director ailing in Minnesota by Darel Jevens

The director of "We Gotta Bingo," an interactive show that opened last week in Chicago, is fighting for his life, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis reports. The post ‘We Gotta Bingo̵…

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