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Sunday, October 22, 2017

In ‘A Swell in the Ground,’ college ties that linger and change by Hedy Weiss

Jean Nabers' world premiere at the Gift Theatre might best be described as a study in self-destruction and reconstruction.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Re-envisioned ‘Dracula’ a hysteria of blood-letting by Hedy Weiss

Long before it's all over it is hard to care about anything except the show's cleanup crew, which clearly has its work cut out for it after each show.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

In scorching ‘Amarillo,’ an unreachable journey to the North unfolds by Hedy Weiss

"Amarillo" is a scorching commentary that moves far beyond any of the political cant that attaches itself to this subject.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

‘Sweeney Todd’ to replace ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ at Theo Ubique by Hedy Weiss

The Sondheim show will run in the same slot, March 9 - April 29, 2018, with artistic director Fred Anzevino directing.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Porchlight’s bravura ‘Billy Elliot’ taps a remarkable young talent by Hedy Weiss

In her fierce yet immensely exuberant production, Brenda Didier has gathered a phenomenal cast of more than 30 performers, including 17 kids.

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Lookingglass’ luminous ‘Hard Times’ a Dickensian tale for our times by Hedy Weiss

This wonderfully re-imagined reprise of the show, presented in association with the Actors Gymnasium, feels more timely than ever.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Artist Kerry James Marshall creating logo for eta production by Hedy Weiss

The play is based on the book of the same name by the late Illinois Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

‘Les Miserables’ returns, full-voiced but short on subtlety by Hedy Weiss

Emotion sometimes lacking in a powerfully cast touring production of the stage classic.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

‘Quixote’ a meta-style riff on the beloved Spanish knight by Hedy Weiss

This Quixote — a creation of the past who is very much in touch with the present — engages members of the audience in ways that are funny & charming.

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Cuban entry in Chicago International Latino Theatre Festival canceled by Hedy Weiss

Festival says visas for Ludi Teatro became impossible after "logistical changes" mandated by the White House.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grants’ go to current, former Chicagoans by Hedy Weiss

Local photographer Dawoud Bey and community leader Rami Nashasibi are among the 24 people chosen for the $625,000 award.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mikhail Baryshnikov headed to Chicago with work about poet Brodsky by Hedy Weiss

The renowned dancer and actor is scheduled to perform at the Harris Theatre in February.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

‘Motown the Musical’ a powerhouse reminder of tumult then and now by Hedy Weiss

Touring production moves at the speed of light through a songbook of close to five dozen megahits.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Voices fight for primacy in ‘Choir Boy,’ superbly staged at Raven by Hedy Weiss

"Moonlight" writer Tarell Alvin McCraney tackles classic issues in the play set at an all-boys school.

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Whitney Morrison’s journey from gospel to opera leads to Lyric by Hedy Weiss

The 28-year-old soprano makes her Lyric Opera debut this weekend in "Rigoletto."

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Monday, October 2, 2017

A massing of modern-day neurotics drives ‘Becky Shaw’ by Hedy Weiss

Gina Gionfriddo's play is now on stage at Windy City Playhouse in a production tautly directed by Scott Weinstein.

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Lineup complete for 2018 Broadway in Chicago season by Hedy Weiss

News of the two new shows set for pre-Broadway debuts in Chicago during the 2018 season have already been announced, and include “Pretty Woman: The Musical” and “The Cher S…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Intense Sor Juana story opens first Latino Theater Festival by Hedy Weiss

In its U.S. premiere, 'The Worst of All' by Venezuelan playwright Iraida Tapias captures the nun's passion and tragic destruction.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Victory Gardens taps into pain and acceptance in sizzling ‘Fun Home’ by Hedy Weiss

Gary Griffin directs a dazzling production featuring a perfectly chosen cast.

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New musical about Cher headed to Chicago by Hedy Weiss

"The Cher Show" will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at the Oriental, running June 12 - July 15, 2018.

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Lessons of liberation resonate in suffragettes’ ‘Taming of the Shrew’ by Hedy Weiss

“The Taming of the Shrew,” Shakespeare’s comedy about the war between the sexes, has had a rough time of it for decades now, ever since the dawn of the feminist revolution.…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

‘Pretty Woman’ the musical, headed for Chicago debut before Broadway by Hedy Weiss

The musical will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell ("Kinky Boots").

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Singing with unexpected charm about ‘A New Brain’ by Hedy Weiss

This production of the infrequently revived show, brilliantly directed by Fred Anzevino, is wholly captivating.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Hubbard Street stages bold experiment for 40th season by Hedy Weiss

What happens when you very cagily flip the ordinary positioning of performer and audience?

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Joffrey Ballet named resident dance company at Lyric Opera House by Hedy Weiss

The alliance will mark the end of the Joffrey's long-time relationship with the Auditorium Theatre.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

An uneven canvas for art and mortality in ‘The Rembrandt’ by Hedy Weiss

This is also a jarringly uneven play that tries too hard to be hip and often ends up undercutting the very meaningful notions it is meant to explore.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare’s opens Yard with twitchy ‘Toad’ by Hedy Weiss

Sadly, the whole production wears you down as often as it enchants.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Seeking the primal core in Arthur Miller’s ‘View from the Bridge’ by Hedy Weiss

Miller was a realist who tapped into the fractured heroic nature of his characters and the very specific time and place in which they lived.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

‘Five Guys Named Moe’ supplies hilarious romantic advice at Court by Hedy Weiss

The all too rarely revived 1990 musical devised by Clarke Peters features the wonderfully antic songs of 1930s saxophonist/bandleader Louis Jordan.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Paramount’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ a great ball of fire by Hedy Weiss

A long-running hit at the Apollo, the tribute to Elvis Presley and his fellow Sun Records artists finds its proper scale on a Broadway-size proscenium

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Margaret Atwood’s searing psychological thriller fit for the stage by Hedy Weiss

Stage versions of Atwood's work are still rare, so Rivendell's riveting world premiere production of her novel "Alias Grace" is reason to celebrate.

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