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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Revisiting a masterpiece of culture clash in ‘The King and I’ by Hedy Weiss

While this touring edition of the 2015 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival is not perfect, it looks beautiful in the Oriental Theatre.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

‘Pilgrims’ a memorable journey in search of forgiveness and redemption by Hedy Weiss

Claire Kiechel's "Pilgrims" is now being staged in a beautifully realized world premiere at The Gift Theatre.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

‘The Color Purple’ stage musical headed to Chicago by Hedy Weiss

Director John Doyle’s acclaimed Broadway revival of “The Color Purple,” the musical based on Alice Walker’s novel about four decades in the life of an African-America…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stage musical ‘Waitress,’ based on hit film, is headed to Chicago by Hedy Weiss

An excerpt from the musical will part of Broadway in Chicago's annual free preview concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

‘Pass Over’ envisions a Godot-like endgame for young black men by Hedy Weiss

The playwright's final scenes further rob the play of its potential impact.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Jessie Mueller making brief return for Chicago Shakespeare’s gala by Hedy Weiss

Funds raised at the gala will benefit the theater’s Chicago Shakespeare in Classrooms and Communities

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago nicely moves through its 40-year history by Hedy Weiss

The company's summer program, a prologue to its upcoming 40th anniversary season, is nothing short of sensational.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

On-the-mend Stacy Keach talks about his on-stage heart attack by Hedy Weiss

"I just wish I could go back to the theater tonight and perform the show," the actor said. "But I hope we can bring it back to Chicago next year."

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

‘Doll’s House, Part 2’ may net Tony Award for Chicago’s Laurie Metcalf by Hedy Weiss

"I still have the passion in me to do theater," Laurie Metcalf says. "It's the thing in the world I love doing most."

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Searching for Shakespeare, action-comic style, in ‘Her Majesty’s Will’ by Hedy Weiss

The show employs an action-adventure comic book style similar to the recent stage adaptation of "Shakespeare in Love" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Actor Stacy Keach recuperating from onstage heart attack by Hedy Weiss

Medical testing finds cause of Keach's halting performance at the Goodman; director hopes to bring him back for another shot at "Pamplona" next year.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Broken Nose and Refuge Theatre capture top Non-Equity Jeff Awards by Hedy Weiss

Two small and relatively unknown theater companies took the top honors Monday night as the 44th annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards.

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Griffin’s ‘Ragtime’ plays a dazzling syncopated ode to America by Hedy Weiss

This may well be the finest version of the show ever mounted — the original 1998 Broadway production included.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

‘Candide’ muses brilliantly on best (and worst) of all possible worlds by Hedy Weiss

The brainy Leonard Bernstein musical unspools in an extraordinarily fine Music Theater Works production.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Goodman cancels full run of ‘Pamplona’ as Stacy Keach recuperates by Hedy Weiss

Performances were canceled on a day-to-day basis since Tuesday when the actor became ill while performing the one-man show about Ernest Hemingway.

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In ‘King Liz,’ a sports agent exerts blistering female power by Hedy Weiss

The impulses that drive fiercely ambitious people are many and varied, and while there are rewards aplenty for those few who succeed on a grand level, the price exacted for such success is o…

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Another “Pamplona” performance cancelled by Hedy Weiss

Actor Stacy Keach, who has had to cancel performances of “Pamplona,” his one-man show about Ernest Hemingway, since falling ill during opening night’s show on Tuesday,  is…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Red Orchid to celebrate 25th season with help from Michael Shannon by Hedy Weiss

Shannon will return to Chicago to direct the world premiere of Brett Neveu's "Traitor."

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Formidable ‘Parade’ an eerily timely portrait of American injustice by Hedy Weiss

The superb revival of the musical that opened Wednesday at Writers' Theatre should bring a whole new audience to this work.

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Goodman cancels another performance of ‘Pamplona’ due to ailing Keach by Hedy Weiss

The show's star, veteran actor Stacy Keach is undergoing tests at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Goodman cancels Wednesday ‘Pamplona’ due to ailing Keach by Hedy Weiss

Actor Stacy Keach is undergoing medical tests.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Goodman’s ‘Pamplona’ opener halted as star Stacy Keach falls ill by Hedy Weiss

Director Robert Falls stopped the action about an hour in at the Goodman Theatre.

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Northlight makes a change in 2017-18 season plans by Hedy Weiss

"Cry It Out," a play by Molly Smith Metzler, will now close out the theater's 43rd season.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Samuel G. Roberson Jr., Congo Square Theater director, dies at 34 by Hedy Weiss

Before being appointed artistic director of Congo Square he taught at such Chicago theaters as Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company,

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nature, nurture and ‘Relativity’ drive a new play about Einstein by Hedy Weiss

Mark St. Germain’s play about a largely opaque chapter in the life of Albert Einstein is an exercise in dramatic speculation.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016

In search of sound advice for Chicago's theaters | Chicago Sun-Times by Hedy Weiss

Last month, at the Steppenwolf Theatre press opening for Tracy Letts’ new play, “Mary Page Marlowe,” a man in the audience blurted out what some of the more restrained members in the h…

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: Madly Tapping out the Beat of Dancing Feet in GRAND "42ND STREET!" Highly Recommended! by Hedy Weiss

Each of choreographer RANDY SKINNER's grand-scale production numbers keeps outdoing the one before it!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2016 Spring Arts Preview — Dance by Hedy Weiss

When it comes time to write about the Spring dance season, the work of that ... The post 2016 Spring Arts Preview — Dance appeared first on Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Times.

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater embarks on major expansion plan by Hedy Weiss

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) has announced grand-scale plans to spread its wings on Navy Pier. The post Chicago Shakespeare Theater embarks on major expansion plan appeared first on…

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 Spring Arts Preview —Theater by Hedy Weiss

For poets, Spring means romance. For Chicago it means the opening of even more theater productions than usual - as difficult as that might be to fathom. Here is a list of some of the most in…

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