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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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Monday, February 29, 2016

‘The Compass’ points in a winning direction for Steppenwolf Young Adults show by Hedy Weiss

You really have to hand it to Steppenwolf Theatre. A year after its wholly misguided (if controversy-generating) Young Adults production of "This is Modern Art" the company has produced anot…

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

VIDEO: The new ‘SpongeBob’ musical set for its pre-Broadway debut in Chicago by Hedy Weiss

Audiences for a marketing event held last week at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place had the chance to dive into a few choice moments from "The SpongeBob Musical," the new sho…

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Hamburg Ballet probes monumental themes in Mahler’s ‘Third Symphony’ by Hedy Weiss

Gustav Mahler's "Third Symphony" clearly became an obsession for the Milwaukee-bred choreographer John Neumeier, who, for more than four decades, has served as artistic director of Germany's…

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Friday, February 26, 2016

A blistering “Othello” finds rare new intensity at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Hedy Weiss

Just when you might be convinced that there is nothing more to be said or done with Shakespeare's mighty tragedy, "Othello" - whether as a play, a ballet, an opera or a film - along comes Br…

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Stellar reincarnation of the ‘Soulful ’60s’ at Black Ensemble Theater by Hedy Weiss

First things first: Each and every member of the Black Ensemble Theater revue, "Those Sensational Soulful '60s," not only lives up to the names and voices of the many fabled artists they cha…

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‘If/Then’ a complicated problem of long division by Hedy Weiss

Some musicals (the best kind in my judgment), make you lean in and embrace their characters, even if those characters are problematic people. Others are driven by proclamations, and the more…

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Porchlight’s 2016-17 season full of musical surprises by Hedy Weiss

Everything from Lin-Manuel Miranda to Stephen Sondheim to be part of Porchlight Music Theatre's 2016-17 season. The post Porchlight’s 2016-17 season full of musical surprises appeared …

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gounod’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is woefully more French than Shakespearean at Lyric Opera by Hedy Weiss

The first conclusion you might reach after watching Lyric Opera's production of "Romeo and Juliet" - the 1867 opera by Charles Gounod, with a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michael Carre base…

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Amber Mak named to new works development post at Paramount Theatre by Hedy Weiss

Now in its 5th season of self-producing an immensely successful Broadway musical series, Aurora's Paramount Theatre has announced the appointment of Chicago director Amber Mak - a fixture on…

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Congo Square program focuses on stage-to-film responses to recent events by Hedy Weiss

Mark your calendar for noon this Saturday (Feb. 20) at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. That's when the Chicago premiere of "My America Too (Taking Theater to the Streets"), an int…

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‘Sister Act’ rises to heavenly fun at the Marriott by Hedy Weiss

Careening seamlessly between the goofily sublime and the utterly ridiculous, "Sister Act" is pure musical comedy "nunsense" - a show (like the 1992 film that inspired it) designed to supply …

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Chicago’s Lookingglass, A Red Orchid theater companies among 2016 MacArthur grant recipients by Hedy Weiss

Scan the Chicago cultural landscape and you will notice that in many cases it is ... The post Chicago’s Lookingglass, A Red Orchid theater companies among 2016 MacArthur grant recipien…

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Joffrey Ballet’s 2016-2017 season boasts major new works, remount of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Hedy Weiss

The Joffrey Ballet makes no small plans. And anyone who has caught its current "Bold Moves" program - running through Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre - will know that its sensational dancer…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A play and a ballet: Double exposure for Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ by Hedy Weiss

This month, in a fine confluence of events connected to Shakespeare 400 Chicago — the celebration ... The post A play and a ballet: Double exposure for Shakespeare’s ‘Othello&…

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Memories of the man who looked over ‘The President’s Shoulder’ a keen slice of history by Hedy Weiss

A man of easy elegance and self-possession, as well as impeccable discretion and discipline, Alonzo Fields served four United States presidents - Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, H…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Labyrinthine voyage through ‘2666’ a bravura feat at Goodman Theatre by Hedy Weiss

"Madness is contagious." We hear this warning often throughout "2666," the monumental, labyrinthine, altogether hypnotic 5 1/2-hour magnum opus that has now arrived on the stage of the Good…

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Northlight announces 2016-17 season with Mike Nussbaum set to play Einstein by Hedy Weiss

Three world premieres, two Midwest premieres and performances by Mike Nussbaum and Francis Guinan. That is the one-sentence summary of the 2016-2017 just announced by Skokie-based Northlight…

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

In ‘The Flick,’ a theatrical homage to human nature and the silver screen by Hedy Weiss

The first thing you might want to do before seeing Annie Baker's 2014 Pultizer Prize-wining "The Flick," now in an ideally realized Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, is to re-set your…

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Oxford’s savage upper-crust boys wreak havoc in ‘Posh’ by Hedy Weiss

The clash of social classes has served as the high-octane fuel for countless British plays, from John Osborne's landmark 1956 work, "Look Back in Anger," to Laura Wade's scathing "Posh," fir…

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

A ‘Cabaret’ that tries too hard to be different by Hedy Weiss

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway debut of "Cabaret," Kander and Ebb's genius of a musical about the end of the flamboyant era of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the N…

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Blair Brown joining cast of Tracy Letts’ ‘Mary Page Marlowe’ by Hedy Weiss

Blair Brown has joined the cast of the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere of Tracy Letts' "Mary Page Marlowe." The post Blair Brown joining cast of Tracy Letts’ ‘Mary Page Marlow…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

‘Far from Heaven’ stage musical a genuine 1950s soap opera by Hedy Weiss

"Far From Heaven," the musical by Scott Frankel (music), Michael Korie (lyrics) and Richard Greenberg (book) - based on the 2002 film by Todd Haynes that starred Julianne Moore as Cathy Whit…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The British Empire rules again in hilarious ‘Explorers Club’ by Hedy Weiss

First, a toast to many things: To Queen Victoria, cigars and brandy, the arrested development ... The post The British Empire rules again in hilarious ‘Explorers Club’ appeared f…

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Chicago Theater Week: Discount tickets for a slew of great shows by Hedy Weiss

The fourth annual edition of Chicago Theatre Week - a program presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, that was designed to boost theater-going during …

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Friday, February 5, 2016

James Sherman’s Ben Hecht show headed to Evanston by Hedy Weiss

"The Ben Hecht Show," written and performed by James Sherman, will have its premiere here in a Grippo Stage Company production set to run June 10-July 17 at Evanston's Piven Theatre, 927 Noy…

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