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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Why Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet Keeps Getting More Relevant by Robert Loerzel

With the Chicago premiere of the play, the Smash writer questions how far we’ve come since the days of Sarah Bernhardt.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

How Oslo Playwright J.T. Rogers Chose the Theatre for His Tony-Winning Play’s Chicago Debut by Robert Loerzel

When it came to choosing a playhouse, Rogers looked back to the place that knocked down walls for his early work Blood and Gifts.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

How Lorraine Hansberry Turned Her Family’s Story Into A Raisin in the Sun by Robert Loerzel

Biographer Imani Perry uncovers lesser known facts of the playwright’s legacy, her impact on the Civil Rights Act, and how her Chicago upbringing led to a classic.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tony-Winning Once Makes Music in Illinois by Robert Loerzel

Once—a story of art and life—comes to Aurora’s Paramount Theatre

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Monday, April 9, 2018

They Were Rock Stars 100 Years Before Rock 'n' Roll by Robert Loerzel

From Liszt to Lang Lang, here are the classical musicians who whipped audiences into a frenzy.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Lorin Latarro’s A Taste of Things to Come Captures the Inception of Feminism by Robert Loerzel

A fresh production of the female-led original musical hits Chicago.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Why This Chicago Theatre Put a Modern Spin on The Emperor’s New Clothes—With the Help of Ahrens and Flaherty by Robert Loerzel

The Marriott Theatre kicks off its 2018 family programming with a contemporary take on the fable.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Why Escape to Margaritaville Won’t Be Just Another Juke-Box Musical by Robert Loerzel

Christopher Ashley, Greg Garcia, and Kelly Devine explain how they found the emotional depth in Jimmy Buffet’s songs to create an organic story and character-driven show.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Why Newsies Regional Premiere Is Unlike Any Other Staging of the Tony-Winning Musical by Robert Loerzel

The Chicago-area production features an immersive setting in the round.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What to Expect from Paramount Theatre’s Million Dollar Quartet by Robert Loerzel

The production about Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis opens at the Illinois theatre September 13.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why Machinal Should Be Revived More Often by Robert Loerzel

In the true-crime era, Chicago’s Greenhouse Theatre presents the groundbreaking story of a woman who lashes out under societal pressures.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

How a Government Agency Ended Up Responsible for Swing Mikado, Among Others by Robert Loerzel

With the NEA under threat of elimination, a look back at a time when the Federal Theatre Project was a shot the arm for artists and audiences in the dark days of the Depression.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Couple Onstage and Off Takes on The Gin Game in Chicago by Robert Loerzel

Paula Scrofano and John Reeger are finally living out their dream of starring together in The Gin Game, at Drury Lane.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Good Fences Don’t Necessarily Make Good Neighbors in Native Gardens by Robert Loerzel

Karen Zacarias’ play presents Latino characters as “full-bodied members of American society.”

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Why More Plays Should be Set in Chicago by Robert Loerzel

Playwright Ike Holter believes his adopted home town needs more attention.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Brandishing the Bard by Robert Loerzel

For any Shakespeare fan, Chicago’s Newberry Library exhibit is a must-see.

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre