Friday, March 24, 2017

What if we tried truth-and-reconciliation talks with gang members in Chicago? by Chris Jones

The Oscar-nominated "Manchester by the Sea" made the point that some things happen from which people cannot really recover. In the case of that film's central character, a Massachusetts jani…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

'Picnic' reimagines Inge classic about brief moment of youth and possibility by Chris Jones

"This production is meant to be felt," said Will Davis, the new artistic director of the American Theater Company, in a lengthy explanatory curtain speech before Wednesday night's opening of…

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Andrew Volkoff steps down as About Face artistic director by Morgan Greene

Artistic director Andrew Volkoff will step down at the end of About Face Theatre's 2016-17 season, the company announced Thursday. "For the past four years, it has been my privilege to wor…

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‘View From the Bridge’ opens Goodman’s next season by Chris Jones

The Goodman Theatre will open its 2017-18 season with the director Ivo Van Hove's intensely radical West End and Broadway adaptation of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge," the Goodman …

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tries out some new moves at the Auditorium by Lauren Warnecke

Through Sunday, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual Chicago engagement, the company's 47th time at the Auditorium Theatre. Though each of the programs (four in all) has…

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More 'Aladdin' tickets on sale by Morgan Greene

Looking for "Aladdin" tickets? Your wish is granted. The North American tour of Disney's "Aladdin" will extend its Chicago stay through Sept. 10, it was announced Thursday. The final 10 week…

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'Destiny of Desire' also about the desire for a new kind of audience by Chris Jones

At one point in "Destiny of Desire," the very fun, very self-aware new show by Karen Zacarias at the Goodman Theatre that offers up a live version of a telenovela, it is said from the stage …

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

La-aadies and gentlemen, this 'Circus 1903' is the real thing by Chris Jones

I've never seen a show quite like "Circus 1903." Note that the title is not "Cirque 1903." This is not some dreamy, ethereal proscenium entertainment, designed to capitalize on the perennial…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: From Sideshow, the power of an hour of witnessing each others' conflicts by Chris Jones

Are the words "truth" and "reconciliation" inherently oppositional? You might well argue so, when the truth involves the recounting of unspeakable suffering on the part of ordinary citizens …

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Review: Just like a real tech rehearsal, '10 Out of 12' can get tedious by Chris Jones

What most often stands in the way of excellence in theater? It's not usually a lack of talent or creativity — if you're having a real career in the merciless performing arts, those qualiti…

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World premieres and returning classics in Lifeline's 2017-18 season by Morgan Greene

Two world premieres will take place in Lifeline Theatre's 2017-18 mainstage season, the company known for its literary adaptations announced Tuesday. First up is a new adaptation of "Syl…

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Review: Dark 'Arturo Ui' wasn't intended to be this relevant by Kerry Reid

He's petulant and greedy, surrounded by thugs who take out enemies real and perceived at the drop of a hat. He mouths populist bromides while engaging in the worst excesses of corruption and…

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Every Alvin Ailey Dance visit to Chicago ends with 'Revelations' - here's why by Lauren Warnecke

On a recent edition of his WXRT radio spot "Lin's Bin," host Lin Brehmer defined what it means to be a classic: "A classic is a survivor. A classic transcends the winds of change. We see its…

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Jonathan Pitts moves on from Improv Fest, in part because of advice from Del Close by Rick Kogan

The first years of his life spent in the company of an ice-skating chimpanzee named Spanky, Jonathan Pitts has spent the last two decades of his 57 years in the company of a vast array of ta…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

'Destiny of Desire': The sweaty popularity of telenovelas, now at Goodman by Chris Jones

What is the most popular form of entertainment on the planet? No, it's not the broadcasts of the National Football League or even the World Cup. It's not even Robert Falls' famous production…

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Review: 'The Source' is entertaining but I don't believe it for a minute by Chris Jones

Even when uncovering facts that might change the world, great investigative journalists rarely self-dramatize. And if they do, it's likely long after the story is filed, usually accompanied …

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Now on Broadway: 2 Mueller sisters in leading roles by Chris Jones

This week Broadway has a true rarity: Two sisters from Evanston appearing in leading roles in two separate Broadway musicals. But it's only through Sunday. At the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Je…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: Love vs. science in Stoppard's 'The Hard Problem' at Court Theatre by Chris Jones

Next time you're accused of being selfish, try this Stoppardian rejoinder: Darwin really doesn't do sentimental. Or try putting it another way: We're all hard-wired to be out for ourselves. …

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Hubbard's 'Spring Series' dances to the end of winter's line by Chris Jones

The arrival on Thursday night of the spring program of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theatre is — by titular definition — a signal of the end of winter. But in these here pa…

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Rachel Dratch added to Chicago Improv Fest by Morgan Greene

Rachel Dratch, former cast member of "Saturday Night Live" and a  Second City alum, will be an additional headliner for the 20th annual Chicago Improv Festival, it was announced Friday. Dr…

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Cavalia horses arrive at Chicago O'Hare by Doug George

The horses have arrived. The tents for the upcoming "Odysseo" by equestrian performance company Cavalia are now under construction at the Soldier Field South Lot in anticipation of the show'…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Danny DeVito the standout in 'The Price' on Broadway by Chris Jones

Anyone who has cleaned out a deceased parent's stuff will tell you that the worst part of the process is listening to a dealer denigrate the prized possessions of one that you have so deeply…

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'Let's abolish culture': What cutting the NEA, other agencies would do to arts in Chicago by Howard Reich

The arts, humanities and letters in Illinois would be deeply injured by the Trump administration's proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Hum…

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A vote for Ivanka Trump for minister of Trump culture by Chris Jones

The closest thing in the nascent administration of Donald J. Trump to a minister of culture is probably Ivanka Trump, who could be seen in a Broadway theater seat Wednesday night, accompanyi…

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'At the Table' remount at The Den by Morgan Greene

"At the Table," this season's breakout hit from Broken Nose Theatre, is headed to The Den Theatre this summer for a five-week remount. Following its February opening at the Berger Park Coach…

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Phylicia Rashad will direct at Steppenwolf Theatre by Morgan Greene

Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will direct the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Chicago premiere of "The Roommate," it was announced Thursday.   Rashad played Viola Westin in "August: Osag…

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'Circus 1903' promises the return of elephant-size wonder by Chris Jones

Even in this, its final season crisscrossing America, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is a very big show. But it's still a fraction of the size it was in, say, 1903. That year,…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: 'Naked Magicians' have no show up their sleeves by Chris Jones

Seafood joints usually carry a steak. Pizza Hut offers a tossed salad. This is all to avoid the veto. "The Naked Magicians," now at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, have learned …

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Comedy Get Down rescheduled again for July 14 by Doug George

The Comedy Get Down tour stop for Chicago has been rescheduled again, for July 14 at the United Center. The comedy tour, starring Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George …

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Strawdog Theatre Company moves to Oracle space by Morgan Greene

Strawdog Theatre Company has signed a three-year lease at 1802 W. Berenice Ave., the former home of the recently shuttered Oracle Productions and Signal Ensemble Theater. Strawdog spent the …

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Review: Teens in 'Sycamore' take their cues from John Hughes by Kerry Reid

A vague whiff of a John Hughes movie hangs in the air over Sarah Sander's "Sycamore," in which three disaffected suburban teens attempt to figure out how to claim their identity without caus…

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