Friday, August 17, 2018

New Colony casts 'Fun Harmless Warmachine' by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, the New Colony announced casting for its world premiere of “Fun Harmless Warmachine,” which plummets into the trenches of online masculinity cults. Under the direction of Jame…

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First Floor announces the lineup for its 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, First Floor Theater announced the lineup for its seventh season, featuring a world premiere and two Chicago premieres. Kicking things off in the fall will be the city’s premiere…

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Food belongs to everyone, a truth shared by a great restaurant critic and a great chef by Chris Jones

Restaurant criticism is different from other forms of cultural reviewing. For one thing, we all have to eat every day. For another, we have an inevitably intimate relationship with anything …

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ on Broadway is great fun, starring Samantha Barks with a heart of gold by Chris Jones

Samantha Barks, the truly formidable young star of “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” achieves something close to a miracle at the Nederlander Theatre. With the help of her savvy director, Jer…

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The Gift Theatre brings Jennifer Glasse into ensemble by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, the Gift Theatre announced Jennifer Glasse as its newest ensemble member. Glasse has previously appeared in the Gift’s world premieres of “Hang Man” and “A Life Extra Or…

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Chicago theater openings for Aug. 17-23 by Kt Hawbaker

Saturday “Nightmares and Nightcaps: The Stories of John Collier”: Throughout the first half of the 20th century, British expatriate John Collier penned humorous stories about the bizarre…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

First Folio announces casting for 'The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, First Folio Theatre announced casting for “The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: a Love Story.” Leading the audience from room to room of Mayslake Hall, Poe and his wife Virginia…

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Definition Theatre Company announces first show of its 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

Definition Theatre Company announced that it will open its 2018-2019 season with “No Child…” by Nilaja Sun. Under the direction of Chika Ike, the play is named after the No Child Left …

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Bye to ‘Christmas Schooner’ and hello Gary Coleman: ‘Avenue Q’ is a hit at Mercury Theater by Chris Jones

Fifteen years after opening on Broadway, and four years after it first played at the Mercury Theater on the Southport Corridor, “Avenue Q” is a long-running hit all over again in Chicago…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018-19 season of 'That's Weird, Grandma' announced by Kt Hawbaker

Barrel of Monkeys has announced the lineup for the 2018-19 season of “That’s Weird, Grandma,” its sketch show written by kids and performed by adults. BOM teaching artists guide elemen…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' on Broadway is simply head-banger nostalgia by Chris Jones

The last time I saw a bona fide warm-up comedy act at a musical was back in the 1990s at the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre in Palm Beach, Fla. (“Are you ready for ‘La Cage Aux Folles'? Did y…

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Jackalope Theatre to present ninth annual 'Living Newspaper' festival by Kt Hawbaker

Print ain’t dead — and, at Jackalope Theatre Company, it’s coming to life. This month, the ensemble will stage its ninth annual “Living Newspaper” festival, inspired by the 1930's …

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Joffrey Ballet partners with Harold Washington College to offer new degree in dance by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Harold Washington College announced that it has partnered with the Joffrey Ballet to offer an Associate in Arts in Dance from City Colleges of Chicago’s Loop campus. Launching t…

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Theater at the Center sets casting for 'Ghost the Musical' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Theatre at the Center announced casting for its fall production of “Ghost the Musical.” Based on the romance-thriller that earned Whoopi Goldberg an Oscar, Garrett Lutz will p…

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'WaistWatchers the Musical' is coming to Chicago's Royal George, costarring Martha Wash by Chris Jones

A former Weather Girl is to headline the cast of “WaistWatchers the Musical," which is coming to Chicago's Royal George Theatre this September for an open run. Martha Wash — one half of …

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Ricardo Gamboa, Sandra Delgado on the lineup for the Goodman's 'New Stages' fest by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Goodman Theatre announced the roster of shows for its “New Stages” fest, an annual staging of new shows from both established and emerging playwrights. Seven shows comprise th…

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'African Company Presents Richard III' review: The true story of a 19th century theater company in New York by Kerry Reid

Director Ron OJ Parson’s staging of Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot” caused a stir earlier this summer at Wisconsin’s American Players Theatre due to the casting of a white actor in the…

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'Dance for Life' will feature Chicago's top dance companies and honor Lou Conte and Nan Giordano by Lauren Warnecke

On Saturday, the dance community will gather for “Dance for Life,” a must-see annual staple on Chicago’s summer dance calendar. If you’re interested in dance, “Dance for Life” is…

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Anne Horak and Alex Goodrich to star in Marriott Theatre's 'Sweet Charity' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Marriott Theatre announced casting for its revival of “Sweet Charity,” playing this fall. Directed by Ryan T. Nelson and choreographed by Alex Sanchez, the show will feature A…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Paramount Theatre's plans to triple number of shows 'a game changer' for downtown Aurora, developer says by Denise Crosby

Leland Legends may not have turned enough of a profit to keep its doors open the last couple of years, but the now-shuttered downtown Aurora restaurant has served up plenty of controversy la…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Strawdog casts world premiere of 'Masque Macabre' by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Strawdog Theatre Company announced casting for its world premiere of “Masque Macabre,” an immersive show in which guests travel between rooms to follow stories of murder and r…

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What's your cast for an all-women 'Glengarry Glen Ross'? by Doug George

Chicago's Amy Morton will direct an all-women “Glengarry Glen Ross” on Broadway, the Tribune reported late Thursday. Morton, of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, has acted a number of ti…

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Victory Gardens' Chay Yew on ConFest 2018 and why Asian-American theater is American theater by Kt Hawbaker

ConFest, the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival, hits Chicago August 13-18. Now in its 6th year and operating under the theme of “Revolutionary Acts,” the fest will …

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Everything you need to know about the (free!) Broadway in Chicago summer concert by Kt Hawbaker

August is rushing right by, which means it’s time to squeeze out those last drops of summer before the temperature drops and stuff starts to change color. For theater fans, the Broadway in…

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'Set Free' at Links Hall: What if a dance had time to breathe and change? by Lauren Warnecke

In theater, it’s not uncommon for a production to have several weeks, if not months, of performances. The actors jell with each other and learn more about their characters. The director co…

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Huckabee credits Trump for jump in 'Broadway $$' — ridiculous, but he's not all wrong by Chris Jones

Even in this golden age of the unfathomable and illogical tweet, it seemed bizarre. With deft abbreviation skills, a bit of snark and a pragmatic disregard of punctuation, former Arkansas Go…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Chicago's Amy Morton will direct an all-women 'Glengarry Glen Ross' on Broadway by Chris Jones

The Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Amy Morton will direct a Broadway revival of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Only there’s a difference. All of the characters will be wom…

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Steppenwolf sets lineup for fall 2018's "Lookout" series, featuring work from Lucky Plush and Lin Hixson by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Steppenwolf announced the lineup for its fall 2018 “Lookout” series, with a shorter list of performers staging longer engagements. Kicking things off will be Steppenwolf’s…

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11 recommended shows to see now

"20,000 Leagues Under the Seas" ✭✭✭ 1/2 Say "Nemo" and most kids now think of the Disney clown fish. But in 1870, the great Jules Verne imagined Captain Nemo as a misanthropic, Homeric…

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David Cromer will take the stage with Broadway's "The Waverly Gallery" by Chris Jones

David Cromer is returning to the Broadway stage. The Chicago-honed, Tony Award-winning director will be part of the cast of Kenneth Lonergan's dark comedy "The Waverly Gallery," slated to op…

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'Holding the Man' at Pride Arts: Gay memoir is at once messy, inconsistent and powerful by Chris Jones

The Pride Films and Plays production of “Holding the Man,” the stage adaptation of a famed 1995 memoir by Timothy Conigrave, is a low-budget affair with barely a set, let alone sophistic…

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