Friday, August 18, 2017

Red Orchid appoints Shade Murray associate artistic director by Morgan Greene

A Red Orchid Theatre announced a new associate artistic director, development director and audience services manager Friday. Ensemble member Shade Murray will serve as the theater's first as…

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Remembering Eugene Burger, a Chicago magician who knew magic is life by Chris Jones

A 21-year-old magician from Kentucky once found himself at the legendary Magic Castle in Los Angeles, where a man named Eugene Burger was performing. The visiting illusionist was inexperienc…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Narrow basements and collisions with dancers in 'The Remains' at Defibrillator by Lauren Warnecke

Wednesday’s heavy summer rain left the Chicago sidewalks steaming as guests filed into the new Defibrillator Gallery space in Noble Square, just a few blocks southwest of the gallery’s l…

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'Trevor' a promising musical about a kid who's easy to love by Chris Jones

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," tweeted the 44th president of the United States in the aftermath of white nationa…

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At Zanies, a still hysterical Emo Philips shows why he's Emo Philips by Zach Freeman

“I was pretty much the first comic to play this club,” comedian Emo Philips said early on in his playful and loose hourlong set Wednesday night at Zanies in Chicago. That’s no joke. Ph…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

12 shows to see now

"Aladdin" ✭✭✭ "Aladdin," the most frenetic and cartoonish of Disney's screen-to-stage musicals, officially opened its first national tour in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. An…

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Best August theater — catch these shows before they have to go by Chris Jones

Summer has brought several hits — and extensions — to the Chicago theater, allowing you still to catch some fine artistic experiences before the cares of the fall intrude. Steep Theatre'…

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Neo-Futurists announce 2017-18 season by Morgan Greene

The Neo-Futurists’ 2017-18 season will include three world premieres by Kirsten Riiber, Trevor Dawkins and Lily Mooney, the company announced Wednesday. The first Prime Time production wil…

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'Life in 35mm' at the Annoyance tries and fails to send up documentaries by Nina Metz

Like any genre, non-fiction films rely on tropes. At the Annoyance Theatre, “Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary” aims to satirize “popular, self-important documentaries and the ch…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dance for Life still supports those affected by HIV/AIDS but is looking in new directions by Lauren Warnecke

When Keith Elliott, Todd Kiech and Harriet Ross presented the first Dance for Life in June 1992, Chicago’s dance community was in crisis. Friends and colleagues were dying at alarming rate…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Dick Smothers to appear in iO's Musical Improv Festival by Morgan Greene

Dick Smothers, one part of the famous comedy duo the Smothers Brothers, will appear in iO Theater's Chicago Musical Improv Festival this weekend. Smothers will appear as the guest monologist…

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Rebecca Gilman, Ike Holter in Goodman's New Stages by Morgan Greene

Goodman Theatre announced the lineup of its 14th annual New Stages Festival Monday.  Featuring three weeks of developmental productions and staged readings, the free fest runs Sept. 20-Oct.…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Former club regulars of the real Havana Madrid retrace their footsteps in a hair salon by Morgan Greene

On a sunny Monday afternoon in Lakeview, a man bikes by Chicago Bagel Authority and a woman walks into Walgreens. Someone wearing a tie-dye Lollapalooza T-shirt crosses the street. At 959 W.…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

16 shows to see now

"Aladdin" ✭✭✭ "Aladdin," the most frenetic and cartoonish of Disney's screen-to-stage musicals, officially opened its first national tour in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. An…

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'Sexy Liberal Resistance' Stephanie Miller coming to Athenaeum Theatre by Morgan Greene

The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour will make a Chicago stop this fall, it was announced Friday. The political-protest-as-comedy show features national television and talk radio host Stephanie …

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Video: Jacob Dickey sings 'Proud of Your Boy' from 'Aladdin' by Morgan Greene

This week's Showcase features a song from Disney's "Aladdin," now in its final weeks at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.  Jacob Dickey, who stars as the loveable street rat who wins the heart …

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'Hamilton' launches app with access to ticket lottery by Morgan Greene

No need to wait for it. The official “Hamilton” app is here. The HamApp, sure to please fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Founding Fathers phenomenon, is available now for iOS and Android d…

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'Trevor,' a musical about a gay teen, debuts in a world that still needs him by Chris Jones

In 1994, an actor named John Lecesne created a solo show in New York City. He ended up starting a movement and saving the lives of uncounted American teenagers. This is the story of Trevor. …

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

All-woman cast set for Chicago Shakes' 'Taming of the Shrew' by Morgan Greene

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced the all-woman cast of “The Taming of the Shrew” Thursday. Set in 1919 Chicago during the Suffragette movement and featuring additional dialogue by R…

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Theater openings Aug. 11-17

Saturday “Shockheaded Peter”: Black Button Eyes Productions presents the return of the musical based on a German children’s book about youngsters headed toward grim fates. Through Sept…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Full lineup announced for Chicago International Latino Theater Festival by Morgan Greene

The complete lineup is set for the first Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, a month-long event opening in Chicago this fall. Presented by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, the…

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Why can't live entertainment cut out service fees? by Chris Jones

What irritates you the most about buying tickets to live entertainment? Let me guess. Booking fees. New York producer Ken Davenport — who is an interesting thinker on the business — had …

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Congo Square sets 2017-18 season by Morgan Greene

Congo Square Theatre Company announced its 18th season Wednesday. Opening the season is the return of the holiday concert “A Nativity Tribute,” produced in partnership with Studio One Da…

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Goodman announces cast of 'View From the Bridge,' 'Yasmina's Necklace' by Morgan Greene

Goodman Theatre announced casting for its 2017-18 season openers Wednesday. Opening the season is Ivo van Hove’s revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” (Sept. 9-Oct. 15)…

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Bold casting only part of what makes this 'Virginia Woolf' go by Kerry Reid

In May of this year, Edward Albee’s 1962 classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” became controversial all over again, when the late playwright’s estate withheld the rights for a …

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Bruce Springsteen plans a series of Broadway fall concerts by Mark Kennedy

The Boss is coming to Broadway — but he's ditching the E Street Band. Bruce Springsteen said Wednesday on his website that he plans to make his Broadway debut onstage this fall at the Walt…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'Last Dancer Standing' at Black Ensemble Theater provides the reality TV experience by Kerry Reid

Reality television has come in for more than its usual share of shaming as a blight on the body politic since November — though in fairness, populist entertainment throughout history has b…

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Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89 by Mark Kennedy

Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89. Cook died…

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Casting announced for Chicago's 'Escape to Margaritaville' by Jimmy Buffett by Morgan Greene

Casting is complete for the pre-Broadway tour and Broadway premiere of the new Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” it was announced Tuesday. Paul Alexander Nolan, w…

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Talking to Idina Menzel about her concert, her sister and, of course, 'Let It Go' by Morgan Greene

Idina Menzel mooed as the performance artist Maureen in the original production of “Rent” in 1996 and, ever since, Broadway audiences have mooed back. Over the past decades, Menzel has w…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

'On Your Feet!' coming back to Chicago by Morgan Greene

“On Your Feet!” will conga its way back to Chicago next spring, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday. The Broadway musical based on the life, music and cultural phenomenon created by Glo…

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