When you only have one weekend to explore a new city, it's important to make every moment count -- but at the same time, you don't want to run yourself ragged. So when you have just 48 hours in Chicago, let this be your guide to a fun-filled (and delicious!) weekend.
In Goodman Theatre's intense production of David Ives' hit play, Venus in Fur, palpable onstage chemistry is critical. It's what elevates this two-person dark comedy from a tawdry romp into a thrilling exploration of dominance and power.
Where to start with David Ives' twisting, tantalizing and tawdry dark comedy? This is the kind of work that delights and surprises in the moment, yet following the event you begin to look past the intoxicating veneer to unravel the underlying puzzle.
The show returns, in yet another revised format, to Chicago, and I had the chance to speak with the production's Music Director, Michael Mahler, about the show's evolution and musical language.
I had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Pitre, who makes her CST debut with this major role, about the show and her thoughts on "Mama" Rose -- the uncompromising stage mother who's the driving force in this musical fable about burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee.
The joint is certainly jumpin' at Stage 773. Porchlight's rollicking production of the "Fats" Waller revue, Ain't Misbehavin', playing through March 9...
Chicago is a city after any foodie's heart, but it can be hard to find places that fit a college budget.
Men, take note. You have yet another shopping outlet down Michigan Avenue housed in the remodeled sixth and seventh floors of the Saks Fifth flagship store.
Mackintosh has recruited up-and-coming director Laurence Connor, who brought new life to the recent Les Misérables tour that's been making the rounds and is coming to Broadway in March, to helm this new production.
I'm a fan of Ghost the Musical. Or, well, I was. At some point early into the first act of this first national tour, I turned to my friend and said, "I'm so sorry."
Granted, in 1946 (the year this play premiered), a more straightforward approach may have been necessary, given this play broke a lot of ground in confronting the decay of societal values. But that ground feels like well-worn territory with this viewing.
When MacKenzie does choreograph, the results are often spectacularly rich; she combines an ability to create beautiful and engaging movement designs with an unusually effective understanding of concert dance architecture.
With November over, I take a look back at my favorite event this month -- Redmoon Theater's spectacular Boneshaker bash celebrating both Halloween and All Saint's Day!
I've been recommending this production to everyone I talk to. Having grown up in a generation that bypassed the worst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, it's crucial that we remember the struggles endured and the lessons learned.
Collective, indeed. As many professional dance companies struggle with the usual difficulties of production on a shoestring budget, The Dance COLEctive (TDC) offers dancers the precious gift of production support with the creative freedom to develop their own unique ideas.
Surrealist artist Rene Magritte's paintings came to life in Chicago as the The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrated its 40th anniversary with its Nothing Is As It Appears masked ball.