In the true Chicago theatrical tradition of rock-solid ensemble acting, director Michael Driscoll has elevated the material to a level that I'm sure will surprise many who plan to attend this for a campy, bloody good time.
Northwestern University's Mayfest organization hosted its 42nd annual Dillo Day along the shores of Lake Michigan last week to an estimated crowd of over 9,000 attendees.
It's not so much the ability to discover, produce and promote that makes a great independent record label. It's more a talent for appreciation.
Blue skies, sunny days, and the perfect grilling weather greeted us Chicagoans this past weekend for Memorial Day (remember, it's not just a BBQ holid...
If more real, connecting moments like this could have been found within this story, Motown the Musical could be more than just a glossy hit parade of fabulous songs backed by a smattering of a history lesson.
On paper, this seems like such a niche subject for a very specific audience of Babs worshipers. Would we be subjected to a second-rate Streisand interpretation all night bookended by rabid fangirling?
Buyer & Cellar tells the story of a struggling actor who takes on the oddest of odd jobs by working in Barbra Streisand's basement mall (which is actually a real thing that exists in Ms. Streisand's Malibu home). In doing so, he encounters the star and awkwardness and hilarity ensues.
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.