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Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom Rock Out Chicago (Well, Almost...)

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

It's a Jonathan Larson summer in Chicago. Currently, the genre-defining musical theatre composer is receiving productions of his two major shows by a trio of distinguished local theatre companies.

Goodman's Iceman Cometh, Starring Nathan Lane, Chills to the Core

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.08.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Chicago truly is an amazing theatre town -- especially now, where we have two epic plays receiving landmark productions, and I've been lucky to see both of them.

Court's Angels in America Soars Despite Clipped Wings

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

While the timeliness of the play may have faded over time Angels in America: Millennium Approaches remains a boldly composed masterwork filled with universal themes.

Get Your Repressed Rage on With Rise of the Numberless

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

A 90-minute head-banging rage punk fest, with moments of great originality, attitude and intensity rule-breaking show.

Being Shakespeare and The March: Two Plays With Admirable Goals Both Miss the Mark

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Frank Galati's stage adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's 2005 novel The March tries to do a lot, and while the effort is admirable, it leaves you wanting more.

Walkouts Be Damned, Goodman's In-Your-Face Camino Real Is the Real Deal

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.22.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Sure, Tennessee Williams is well-known for his psychological dramas where characters escape into dream-like worlds that eventually crash in around them, but Camino Real takes it to a whole 'nother level.

PHOTOS: Top Ten Chicago Plays Of 2011

The Huffington Post | Lauren Whalen and Scotty Zacher | Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

As 2011 draws to a close, we asked some of Chicago's experts in style, music, art and theater to share their favorite places, people and things of the...

Clybourne Park Explores Other Side of Raisin in the Sun

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Unfortunately, the work's power is diluted by the characters' generally unappealing nature -- I found myself drawn to perhaps two of the actors in each act -- and the stiff way in which they carried themselves.

WBEZ Off-Air Series Panel Discusses Politics Of Theater

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

A political, cultural and racial dialogue bounced all over the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater on Sunday evening. It arose among a panel of artistic ...

Chicago's Theater Season Off to a Strong Start

Robert Loerzel | Posted 12.11.2011 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

Is the current theater season so delightful that you'd call it a "debauch"? Not exactly -- but a few excellent productions of top-notch scripts are on the city's stages.

Behind the Scenes With Rick Kogan and Chicago Live!

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

More than theatrical, Chicago Live! takes a magnifying glass to the details of our city and brings the wonder of a major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, to life.

Behind the Scenes With Improvisers Susan Messing and Michael Patrick Thornton

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I interviewed improviser Susan Messing just minutes before she was about to go on stage. Susan talks about trusting the process, being in the moment and how Chicago is Mecca for this work.

Chicago, Get Ready For Alan Cumming

Time Out Chicago | Posted 07.25.2011 | Chicago

At a café in his home base of New York, his two dogs in tow, Alan Cumming's speaking into his cell while eating a mixed salad and brown rice. Through...

Chicago Theatre Wins Prestigious Regional Tony Award

Posted 07.03.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's storied Lookingglass Theatre has become the fifth company in the city to win a prestigious Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, acco...

Words Make 'Happiness' Happen at Theater Oobleck

Robert Loerzel | Posted 06.15.2011 | Arts
Robert Loerzel

Each time I see a play by Mickle Maher, it reminds me of how much I love words. Maher's one of those writers who lets his words dance -- to exhilarating, terrifying and startling effect.

'That's Weird, Grandma'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Kids can be quite clever, and if you need proof, you still have three more chances to check out "That's Weird, Grandma" at the Neo-Futurarium. Barrel...

The BEST Chicago Theater Of 2010

The Huffington Post | Hannah Fenlon and Elana Boulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As 2010 draws to a close, we asked some of Chicago's experts in food, style and music to share their favorite places, people and things of 2010. Monda...

PHOTOS: Super Mario Burlesque Show 'Boobs And Goombas' Comes To Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's Gorilla Tango Theater managed to turn a classic video game into a sexy burlesque show. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario...

'Porgy and Bess' Comes To South Shore Cultural Center

Gapers Block | LaShawn Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess, a story set in rural South Carolina in the early 1900s, has been described by many as perhaps the composer's g...

THEATER: Head West Young Man, A 'Cowboy Song' In Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

After seeing LATE: A Cowboy Song, an early Sarah Ruhl piece put up by the Piven Theatre Workshop, I had to clarify the job of a theatre critic for mys...

Anthony Bourdain Talks Chicago Dining, Bars Before Appearance

Crain's Chicago Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Anthony Bourdain, who takes the stage at the Chicago Theatre this weekend, says he doesn't have anything against Grant Achatz, wishes he had time to h...

The Brilliance of Brother/Sister

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

McCraney's multigenerational saga features realistic characters made all the more believable by director Tina Landau and her excellent cast. You connect with these people and feel their emotions.

"Tony n' Tina's Wedding" May Be Ending 16-Year Run

Chicago Tribune | Colleen Mastony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[A]fter a continuous 16-year run in Chicago, the campy, over-the-top juggernaut that is "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" is halting production Saturday and ta...

'High Fidelity' Musical Coming To Chicago

Playbill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This production of the musical (based on the Nick Hornby novel and the film of the same name) will open Aug. 17 at Pipers Alley Theater, the longtime ...

Odd News

Jeff Dorchen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Dorchen

Odd News and a new play: watch the preparatory video for Strauss at Midnight by Jeff Dorchen.