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First Nighter: Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'Head of Passes' Is the Play of the Year, With Phylicia Rashad Giving the Performance of the Year

David Finkle | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

If superlative acting interests you -- and you probably wouldn't be reading this if it didn't -- you're well advised to make every effort you can to see Phylicia Rashad as Shelah in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes, at the Public.

Born to be Wild -- For a Few Months

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.11.2016 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

After a hectic day of raising kids, working full-time, and trying to slap together three edible ingredients to make a family meal, I decided to ride away on a motorcycle.

Aisle View: Swingers With Qualms

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Bruce Norris, who has given us the award-winning Clybourne Park (about race relations) and the less-successful Domesticated (about the broken marriage of a philandering politician), turns to wife-swapping in The Qualms.

First Nighter: Cera, Culkin, Gevinson Distinguish 'This Is Our Youth'

David Finkle | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In Kenneth Lonergan's revived 1996 play, This is Our Youth, a Steppenwolf production transferred to the Cort, what specifically does the playwright mean by "this"?

LaBute and Moliere Occupy Chicago Theater

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

The gap between privilege and its absence gets bigger by the day, and in contemporary discourse it's considered revolutionary (or at least rude) to point that out. But as long as we're talking about the 17th Century, or the go-go 90s, or even 2004, it's safe to speak the truth.

First Nighter: Jekyll & Hyde, Orphans, Collapse Bow to Mixed Results

David Finkle | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If someone grabbed you on the street and yelled in your face for the next two and a half hours, what would you do? Well, the cast of the Jekyll & Hyde revival at the Marquis scream until your eardrums are ready to burst.

Stage Door: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mojo

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.26.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company's latest Broadway revival of Edward Albee's 50-year-old masterwork, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, is less a volcanic eruption than a slow, simmering pot that periodically boils over.

Steppenwolf's 'Woolf' Revival A Broadway Hit

Posted 10.15.2012 | Chicago

The reviews are in, and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's revival of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" has drawn a standing "O" from Broadway critics. ...

Fitzpatrick's Nickel History: A Rich Collage of Ghosts and Stories

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.23.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

In bringing together these stimulating elements, he brings to the stage the essence of memory. In deed, what is memory except a collage of images, sounds, stories and smells that take us back in non-linear fashion to important moments of our history?

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.

Behind the Scenes With Tony Fitzpatrick

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.21.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It's hard to think of a truer Chicago character than Tony Fitzpatrick. He has been a figure in the art scene for decades: an renowned collage artist, a poet and author, a former radio host, an actor and a playwright.

Tribeca Film Festival Exclusive Interview: Dennis Farina Scores in Last Rites and Luck

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.03.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Dennis Farina. You have to love him. You can't help yourself. Farina's latest leading role as Joe May in The Last Rites of Joe May puts us under a new kind of mesmerizing spell.

Woolf Meets High Expectations

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

Directed by Pam MacKinnon, Steppenwolf's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? lives up to the high expectations.

I Got Seven Million Dollars, Don't You Mess With Me

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Rahm: How about gathering together the best South Side minds in town and figuring out with them how to spend that seven million dollars you're about to deposit in your checkbook.

WATCH: 'The Good Wife' Picks On Steppenwolf, Weirdly

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Steppenwolf Theater Company is a Tony Award-winning company that helped launch the careers of Gary Sinise, John Malkovich and countless others. The Ch...

"August: Osage County" Playwright Tracy Letts on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Bazer


"Ballad Of An Easy Rider" - A Playlist For Dennis Hopper

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Dennis Hopper struck me as a remarkable and fascinating man to be around. He may never have been seen as a King like Elvis, but as an actor and an artist, he was a real prince, and an inspiring comeback story.

Save the Pasadena Playhouse

Jenna Busch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jenna Busch

If the Pasadena Playhouse closes, we all lose. The actors, the production staff, and most of all, the community.

Steppenwolf's "Seafarer": Pitch Black Comedy With a Spiritual Wallop

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cathleen Falsani

Conor McPherson's play The Seafarer is not what you'd call light holiday fare. The play, at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, reflects on the flip side of what holiday cheer can bring.

David Schwimmer Joining Studs Terkel Tribute

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

David Schwimmer will join a cast of notable Chicagoans paying tribute to the late Studs Terkel at Steppenwolf Theatre Monday, Chris Jones reports in t...

Steppenwolf Wins $600,000 Grant

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its development of new plays. From...