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  • Porchlight's Chicago cast of 'Billy Elliot' surely will win you over
    Chicago Tribune

    The Porchlight Music Theatre production of “Billy Elliot,” through which I sat Sunday night with misty eyes, is to a great extent what I always hoped this piece would become in Chicago: not some massively budgeted musical with dazzling performanc

  • Strawdog announces cast of Ibsen's 'Pillars of the Community'
    Chicago Tribune

    Strawdog Theatre Company announced the cast for its upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Pillars of the Community” Monday. The production will feature Nicole Bloomsmith, Kamille Dawkins, Carmine Grisolia, Michaela Petro and John Henry Roberts

  • Steppenwolf to host public memorial for Mariann Mayberry
    Chicago Tribune

    A public memorial celebrating Mariann Mayberry will be held next month at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, it was announced Monday. The memorial for the ensemble member of 24 years will take place Nov. 6 at 1 p.m in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 165

  • Video: 'Changing My Major' from 'Fun Home'
    Chicago Tribune

    This week's Showcase features a song from the Chicago premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Tony-winning musical "Fun Home," based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, now playing at Victory Gardens Theater.  In the video, Hannah Starr, who play

  • 'Hard Times' at Lookingglass a chance to escape to the circus
    Chicago Tribune

    “People must be amused, squire, somehow,” observes Mr. Sleary in Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times.” “They can’t be always a-working, nor yet they can’t be always a-learning.” Exactly. Go Cubs. Sleary’s sentiment is a useful truth for

  • Theo Ubique to produce 'Sweeney Todd' this spring
    Chicago Tribune

    Meat pies will be served on stage and off this spring at the No Exit Cafe, where Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre will present an environmental staging of “Sweeney Todd” set in a pie shop. The storefront company announced Monday that it will swap out

  • Steve Scott to receive special Jeff Award
    Chicago Tribune

    Steve Scott will receive a special Jeff Award at the Equity ceremony in November, the Jeff Awards committee announced Monday. Scott, a longtime artistic associate of Goodman Theatre, will be honored for his decades of service to the theater community

  • Again to the barricades! A gorgeous touring 'Les Miserables' from a standout cast
    Chicago Tribune

    Across the years, like a low-rent Javert, I've felt the need to protect Chicago audiences from even a moment in a "Les Miserables" that dared to be less than emotionally devastating. Friday night, I felt a new impulse to protect this iconic and deepl

  • Comic couple Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher laugh and bicker together at the Vic
    Chicago Tribune

    In December 2015, comedian and Chicago-area native Cameron Esposito recorded her first comedy special (“Marriage Material”) at Chicago’s Thalia Hall just two days before marrying fellow comic Rhea Butcher, who served as her opening act. Saturda

  • Economist Richard Thaler is a Nobel winner we arty types can love
    Chicago Tribune

    Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago economist from the Booth School of Business who won the Nobel Prize on Monday, is an economist we cultural pontificates can love. Why? Simple. His work embraces human irrationality. Some of us get to write ab

  • He'll say otherwise, but Jim Gaffigan at the Chicago Theatre is always in control
    Chicago Tribune

    Waiting for the opening applause to die down after he takes the stage for the first of two shows on Friday night at the Chicago Theatre, comedian Jim Gaffigan — currently making the rounds on his “The Noble Ape” tour through April of next year

  • Luke Burbank's 'Live Wire' comes to Chicago
    Chicago Tribune

    Luke Burbank, a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!,” will bring a live taping of his radio show "Live Wire” to Chicago. Guests for the Chicago stop include Cards Against Humanity’s Max Temkin and poet and Young Chicago Auth