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Lyric Opera of Chicago has shied away from commissioning any new operas over the last decade, at a time when other major American opera companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera have...
Tags: Awards and Prizes, Culture, Music, Theater, Andrew Davis
The 2008 Broadway musical "In the Heights," the story of a mostly Latino community struggling to both move up and stay together, is now in its waning days as a touring attraction. Since the show last was in Chicago — in late 2009 — the...
When you look back on pivotal life events — say, your marriage or misspent youth — you often find those memories come back through sensorial peripherals. You might remember the smell of a food served at a funeral, the tap of a kid's foot...
"If we get any more white people in here," complains one of the characters in "Hairspray," as curious Caucasians fill Motormouth Maybelle's record shop, "this is gonna be a suburb." That line — long familiar to those of us who've heard "Good...
Actress Sally Struthers plays the irrepressible Dolly Levi in a touring production of "Hello, Dolly!" coming to the Ferguson Center for the Arts in November. Subscriptions to the Ferguson's 2013-2014 Broadway lineup are now on sale. Struthers, an Emmy...
Since being mean to children is frowned upon these days — we've come a long way since Charles Dickens' gallery of cruel Victorian authority figures who love to bait an orphan — any critic wishing to note that the kids in a show are...
A stalled residential marina development in Blue Island has been purchased by a south suburban company that built its name rehabbing foreclosed homes. Tinley Park-based Mack Cos. acquired 27 acres at Fay's Point, on a peninsula between the Cal-Sag...
An adult-oriented puppet show called "Stuffed and Unstrung" is headed this June to the Bank of America Theatre, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday. Produced by Westbeth Entertainment and Henson Alternative, the show uses the talents of the famed Jim...
NEW YORK — Raul Esparza, the handsome and admirably complex star of the new screen-to-stage musical "Leap of Faith," is the guy you want in your show when your leading character is having a crisis of faith. Although Jonas Nightingale, the...
For all their Berkeley punk-rock bona fides — unassailable and enough to send a certain kind of ill-prepared theatergoer headed for an early exit — Green Day songs are actually filled with hope and longing. They may rail hard, loud and long...
Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn seem like comedic opposites. Seinfeld is primarily observational; Quinn is primarily analytical. Seinfeld is disciplined and intense; Quinn is easygoing and meandering. Seinfeld is absurdist; Quinn is satirical. On his...
At a time when many other Chicago have reduced the number of new shows in their seasons, Profiles Theatre has bucked the trend by announcing six plays, five of which are Midwest premieres, as part of its 2013-14 season. The titles include "Wrecks" by...
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