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NEW YORK —There is something uniquely appealing, entertainment history reveals, about urban urchins in cloth caps, be they Parisian waifs, London pickpockets or unflaggingly optimistic New York orphans. If they sing and dance and have lost a...
Three days before American Blues Theater opened its new Chicago production of "Waiting for Lefty," that classic Clifford Odets drama of the fervent years, Teamsters president James Hoffa Jr. warmed up a Detroit Labor Day crowd for President Barack Obama....
Show TrackerHarry Morgan, who died Wednesday at age 96, could command your attention while still seeming quite ordinary. That was Harry Morgan's particular magic....
Culture MonsterVaclav Havel, the former Czech president who died Saturday at 75, was the perfect example of an increasingly rare specimen -- the politically engaged playwright. In today's theatrical climate dominated by silly movie retreads and safe little dramas,...
Culture MonsterBen Gazzara, who died Friday in New York at the age of 81, was an actor with a gruff voice and intense demeanor. His acting legacy, which included the films of John Cassavetes and originating the role of Brick in......
Culture MonsterArt and political protest have historically gone hand in hand, each feeding off the anger, the idealism and the creativity of the other. Occupy LA, the grassroots movement now entering its third week in downtown, is no exception....
Culture MonsterTheyâre not communists, theyâre just broke: âDonât tell me red,â growls a working stiff, âWeâve been kicked around so long weâre black and blue from head to toes.â A body canât catch a break in âWaiting for Lefty,â Clifford Odetsâ...
The Big PictureThe cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river and Tony Curtis is dead at 85. No one is going to ever say he was a great actor, especially based on the dreck he did in the last......
The Theater LoopKimberly Senior will direct Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty" as part of a new American Blues Theater season dedicated to the American worker. The classic title will open the American Blues season in September. Also on tap: "Ripped: The Living......
The Theater LoopTHEATER REVIEW: ‘42nd Street' ★★★½ Through May 29 at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes; Tickets: $41-$49 at 847 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com Most productions of “...
Culture MonsterJason Robert Brown???s entrancing Tony-winning score for ???Parade,??? the 1998 musical he wrote with playwright Alfred Uhry (whose book also won a Tony), throws patches of suggestive light on a dark historical episode. Music may be inherently abstract,...
Culture MonsterOpen Fist, a company best known for staging edgy contemporary works, scored a surprise hit with last year's a pitch-perfect revival of Moss Hart's classic satire of Broadway foibles, "Light Up the Sky." Following up with "Stage Door," another historical.....
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