| Aug 22, 2011
| 2:29 PM
Despite the famously lengthy titles of its revues, the Second City has come up with a very short name for its new venue in the Piper’s Alley complex on Chicago’s North Side: “Up.”
Intended as a riff on stand-up comedy and the...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 10:34 PM
"Nanotechnology," observes Colin Quinn at the start of his whip-smart Broadway solo show, "can stop a global plague. But we still need guards at the zoo."
As the Wednesday night audience at the Broadway Playhouse was first trying to follow that remark,...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 11:31 AM
Which nickname is future NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal going by now that’s he’s retired? Big Daddy? Superman? Shaq Fu? The Big Aristotle?
Nope. Diesel. I know this because that’s how he introduced himself when I answered...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 12:12 PM
Amid a veritable forest of ficus trees and potted plants, a small orchestra bedecked the stage of the packed North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday night for the Joan Rivers show. They played the 78-year-old comedian on. And they played the...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 1:53 PM
Like the creeping tinsel at the mall, holiday shows in Chicago seem to start earlier each year. This season, it was “White Christmas” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire even before the trick-or-treaters had ventured forth from their...
| Sep 29, 2011
Veterans of the mating wars will recognize the scene, from one agonizing side or another. There has been a single date — an awkward date that began with the tactless suggestion that the woman's dress resembled a birthday cake — but it...
| Oct 1, 2011
Some people dream of smacking the game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, or curing cancer, or being elected president, or running into a burning building to rescue babies and/or kittens.
And some people dream of sitting down at a desk to...
| Oct 3, 2011
As Chicago burns in the Lookingglass Theatre's "The Great Fire," John Musial's inflammatory theatrical collage about the events of Sunday Oct. 8, 1871, a little clutch of rich Chicagoans stares out at the inferno.
"I predict we will be rebuilding a city,...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 10:53 PM
In the real world, about 30 years separates the two stars of the current touring production of "La Cage Aux Folles," the first national outing, so to speak, of Terry Johnson's formidably distinctive 2010 Broadway revival, which originated at the...
| Dec 21, 2011
Please be silent behind the screen.
Backstage at the 1927 Hollywood premiere of his latest screen triumph, film star George Valentin — played with irresistible zest by Jean Dujardin — waits for the crowd's response. Standing in front of...