| Apr 6, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Charles Newell's office is spotless. Unnervingly tidy. Standing in it makes you feel as though you have intruded on a magazine photo shoot about anal-retentive work environments. His desk, which looks out onto 55th Street in Hyde Park, gleams: There's not...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Christopher Shinn's political drama, "Now or Later," will have its U.S. premiere at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company this fall. Michael Wilson, former artistic director of Hartford Stage, will direct the play which runs Oct. 12 to Nov. 10 at the...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:54 AM
The Studio Theatre inWashington, D.C. and the Huntington Theatre in Boston have announced that they both will be staging "The Invisible Man" during the 2012-13 season.
Oren Jacoby's new stage adaptation of the Ralph Ellison novel premiered last fall at...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 2:17 PM
Can you do a play about an invisible man? About an African-American whom others simply refuse to see? Ralph Ellison, it seems fair to surmise, thought probably not. Not well, anyway. Not something that would do justice to the moment, shortly after the end...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 3:00 AM
The Library of Congress' new exhibition, Books That Shaped America, includes works by many notable American authors, but there is a gaping hole: Edgar Allen Poe.
The list include no-brainers: classics from such greats as Herman Melville, Louisa May...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 7:18 PM
Two months ago, Wilson College’s Class of 2012 gave the school’s president a vase inscribed with Ralph Ellison’s quote “Education is all a matter of building bridges.”
Emotion flickers in Barbara Mistick’s eyes when...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 10:19 AM
Anyone ever tell you history is dull, tedious and irrelevant? Not us. And for some particularly fascinating and relevant insights into black history, ditch the textbooks and head to these stage shows, which explore everything from the politics in...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 9:34 AM
So many shows have opened in Chicago over the last three weeks, it's tough to keep them all straight. And he who hesitates can be lost. So let me use the space this week to sort out what you should be seeing right now. Let me say at the top that the...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Nyambi Nyambi, who plays wisecracking, educated waiter Samuel on CBS' "Mike & Molly," has had two defining moments for an actor onstage.
He was an understudy in "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," his favorite play, by his favorite playwright, August Wilson,...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:11 PM
Ah, it's feeling more and more like Summer every day. And speaking of summer, the Republican and Democratic primaries for Joe Lieberman's soon to be vacant Senate seat are in August. So, first, let's take a look at the Democrats.
Chris Murphy, a...