| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:21 AM
In any revival of "Gypsy," the most interesting moment is the announcement of who is playing Rose.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater is set to announce the star of its upcoming production, directed by Gary Griffin: Louise Pitre, the original star of "Mamma...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 8:30 PM
| Jul 22, 2013
| 3:42 PM
When "Shrek the Musical" first appeared on Broadway in 2008, with decidedly headache-inducing results, it seemed as if the cartoon-to-musical gravy train was kaput. This 2001 DreamWorks movie came toward the beginning of what one might call the self-aware...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 12:33 PM
The Chicago Shakespeare Theater celebrated Gala 2013 at its Navy Pier home June 17 with more than 550 in attendance. The highlight was the presentation of the third annual Spirit of Shakespeare Awards to civic honoree, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 2:56 PM
No theater in the world has done more for Italian drama than the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, which, despite the diminutive in its name, has become famous for bold productions of works by the likes of Carlo Goldoni, Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo....
| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:48 AM
When the Italians say "cinema," it sounds better than when the Americans say it. CHEE-nay-ma. Doesn't that sound better?
Born in 1959 and widely considered to be his nation's greatest stage and screen actor, Toni Servillo is seven hours ahead of us in...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 7:35 AM
For more than a decade, Chicago Tap Theatre has pioneered its own genre of summer entertainment in the form of the "tap opera," a tale told with lean narrative and lots of clickety-clacking feet.
"Mama's Boy," the troupe's 11th entry, plays Friday...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Overhead trains, river-touring boats, legendary dinosaurs and American Girls: Chicago's best attractions appeal to all ages. And though it's a big city, Chicago extends a warm Midwestern welcome to visitors while keeping it real with an ample dose of...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:37 PM
An extraterrestrial visitor to the theater of Chicagoland this year might well conclude that the good people of 17th-century France had both exceptional timing and more than a passing familiarity with Twitter.
Hot on the heels of "The School for Lies,"...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:22 PM
There's nothing new in Chicago about theater in small spaces — that's a crucial part of the city's aesthetic. If you glance at my recommended shows, you'll see several pieces staged in theaters with fewer than 100 seats, including "Rabbit,"...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Two components of many a Chicago summer of live entertainment are absent this year — there's no Cirque du Soleil tent at the United Center and no Riverfront Theater at the Tribune Company's Freedom Center. So you'll have to go camping for fun...