| Apr 26, 2013
| 12:52 PM
If ever a musical theater work deserved its exclamation point, it's “Oklahoma!”
Breathes there a man or woman of a certain age who hasn't at one time or another succumbed to the nostalgic charms of this classic American show, whose spirit...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Like several theater artists with connections to bonnie Scotland, David Greig seems to have the golden ticket of the moment. This thrilling scribe — perchance you saw his grand piece "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" last fall at the Chicago...
| May 4, 2012
Few realizations are as painful in life as the one that comes to a previously generous person, fallen on hard times and made suddenly and brutally aware that the quality of kindness among homo sapiens is neither reciprocal nor ubiquitous.
| Jan 10, 2012
| 9:29 PM
The British stage-and-screen actor Simon Callow will appear at the Broadway Playhouse in the spring, it was announced Tuesday evening.
Callow will present the solo show "Being Shakespeare," a piece by Jonathan Bate that interweaves segments of the Bard's...
| Oct 4, 2012
"Perhaps if you had remained still," says George, the distracted artist, to the woman he loves, currently on the way out the door for good, having settled for a lesser man. "Perhaps," she says, sadly, knowingly, "if you would look up from your pad."...
| Oct 11, 2012
Generally in this space I write of interesting connections (interesting to me, anyway), upcoming attractions, notable careers, powerful performances, sad-or-sweet news, money, art and other salient issues. I had such a column in mind for this week, but...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 7:49 AM
In the 18 months since the profane warrior Celts of the "Black Watch" were last spied in Chicago at the Broadway Armory, Osama bin Laden has been killed, the 2003 war in Iraq has receded further into the shifting sands of history and the careers of...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 8:28 PM
Two of the most accomplished productions in the history of Chicago theater — "Follies" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and "The Iceman Cometh" at the Goodman Theatre — shared top honors at the Joseph Jefferson Awards, presented Monday night...
| May 3, 2012
| 10:52 AM
In Chicago Shakespeare Theater's new rethinking of Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens," the venerable London stage actor Ian McDiarmid plays Timon, "a psychological mess," the actor says, "a British lord in America, rich from birth and generous with money,...
| May 5, 2012
| 4:04 PM
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's hip-hop production of "Othello: The Remix" opened Saturday night in London. The show, devised by Chicago's Q Brothers and one component of the massive Globe-to-Globe festival featuring Shakespearean productions from around...
| May 17, 2012
| 10:48 AM
Over lunch last week, I asked actor Stephen Ouimette, who is simply extraordinary as Harry Hope in Robert Falls' Goodman Theatre production of "The Iceman Cometh," how many seasons he has performed at the Stratford Festival in Canada, where he is a...