| Jul 6, 2012
| 4:22 PM
I just finished Warren Littlefield’s book “Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV.” It was a Father’s Day present. Littlefield was NBC's president of entertainment during that era, and it was fun to learn......
| May 22, 2012
| 1:33 PM
Northlight Theatre's production of Bruce Graham's "The Outgoing Tide," a play dealing with the effects of aging, is headed to the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, replete with the original Northlight cast of John Mahoney, Rondi Reed and Thomas J. Cox....
| May 8, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Last Sunday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age remind me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I'll post a series of these...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 3:27 PM
"No actor should be in Chicago 'cause they wanta make money," a character says in "The Last Duck," a new play that includes a brief but pointed look at our Second City complex. "It's more about art," the guy says. "You know, whatever that means. Or you...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 6:52 AM
A production of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” directed by Austin Pendleton, a fresh staging of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Broadway hit “Good People,” a new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a remounting with a new...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 2:14 PM
When does a lie take on a life of its own? Two very different plays, running within blocks of each other on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, tackle that question.
"Dark Play, or Stories for Boys" ***
Carlos Murillo's "Dark Play, or Stories for Boys"...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 4:40 PM
CBS celebrates adoption in the annual "Home for the Holidays" at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Martina McBride hosts the hour special. There will be performances by Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, OneRepublic and Gavin DeGraw....
| Dec 13, 2011
Romantic hopes spring eternal in many a middle-aged male breast, even when the middle-aged bod does not look so good in a Speedo anymore. Actually, the demands of that skimpy bit of swimwear are the least of the problems of the gentlemen who spend their...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 1:08 PM
Most Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights aren’t to be seen in such guises. But Tracy Letts has replaced John Mahoney in the Steppenwolf Theatre production of "Penelope." Here are the costumes for the show."Penelope" is by Enda Walsh and directed by...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 4:33 PM
A film version of the Jon Robin Baitz play "Other Desert Cities," currently on Broadway, is said to be in development. Questions surround the planned Michael Jackson museum in Gary, Ind., which remains unbuilt....
| Nov 23, 2011
| 8:22 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company said Wednesday morning that it has found a replacement for John Mahoney, the well-loved actor who exited the December production of Enda Walsh's "Penelope" on Tuesday, due to a death in his family.
The role will be...