| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:26 AM
The iconoclastic movie star Bill Murray is always on the guest list for events celebrating anniversaries and the like at The Second City. But the famously unpredictable actor invariably does not show up. On Monday night, though, there was Murray on Navy...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 9:01 AM
With Scrooge back under wraps, it's time for the 2013 winter theater season to begin in earnest. There's an especially strong slate of classical works opening between now and the end of March, but the offerings also are as diverse as ever. Among the...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Rhea Perlman, the actress best known for playing Carla on the NBC comedy "Cheers," is to star in a show at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie this spring.
Perlman will play Stella in the world premiere of "Stella & Lou," a new three-character drama by...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Northlight Theatre is announcing part of its 2013-14 season, including a new production of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," the Chicago-area premiere of "4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog and a new Irish drama that will star John Mahoney.
"4000 Miles," a big...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:39 AM
Sit down for coffee and conversation with Sophia Sinise (who goes by "Sophie" informally) and she seems like any other personable 24-year-old mulling over her career possibilities. Until she emerges from the ladies' room in the coffeehouse and gleefully...
| Feb 4, 2013
Can "The Birthday Party" be celebrated in a wide-open space? It depends, surely, on the intent of the event. As the history of the 20th century teaches us, and as the Nobel laureate Harold Pinter understood at a very early age, unwanted, destructive...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Oh, it's just the way you'd want it to be. Rhea Perlman is playing Stella in the soon-to-open "Stella & Lou" at Northlight Theatre — you likely know Perlman as Carla from television's iconic "Cheers."
She got the theater gig after getting a call...
| 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....
| 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 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...