| Feb 8, 2012
| 7:47 AM
"War Horse,"the hit West End and Broadway show based on the children's novel by Michael Morpurgo and famous for its puppet horses, will be in Chicago for Christmas.
Broadway in Chicago announced Wednesday that the national touring production of the show,...
| Feb 2, 2012
With great power comes great responsibility, but powerful men often make for lousy, irresponsible politicians. (Insert personal observations on certain presidential candidates here.) With "Coriolanus,"one of William Shakespeare's toughest, most...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 1:43 PM
The director, Phyllida Lloyd, has moved on to a movie about Margaret Thatcher, but the song stylings of ABBA will surely outlast the Iron Lady. And "Mamma Mia!", the story of a girl with three potential dads on a Greek island where they have no Facebook,...
| Jul 15, 2012
| 4:28 PM
Chicago — for obvious reasons — long has welcomed and supported contemporary Irish drama. Most of the writers here embraced, through, have been men. But the gripping, authentic new family drama at Steep Theatre, where nobody moved so much as a...
| Jul 21, 2012
If half of the recommendations in the draft of the Chicago Cultural Plan — heck, even 5 percent of the recommendations — were implemented, Chicago would become an artistic nirvana without global peer.
There would be new city grants,...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 11:16 AM
OXFORD, England – At the London Diamond League track meet July 13, ten of the 11 finishers in the men’s mile run broke four minutes.
The only rare thing now about that time is how few chances elite international athletes get to run the mile...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 6:25 PM
When the Summer Olympics began with the staid Queen of England taking part in a James Bond skit filmed for the best opening ceremony ever, you knew the biggest event on the global sports calendar had a chance to be a celebration of both winning and...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 1:40 PM
There's a right way and a wrong way to go about killing a gun-control bill.
DO: Follow the official procedures and observe the unofficial etiquette when you go to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to testify against a bill at a public hearing....
| Nov 29, 2012
| 1:16 PM
"Just because he may have been a nasty little man and a nasty anti-Semite doesn't mean that his music is not as supreme as it is."
That assessment comes from a Richard Wagner scholar in the documentary "Wagner & Me" (at the Siskel Film Center through...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 6:26 PM
LONDON — It was a cool evening. The setting sun found a tiny hole in the clouds. The occasional sprinkle fell on Regent's Park, and tall grasses that looked as if they belonged on a Midwest prairie began to sway.
Then you looked at the grass,...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 6:07 PM
LONDON — They took the Chunnel to Paris to gawk at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
They paraded around Parliament Square and marveled at the majesty of Buckingham Palace. They shopped till they dropped on the West End along the magnificent mile...