| Jul 17, 2013
| 2:06 PM
In a shuffling of artistic staffs, Rebecca Rugg, recently a producer at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, is heading to Redmoon Theater, where she'll work on that recently re-energized company's Great Chicago Fire Festival.
The Great Chicago Fire...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 8:48 PM
A physician who has created a new model for providing health care to those who can least afford it.
A novelist who takes readers into the swampy backwaters of the Everglades.
An astrophysicist who searches for other planets — and finds them....
| Sep 14, 2012
Name a book that shaped you as a person, as a reader.
This book should be something you would call "a book that mattered" or "a favorite piece of literature."
I had to pick such a book the other day after being invited, along with a dozen other...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 5:13 AM
The White House announced last week that soprano Renee Fleming, creative consultant for Lyric Opera of Chicago, is among the recipients of the 2012 National Medal of Arts "for her contributions to American music." The citation, to be awarded by...
| May 9, 2011
| 7:50 AM
Chicago's newly appointed Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events happens to be one of the city's most influential jazz advocates.
But Michelle Boone's impact extends far beyond the music she has championed in the job she'...
| Aug 13, 2010
| 2:02 PM
Kate Arrington seems not a bit actress-y, just interesting.
For one thing, she's not particularly concerned about how she looks. For another, through unlikely serendipity, lifestyle czarina Martha Stewart was an early backer of Arrington's stage career....
| Nov 22, 2011
| 10:23 AM
John Mahoney, a marquee member of the cast of the upcoming Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Enda Walsh's "Penelope," dropped out of the show Tuesday.
Mahoney is returning to Manchester, England, where he grew up, following a death in his...
| 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...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 12:26 PM
With his gig at the Steppenwolf Theatre now seemingly an annual event, Tony Fitzpatrick is taking on the air of Garrison Keillor, and his motley crew of sidekicks is looking a bit like a cut-rate cast of "Prairie Home Companion." As seen from the back...
| Jul 14, 2011
Only Jeff Garlin could get away with doing an entire show about his giving up sweet stuff — even titling the show "No Sugar Tonight" — while swigging from a bottle of Gatorade.
The thematic disconnect was particularly egregious because, by...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 9:26 AM
In the summer of 2010, Mayor Richard M. Daley showed up at an anniversary event celebrating, and designed to further promote, Chicago's downtown theater district. But the real news was made when the mayoral voice started to crack while talking about the...