| Dec 5, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Some Chicago theater companies become important by growing to the point they become institutions — entities that hire actors, build subscriber bases, raise money for new buildings, that kind of thing. That's one form of influence. But what of that...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 9:38 AM
In a beleaguered Long Beach, Calif., hospital's extended care unit, the setting for HBO's new half-hour series "Getting On" that premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, the ward's head nurse vents to a co-worker, "People say extended care is boring, which it is not;...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:15 AM
The Steppenwolf Garage Theatre — a theater jury-rigged into the ground floor of a parking garage — hardly is the Savoy Theatre in London. But compared to the basement of the Chopin Theatre, a venue in Wicker Park where remarkably creative...
| Nov 7, 2013
Fight or go with the flow. Not the flashiest of life's dilemmas, I suppose, but it sure comes up a lot in work and love. Those who know which to choose at which moment are lucky sods; most of us just flail around, wondering.
At one point in "Port...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:58 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway drama "Good People," and its lead actress, Mariann Mayberry, emerged triumphant at the Joseph Jefferson Awards held at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace on Monday...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:36 AM
Really, in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor, minor point, somewhere between apocalyptic and not-very-apocalyptic-at-all: The 24-hour Starbucks in Piper's Alley, the large, busy one that hugs the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street in Old Town,...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 5:27 PM
When 16-year-old Derrion Albert was beaten to death four years ago this month, DePaul University assistant professor Miles Harvey, like many people, felt the need to do something. But he wasn't sure what.
"I knew the Roseland community, and I had done...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:42 PM
"4000 Miles": Kimberly Senior directs the drama by Amy Herzog about a grandmother and grandson. Through Oct. 20 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; $25-$75 at 847-673-6300 and northlight.org
"The Wheel": Actress Joan...
| 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....
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Nearly a week after "Scandal" First Lady Mellie Grant got sloshed and told off her philandering husband, fans still are buzzing about "Drunk Mellie."
Bellamy Young is happy to hear it, but she was initially terrified about delivering the moonshine-...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 4:47 AM
Tarell Alvin McCraney, a 2003 graduate of DePaul University’s Theatre School, an ensemble member at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 2010, a sometime Chicago actor, and a writer known internationally for the acclaimed Louisiana trilogy “...