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  • Flexible, intimate and innovative, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare has its opening night
    Chicago Tribune

    Like a pimply adolescent morphing into clear-skinned maturity, Navy Pier is slowly transforming itself from a hyper-commercialized shopping mall-by-the-lake into an appealing public space. The latest step turns the visually-awkward Skyline Stage, ori

  • 'The Toad Knew' but he isn't telling us: The Yard's first show can be confounding
    Chicago Tribune

    Regardless of what an amphibian may or may not perceive, I know this: An expansive and beautiful new theater in Chicago is a glorious thing that boggles the eyes. The Yard, which hosted its first public performance Tuesday night on Navy Pier, is inde

  • Lookingglass sets season casting
    Chicago Tribune

    Lookingglass Theatre Company announced complete casting for its 2017–18 season Wednesday. “Hard Times” (Oct. 4-Jan. 14), adapted and directed by Heidi Stillman, will feature Audrey Anderson (Sissy), David Catlin (Stephen and Sleary), Raymond F

  • Period romance plays out as a board game in clever 'Sylvester'
    Chicago Tribune

    Using your socially connected friends and acquaintances as models for your fictional characters often leads to blowback. Just ask Truman Capote, who became an outcast when excerpts from his unfinished roman a clef, “Answered Prayers,” found their

  • Jackalope announces cast of '1980'
    Chicago Tribune

    Jackalope Theatre Company has announced the cast of the world premiere of “1980 (Or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson),” the opener of the company’s 10th season. Patricia Cotter’s play, about an unknown Illinois congressman and the young ca

  • Ivo van Hove's 'A View From the Bridge' is an American tragedy waiting to happen
    Chicago Tribune

    “A play is rarely given a second chance,” Arthur Miller once wrote. He who was right about so many perils of the human condition was wrong about that. To wit: Director Ivo van Hove’s desperate, despairing, heart-pounding 2015 Broadway revival o

  • For Hubbard Street's latest, you'll follow dancers on loading docks and stairwells
    Chicago Tribune

    Over its 40-year history, Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance has continuously expanded the constraints of contemporary dance and embraced theatrics. If you’ve seen the company in performance recently, maybe a world premiere from Brian Brooks or a Twy

  • In 'The Rembrandt,' why would a museum guard try to touch a masterpiece?
    Chicago Tribune

    I’ve always found the guards in museums at least as interesting as the exhibits. How intriguing are those silent sentinels of the gallery, as sphinxlike as Secret Service agents but charged with guarding not the products of a pseudo-democratic whim

  • The Margaret Atwood story of 'Alias Grace' gets inside your head
    Chicago Tribune

    Did a 16-year-old housemaid named Grace Marks kill her lecherous employer and his housekeeper in 1843? Or was the impoverished Irish immigrant to Canada merely the stablehand’s unwitting accessory? Or was she possessed by the ghost of another? Thos

  • On a bigger stage, 'Million Dollar Quartet' is still a blast
    Chicago Tribune

    For nearly eight years, “Million Dollar Quartet” packed the intimate Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. The story of the fabled night that four giants of popular music all turned up in Memphis’ tiny Sun Studios obviously struck a crowd-pleasing ch

  • PrivateBank Theatre renamed CIBC Theatre
    Chicago Tribune

    The PrivateBank Theatre at 18 W. Monroe St. has a new name and marquee, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday. The PrivateBank, where the Chicago production of “Hamilton” has played since October, has changed its name to the CIBC Theatre, followin

  • Visceral Dance Chicago's fall opener pops and fizzles
    Chicago Tribune

    A small but enthusiastic crowd assembled at Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for Visceral Dance Chicago’s fall offering, the official season opener for the fledgling company’s fifth season. The program, which will show again