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  • 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway: Harper Lee's story is dragged into the present by Aaron Sorkin
    Chicago Tribune

    Ever since Gregory Peck, the Tom Hanks of his moment, starred in the film version of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1962, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch has been a symbol of American decency. Not unlike Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey,

  • Marriott Theatre announces cast for 'Million Dollar Quartet'
    Chicago Tribune

    On Thursday, Marriott Theatre announced casting for “Million Dollar Quartet,” directed by James Moye, with music direction by Ryan T. Nelson. The musical revue stars Christopher J. Essex as “Johnny Cash,” Rustin Cole Sailors as “Elvis Presl

  • 14 recommended Chicago shows to see now
    Chicago Tribune

    "A Shayna Maidel" ✭✭✭✭ Barbara Lebow's 1980s play "A Shayna Maidel" is a much richer work than I ever realized, especially in director Vanessa Stalling's exquisitely acted production at TimeLine Theatre. On its face, this is a simple story of

  • City Lit sets cast for 'Fuente Ovejuna'
    Chicago Tribune

    On Thursday, City Lit Theater artistic director Terry McCabe announced the cast for “Fuente Ovejuna,” a classic Spanish drama published 400 years ago by Lope de Vega. McCabe will direct his own adaptation based on a literal translation by Stanley

  • Raven Theatre casts 'How I Learned to Drive'
    Chicago Tribune

    On Thursday, Raven Theatre announced casting for its production of Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive.” Under the direction of artistic director Cody Estle, the show will feature Jeff Award-nominated actress Eliza Stoughton as Li’l Bit, wi

  • Comedy is big on New Year's Eve: 9 comics in the city and suburbs
    Chicago Tribune

    There’s never a bad time for a good laugh and the right comedian can help you close out 2018 in happy tears. Great stand-up comedy is a nightly occurrence across Chicago, and this New Year’s Eve — whether you want a laugh in the afternoon and t

  • 10 best shows in Chicago theater in 2018, from ‘Downstate’ on down
    Chicago Tribune

    Wither forgiveness in a year of constant American division? That question was at the core of many of the best Chicago shows of 2018 as this theater-loving city explored questions of guilt, pondered who gets to write whose story, and worried over what

  • 'The Full Monty' doesn't yet fit in Theo Ubique's new home
    Chicago Tribune

    Drive down Howard Street — the border boulevard betwixt Chicago and Evanston — and you may be surprised to see the exterior of a modestly scaled but beautifully clad theater, the all-new quarters of the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, which, officia

  • Best of Broadway 2018: The terrifying 'Three Tall Women' leads top 10
    Chicago Tribune

    Mortality was on the Broadway menu this year — most all of the best works of the calendar year shed light on the pain of the human condition, especially once we’re past the first blush of youth. Whether the observer was Eugene O’Neill, Edward A

  • Randall Arney returns to Steppenwolf's 'True West', this time as director
    Chicago Tribune

    On Wednesday, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that longtime ensemble member Randall Arney will direct its upcoming revival of Sam Shepard’s “True West,” the production that first launched the company onto the national scene in 1982. Arney

  • You don't know Isaac Gomez, but you will after his 'La Ruta,' a tragic tale of life on the border
    Chicago Tribune

    Who is Isaac Gomez? If you live outside of the world of nonprofit theater, you may not know. As recently as 2013, Gomez was an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Chicago after graduation for an internship in the l

  • 30th annual Rhinofest lineup announced
    Chicago Tribune

    On Tuesday, Curious Theatre Branch and Prop Thtr announced the 30th annual Rhinoceros Festival. The lineup will include six weeks of new plays, dance, devised works, variety shows, comedy, live podcasting and more. First organized in Wicker Park, “