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  • 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 fall series, you'll follow dancers on loading docks and stairwells of Harris Theater
    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

  • Sing away your troubles: ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ a musical celebration of Louis Jordan
    Chicago Tribune

    When Chance the Rapper asks the question “Is you is or is you ain’t got gas money?” in his song “All Night,” he nods to the legacy of the great songwriter and bandleader Louis Jordan. Jordan — whose first big break came in 1941 at the Cap

  • 'The Heavens Are Hung in Black' is a play set during Lincoln's darkest hours
    Chicago Tribune

    Early 2009 seems like a lifetime ago — a point when the inauguration of the first African-American president signaled that, while racism was far from over, it at least couldn’t keep all our American dreams deferred. But as we’ve been reminded t

  • In Denver, Disney's 'Frozen' musical plays it too safe with Elsa and Anna
    Chicago Tribune

    A vista of the pressures faced by Disney Theatrical Productions fills the lobby of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts: Hundreds of bubbly children and unabashed adults dressed as Elsa, Anna, even the rotund sidekick Olaf, the animated snowman

  • 13 shows to see now
    Chicago Tribune

    "The Audience" ✭✭✭ The longevity of the British monarchy — as manifest for the last 64 years in the personage of Queen Elizabeth II — is at the center of Peter Morgan's play "The Audience," a smart, gossipy exploration of the queen's compl