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  • Tune into 'Bears Coaches Show,' then wish arts experts were that good
    Chicago Tribune

    After a massive loss by the struggling Chicago Bears — such as the 29-7 drubbing last Sunday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — the “Bears Coaches Show” on WBBM Newsradio turns into "Groundhog Day." Or Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit." I often listen

  • Theater openings Sept. 22-28
    Chicago Tribune

    Friday “The Legend of Georgia McBride”: In this Chicago premiere, a broke Elvis impersonator with a baby on the way finds a new life in drag. Through Oct. 22 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300 and www.northlight.org Sa

  • Second City lays off staffers
    Chicago Tribune

    Citing the loss of revenue due to the impending end of its multi-year contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines, Second City laid off at least four full-time staffers Thursday. This has been a challenging month for the storied comedy theater, which employ

  • The hot Chicago venue this fall? The Athenaeum
    Chicago Tribune

    A quiz for you: Which Chicago venue is the host of the following A-list attractions in October? One week of tapings of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." Stephanie Miller's "Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour." Two nights of William Patrick Corgan, the art

  • 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