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  • 'Fade' is a fresh spin on the writer-in-Hollywood play
    Chicago Tribune

    As long as Hollywood has hired playwrights from New York or Chicago, which is as long as there has been Hollywood, these transplanted, bought-and-paid-for scribes have written plays about their dislocation in La La Land. The complaints have remained

  • In 'Welcome to Jesus,' the scary Other lurks in a small Texas town
    Chicago Tribune

    Take the football culture of “Friday Night Lights,” mix it with the supernatural clamminess of “The X-Files” and strain it through the satiric/horror filter of “Get Out,” and you’re close to what Janine Nabers creates in “Welcome to J

  • Chicago Dance Crash celebrates 15 years with its edgy, hip-hop kind of class
    Chicago Tribune

    In 2002, an actor, a dancer and a martial artist started a fusion hip-hop contemporary dance company. It sounds like the setup for a bad joke, but one’s got to wonder if Illinois State University grads Charlie Cutler, Mark Hackman and Marissa Morit

  • Theater openings Nov. 17-23
    Chicago Tribune

    Friday “The Book of Will”: Shakespeare’s company stages the First Folio in this Chicago premiere by Lauren Gunderson. Through Dec. 17 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300 and www.northlight.org “Hellcab”: The Agenc

  • For Laurie Metcalf in 'Lady Bird,' this is the moment for her kind of honesty
    Chicago Tribune

    There’s a scene in “Lady Bird,” this fall’s remarkable coming-of-age movie by Greta Gerwig, where the title character, a complicated Sacramento 17-year-old encapsulated by Saoirse Ronan, finds herself in the dressing room of an off-price clot

  • Peninsula Players sets 2018 summer season
    Chicago Tribune

    Peninsula Players, Wisconsin’s mainstay resident summer theater, announced its 2018 season Thursday. Opening the season is Sean Grennan’s “Now and Then” (June 12-July 1), a world premiere about an extraordinary conversation that takes place i

  • 'Escape to Margaritaville' has the Buffett-brand attitude but takes too much latitude
    Chicago Tribune

    “Work is a dirty word out here,” says the charming, guitar-strumming, Jimmy Buffett-esque central figure of the new musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” a “Mamma Mia!” for Parrotheads. This seductive but commitment-phobic dude is trying to

  • Mike Daisey, monologist and Trump-era soothsayer, is back in Chicago
    Chicago Tribune

    After Donald J. Trump became president of the United States — which, you may recall, actually was a massive surprise to most of us — the amount of analytical bloviating about the reasons for his ascendancy would have been enough to sink the great

  • An 'Importance of Being Earnest' both earnest and elegant
    Chicago Tribune

    Over the years, especially Stateside, Oscar Wilde’s fin de siecle satire “The Importance of Being Earnest” has been turned into more of a hootenanny, replete with Lady Bracknell played in drag, campery of all sorts, and enough nods, winks and c

  • 10 gifts for the theater lover
    Chicago Tribune

    Wondering what to get your favorite theater lover this holiday season? Read on for my 10 suggestions for 2017. --Chris Jones VIEW OUR FULL 2017 GIFT GUIDE >>

  • 'Ecstasy in living': Kate Fry is a perfect Emily Dickinson in creaking 'Belle of Amherst'
    Chicago Tribune

    “I find ecstasy in living,” wrote the American poet Emily Dickinson, “the mere sense of living is joy enough.” So let us begin with that, dear reader, let us just let that sentence lie there, in the hope that it might improve your day at a mo

  • Daughter's story is her strength in 'Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery'
    Chicago Tribune

    For those who grow sick and tired of being sick and tired about patriarchy and its abuses (so much in the spotlight in recent weeks, but never out of the picture), Pegasus Theatre Chicago has got a show for you. True, Shay Youngblood’s “Shakin’