A dispatch from the storytelling circuit inspired by true events
What motivated the Steppenwolf playwright to give the Jeffs the cold shoulder?
The TV series based on Tracy Letts’s Steppenwolf stage comedy is a corn-syrup north-side minstrel show.
Just look at the screenshots.
Actors and crew members push back against denials that the onstage violence at Profiles Theatre was very often real.
A rotating group of six or seven people handed out copies of the paper Thursday afternoon.
Why did Chicago’s theater press corps not notice signs of trouble sooner?
For more than 20 years, actors and crew members stayed silent about mistreatment they suffered at the acclaimed storefront theater. Now they’re speaking up, hoping to protect workers in non-Equity theaters across the country.
Defiant Theatre family and friends say goodbye in characteristic style.
If you’ve got 70 bucks burning a hole in your pocket and a yen for having your childhood memories travestied, then run to the Auditorium Theatre, where director-choreographer Robert Longbottom is offering an evening of Disney’s best songs performed completely without context, heart, flavor, or even a set. The framing concept of this touring show […]
Sure, there are plenty of reasons to be snarky about Bailiwick Repertory’s warhorse musical, currently receiving its tenth annual production (if the show were a child, it would be in fourth grade). Half the songs are superfluous, the set appears to have mothball dust on it, and director David Zak seems to have phoned in […]
Expect a slew of Revolutionary War entertainments to crop up in the next few years. Comparisons of the Iraq quagmire to Vietnam, the cold war, World War II, and even that nasty north/south scrape in the 1860s will no longer cut it. With personal liberties under siege, Americans are now fighting for their freedom at […]
Playwright Ted Tally imagines what life was like for explorer Robert Falcon Scott and four other Englishmen who died while returning from the south pole in 1912. In this BackStage Theatre Company production of Tally’s 1977 play, Scott experiences a lot of hallucinations of his wife in a bad wig and his Norwegian rival, Roald […]
Susan Lieberman’s new play may be set in 1938 Wisconsin, but it taps right into issues that galvanized voters earlier this month.
Youth and beauty get their comeuppance.