A Kind Asylum, Organic Theater Company. Julie Brudlos’s new play about the conversion of a psychiatric hospital into a prison is thoroughly unpersuasive. Worse, it’s uninteresting. Encasing reflections about the […]
Kudos to Jonathan Rosenbaum for going against the grain of clueless jeers directed by the mainstream media at a film as provocative, original, and truly independent as Masked and Anonymous […]
It all started at an after-hours drinking party on police property.
HIDEOUT BLOCK PARTY 9/5 & 9/6, HIDEOUT The Hideout started cutting back on live bookings in late 2002, and the schedule’s gotten even slimmer since the twin nightclub disasters of […]
Caravan, Still Point Theater Collective, Rhinoceros Theater Festival, at Curious Theatre Branch. The word “Palestinian” probably brings to mind troubling images from the Middle East, not a community of women […]
Savage in Limbo, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Any “subtext” in John Patrick Shanley’s plays comes out in the shouting. This 1984 one-act, his most characteristic comedy, inventories […]
Running September 5-7, the 14th edition of this annual fall arts festival in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown area showcases the work of emerging artists in all media–including the theatrical productions shown […]
Wesley Willis’s funeral draws a standing-room-only crowd.
I am Annetta Allen. I was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in January 1948. My mother became very ill with epilepsy after I was born, so my father took over raising […]
When Lithuania Ruled the World Part IV, at the Chicago Cultural Center. It’s a safe bet most Chicago theatergoers know little about Vytautus the Great, the 15th-century grand duke who […]
In its early years, the Around the Coyote festival received vociferous complaints about its role in Wicker Park gentrification. But now that the neighborhood has gone about as far as […]
In the 80s Robert Cray codified his trademark (if sometimes uneasy) blend of 12-bar blues, 60s southern soul, pop rock, and R & B, paving the way for a generation […]
Logotype vs2.1 Breakbone DanceCo. at Ideotech, through September 7 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at Ravinia Festival, August 28-29 The usual knock on avant-garde dance is that it’s hard to understand. […]
A Scientific Compilation of Fan Sentiment, Plotting Hope Against Time
The Chicago Architecture Foundation saw some tough times after 9/11, but vice president of marketing and tours Bastiaan Bouma thinks the ship is back on course.