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  • Like it or not, we are in the midst of a second arts revolution
    Chicago Tribune

    In 2003, the National Endowment for the Arts put out a genuinely surprising report: Audiences — those attending jazz, classical music, opera, dance and theater performances — were in serious decline as a percentage of the adult population of Amer

  • Festival 56 in Princeton: Small town brings in big theater
    Chicago Tribune

    Princeton, two hours southwest of Chicago by Amtrak, is so small that they recognize outsiders, and ask, "How long have you lived here? I don't remember seeing you before." Its population is a little over 7,000 and locals know it's summer when people

  • Growing up with the Millers in O'Neill's comedy 'Ah, Wilderness!'
    Chicago Tribune

    If there is a practicing alcoholic or addict in your family when you're a kid, you're better off when the boozer is your uncle rather than your dad or mom. If it's your drunk uncle, he can be fun. If it's your mom or dad, fun generally is not the fir

  • Review: Chicago Tap's spacey 'Changes' has big themes, daffy plot, Bowie and lasers
    Chicago Tribune

    Chicago Tap Theatre's "Changes," now at Stage 773, is a full-length narrative tap dance set to the music of David Bowie. There's not nearly enough space on Stage 773's tiny Pro Theater for a science-fiction tap odyssey about space angels, their evil,

  • ‘At the Table’ returns, but with more seats this time
    Chicago Tribune

    Just in case you have not been paying attention: Issues about who has the right to talk about what, and with whom, are pretty hot right now. Especially when speakers dare to wander beyond their own identity and experience. One Chicago theater company

  • 'Hamilton' drops instrumental album, officially endorses fan sing-alongs
    Chicago Tribune

    "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took to YouTube Friday morning to announce the Atlantic Records release of "The Hamilton Instrumentals," the instrumental edition of the Broadway cast recording of the Tony-winning smash. At the same time, "Hamil

  • Court Theatre's 'Iphigenia in Aulis' heads to Getty Villa
    Chicago Tribune

    The reimagined production of Court Theatre's "Iphigenia in Aulis" is set to premiere this fall in the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa in California.  "Iphigenia," translated by founding artistic director Nicholas Rudall,

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda has celebs singing 'Hamilton' for charity
    Chicago Tribune

    Lin-Manuel Miranda has Hollywood singing lyrics from his hit musical, "Hamilton," in order to raise money for a coalition of nonprofits focused on immigration. Celebrity participants in Miranda's #Ham4All challenge include Ben Stiller, Kelly Clarkson

  • Court completes casting for 'Five Guys Named Moe'
    Chicago Tribune

    Court Theatre has announced the cast of Clarke Peters' "Five Guys Named Moe," the first production in the company's 2017-18 season. The five Moes include: Stephen Allen as Nomax, Darrian Ford as Little Moe, James Earl Jones II as Eat Moe, Eric Andr

  • 200 artists in Collaboraction's 'Peacebook' festival
    Chicago Tribune

    Collaboraction announced the lineup of the 2017 "Peacebook" festival Thursday. Among the 24 world-premiere short pieces in the free multi-genre fest are new works from David Dastmalchian, Sandra Delgado, GQ of the Q Brothers and Collaboraction's teen

  • Marriott creates a lovely musical trip through 'Madison County'
    Chicago Tribune

    If you want to understand how much one performance, by one inestimably excellent artist, can mean to a work of musical theater, let me suggest a trip to "The Bridges of Madison County" at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. For in that circular, su

  • Review: Chicago acting couple elevates 'The Gin Game'
    Chicago Tribune

    Ever since its New York opening in 1977, D.L. Colburn's "The Gin Game" has attracted extraordinary actors. First, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy made the play their own. In the 1990s, Charles Durning and Julie Harris picked up the deck. And just last