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Aug 29 2014 | 6:11 am - Ravinia might not be the most incongruous place Billy Corgan has ever played. That gig would most likely be the appearance of the Smashing Pumpkins' leader on the final taping of “Bozo's Circus” in 2001. Yet Ravinia has to be right up...
Jul 30 2014 | 11:23 am - Electronic music has been on the rise to the extent where it can almost challenge good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll for ascendancy at Lollapalooza, the annual alternative rock festival that has made Chicago its home since 2005. So perhaps it's...
May 16 2014 | 11:50 am - The simplest tales can be the hardest to pull off — in movies, on TV, but especially onstage. Yet the Goodman Theatre and Mary Zimmerman do pull off "The White Snake," thanks to Zimmerman’s staging and pace, full of clouds of fluttering...
Feb 19 2014 | 10:35 pm - Steppenwolf fans are used to tense dramas that explode with violence or equally turbulent performances that sometimes crash and burn over a flawed script. What they're not used to is a simply solid play that comes together in the end without some...
Sep 25 2013 | 4:23 pm - You can’t go home again, they say, and even when you can, sometimes it turns out better if you hadn’t. Joan Allen returns to Steppenwolf Theatre for the first time in more than 20 years to play the lead role in “The Wheel.”...
Apr 25 2013 | 6:30 am - It's hard to say which is worse in the Goodman Theatre world-premiere production of "The Happiest Song Plays Last": Quiara Alegria Hudes' cliched script or the stilted acting. Do yourself a favor and try to find a CD by Gonzalez rather than waste...
Apr 17 2013 | 7:43 am - “Head of Passes” comes on as a conventional African-American drama. At first, it could almost be a “Hallmark Hall of Fame” TV special featuring Cicely Tyson, with its playful, teasing, if sometimes pointed family dynamic.
Feb 07 2013 | 6:19 pm - Unlike the Super Bowl, when the lights go out in "The Birthday Party," the play goes on. And if you think that makes it tough to tell what exactly is happening in Harold Pinter's deliberately disjointed drama, it doesn't get much easier in the full...
Nov 21 2012 | 2:11 pm - "Potted Potter" comes on at first like a community-theater lampoon of the Harry Potter saga. Yet the two-man British comedy team of Jeff Turner and Daniel Clarkson simply will not be denied. They work relentlessly from even before the opening...
Sep 28 2012 | 6:32 am - The taboo American topics of class and, to a slightly lesser extent, race get a full workout in the season-opening Steppenwolf Theatre production “Good People.” This very realistic drama, from playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, nonetheless...