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Steppenwolf's 'Straight White Men' confronts privilege, but feels slight

Feb 15 2017 | 1:22 pm - “Write about what you know,” young writers are told. It's typically sound advice. Yet playwright Young Jean Lee takes the opposite approach in “Straight White Men” at Steppenwolf Theatre.

Steppenwolf's 'Visiting Edna' delivers dramatic punch in the gut

Sep 27 2016 | 6:30 am - David Rabe's “Visiting Edna,” in a world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, is not the feel-good play of the new theater season. But it figures to be one of the best.

Third-run ‘Mormon’ still a raunchy delight

Jul 05 2016 | 4:11 pm - “The Book of Mormon” is back in town, and it’s still rip-roaring good fun.

Groundbreaking 'David Bowie Is' exhibit at Chicago's MCA shows him as consummate artist

Sep 19 2014 | 10:15 am - The biggest tour in the world of museum exhibits touches down in Chicago Tuesday for an extended stay. And it brings the energy and mass hysteria of David Bowie to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Yet somehow the groundbreaking exhibit “David...

WGN corrals six awards for Achievement in Radio

Sep 05 2014 | 10:44 am - Back on Oct. 13, 1999, Ted Cox reported on WGN 720-AM's Roy Leonard winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Achievement in Radio Awards at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago. Leonard died Thursday at age 83.

Billy Corgan goes solo acoustic for his Ravinia debut

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...

Local Gemini Club brings mix of rock, electronica to Lolla stage

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...

Goodman’s ‘White Snake’ proves a charmer

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...

Steppenwolf's 'Russian Transport' a solid piece of theater

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...

Steppenwolf’s ‘Wheel’ covers plenty of territory while going nowhere

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.”...

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