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Goodman Theatre tackles Trayvon Martin killingFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
The Goodman Theatre is the latest company to join a national push to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin. The Goodman will present six 10-minute works by Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien, Quetzel Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat as part of a March 3 production of “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege.”
Theater events: John O'Hurley comes to 'Chicago'Feb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld’s” J. Peterman) stars as Billy Flynn in the Broadway in Chicago tour of “Chicago,” which begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Bank of America Theatre. Red Theater riffs on Chekhov's "Three Sisters," Broadway in Chicago presents the Kander-Ebb musical "Chicago" and Steppenwolf stages the coming-of-age drama "Levelling Up" as part of its young adults series, this week in Chicago-area theater.
Gentrification gets a going over in Goodman's 'Buzzer'Feb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
In a play called “Buzzer,” playing through March 9 at the Goodman Theatre, it's ironic that the intercom system doesn't actually work. Yet the broken buzzer in Tracey Scott Wilson's 2012 drama is a deliberate plot device. It sets up a highly symbolic (and uncomfortable) final tableaux for a play that already goes out of its way to push buttons over touchy issues of gentrification, class and American race relations in a so-called “post-racial Obama age.”
Steppenwolf's 'Russian Transport' a solid piece of theater Feb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
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 visceral calamity as catalyst. Until “Russian Transport.”
Vanessa Williams eyes Broadway’s ‘After Midnight’Feb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight. The actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of “After Midnight” on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub. “It’s an honor to jump in,” Williams said afterward. She signed on before ever seeing the show and says it was an “easy, easy” decision.
Northlight announces partial seasonFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
Northlight Theatre in Skokie announces the first selections for its 40th anniversary season.
Maggie Gyllenhaal to make Broadway debut this yearFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her Broadway debut this fall opposite Ewan McGregor in “The Real Thing.” Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday that Gyllenhaal and McGregor will play illicit lovers in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s play about relationships and fidelity. Sam Gold will direct.
‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ heats up winter nightsFeb 16, 2014 12:00 AM
Stepping from Chicago’s icy streets into the cozy confines of Stage 773 on a recent frigid Friday I found myself in the middle of party. For that’s exactly what Porchlight Music Theatre’s rousing revival of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is. Porchlight’s production of this affectionate tribute to jazz pianist and composer Thomas “Fats” Waller — master of the stride piano and pillar of the Harlem Renaissance — is as ebullient as the man who inspired it.
Lily Rabe returning to Central Park this summerFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
Lily Rabe, John Lithgow and Hamish Linklater are all returning to Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre this summer for another round of Shakespeare in the Park.
TimeLine's 'How and the Why' examines two women of scienceFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
Two female biologists hash out their differing views on scientific theories, feminism and work in TimeLine Theatre's engrossing production of "The How and the Why," now playing in its Chicago premiere through Sunday, April 6.
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Elmhurst native plays put-upon worker in ‘Assistance’Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
Elmhurst native John Taflan prepared for his role in LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s latest production, “Assistance,” in a way that most people probably haven’t: He watched TV. “I watched a lot of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Veep,’” the 40-year-old actor said. “Both of those shows are both particularly known for their salty language, and just seeing how people use it and say it but don’t necessarily mean it was important to understand for the role.”
Westminster’s top dog heads to ‘Kinky Boots’Feb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
There are plenty of divas onstage at Broadway’s “Kinky Boots” — and a special four-legged kind plans on joining them soon. Sky, the 5-year-old wire fox terrier crowned top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club, will have a walk-on role at Thursday night’s performance.
Theater events: Get cozy at Steel Beam’s Valentine cabaretFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
Steel Beam Theatre hosts a Valentine's Day cabaret, BoHo revives "Amadeus" and Steppenwolf's annual showcase of the city's storefront scene, this week in Chicago-area theater.
‘I do not fit in’: Singer k.d. lang on BroadwayFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
If you’re a little surprised to discover that alt-country star k.d. lang is coming to Broadway, so is Lang. “It is outside my comfort zone. It is something that I never thought I’d be doing,” the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter says. Lang will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Lang, blessed with androgynous looks and a sensuous voice, starts performances Tuesday and will end her run March 9.
LaTanya Richardson Jackson on sudden ‘dream’ roleFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
LaTanya Richardson Jackson came to visit New York to see some Broadway shows. Now she’s in one. Richardson Jackson, who was last on Broadway in the Tony-winning 2009 revival of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” was asked on Saturday to take over for Diahann Carroll in next month’s Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” “This is not even serendipitous. This is a miracle,” Richardson Jackson, the wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson, said Monday after a full day of rehearsal. “This is an incredible dream. I could cry, but I don’t have time.”
‘Motown the Musical’ tour to reach Detroit Feb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
The musical about the Motown sound is going home. Producers of “Motown the Musical” said Thursday that the show’s national tour will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre for four weeks in October and November.
More suburban theaters now eligible for Jeff AwardsFeb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Several suburban theaters will be eligible to win one of Chicago’s top theater awards next year because of a recent rule change. The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee, a volunteer organization that grants accolades to Chicago area theater since 1968, recently increased the distance which theaters can be to downtown Chicago from 30 to 45 miles.
Suburban native playing Carole King on Broadway Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
The meeting between the two women was brief but full of emotion. Broadway actress Jessie Mueller met singer-songwriter Carole King only once last fall, but both sides came away happier — the actress with implicit approval to play King, and King pleased with the way things were going. Well-known to audiences at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook and Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Evanston native Mueller had been playing King for years as she helped develop the Broadway-bound “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”
Theater events: See Alton Brown in action at the OrientalFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
TV personality and “Iron Chef” host Alton Brown brings his combination standup comedy, talk and food show “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” to Chicago's Oriental Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8. Other shows opening this week in Chicago include The Hypocrites' "Into The Woods" at Mercury Theater Chicago; First Floor Theater's "The Reckoning of Kit and Little Boots" inspired by Kit Marlowe and the Roman emperor Caligula; and LiveWire's "Assistance" about the price we pay for corporate success.
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