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  • Maya Angelou play in development by Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon Apr 1, 2015 10:20 AM
    In the nearly 30-year friendship that Tavis Smiley shared with Maya Angelou, he learned the renowned writer's views on life and how to live it to the fullest. One year after Angelou's death, TV and radio host Smiley is joining with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon to develop a stage adaptation of "My Journey With Maya," Smiley's new memoir about the invaluable relationship.

  • First Folio dresses up 'Love, Loss and What I Wore' Apr 1, 2015 6:18 AM
    The long-running off-Broadway hit "Love, Loss and What I Wore" wears well in First Folio Theatre's new production at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The joys, memories and trauma of clothing in women's lives are explored in this 2009 theatrical adaptation of Ilene Beckerman's best-selling book by Delia Ephron and her late sister, Nora Ephron.

  • Playwright David Adjmi wins New York infringement court case Apr 1, 2015 12:48 PM
    Playwright David Adjmi wins an infringement court case in New York defending his play parody

  • Billie Joe Armstrong musical comes to Atlantic Theater Co. Mar 27, 2015 10:11 AM
    Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical and Dominique Morisseau coming to Atlantic Theater Company

  • Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical Mar 27, 2015 10:18 AM
    Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical just as his wife contemplates a run

  • Theater events: Writers Theatre extends ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ Mar 27, 2015 6:00 AM
    Writers Theatre has extended its production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” through Aug. 2 at Books on Vernon in Glencoe. Plus, "Louis and Keely" opens at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago. Oracle Productions remounts its adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and Goodman Theatre premieres "The Upstairs Concierge" this week in Chicago-area theater.

  • PM&L Theatre looks to expand its space and offerings in downtown Antioch Mar 27, 2015 6:33 PM
    The not-for-profit PM&L Theatre in downtown Antioch is in the midst of a campaign to expand its space and offerings. shows. "It's going to put more life on Main Street," said Lorrie Ferguson, vice president of marketing.

  • 5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend Mar 27, 2015 3:12 PM
    Whether you’re looking for grownup laughs or a way to entertain the kids on spring break, there are a number of things to do in the suburbs this weekend.

  • ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ chef Robert Irvine brings stage show to Naperville Mar 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    “Robert Irvine Live,” a stage show featuring the Food Network celebrity chef, is anything but predictable. The show is coming Friday, March 27, to North Central College in Naperville, and Irvine says fans looking for a traditional cooking show should just stay home. So what is the show, exactly? The Daily Herald spoke with Irvine to get a taste of what the 49-year-old has cooking.

  • Robin Hood takes to streets in new St. Charles play Mar 25, 2015 3:23 PM
    Vero Voce has announced its original production, “Robin Hood, Streets of Sherwood,” written and directed by Vero Voce’s Theatrical Artistic Director, David M. Rodriguez, with fight choreography by Tony Pellegrino. “Robin Hood: Streets of Sherwood” is a modern interpretation of the legendary hero’s origin story.

  • Paramount's stellar 'Les Miserables' offers big bang for the buck Mar 25, 2015 11:14 AM
    Paramount Theatre's grand and glorious “Les Miserables” offers about as much a theatrical bang for the buck as a discerning theatergoer would want. Director Jim Corti's ingeniously re-imagined revival of this sweeping, sung-through musical inspired by Victor Hugo's 19th-century novel rivals just about any theatrical spectacle produced in Chicago in recent memory, including Broadway tours. Seriously, it's that good.

  • John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Outside Mullingar’ richly realized at Skokie’s Northlight Theatre Mar 25, 2015 5:00 AM
    There are lots of laughs in store for John Patrick Shanley's quirky 2014 Broadway Irish comedy "Outside Mullingar," now making its Midwest premiere at Northlight Theatre in Skokie through Sunday, April 19.

  • Teen asked to adapt 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' for stage Mar 24, 2015 1:20 PM
    Teen from Massachusetts commissioned to adapt 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' for the stage

  • Cynthia Erivo to join Jennifer Hudson in ‘The Color Purple’ Mar 23, 2015 6:12 AM
    Cynthia Erivo will join Jennifer Hudson on Broadway this fall when the musical “The Color Purple” returns. Erivo, who starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in London in 2013, will reprise her role of Celie in her Broadway debut. The production, which begins previews in November at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, is directed and designed by John Doyle.

  • How 3 Broadway novices put 'Something Rotten!' on stage Mar 23, 2015 11:42 AM
    It began with an intriguing premise for a musical: What would it have been like to be a fledgling playwright making a living at the same time as William Shakespeare? The result is "Something Rotten!" and all it took to get to Broadway was that original idea plus 40-odd songs, endless rewriting, a brief scare from an Oscar-winning movie, some top-notch actors and some two decades.

  • Performer to portray Eleanor Roosevelt at Barrington Area Library Mar 22, 2015 4:28 PM
    In recognition of Women’s History Month, a performer will bring Eleanor Roosevelt to life at the Barrington Area Library Tuesday night. Solo dramatist Roberta Randall portrays powerful, independent Eleanor Roosevelt throughout her life, as a shy and lonely childhood to first lady, UN delegate and Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights.

  • Penn & Teller to return to Broadway this summer Mar 21, 2015 6:30 AM
    Penn & Teller are hoping they’ll be able to make tickets disappear on Broadway this summer. The comedy-and-magic duo said Thursday they will play the Marquis Theatre from July 7-Aug. 16. Tickets go on sale on April 16.

  • 5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend Mar 20, 2015 3:12 PM
    See Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek (formerly of Naperville) when he joins Meryl Davis, Charlie White and other skating greats in the return of “Stars on Ice” Saturday at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. Other fun options for the first official weekend of spring include “Les Miserables” at Aurora's Paramount, legendary blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis at Elgin's Hemmens and the 23rd Annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.

  • August Wilson’s ‘Two Trains Running’ triumphs at Goodman Theatre Mar 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    Reviewing Goodman Theatre’s revival of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” posed a challenge. Much of it had to do with finding superlatives that adequately described director Chuck Smith’s exceptional production. The centerpiece of a citywide celebration of the late playwright curated by the Goodman — the only theater to have produced all 10 plays in Wilson’s masterful 20th Century Cycle chronicling the African-American experience in America — it is a funny, warm-hearted, superbly acted production I expect will rank high on theatergoers "best of" lists.

  • Theater events: McAninch stages Shakespeare, Twain double-bill this weekend Mar 20, 2015 10:41 AM
    The McAninch Arts Center presents a comedy-tragedy double bill of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Friday and Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” Saturday. Previews begin for First Folio's revival of "Love, Loss and What I Wore" and Fox Valley Rep gets comical with "Unnecessary Farce," this week in suburban Chicago theater.

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