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  • George C. Wolfe on how a 94-year-old show sparked creativity Mar 17, 2015 9:15 AM
    George C. Wolfe talks about how the 94-year-old Broadway show "Shuffle Along" sparked his creativity.

     
  • Northlight announces 41st season of classics, new works Mar 17, 2015 5:38 PM
    Northlight Theatre announced its 41st season will include the latest by Bruce Graham and the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic comedy "You Can't Take it With You."

     
  • C.S. Lewis' life story affectionately told at Metropolis Mar 17, 2015 3:30 PM
    From “An Evening with C.S. Lewis,” it's clear writer/director David Payne has a keen knowledge of his subject — the British scholar and Christian apologist who wrote such classic novels as “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Screwtape Letters.” The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's production of Payne's gentle, affectionate tribute also reveals the London-born hyphenate is quite a storyteller.

     
  • Paramount in Aurora unveils its fifth season Mar 17, 2015 10:00 AM
    The Paramount Theatre in Aurora has announced its 2015-16 season which features: "Oklahoma!" (Sept. 16 to Oct. 18), "A Christmas Story ‑ The Musical" (Nov. 25 to Jan. 3), "Hairspray" (Jan. 20 to Feb. 21, 2015) and "West Side Story" (March 16 to April 24, 2015).

     
  • Improv Playhouse to perform ‘The Gathering’ Mar 16, 2015 4:03 PM
    The Improv Playhouse will produce "The Gathering," the late-Josephine Raciti Forsberg's contemporary adaptation of the last hour of the Last Supper, directed by David Brian Stuart.

     
  • Writers Theatre announces first season in new home Mar 16, 2015 6:14 PM
    Writers Theatre Monday unveiled an eclectic mix of shows for its upcoming 2015-16 season, the first in the Glencoe theater’s new home. Among the picks: A Stoppard play, a Second City collaroration and Sondheim's "Company."

     
  • Naperville native tackles Jean Valjean for Paramount's 'Les MisÚrables' Mar 15, 2015 5:30 AM
    Naperville native Robert Wilde was living in New York when approached about playing Jean Valjean in Paramount Theatre's new production of the Broadway smash "Les Miserables." But he jumped at the chance to recreate the role, known as one of the more challenging in musical theater.

     
  • Sunday picks: Tribute to Queen in Rosemont Mar 15, 2015 12:01 AM
    Relive the rock glory days of the late Freddie Mercury with the tribute show “One Night of Queen” at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont. Get your fill of green beer, Irish food, dancing and other entertainment at the Barrington Celtic Fest starting this weekend at McGonigal's Pub & The Annex in Barrington. And Hubbard Street Dance Chicago continues its spring series of modern and jazz dance repertory pieces at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance. All this and more in this weekend's Time out! entertainment section.

     
  • Arlington Heights trustee hopefuls talk future of Metropolis at candidate forum Mar 15, 2015 3:53 PM
    Most of the six candidates running for four seats on the Arlington Heights village board say business at the financially troubled Metropolis Performing Arts Centre won't keep the doors open, despite a new executive director and better programming. Many agreed that the village should continue subsidizing the theater, but none of the candidates provided a dollar amount they would get behind during a Saturday morning forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.

     
  • Angela Lansbury’s road, from ‘Murder, She Wrote’ to Noel Coward Mar 15, 2015 7:00 AM
    They begin to cheer as soon as Angela Lansbury emerges, early in Act 1, with a curly, red wig and accent thicker than an overdone Sunday roast. Each night, the applause serves as a reminder that this moment is special. “It’s a feeling of real pride to be up there with her and feel the extraordinary warmth that comes across from the audience,” says Charles Edwards, who plays writer Charles Condomine in the touring revival of Noel Coward’s supernatural comedy, “Blithe Spirit.”

     
  • Weekend picks: SEMPLE rocks Fuel Room in Libertyville Mar 14, 2015 12:01 AM
    Keith Semple and his band of talented local musicians -- SEMPLE -- visit Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville for a night of alternative rock. Get your fill of green beer, Irish food, dancing and other entertainment at the Barrington Celtic Fest starting this weekend at McGonigal's Pub & The Annex in Barrington. And Hubbard Street Dance Chicago continues its spring series of modern and jazz dance repertory pieces at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance. All this and more in this weekend's Time out! entertainment section.

     
  • Weekend picks: Mike Birbiglia plays COD's McAninch Mar 14, 2015 2:21 AM
    What he should have said was nothing ... but instead comedian Mike Birbiglia is making what's sure to be a hilarious appearance at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center. Up-and-coming country singer Andrew Salgado spins his youthful energy and fresh take on traditional tunes at the Skokie Theatre. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago continues its spring series of modern and jazz dance repertory pieces at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

     
  • Peter Gallagher fights infection to return to Broadway Mar 13, 2015 8:06 AM
    Peter Gallagher fights sinus infection to return to Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway

     
  • Charismatic leads best thing about ‘First Wives Club’ Mar 13, 2015 2:12 PM
    The pre-Broadway premiere of “First Wives Club,” the musical based on the 1996 film and Olivia Goldsmith’s chick-lit novel, owes a great deal to its superb leads: Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill and Carmen Cusack. They star as former college friends, now middle-aged, who engineered their husbands’ success, only to have the philandering jerks dump them for younger women.

     
  • Theater events: Ben Tedder defends the ‘Caveman’ in Aurora Mar 13, 2015 7:29 AM
    Copley Theatre presents "Defending the Caveman" at Aurora's Paramount Theatre; Northlight Theatre stages John Patrick Shanley's "Outside Mullingar," in its first post-Broadway production; "Flanagan's Wake" returns to Fox Valley Repertory; and Paramount Theatre revives "Les Miserables" this week in Chicago-area theater.

     
  • Audra McDonald to return to Broadway in 2016 in a musical Mar 12, 2015 4:07 PM
    Audra McDonald to return to Broadway in 2016 in a musical about the 1921 show 'Shuffle Along'

     
  • Budget-friendly fun: Irish dancing, Reid gets jazzy Mar 12, 2015 6:00 AM
    The McNulty Irish Dancers set the mood for St. Patrick's Day (a few days early) when they perform at Paddy's on the Square Saturday in downtown Long Grove. Grammy-nominated bassist and composer Rufus Reid performs jazz and more with the College of Lake County's Monday Night Jazz Ensemble at the 38th Annual Guest Artist Concert Sunday in the James Lumber Center in Grayslake.

     
  • Kirk Players to stage ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily’ March 27-29 Mar 11, 2015 12:24 PM
    Kirk Players will present “Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily” by Katie Forgette for the troupe’s spring show at the Mundelein High School theater.

     
  • Weekend picks: Comedian Cash Levy plays Zanies Mar 11, 2015 10:50 AM
    Comedian Cash Levy takes a break from his TV appearances on Comedy Central, Fox Sports and other major networks for appearances at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Mike Birbiglia plays two shows at COD's McAninch Arts Center. And parents can start dreaming about summer break with Harper College's Summer Camp Expo Saturday.

     
  • St. Patrick's Day in the suburbs: More than a wee bit Irish Mar 13, 2015 10:54 AM
    It's easy being green come St. Patrick's Day in the suburbs. From kid-pleasing parades to adults-only bar bashes, we've got a long list of events to please the lovers of all things Irish. Many towns are celebrating this weekend with parades featuring Irish music, dancing, costumed performers and plenty o' green.

     
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