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  • Weekend picks: Fortune Feimster comes to Rosemont, Chicago Oct 17, 2014 10:38 AM
    Catch comedian Fortune Feimster (“Last Comic Standing,” “Chelsea Lately”) performing her standup routine at Zanies in Rosemont and Chicago this weekend. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos. Waukegan native Amanda Majeski performs in the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of "The Marriage of Figaro" at participating theaters Saturday.

     
  • Complete list of 2014 Jeff Awards winners Oct 13, 2014 10:45 PM
    The Joseph Jefferson Committee announced the winners of the 2014 equity Jeff Awards Monday at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook. Writers Theatre in Glencoe received five awards, three for “Dance of Death,” Conor McPherson’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s tale about a toxic marriage. American Blues and Goodman theaters also received five awards, while Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook received a total of four awards, for its productions of “Next to Normal” and “Les Miserables.”

     
  • ‘Next to Normal,’ ‘Brigadoon,’ ‘Misbehavin’’ win at Jeffs Oct 13, 2014 11:06 PM
    The Joseph Jefferson Committee announced the winners of the 2014 equity Jeff Awards Monday at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook. Writers Theatre in Glencoe received five awards, three for “Dance of Death,” Conor McPherson’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s tale about a toxic marriage. American Blues and Goodman theaters also received five awards, while Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook received a total of four awards, for its productions of “Next to Normal” and “Les Miserables.”

     
  • First Folio’s ‘Gravedigger’ poses provocative questions Oct 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    Can a terrible act be forgiven? Can a despicable creature redeem himself? Those questions lie at the heart of First Folio Theatre’s world premiere of “The Gravedigger,” Joseph Zettelmaier’s provocative but not quite perfect drama inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”

     
  • Theater events Oct 10, 2014 10:30 AM
    TUTA presents the world premiere of "The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret);" Theatre Y revives Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days" and Silk Road Rising stages the Midwest premiere of "The Hundred Flowers Project" this week in Chicago area theater.

     
  • Theater events: Body image at play in Clockwise's 'Impenetrable' Oct 10, 2014 10:32 AM
    Judy Blue directs Clockwise Theatre's production of "Impenetrable" about body image and perception starting Friday. The Actors Gymnasium in Evanston offers a glimpse of new works Saturday as part of its Circus in Progress series showcasing circus arts.

     
  • Porchlight revists Sondheim classic for delectable ‘Sweeney Todd’ Oct 9, 2014 5:45 PM
    For Porchlight Music Theatre, reviving “Sweeney Todd” meant filling some pretty big shoes: Its own. Ten years ago, the company’s laudable production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s gloriously composed, wittily written musical about a vengeful 19th century London barber and his pie maker accomplice earned four Joseph Jefferson Awards. The current revival shows the company has not rested on its laurels.

     
  • Belushi to headline Raue comedy show Oct 9, 2014 4:12 PM
    Wheaton native and former "Saturday Night Live" star Jim Belushi performs an improvised sketch comedy show featuring members of the Chicago Board of Improv to the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

     
  • 'Sesame Street' coming to Sears Centre Oct 9, 2014 6:13 AM
    Tickets for the Sesame Street Live "Let's Dance" production, running Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

     
  • Taymor puts 'Spider-Man' behind her with new movie Oct 6, 2014 11:55 AM
    Moving on from the debacle that was “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Julie Taymor has gone back to an old friend — Shakespeare. The director recently finished a film version of her recent stage production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” With a slew of new projects on the horizon, the 62-year old visionary director who helped make “The Lion King” the most successful box office title in history, has buried the web-slinger. But the sting isn't entirely gone.

     
  • Arlington Hts. chamber, restaurants back tax hike for Metropolis Oct 6, 2014 11:17 AM
    Rather than see the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre go dark, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce board and some downtown restaurants are proposing a hike in the village's food and beverage tax to help the struggling theater.

     
  • Top-notch ensemble makes Steppenwolf’s ‘Night’ come alive Oct 5, 2014 6:15 AM
    “I wouldn’t want to live there,” said the woman sitting behind me at a recent performance of Steppenwolf Theatre’s “The Night Alive.” She was referring to Todd Rosenthal’s wonderfully seedy set, a rundown Edwardian home in Dublin, whose parlor — with faded wallpaper peeling off water-stained walls and a layer of grime coating a bay window — has been turned into an SRO. She has a point. With piles of books and clothes littering the floor, and a makeshift sink and toilet in the corner, it’s not a particularly hospitable environment. But it reflects perfectly the messy lives of Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s down-at-heel characters.

     
  • New musical 'Amazing Grace' inspired by true story of adventure, redemption Oct 5, 2014 6:30 AM
    Most theater composers are told to start small when writing a first-time musical. But songwriter Christopher Smith ignored that advice with “Amazing Grace,” a world premiere musical that plays in a Broadway-scaled production at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago starting Thursday, Oct. 9. “Amazing Grace” is about the life of Englishman John Newton (1725-1807), who is credited with composing the show's namesake song. Initially from a wealthy slave-trading family, Newton's views changed and he became an ardent abolitionist.

     
  • Sunday picks: Tony Rock takes up the family funny business Oct 5, 2014 6:15 AM
    After comedian Chris Rock catapulted to fame, his brother, Tony Rock, took up the family funny business. See him perform standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Don't miss Al Capone's Chicago Gangster Convention today with mob book authors and documentary filmmakers appearing at the Copernicus Center in Chicago. Cirque Italia, a European-style traveling circus, brings big-top spectacle complete with a complex water show to Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora. Step back in time with the Civil War Re-Enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Fans of remote control toys and model railroads won't want to miss the return of the iHobby Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg.

     
  • Warren Township High School students to perform ‘Our Town’ Oct 5, 2014 4:50 PM
    Warren Township High School students will performing Thorton Wilder's classic, "Our Town" on Oct. 8 to 10 at 7 p.m. in the Almond Black Box Theater.

     
  • No shortage of ideas to revive Metropolis, but which one is right one? Oct 4, 2014 7:39 AM
    Arlington Heights officials have agreed to give Metropolis Performing Arts Centre enough money to keep the doors open while they debate how to move forward - and if Thursday night’s marathon village board meeting is any indication, there is no shortage of possible solutions. “The theater definitely needs a new direction,” said Trustee John Scaletta. “This isn’t working and we have to find a new way forward.”

     
  • Weekend picks: Redmoon Theatre, Chicago team up for fire festival Oct 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Redmoon Theatre teams up with the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District for an outdoor spectacle called The Great Chicago Fire Festival, featuring floating fire art pieces and fireworks along the Chicago River Riverwalk. Fans of remote control toys and model railroads won't want to miss the return of the iHobby Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg. Step back in time with the Civil War Re-Enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. More than 40 breweries offer samples of their beers for an inaugural Craft Beer Festival on Saturday at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

     
  • Theater events: Next Theatre begins new season with ‘Luce’ Oct 3, 2014 3:00 PM
    Next Theatre stages the Midwest premiere of J.S. Lee's "Luce"; Light Opera Works salutes Cole Porter; and Theatre Hikes haunts Morton Arboretum in Lisle, this week in suburban Chicago theater.

     
  • Goodman’s ‘World of Extreme Happiness’ a bleak view of modern China Oct 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's "The World of Extreme Happiness," a dark comedy about a Chinese factory worker trying to make a better life for herself, is a blunt protest play that succeeds at being informative, but stumbles in making you care about the characters. This world premiere co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club plays at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Oct. 12.

     
  • 5 things to do this weekend (and links to more) Oct 3, 2014 10:27 AM
    October brings the last weeks of outdoor fall fests — and the first tastes of spooky Halloween attractions. You can enjoy a little of both this weekend in the suburbs. Here are five great things to do, plus links to even more.

     
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