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  • Falling tree in Northfield kills Chicago actress Sep 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    A veteran actress in TV shows and stage productions across the area, Molly Glynn died Saturday after being struck by a tree uprooted during Friday’s violent storms. “I couldn’t save her. I couldn’t save her. She’s gone,” read a Saturday morning Facebook post by her husband and fellow actor Joe Foust.

  • Theater events: Walk along with 'April' at arboretum Sep 5, 2014 6:30 AM
    Theatre-Hikes brings "Enchanted April" to the Morton Arboretum, and Paramount Theatre revives "Cats" this week in suburban theater. Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens its season with "King Lear;" Court and American Blues theaters collaborate on the world premiere adaptation of "Native Son" and Hell in a Handbag reprises its parody "The Birds" this week in Chicago-area theater.

  • Faith, art collide in TimeLine's 'Asher Lev' Sep 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    There's a price to be paid for self-expression and for pursuing one's calling. No one knows that better than Asher Lev, the titular character in TimeLine Theatre's Chicago premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” a portrait of an emerging artist adapted from Chaim Potok's 1972 novel by writer Aaron Posner.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Sep 5, 2014 3:35 PM
    Garth Brooks continues to rock Rosemont, the suburban theater scene heats up and late-summer festivals give you plenty of reasons to be outdoors. Here are five things to do in the suburbs this weekend.

  • ‘Beautiful’ musical heading to Chicago Sep 5, 2014 8:12 AM
    Next year will be a big one for Broadway’s “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” — a London production is due to start and a national tour across America is planned, including a 12-week run at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago from Dec. 1, 2015-Feb. 21, 2016.

  • From premieres to ‘Poppins’: 12 fall theater shows worth a peek Sep 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    New works and works new to the Chicago area dominate this fall’s theater offerings, which include 33 world and regional premieres. But it also showcases musical chestnuts like "The King and I" at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre and "Mary Poppins" at Aurora's Paramount Theatre. Plus, acclaimed actor Larry Yando stars as "King Lear" in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production and Goodman Theater stages "The World of Extreme Happiness." Here are a dozen shows worth a look.

  • Libertyville’s Encore Theatre prepares for its final season after 17 years Sep 3, 2014 11:12 AM
    When the Encore Theatre's 16th season came to a close, Director Bob Silton had some news for the local youths who bring several shows to the stage each year. At the cast party for the final show, "Shrek: The Musical," Silton revealed that the upcoming 2014-15 season will be Encore's last. "It went completely dead quiet," Silton said. "There were a lot of tears."

  • Beatles tribute bound for Rosemont Sep 2, 2014 4:52 PM
    "Let it Be," a London and Broadway tribute to the music of The Beatles, comes to the Rosemont Theatre for two shows on Saturday, Feb. 21. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

  • Dustin Diamond returns again to his inner Screech Sep 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Samuel “Screech” Powers of the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” has become almost an icon. He was adorkable before there was such a thing. He even had a catchphrase: “Zoinks!” For Dustin Diamond, Screech has been a curse and a career. He played the character for a decade and then tried to run away from Bayside High as fast as he could. But Diamond is back this Labor Day weekend mining familiar territory.

  • ‘Shrek the Musical’ comes to ECC Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairy tale comes to Elgin in September when the Fox Valley Theatre Company presents “Shrek the Musical,” a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the award-winning animated film. Performances will be at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

  • Theater events: Drury Lane stages comedy whodunit ‘Game’s Afoot’ Aug 29, 2014 7:00 AM
    Drury Lane Theatre presents the Chicago-area premiere of the comedy whodunit "The Game's Afoot" and Writers stages the Midwest premiere of Lucas Hnath's "Isaac's Eye" about a young Isaac Newton this week in suburban Chicago theater.

  • Shakespeare in the Park returning to Wheaton for second year Aug 28, 2014 5:57 PM
    William Shakespeare's work will come to life again this weekend in Wheaton's Memorial Park for the second annual Shakespeare in the Park event. This year's play, "Love's Labour's Lost," will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. “It’s definitely a professional level of theater," said Kristina Nemetz, the Wheaton Park District’s superintendent of marketing and special events.

  • Harper director takes on final play in ‘Atlanta Trilogy’ Aug 27, 2014 10:31 AM
    The Harper College Theatre Department will complete its staging of playwright Alfred Uhry’s “Atlanta Trilogy” with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” that begins Friday, Aug. 29. Tickets are $15.

  • Fringe Fest gives Arlington Heights' theater troupe chance to shine Aug 27, 2014 10:07 AM
    The annual Chicago Fringe Festival celebrates the "untried and weird." In fact, the performance arts festival prides itself on being different, on offering “boundary-pushing performing artists paired with daring audiences,” organizers say. Rally Theatre Production of Arlington Heights is premiering a new show during the fest, which runs Aug. 28-Sept. 7 in Chicago's Jefferson Square neighborhood.

  • Steel Beam Theatre announces 2014-2015 season Aug 26, 2014 7:06 PM
    Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles begins its season Sept. 12 with "Almost, Maine." Also on tap: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," "Veronica's Room" and more.

  • BrightSide brings professional theater to downtown Naperville Aug 25, 2014 9:12 AM
    BrightSide Theatre, the only professional theater performing in downtown Naperville, will perform three shows during its 2014-15 season including a radio broadcast-style production of "It's a Wonderful Life."

  • Wheaton’s Shakespeare in the Park to feature ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ Aug 25, 2014 9:00 AM
    Theater under the summer night sky returns to Wheaton’s Memorial Park with Shakespeare in the Park’s performance of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater have teamed up to present the light tale about attraction, mistaken identities and love on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 30. The partnership began last year with the intention of bringing Shakespeare in the Park to Wheaton for years to come.

  • Lambs Farm theater production: Aug 25, 2014 5:54 PM
    Lambs Farm’s participants will perform their theater production of “Into the Woods Junior” at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

  • Can Arcada owner turn around Des Plaines theater? Aug 25, 2014 10:14 AM
    Respected suburban theater owner and concert promoter Ron Onesti hopes he can revitalize the shuttered Des Plaines Theatre, but whether he or anyone else will get the chance is in limbo. "I can envision an amazing entertainment complex that will truly benefit not only Des Plaines, but the surrounding suburbs," said Onesti, who has run the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles since 2005.

  • Arlington Hts. girl who beat leukemia blossoms into comic Aug 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    In 1997, 8-year-old Lisa Mongillo of Arlington Heights took a Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii to see the periwinkle flower used to make one of the leukemia drugs doctors hoped would save her life. Now, she's a comedy writer and performer appearing in a two-woman show.

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