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  • What's new: Steppenwolf opens "The Night Alive" Sep 19, 2014 1:21 PM
    Steppenwolf Theatre opens its season with director Henry Wishcamper's Chicago premiere of “The Night Alive, "Deathtrap" continues at Citadel, comedy duo skewer baby boomers at Metropolis; House Theatre adapts "Moby Dick"; Jedlicka mines laughs with "The Good Doctor" and ATC examines America's health care system, this week in Chicago area theater.

  • Fine cast trumps stage design in ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ Sep 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Family crises during the Great Depression test the combined Jerome and Morton families in a solid take on Neil Simon's sturdy 1983 comic drama "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, running through Sunday, Oct. 19.

  • Goodman, AWJ seek aspiring critics Sep 11, 2014 5:37 PM
    The Goodman Theatre and the Association for Women Journalists invites 11th grade girls to apply for the Cindy Bandle Young Critics program for 2014-2015. y

  • No Broadway dimming of lights for Joan Rivers Sep 9, 2014 6:53 AM
    Despite being a long champion of New York theater, Joan Rivers will not be memorialized by the dimming of Broadway’s lights. The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, has decided that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honor. Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, was known primarily as a TV actress and comedian, though she often attended Broadway and off-Broadway shows and earned a Tony Award nomination.

  • Michael C. Hall to be ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Sep 9, 2014 7:03 AM
    Michael C. Hall’s next step is going to be a gender-bending one — the former “Dexter” star will play the rock chanteuse at the center of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway. Producers of the Tony Award-winning musical revival said Monday that Hall will pull on a miniskirt and play the German transsexual Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre starting Oct. 16, through Jan. 4.

  • Broadway League backs down, agrees to honor Rivers Sep 9, 2014 2:23 PM
    In the end, Broadway’s leaders saw the light — and decided to turn them off. The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, reversed itself Tuesday and chose to get Broadway’s theaters to dim their lights at 6:45 p.m. for one minute in honor of Joan Rivers. “Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her,” Charlotte St. Martin, the league’s executive director, said in a statement.

  • Elgin celebrates art on the fringe Sep 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    If there's one thing co-founder Sean Hargadon hopes artists and audiences take away from the first Elgin Fringe Festival, it's that art doesn't only happen in a concert hall, gallery or theater. Art can happen in a cafe, a nightclub, a gallery, or a public park. Moreover, the arts can invigorate a community. “Elgin is reinventing itself, partly through the arts,” said Hargadon, a longtime resident and the founder and artistic director of Elgin's Janus Theater.

  • Weekend picks: Germanfest brings beer, brats to Hoffman Estates Sep 11, 2014 4:07 PM
    Hoffman Estates' Platzkonzert Germanfest expands to two days of German food, beer, games and more at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green in the Prairie Stone Business Park in Hoffman Estates. Best known from his TV appearances on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and “World's Dumbest,” comedian, Kevin McCaffrey will perform standup starting Wednesday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Humans and their canine friends are invited to Clearbrook's Raise The Woof Pet Festival in Melas Park, Mount Prospect. And conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Opening Night at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

  • Area mourns two theater veterans who died Saturday after accidents Sep 7, 2014 9:13 AM
    Theater veterans Molly Glynn, 46, and Bernie Yvon, 50, died Saturday following two separate accidents that dealt a devastating blow to the Chicago area theater community. “He was so vital a person and so well-liked. He never had a bad thing to say about anybody,” Theatre at the Center artistic director William Pullinsi said.

  • Drury Lane’s ‘Game’s Afoot’ needs more laughs, thrills Sep 7, 2014 7:30 AM
    The opening night applause for Drury Lane Theatre’s production of “The Game’s Afoot” spoke volumes about what works and what doesn’t in this pedestrian comedy whodunit by Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor,” “Moon Over Buffalo”).

  • Suburban musical theater favorite killed in Indiana crash Sep 6, 2014 4:41 PM
    Published reports indicate Bernie Yvon, an accomplished musical theater actor and near constant presence on the suburban theater scene, died Saturday in an accident en route to a rehearsal

  • 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.

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