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  • Elk Grove, Buffalo Grove high school to stage shows this weekend Dec 2, 2014 1:51 PM
    Buffalo Grove and Elk Grove high schools are presenting plays this weekend. Buffalo Grove High School is presenting “The Boys Next Door,” while Elk Grove High School is presenting the Tony award-winning musical “In The Heights.”

  • Arlington Heights seeks public’s input on Metropolis through online survey Dec 2, 2014 11:54 PM
    The village of Arlington Heights is asking residents and patrons to take an online survey to share their opinions on the Metropolis Centre for the Performing Arts as part of a study looking at the struggling theater’s value to the community. Officials will use the survey results and other data to decide what to do next with the downtown theater that continually uses, and loses, village money.

  • Weekend picks: ChristKindlFest brings German Christmas home Dec 4, 2014 11:36 AM
    Get to know some German holiday traditions at ChristKindlFest in Barrington this week. Laugh off some of December's stresses with "The Second City's Holiday in the Heights" at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights or David Alan Grier's comic stylings at the Improv in Schaumburg.

  • Play benefits Long Grove Historical Society Dec 1, 2014 5:05 PM
    Kirk Players, in cooperation with Long Grove Historical Society, will present a dramatization of the children’s classic, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” at noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the village hall, 3110 Old McHenry Road, behind Kildeer School.

  • Paramount’s ‘Mary Poppins’ a splendidly staged spectacle Dec 1, 2014 5:55 PM
    The Paramount Theatre in Aurora infuses plenty of high-tech spectacle into its holiday production of the 2004 musical "Mary Poppins."

  • Gillian Anderson scoops London stage prize Dec 1, 2014 9:46 AM
    Gillian Anderson has gone from science fiction to stage acclaim, winning the best-actress trophy at London’s Evening Standard Theater Awards. Judges rewarded the former “X-Files” star for her role in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” as faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois.

  • Richard Chamberlain at a happy stage in life Dec 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    It is hard to describe the hysteria that was whipped up by the new NBC drama “Dr. Kildare” and its 27-year-old leading man, Richard Chamberlain. Adding to the excitement was the harmonic convergence that found a rival doctor drama, “Ben Casey,” arriving in ABC’s lineup just four days after “Dr. Kildare” debuted in 1961. Both shows erupted as smash hits. Today, at 80, he is still working and, thanks to facial exercises and defiant genes (but no cosmetic work, he vows) retains the dreamboat looks of an elder James Kildare.

  • Christmas classics, seasonal sendups fill local stages Nov 30, 2014 7:36 AM
    Suburban and Chicago theaters celebrate the season with revivals of longtime favorites and premieres of new works.

  • Hundreds mourn Lebanese diva Sabah Nov 30, 2014 9:32 PM
    Hundreds of friends, family and fans packed into a Beirut church Sunday to say farewell to the famed Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah. The daylong proceedings took on a festive air as the crowds celebrated the taboo-breaking six-decade career of Sabah, who died Wednesday at the age of 87. A military brass band played in the street outside St. George Cathedral in downtown Beirut, where fans clapped and sang their favorite Sabah songs. Earlier, a troupe of dancers in traditional dress performed to the diva’s music played from loudspeakers. “I will call it celebration, not a funeral,” said Lebanese actress Ward El-Khal. “We feel today that we came here to share her feelings and to remember her. We will miss her.” For the funeral Mass, Sabah’s flag-draped coffin stood near the altar with a giant picture of the singer as a young woman with peroxide-blond hair. After the service, mourners carried the casket aloft — with people clapping, throwing flowers and reaching out to touch it and the photograph — outside to a waiting hearse. Sabah is to be buried later Sunday in the village of Bdedoun, where she was born. Over her glittering career, Sabah, whose real name was Jeanette Feghali, won the adoration of millions across the Arab world for her powerful voice and playful character. She performed in some 25 plays, four radio musicals and 85 films and sang 3,000 songs. Amid her professional success, Sabah often set tongues wagging with her flamboyant life and her gregarious confessions to entertainment reporters. She frequently married and divorced — at least nine times.

  • Sunday picks: See Chicago ... only smaller Nov 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    The Wonderland Express exhibit runs for another holiday season full of miniature trains and models of famous Chicago-area landmarks starting this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. And it's your last chance to see comedian Louie Anderson in his weekend run at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Weekend picks: Brody Jenner hits the decks at H.O.M.E. Nov 30, 2014 12:50 AM
    Brody Jenner, best known from appearances on "The Hills" and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," will be joined by William Lifestyle and Kings of Class at H.O.M.E. Bar in Arlington Heights. Local comedian Pat McGann performs a series of standup shows at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

  • Theater events: 'It's a Wonderful Life' in Naperville Nov 28, 2014 5:00 AM
    BrightSide Theatre celebrates the season with a radio adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life"; Metropolis remounts "A Christmas Carol" and welcomes back the Second City sketch revue, "Holidays in the Heights."

  • Naughty or nice? Fox Valley Rep’s ‘Christmas’ can’t decide Nov 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    With “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” dominating area stages this time of year, Fox Valley Repertory's staging of the little-seen jukebox musical “Christmas on Broadway” seemed a savvy alternative to familiar holiday fare.

  • Meet the 10-year-old actress who has her sights set on Broadway Nov 28, 2014 2:16 PM
    Ten-year-old St. Charles actress Jayd Steinke has already decided she is Broadway bound. Bitten by the acting bug at age 6 in 2011, Steinke portrayed an orphan in the musical Annie, Jr. produced by the new Marquee Youth Stage theater group based in St. Charles. These days, this young girl with a fiery passion for acting recently was one of three actresses playing the Cat in the Hat in the group's musical production of Seussical Jr.

  • Kirk Players to present ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ Nov 28, 2014 5:51 PM
    Kirk Players will present "The Velveteen Rabbit," written by Scott Davidson, a charming and magical story of the real love that happens between a young boy and his stuffed velveteen rabbit.

  • 5 weekend ideas to usher in the holidays Nov 28, 2014 2:13 PM
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the suburbs. And this weekend offers the chance to kick off the season with local parades, a lights festival and a couple of holiday theater classics.

  • Weekend picks: Local boy Pat McGann returns to Rosemont Nov 28, 2014 5:00 AM
    Local comedian Pat McGann performs a series of standup shows at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Warm up your vocal chords and sing along to a musical classic at the annual “Sing-Along Sound of Music” event at the Music Box Theatre. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

  • Puppets spread holiday cheer at Bartlett library Nov 29, 2014 3:37 PM
    A unique version of that famous jolly happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose came to life Saturday for more than 50 families at the Bartlett Public Library as noted puppeteer Dave Herzog performed “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” to kick off the holiday season. “I like his creativity and variety,” said a laughing Revita DeChalus of Bartlett

  • Short & Sweet Critic Patrick Murphy of Elgin reviews Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 2, 2014 1:49 PM
    Short & Sweet Critic Patrick Murphy of Elgin reviews Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale with Short & Sweet host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

  • Short & Sweet critic Mary Beth Euker of Lake Zurich review Annie with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 1, 2014 11:54 AM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Mary Beth Euker of Lake Zurich reviews Annie with Broadway in Chicago host Diana Martinez.

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