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  • Spotlight Youth Theater Feb 20, 2015 1:00 AM
    All about Spotlight Youth Theater

  • Elburn’s Clay Nott isn’t afraid to show Shrek’s softer side Feb 20, 2015 1:00 AM
    Clay Nott, 17, of Elburn stars as the lovable ogre in Spotlight Youth Theater DuPage’s production of “Shrek: The Musical.” This is his 25th production with Spotlight.

  • Yorkville’s Lindsay Spencer sees bit of herself in ‘Shrek’s Fiona Feb 20, 2015 1:00 AM
    Lindsay Spencer, 18, of Yorkville plays Fiona in "Shrek: The Musical," her 24th Spotlight Youth Theater production.

  • Theater events: ‘Princess and the Pea’ opens at Marriott Feb 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    A commoner who catches the prince’s eye must prove she is worthy of a royal husband in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” opening Feb. 26 at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Plus, American Theater Company donates "Yankee Tavern" preview ticket proceeds to breast cancer research; Steppenwolf Theatre presents Garage Rep; and The House Theatre brings down the hammer with its nine-hour fantasy trilogy this week in Chicago-area theater.

  • Weekend picks: Pitbull, Enrique share the bill at Allstate Feb 20, 2015 12:36 PM
    Latin heartthrobs Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull share the bill at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. See daredevil cyclists, exotic animal tricks, clowns and a whole lot more at the Circus Spectacular, which returns this weekend to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Get ready for a road trip with the 47th Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show in Rosemont. And indie rocker David Bazan headlines The Union in Naperville Friday. All this and more in Friday's Time out!

  • Glitz and guillotine: Steppenwolf revisits 'Marie Antoinette' Feb 18, 2015 10:43 AM
    Steppenwolf Theatre's Alana Arenas delivers a bravura performance as the doomed queen in David Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette," a thoroughly modern, pseudo-historical drama that takes a harsh look at the cult of celebrity and the way the public feeds on the "train wreck" mentality of the tabloids.

  • 'Seussical' comes to Sugar Grove Feb 18, 2015 10:30 AM
    This weekend's production of "Seussical" marks the first pairing of Waubonsee Community College, where the show will be produced, and Avenue J, a performing arts education center in Elburn. The show opens Friday, Feb. 20, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 22, on the Sugar Grove campus.

  • TV dance contest winner to enter Broadway's 'On the Town' Feb 18, 2015 11:06 AM
    Winner of 'So You Think You Can Dance' Ricky Ubeda ready to join Broadway's 'On the Town'

  • Weekend picks: Circus Spectacular rolls into Sears Centre Feb 18, 2015 10:15 AM
    See daredevil cyclists, exotic animal tricks, clowns and a whole lot more at the Circus Spectacular, which returns this weekend to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Get ready for a road trip with the 47th Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show starting Wednesday in Rosemont. Mr. Big brings the hits to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Thursday. And indie rocker David Bazan headlines The Union in Naperville Friday. All this and more in Friday's Time out!

  • Gershwin tunes star in ECC’s ‘Crazy for You’ Feb 17, 2015 1:42 PM
    Elgin Community College Musical Theatre will present its spring production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Crazy for You: The New Gershwin Musical,” from Saturday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, March 1, in the Blizzard Theatre, located in the Building H ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The production starts at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Vicki Lawrence channeling mouthy 'Mama' for Paramount show Feb 17, 2015 6:00 AM
    If you watched "The Carol Burnett Show" back in the '70s, then surely you remember Mama: a white-haired sourpuss with a purse and saggy support hose. Actress Vicki Lawrence brings her most beloved character to the stage Sunday, Feb. 22, at Aurora's Paramount Theatre.

  • Guthrie Theater names Joseph Haj as new artistic director Feb 17, 2015 4:07 PM
    Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater names Joseph Haj to take over as new artistic director

  • Helen Mirren returns to New York as queen of the subway Feb 16, 2015 9:23 AM
    Helen Mirren returns to New York stage with a lesson in manners and a familiar regal role. She's playing Queen Elizabeth II in the play "The Audience," which wowed crowds in London in 2013.

  • Moving Picture: Meet marionette master Dave Herzog Feb 16, 2015 5:30 AM
    Puppeteer Dave Herzog and his colorful marionettes give families throughout the suburbs an opportunity to see a live-stage performance together for free. Herzog, who has been a professional puppeteer for 40 years, builds his own marionettes and brings them to life in 375 shows a year at suburban libraries, schools and other venues.

  • 'Hedwig' creator jumps aboard his own show Feb 14, 2015 12:01 AM
    Even the man who helped give birth to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" learned something about his leading lady this month: Don't take anything about her for granted. John Cameron Mitchell had stepped into the Tony-winning role he originated in 1998, but injured his knee during the Feb. 7 show and had to take a weeklong break. He called it an "accidental vacation" and will return on Tuesday. The Associated Press spoke to Mitchell about the injury and returning to play an old friend.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Feb 13, 2015 2:40 PM
    If your weekend is not already booked solid with Valentine’s Day plans — you did make them, right? — then consider picking up some theater tickets to a romantic play in St. Charles, taking the kids to a puppet show in Waukegan or treating yourself to a Fleetwood Mac concert in Rosemont.

  • Broadway-bound 'First Wives Club' premieres in Chicago Feb 13, 2015 1:59 PM
    Talk about pedigree. “First Wives Club” — the new Broadway-bound musical beginning previews Tuesday at Chicago's Oriental Theatre — has an impressive one. The 1996 film starred Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, who team up to turn the tables on their philandering husbands. For this musical, producers lured celebrated Motown songwriters Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland out of retirement to compose the score.

  • Stage version of ‘Frozen’ to have familiar writers Feb 13, 2015 4:49 PM
    The stage version of “Frozen” will have some familiar faces behind the scenes. Disney Theatrical Productions said Friday that the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will be working on the show and Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, is writing the story.

  • Theater events: Blue Box hosts Helbig works Feb 13, 2015 2:15 PM
    Janus Theater presents short plays by Jack Helbig; Steel Beam reprises "Love Letters" for Valentine's Day and Strawdog celebrates its 100th production with a world premiere. Citadel Theatre presents "Other Desert Cities;" Saint Sebastian Players stages the 17th century comedy "Emperor of the Moon."

  • Peter Pan and Captain Hook are at it again in ‘Peter Pan, Jr.’ at Woodland Intermediate School Feb 12, 2015 6:46 PM
    Woodland Intermediate School after-school drama club members practiced their lines and songs during Thursday's dress rehearsal of Disney’s “Peter Pan, Jr.” Performances are set for Feb. 19 and 20 at the Gurnee school.

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