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  • Chicago comedy leader resigns, apologizes ‘if he offended anyone’
    Chicago Tribune

    Chicago comedy figure and Sketchfest founder Brian Posen has announced he is “stepping down as Creative Director of Stage 773” after a decade at the helm of the Lakeview performance venue. Posen made the announcement Friday in a Facebook post, ma

  • In 'White Christmas,' the lights of a holiday inn are all aglow
    Chicago Tribune

    Chicago’s big downtown theaters are humming with eclectic fodder for the holiday weekend: Budgets and stamina permitting, you can choose from “Hamilton,” Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” and, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for t

  • Our list of 40: Holiday entertainment for 2017
    Chicago Tribune

    Attention, residents of Whoville! It’s that time of year again. And while we know you’re busy with your snoof and your fuzzles, your tringlers and trappings, don’t forget to take time out to enjoy some holly-jolly entertainment. Below are some

  • Of the holiday shows, are you more of an 'Elf' or a 'Hellcab'?
    Chicago Tribune

    What should you be doing for your holiday entertainment pleasure? Let's ponder a little of the old, the new and the shifting sands of seasonal change. Some old favorites are expanded, moved and otherwise amplified. Take, for example, "Q Brothers Chri

  • They saved Shakespeare: 'The Book of Will' is a dramatic story well told
    Chicago Tribune

    In the early 1620s, a couple of aging actors named Henry Condell and John Heminges set about the task of publishing, in a single, bound volume, all of the plays of their late and beloved pal William Shakespeare. “Just to have them all together,”

  • In Tracy Letts' 'The Minutes,' a town council moves for blood
    Chicago Tribune

    In the damp, all-American burg of Big Cherry — the setting for the new Tracy Letts play “The Minutes” — the rambling and esoteric agenda of the town council is filled with the patter of parking and pepper jelly, softball fields and suppers at

  • 'Fade' is a fresh spin on the writer-in-Hollywood play
    Chicago Tribune

    As long as Hollywood has hired playwrights from New York or Chicago, which is as long as there has been Hollywood, these transplanted, bought-and-paid-for scribes have written plays about their dislocation in La La Land. The complaints have remained

  • In 'Welcome to Jesus,' the scary Other lurks in a small Texas town
    Chicago Tribune

    Take the football culture of “Friday Night Lights,” mix it with the supernatural clamminess of “The X-Files” and strain it through the satiric/horror filter of “Get Out,” and you’re close to what Janine Nabers creates in “Welcome to J

  • Chicago Dance Crash celebrates 15 years with its edgy, hip-hop kind of class
    Chicago Tribune

    In 2002, an actor, a dancer and a martial artist started a fusion hip-hop contemporary dance company. It sounds like the setup for a bad joke, but one’s got to wonder if Illinois State University grads Charlie Cutler, Mark Hackman and Marissa Morit

  • Theater openings Nov. 17-23
    Chicago Tribune

    Friday “The Book of Will”: Shakespeare’s company stages the First Folio in this Chicago premiere by Lauren Gunderson. Through Dec. 17 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300 and www.northlight.org “Hellcab”: The Agenc

  • For Laurie Metcalf in 'Lady Bird,' this is the moment for her kind of honesty
    Chicago Tribune

    There’s a scene in “Lady Bird,” this fall’s remarkable coming-of-age movie by Greta Gerwig, where the title character, a complicated Sacramento 17-year-old encapsulated by Saoirse Ronan, finds herself in the dressing room of an off-price clot

  • Peninsula Players sets 2018 summer season
    Chicago Tribune

    Peninsula Players, Wisconsin’s mainstay resident summer theater, announced its 2018 season Thursday. Opening the season is Sean Grennan’s “Now and Then” (June 12-July 1), a world premiere about an extraordinary conversation that takes place i