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  • Rob Lowe brings one-man show to Chicago
    Chicago Tribune

    Rob Lowe will bring the national tour of his one-man show to Chicago for a one-night-only performance in May, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live,” inspired by the eponymous New York Times best-selling memo

  • This wonderful musical 'Wicked' and Chicago go way back
    Chicago Tribune

    There is a history. L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” — the stage version, which came long before the Judy Garland movie — had its world premiere in Chicago in 1902 at the Grand Opera House, which was located just a couple of blocks from t

  • Riveting 'Indumba' frees Deeply Rooted from what they’ve always done
    Chicago Tribune

    “They dance to give voice to the voiceless,” said education director Nicole Clarke-Springer at the top of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s 20th anniversary season finale, a weekend of performances at the Logan Center under the umbrella title “De

  • Mike Birbiglia at the Chicago Theatre is a man with stories to tell
    Chicago Tribune

    “I’m gonna tell you a story tonight,” says comedian-storyteller-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia as he takes the stage at the Chicago Theatre on Friday night. “But first I’m gonna tell you about my couch.” He does tell us about the couch — exte

  • 19 shows to see now
    Chicago Tribune

    "42nd Street" ✭✭✭✭ Think you've seen "42nd Street" before? Not with jazz-funk orchestrations and a rock drum set and a truly diverse cast, not with choreography closer to Savion Glover than Gower Champion. Yes, I'm talking "42nd Street," the

  • Hubbard Street devotes an evening to the exquisite snapshots of Crystal Pite
    Chicago Tribune

    Here’s the most remarkable thing about the choreography of Crystal Pite: She individualizes and dehumanizes the human body, both at the same time. The Vancouver-based choreographer is a great favorite of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which has dedi

  • When the abuser is the job-creator, speaking out becomes harder
    Chicago Tribune

    In an interview given in support of “Michael Jackson’s This is It,” the 2009 documentary about the London concert series that was never performed due to Jackson’s death weeks before it began, leading Hollywood choreographer Kenny Ortega recou

  • Black Ensemble Theater announces 2018 season
    Chicago Tribune

    Black Ensemble Theater has announced its 2018 season, featuring tributes to Chuck Berry, Patti LaBelle, blues artists and the women of soul. First up is “Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry” (Feb. 17-April 1), written by L. Maceo Ferris. D

  • Still 'Beautiful,' still with a former Chicagoan as Carole King
    Chicago Tribune

    When I last saw Sarah Bockel, she was performing on Belmont Avenue in Chicago in “Parade,” a production of the BoHo Theatre Ensemble. If you live in Highland Park, you might have seen her in “The Pajama Game,” a production of the sadly defunc

  • Life lessons from Chita Rivera
    Chicago Tribune

    In times of stress and trouble, wise creative souls seek out the wisdom of Chita Rivera. Of course, people have been seeking out the wisdom of the legendary actress-dancer, one of the most beloved figures in the Broadway business and now 84 years old

  • Steep announces 'Hinter' cast
    Chicago Tribune

    Casting is complete for “Hinter,” a world premiere thriller by Calamity West, Steep Theatre announced Wednesday. The production will feature Aurora Adachi-Winter, Lauren Sivak, Sasha Smith, Sigrid Sutter, Nate Whelden, Eunice Woods, and Steep Com

  • 'Gobsmacked!' at the Broadway Playhouse? Hardly
    Chicago Tribune

    At one point in “Gobsmacked!,” the godawful small affair that has landed for the week at the Broadway Playhouse, you hear the unmistakable opening strains of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” No one plunks the keys of a piano: every sound in