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  • Wrestling play 'Chad Deity' returns in a world that's even more foreign
    Chicago Tribune

    Kristoffer Diaz’s “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” caused a bone-shaking, brain-tickling sensation when it premiered nearly nine years ago at Victory Gardens. It transferred to off-Broadway and became a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010. Di

  • Robert Lepage 'Coriolanus' in Stratford's 2018 season
    Chicago Tribune

    The Stratford Festival of Canada, a longtime summer favorite of Chicago theater fans, has announced its 2018 season, which will mark Robert Lepage’s Stratford directorial debut with a social media-infused production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus

  • Victory Gardens sets season casting
    Chicago Tribune

    Victory Gardens Theater announced complete casting for four productions in its 2017-18 season Tuesday. As previously announced, “Fun Home” (Sept. 19-Nov. 12), featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, will star Danni Smi

  • All the right instincts in this storefront 'Shockheaded Peter'
    Chicago Tribune

    It has been 16 years since “Shockheaded Peter,” the cultish British “junk opera” created by the Improbable Theatre and the Tiger Lillies, was first seen at the Athenaeum Theatre. Last time, the show featured most of the brilliant original cas

  • Rose makes us believers in Music Theater's 'Gypsy'
    Chicago Tribune

    “Everybody needs something impossible to hope for” sounds like an inspirational sentiment you’d find embroidered on a throw pillow. But cozy domesticity and its accouterments have little to do with the business of show, particularly in the hand

  • Joffrey Ballet to team with Australian Ballet on 'Anna Karenina'
    Chicago Tribune

    The Australian Ballet announced Monday that it has partnered with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago to develop a new ballet based on Leo Tolstoy's famously passionate "Anna Karenina." The partnership will team the Russian composer Ilya Demutsky, who has

  • A stunning Young Woman in 'Machinal' at the Greenhouse Theater
    Chicago Tribune

    “I suppose I gotta marry somebody,” says the sardonic Young Woman of Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal,” sounding like she’s acquiescing to a death sentence. “All girls do.” The office-bound, mostly impecunious heroine of this fabulously d

  • Red Orchid appoints Shade Murray associate artistic director
    Chicago Tribune

    A Red Orchid Theatre announced a new associate artistic director, development director and audience services manager Friday. Ensemble member Shade Murray will serve as the theater's first associate artistic director in the company’s 24-year history

  • Remembering Eugene Burger, a Chicago magician who knew magic is life
    Chicago Tribune

    A 21-year-old magician from Kentucky once found himself at the legendary Magic Castle in Los Angeles, where a man named Eugene Burger was performing. The visiting illusionist was inexperienced but he'd already made an appearance on “The Tonight Sho

  • Narrow basements and collisions with dancers in 'The Remains' at Defibrillator
    Chicago Tribune

    Wednesday’s heavy summer rain left the Chicago sidewalks steaming as guests filed into the new Defibrillator Gallery space in Noble Square, just a few blocks southwest of the gallery’s longtime home on Milwaukee Avenue. It was one of those rains

  • 'Trevor' a promising musical about a kid who's easy to love
    Chicago Tribune

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," tweeted the 44th president of the United States in the aftermath of white nationalists marching their hate through Charlottesville, Va. The e

  • At Zanies, a still hysterical Emo Philips shows why he's Emo Philips
    Chicago Tribune

    “I was pretty much the first comic to play this club,” comedian Emo Philips said early on in his playful and loose hourlong set Wednesday night at Zanies in Chicago. That’s no joke. Philips — who was born in Chicago as Phil Soltanec and grew