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"Whoa." That's what the guy who sat behind me said as I settled into a matinee performance of "The Motherf***er With the Hat" at the Steppenwolf Theatre recently: "Whoa, will you look at that? That is something. That is large. I wonder what that'll do?...
John Malkovich is performing in Chicago this weekend for the first time in five years. But the formidable and distinctive actor is not appearing at Steppenwolf Theatre, where of course he remains an ensemble member, but at Symphony Center in downtown...
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Chicago once again played host to a Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield reunion Saturday, just like it did when the two former boxing rivals appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009. But rather than reunite in front of a live studio audience, they smiled and...
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The comedian Jeff Garlin is never happy unless he actually starts his prepared material — well, what passes for his prepared material — at approximately the time his show was scheduled to end. Over two decades of reviewing his elongated...
In his younger days, playwright Jon Robin Baitz was known for his angry young characters, usually in conflict with stubborn members of the older generation. Those bristling, indignant, furious youth fill such plays as "A Fair Country" (produced in Chicago...
NEW YORK — Here on W. 47th Street, in a fascinating play about early-onset dementia, or maybe it's brain cancer, or maybe it's just some non-specific traumatic disorder that flowed from the loss of a daughter, the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member...
About halfway through a very interesting interview over breakfast at the Kingsbury Street Cafe, the actor Jimmy Smits asked a question of his own. "How come you've not asked about my own relationship with addiction?" he said, as his warm face took on...
The year 2012, as Queen Elizabeth II might have said, was quite the annus horribilis on Broadway. Especially after the leaves started to turn. Consider the less-than-regal disappointments. "The Anarchist," the polemical new play by David Mamet, closed...
Could the theater artist of 2012 really be … Samuel Beckett? Well, the 1969 Nobel Prize winner had stiff competition this year from Anton Chekhov, dead for more than a hundred years but more alive than ever onstage. Chekhov's early play "Ivanov"...
The career makeover of Shia LaBeouf has taken another unexpected turn with the announcement that the young actor will make his Broadway debut in the spring alongside Alec Baldwin in a revival of the play "Orphans," a drama about two brothers who kidnap...
NEW YORK — Tracy Letts has his hands full these days writing plays and preparing for the release of the movie version of his Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama, "August: Osage County." But he's added another formidable task to his agenda: elucidating...
Tribune reporterOn Tuesday at the headquarters of the Yollocalli Arts Reach program in Pilsen, Alex Aguilar was hunched over a piece of 8-by-11 paper, carefully outlining the word “Chicago” in cursive. He drew the city skyline rising from the tops of the...
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