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A few minutes into the House Theatre's distinctive version of "The Nutcracker" — one of my favorite holiday shows — the Christmas jollity of an exuberant household is suddenly ended by a gust of frigid wind and the arrival at the door of a man...
In 1864, a diminutive and unprepossessing general named William Tecumseh Sherman stormed through the South with more than 60,000 Union troops. Even though Sherman had previously supped and socialized in many of the cities he would set ablaze, he...
Etel Billig, the co-founder of the Illinois Theatre Center in Park Forest, an indefatigable pioneer of professional theater in the Chicago suburbs and a Chicago actress with decades of work on the city's leading stages, died March 28, after suffering a...
Special to Tribune NewspapersSteppenwolf's third annual "Women in the Arts" luncheon March 12 highlighted the career of actress Julianna Margulies. Co-chaired by Carole L. Brown, Elizabeth Connelly, Nene Foxhall, Jan Melk and Donna La Pietra, the sold-out event at the JW Marriott...
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city. Some events...
Jo, the young lesbian hero of "FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life," the new play by Sarah Gubbins penned for the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program, is surely more resilient than her creator allows her to be. In the world painted by Gubbins, Jo,...
Tags: Schools, Arts and Culture, High Schools, Education
There's an old, oft-quoted story among Pinter scholars wherein British playwright Terence Rattigan once tried to tell Harold Pinter what his famously dense 1960 play, "The Caretaker," was really about. Rattigan, the story goes, insisted that this drama...
The title of Donald Margulies' provocative play "Time Stands Still," now in its first Chicago production at Steppenwolf Theatre, seems to refer to the moment when a photojournalist, confronted by a sudden meeting between one of the world's many unresolved...
Here is one word to describe the current summer offerings in our great Midwestern capital of live theatrical entertainment: Thin. Sure, we're buzzing through June, what with Nathan Lane, "Timon of Athens" and the TBS Just for Laughs Festival, which is...
The Steppenwolf Theatre has announced its 2012-13 season for young adults. The two-show slate, aimed primarily at teen audiences, begins in the fall with Heidi Stillman's adaptation of "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, the story of a young, book-loving...
Tags: Chicago Public Library, Nazi Party
At its 25th summit in Chicago this weekend, NATO will be preoccupied with the tricky business of how to advance its various institutional priorities — like global security and the building of stability — even as its member nations are more...
David Schwimmer, the Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member and movie and television star, will perform in the New York premiere of Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit," Playwrights Horizons announced Monday. "Detroit" premiered in Sept. 2010 at the Steppenwolf...
Tags: Amy Ryan, David Schwimmer, Austin Pendleton
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