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Chicago's first female mayor, Jane Byrne, played by Christine Mary Dunford, is immortalized on the stage in

Chicago’s infamous publicity stunt makes theatrical debut nearly 40 years later

March 14, 2020

Editor's Note: Lookingglass Theatre Company has canceled all remaining performances of "Her Honor Jane Byrne" due to the coronavirus national emergency.    A man selling Chick-O-Sticks and books out of a shopping cart, broken ...

'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus' blends psychology and comedy

‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ blends psychology and comedy

February 27, 2020

Amadeo Fusca leaps back and forth on-stage, portraying both himself and his wife in different vignettes of their marriage. In one story, he waits impatiently to get in the car while his wife fran...

Alumni awaken audiences with immersive theatre productions

September 20, 2019

Met with karaoke sign-up sheets, Hawaiian snacks, live ukulele music, a stage tour and characters smoking real joints on-set, audiences quickly realize “Pakalolo Sweet” is not going to be like other plays. In immersive theatre performances—such as "Southe...

AnJi White (pictured) was nominated for The Ethel Waters Award for Best Actress in an Ensemble for her role in

Columbia theatre community honored in 25th annual Black Theatre Alliance Awards

September 20, 2019

Editor's Note: In addition to her nomination for the show "Caroline, or Change," Breanne Jacobs works as a media sales rep for the Chronicle. AnJi White was not aware of the Black Theatre Alliance A...

Cast members of the play “HOME/LAND” alleged the director made racially insensitive comments and ignored their concerns about casting white actors in Latinx and Palestinian roles.

Casting controversy sparks discourse on representation

April 29, 2019

During the first table read for the Columbia production “HOME/LAND,” cast members looked at each other and wondered, “What the hell is this?” Cast members alleged Associate Professor in the Theatr...

“Admissions” looks at race, gender and politics by telling the story of Charlie, who believes he was deferred from Yale so it could reach its diversity quota.

‘Admissions’ urges self-examination amid college admissions scandals

April 15, 2019

As head of admissions at Hillcrest Boarding School, Sherri Mason’s job is to bring more diversity to the predominantly white student population. Her son Charlie dreams of attending Yale, but when he learns his app...

Business and casual: The life of a sugar baby

Business and casual: The life of a sugar baby

February 14, 2019

Logan Cruz got kicked out of her dad’s house when she was 18. She then moved to the West Side and had to walk two miles to her first job at Forever Yogurt and an additional mile to her second job a...

“Women Laughing Alone with Salad,” opening March 23 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., takes the classic stock image meme and turns it on its head. 

Meme-themed feminist’s dream screams into Chicago theater scene

March 12, 2018

Audiences, prepare to be challenged with the Chicago premiere of “Women Laughing Alone with Salad,” a feminist deconstruction of a popular internet meme put to stage. The play began previews March 9 wit...

You Want to put that WHERE?

You Want to put that WHERE?

By Kendrah Villiesse

February 12, 2018

With only an orange, a grapefruit and a lemon in her kitchen, intimacy expert Denise Walker, known by fans as Auntie Angel, wanted a novel way to pleasure her boyfriend in the bedroom. With trial and error...

XFL needs to focus on safety, not reinventing football

XFL needs to focus on safety, not reinventing football

February 5, 2018

After failing to have a successful inaugural season in 2001, the Xtreme Football League is rebounding with a brand new image. But even though it has rebranded, the XFL is still not ready to compete until it s...

“Daughters of Ire,” a one-woman show that captures the stories of five women in Irish mythology, will be at the Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111 St., April 27–30. 

‘Daughters’ unite to show powerful, mythic Irish women

April 24, 2017

After reading medieval Irish tales about King Arthur, writer-performer Savanna Rae noticed a lack of strong and powerful female characters. She later that found that they existed in Irish mythology as...

The Irish Theatre of Chicago will be showcasing a monthlong series of the Irish arts at Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave.

Irish theatre celebrated with new festival

February 13, 2017

Upstairs in Avondale’s Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant, bar banter from patrons is not the only sound echoing around the blue and red walls. From Feb. 9 through Feb. 24, the Irish Theatre of Ch...

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