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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 ...

(From left) Maria Dizzia and Mike Iverson star in

Q&A: Broadway actor Mike Iveson on what the Constitution means to him

February 28, 2020

To put herself through college, 15-year-old Heidi delivered speeches about the Constitution for prize money. This sets the scene for “What the Constitution Means to Me,” a play written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler, which follows the story of the ...

'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...

Kate Smith spent 3 1/2 years creating her production, “One Woman Hamlet.”

Review: ‘One Woman Hamlet’: ‘To be, or not to be’ aware of mental health issues

February 12, 2020

At any other event where the walls were decorated with taxidermied fish and a disco ball dangled from the rafters, patrons may be distracted from the main event. But at Kate Smith’s “One Woman Ham...

The Lucky Plush ensemble used movement and comedy as storytelling elements in their work-in-progress piece presented Friday, Jan. 24.

Dance company ‘lucks’ out with ‘dreamy’ partnership with college’s Dance Center

February 2, 2020

The Lucky Plush show kicked off with a rare comedic beginning to its dance performance—a breathless, self-aware monologue on how the performance was already seven minutes late. A member of the ensemb...

Review: Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘goop lab’ has a cure for everything but boredom

January 30, 2020

Heading into the second hour of Netflix’s “the goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow,” with each episode lasting only 30 minutes, one’s mind begins to wander. Eyes squint and eyebrows furrow—not from disbel...

Q&A: The nicest ‘Mean Girl’ there is, Mariah Rose Faith as Regina George

January 20, 2020

Revisiting the land of misfit cliques known as high school, “Mean Girls” the musical reminded us that in “Girl World,” the limit does not exist with how “fetch” and satirically difficult it is to...

Guitarist and vocalist for Divino Nino Camilo Medina.

Review: A tropical vacation in January: Divino Niño holds sold-out show

January 16, 2020

With a flowery tune that ignites the swaying of hips, bass riffs that ring out and the fast-paced thumping of two-headed bongos, a Divino Niño show is like taking a tropical cruise in January. The...

Critique: ‘The Santaland Diaries’ sleighs holiday humor without a sugar plum of political correctness

December 23, 2019

"The Santaland Diaries" is everything people are thinking during the holidays but does not dare to say. Sardonic and humorous, “The Santaland Diaries”—based on David Sedaris' essay by the same name...

Whitney held performances Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 8 with completely sold-out shows at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.

Review: Chicago is ‘Forever Turned Around’ after five Whitney sold-out shows

December 10, 2019

Chicago's indie music scene is nearly impossible to reference without the power duo Whitney coming to mind. Since 2015, Julien Ehrlich, drums and vocals, and Max Kakacek, guitar, have designed smooth,...

Have 'A Merry Punking Christmas' this holiday season

Have ‘A Merry Punking Christmas’ this holiday season

December 5, 2019

This year, rather than skipping along to a caroling tune, some local musicians and fans may find the Christmas cheer in a hardcore holiday celebration that melds Christmas lights, punk-rock instrume...

Courtesy Edward Mulvihill

Bangarra Dance Theatre brings 65,000 years of indigenous Australian peoples’ culture to Chicago

November 26, 2019

Raised on Thursday Island of the Torres Strait, Elma Kris has been dancing with the Bangarra Dance Theatre for two decades and exemplifies the theatre’s mission of sharing 65,000 years of Australian i...

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