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The Steppenwolf Theatre Company is about to post "pardon our dust" notices in its lobbies. On Monday, workers are to remove the facade of the former home of the Ethan Allen furniture store at 1700 N. Halsted St., located directly north of the...
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With its founder Michael Kutza nearing his half-century mark as leader, the Chicago International Film Festival announced its 48th edition slate Thursday. Heavily concentrated, as it has been in recent years, at the downtown AMC River East 21 multiplex,...
There's a moment in "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," the terrific new show at the Lookingglass Theatre, when the caller of the 1947 meeting, Branch Rickey, president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, throws a crumpled shirt into the arms of Jackie...
"Hit the Wall," the hit, freewheeling show about the Stonewall riots, has been extended for one last week, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced early Friday. The show, penned by Ike Holter, created by the independent theater company known as The...
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...
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Everyone's first "Annie" should be at a venerable venue like the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, which opened for business in 1931, right when "Little Orphan Annie" mania was at its peak. The historic theater on the Fox River was built just one year after...
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...
In the movie "Flight," for which Denzel Washington scored an Oscar nomination, a brilliant pilot successfully lands a catastrophically damaged plane, saving scores of lives, even though this captain was high as he sat behind the throttle. To some degree,...
The biggest changes afoot in this year's Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), the 48th edition, are on the screen, yet they're not part of the programming. As the worldwide cinema industries push actual film — meaning celluloid — into...
John Cusack defends 'The Raven' against critics, The Miz dines at Japonais, 'Mob Wives Chicago' teaser debutsSome actors choose to ignore the critics. And then some, like John Cusack, choose to take the critics on. The Evanston native and “Hot Tub Time Machine” star went on the defensive Friday after his new film, “The Raven,”...
So who's more in tune with the times? Boozy Martha, Katie Holmes or Little Orphan Annie? Passive aggression, defiant independence and sunny optimism all are offered as part of the fall season on Broadway, where "Annie" gets her first Broadway revival at...
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company said Thursday it raised $1.1 million at its annual gala last Saturday — for its artistic, educational and community programming. Items at the live auction including opening-night tickets to the upcoming Broadway...
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