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  • Still no bad ideas: Barrel of Monkeys celebrates 20 years of schoolkids' stories on stage
    Chicago Tribune

    At the beginning of an afternoon class at Dewey School of Excellence in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, an adult wearing a crayon-colored T-shirt emblazoned with a lanky monkey says to a room of students filled with end-of-the-year energy: "Every i

  • Soccer tricks with Cirque du Soleil
    Chicago Tribune

    This week's Showcase video features two football dancers from Cirque du Soleil's "Luzia," now playing to Chicago crowds under the Grand Chapiteau. In the video, Abou Traore and Laura Biondo show off some tricks featured in the latest Cirque productio

  • 17 shows to see now
    Chicago Tribune

    "Ah, Wilderness!" ✭✭✭ Director Steve Scott's summer revival of "Ah, Wilderness!," the 1933 Eugene O'Neill comedy, is about members of the Miller family as they celebrate the July 4th holiday of 1906 by the sea. The author's heart is with the i

  • Lighter moments are the hardest in devastating 'Lela & Co.'
    Chicago Tribune

    The little theater under the "L" is set up like a voyeuristic European cabaret: little tables, shaded lamps, intimate fabrics, dark corners into which an amorous couple might try to disappear. But the bill of fare at the Steep Theatre this summer is

  • Harvard blues: Why high tuition for arts education is a lousy idea
    Chicago Tribune

    Under the Obama administration in 2015, the Department of Education toughened up a set of rules known as the Gainful Employment Regulations. The rules were designed to protect students from being buried in debt by for-profit trade school programs tha

  • First Floor Theater announces 2017-18 season
    Chicago Tribune

    First Floor Theater announced its 2017-18 season featuring three new-to-Chicago plays Thursday. Opening the company's sixth season is Leah Nanako Winkler’s "Two Mile Hollow" (Oct. 8-Nov. 4), a satirical take on dramas about affluent white familie

  • Montego Glover and Gregory Treco to join Chicago 'Hamilton' cast
    Chicago Tribune

    Montego Glover and Gregory Treco are heading in to the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton," and Daniel Breaker and Karen Olivo are heading out, producer Jeffrey Seller announced Thursday. Breaker has played the antagonis

  • Strawdog sets 2017-18 season
    Chicago Tribune

    Strawdog Theatre Company announced its 30th season Thursday, the first to take place at the company's new home on Berenice Avenue.  First up is the previously announced Chicago premiere of Robert O'Hara's "Barbecue" (Aug. 17-Sept. 30), about a famil

  • 'Luzia' and ' Something Rotten,' a pair not to miss
    Chicago Tribune

    For the first time in its history, the Cirque du Soleil has a touring production under its signature grand chapiteau that doesn't dwell in an abstract conceit. "Luzia," which opens in Chicago on Friday night for a summerlong engagement, is a show abo

  • Theater openings July 21-27
    Chicago Tribune

    Friday "Fight City": Women dominate a dystopian future in this Factory Theater production. Through Aug. 26 at Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St.; thefactorytheater.com "Luzia": Cirque du Soleil presents a dream-world spectacle inspired by Mexican cu

  • 'Ghost the Musical,' 'Steel Magnolias' in Theatre at the Center's 2018 season
    Chicago Tribune

    Theatre at the Center, Northwest Indiana's Equity theater company, announced its 2018 mainstage season Wednesday.  Artistic director Linda Fortunato will direct the season opener "Steel Magnolias" (Feb. 22-March 25), inspired by the 1989 film about

  • Kate Baldwin, Kate Shindle win Sarah Siddons Society awards
    Chicago Tribune

    Kate Baldwin and Kate Shindle, Broadway stars and alumni of Northwestern University, are both 2017 winners of the The Sarah Siddons Society of Chicago's Actor of the Year Award. Baldwin recently garnered a Tony nomination for "Hello, Dolly!" on Bro