Broadway-bound production of Eugene O'Neill's 1924 tragedy, "Desire Under the Elms," helmer Robert Falls and designer Walt Spangler have delivered a set to behold -- daring, imposing, acutely…
The last time a roaring economy took a shocking nosedive was in the 1930s -- by which time playwright Eugene O'Neill had won three Pulitzer Prizes and established stage tragedy as a popular form of…
"The thing with O'Neill," says Brian Dennehy, "is that nothing's easy." The actor, whose CV includes productions of Eugene O'Neill plays including "The Iceman Cometh" and "Long Day's Journey Into…
While "Grease," the touring version of the recently closed Broadway revival, lacks the inspiration and emotional sincerity needed to be more than merely peppy and puerile, it does come alive from a…
It's a Conor McPherson Christmas at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, which is presenting not one but two of the Irish writer's yuletide tales of alcoholism and potential redemption.
Lynn Nottage takes on one of playwriting's toughest challenges -- the dramatization of distant, gruesome political realities -- in her elegant and eloquent new work, "Ruined."
Following up on its regional Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare led the Joseph Jefferson Awards on Monday night, taking home five trophies.
Raw and relentless, fierce and fascinating, respectful to the original and also wildly original, this "promenade" production of Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II" -- most of the audience stands for…
One of the odder theatrical experiences, the stage version of "Dirty Dancing" is a gargantuan souvenir of the 1987 movie, serving up generous layers of pretty cheesy nostalgia to an audience that…
One day in 1956, in a happy accident of history, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash hung out together at the Sun Records Studios in Memphis.
Audacious in its ambition but not fully satisfying in its execution, Frank Galati's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's vastly evocative novel "Kafka on the Shore" possesses plenty to admire but not…