While its frequent use of puppetry provides moments of pure imagination, this Chicago Shakespeare production of "Willy Wonka" -- a family-targeted musical version of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the…
Now that Lin-Manuel Miranda has rapped a Tony acceptance speech for "In the Heights," it's probably time to stop talking about how hip-hop has been gradually bubbling into mainstream theater and…
While the process of artistic creation certainly doesn't function this way, it's tempting to believe Tracy Letts sets the tone for a play by selecting the drugs his principal characters choose to…
It's a problem every playwright wants to face: How do you follow up an enormous success?
David Schwimmer will play George Gibbs in a Chicago production of "Our Town," which will be co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro ("August: Osage County") and Jessica Thebus.
With gas prices and the travails of working-class America leading pretty much every newscast these days, could there be a more timely subject for a play than a family filling station shutting down…
The Chicago sit-down production of "Wicked" will close Jan. 25, 2009, following its 1,500th performance.
Chicago legit is hot in Gotham these days, and the regional Tony given to Chicago Shakespeare Theater is just more proof of it.
In her accomplished but not yet fully focused new work, "The Ballad of Emmett Till," playwright Ifa Bayeza is not at all shy about making a direct comparison between her title character, the Chicago…
More than three decades ago, Ifa Bayeza came up with the idea that her sister, a poet, should create a work for the stage. "I went on a two-year effort to convince her to release her writing for…
Yes, it's an unlikely oddity -- a cabaret act built off a patter song and filled with a series of rambling non sequiturs -- but to Mark Nadler's endearing and at times insanely entertaining "Russian…