Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin are the latest star actors to take a crack at Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth,” the 1996 play that has always attracted notable talent thanks to the depth, pathos…
Playwright Rebecca Gilman is known for tackling the topical (racism in academia in "Spinning into Butter," stalking in "Boy Gets Girl") and for carefully, even over-bluntly, placing her characters…
So rare is a show that can run fundamentally unaltered for 26 years, bringing in global audiences galore, that this touring production of still-going Broadway megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," with…
Can't go home again? That old adage apparently doesn't apply to actors who started in Chicago theater before going on to Hollywood success.
With a history of infusing classic tales with fresh theatricality, auteur-director Mary Zimmerman ("Metamorphoses") is both a natural choice to adapt a Disney film to the stage and a nearly…
New musical "Big Fish" has a high-class problem. In the six months between the end of this Chicago tryout and its Broadway launch in September, creatives need to resist tampering too much with…
While admirable in its ambition to depict gay suicide as a complex phenomenon beyond simplistic media depictions of cause and effect, Christopher Shinn's "Teddy Ferrara" displays the same…
The new musical "Kinky Boots," running in Chicago prior to a March launch on Broadway, has a lot going for it. There's a spirited charm; a broad message of acceptance; a surprisingly effective…
A relentlessly intense version of Edward Albee's 1962 masterpiece about marital loathing and gamesmanship.
Diane Lane delivers a superbly convincing performance as faded, drug-addled movie star Alexandra del Lago in a Chicago revival of Tennessee Williams' 1959 drama "Sweet Bird of Youth."
A charming score and a sincere premise buoy "Hero," a new musical set in a Milwaukee comicbook store that explores the distance between superheroic aspirations and everyday reality.