Cyndi Lauper still kicking up her heels with ‘Kinky Boots’

Cyndi Lauper still kicking up her heels with ‘Kinky Boots’

July 1, 2015 / People, Stage, Stage Reviews

Cyndi Lauper came to the phone on the morning of June 26th, at the very moment that the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision making same-sex marriage a right nationwide. And the pop icon and 2013 Tony Award-winning composer of the hit Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots” – who has long made the issue of LGBT rights a signal cause – was clearly ecstatic about the ruling. In fact, it was enough to make her forget about her allergic reaction to a soy latte.

The return of The Hypocrites’ mighty marathon, “All Our Tragic”

The return of The Hypocrites’ mighty marathon, “All Our Tragic”

June 29, 2015 / Stage, Stage Reviews

It’s back: The Hypocrites is now performing its revised remount of “All Our Tragic” – director Sean Graney’s awe-inspiring 12-hour adaptation of all 32 of the surviving ancient Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. The sheer monumentality of the company’s undertaking is mind-bloggling: A morning-to-night marathon performance featuring 17 performers possessed of an astounding level of mental focus and physical endurance, as well as formidable acting, combat and musical skills.

Chekhov retooled for the boomer and Millennial generations in Goodman Theatre production

Chekhov retooled for the boomer and Millennial generations in Goodman Theatre production

June 29, 2015 / Stage, Stage Reviews

Is Anton Chekhov rolling over in his grave in the Moscow cemetery where he was buried in 1904, at the far too young age of 44? Or, having caught wind of Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” is he doing somersaults in celebration of the way the playwright has retrofitted several of his best known plays (“Uncle Vanya,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “The Seagull”), and made them more hip and accessible to a 21st century audience?

In “Goldfish,” young lovers try to dodge their parents’ mistakes

In “Goldfish,” young lovers try to dodge their parents’ mistakes

June 26, 2015 / Stage, Stage Reviews

To what extent are the personalities and relationship histories of your parents indicators of your own trajectory in life? Is their behavior imitated, sometimes to disastrous effect? Or is it rejected, with all the fierce determination (or unconscious impulses) that requires? These are the questions that drive “Goldfish,” John Kolvenbach’s disarming, alternately devastating and warmhearted play, now receiving an ideally intimate production by Route 66 Theatre Company.

Vintage circus story brought to life by Chicago Tap Theater

Vintage circus story brought to life by Chicago Tap Theater

June 26, 2015 / Dance, Stage

Chicago Tap Theater, founded in 2002 by dancer-choreographer Mark Yonally, can spin a story in a way few other dance or theater companies can match. Innovative, richly musical and character-driven, the rhythmic articulation of the ensemble’s wonderfully varied percussive footwork becomes a full-fledged language of its own – both emotional and descriptive. This Saturday (June 27 at 8 p.m.), the troupe will present the world premiere of “Circo Tap,” at the Athenaeum Theatre. It’s a continuation of “TightWire,” the beguiling piece performed last spring at Stage 773. It’s a dark charmer.

Motion capture: “Degas: At the Track, On the Stage” opening at Art Institute of Chicago

Motion capture: “Degas: At the Track, On the Stage” opening at Art Institute of Chicago

June 26, 2015 / Art, Dance

Ballet dancers are the thoroughbreds of the dance world. And as anyone who watches race horses will tell you, those four-legged creatures are the prima ballerinas of the track. Edgar Degas, the great French Impressionist, put his unique stamp on images of both, and a number of emblematic works focusing on these figures in motion will share gallery space in”Degas: At the Track, On the Stage,” a new exhibition running July 1, 2015 through Feb., 2016 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

MCA announces cross-disciplinary 2015-2016 performance series

MCA announces cross-disciplinary 2015-2016 performance series

June 23, 2015 / Art, Dance, Music, Stage, Visual Arts

Museums are no longer just about what hangs on the walls or rests in glass cases. Performance has become a major element in their programming, and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has been in the forefront of such activity for years. The range of work it presents is the essence of “multidisciplinary,” with everything from dance, music and theater to puppetry, video and film as the newly announced 2015-2016 lineup for the MCA Stage suggests.