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A Sondheim Celebration set for Millennium Park

A Sondheim Celebration set for Millennium Park

July 7, 2015 / Music, People, Stage

Chicago is something of a second home for the work of Stephen Sondheim, the genius of Broadway, now 85 and still at work. So “A Sondheim Celebration,” part of this summer’s Grant Park Music Festival lineup, is bound to attract a big (and knowledgeable) crowd this Friday and Saturday night.

Test of true friendship drives emotional ‘Beaches’ musical

Test of true friendship drives emotional ‘Beaches’ musical

July 3, 2015 / Movies, Music, Stage, Stage Reviews

They meet cute, as kids, in Atlantic City. The year is 1952. Cee Cee desperately craves an audience, and Bertie can only be dazzled by this child who is bursting with such talent and moxie. These opposites attract, and it is the start of a beautiful friendship that will endure (with one major rupture) for more than three decades. That friendship also is the focus of the new musical, “Beaches,” based on the popular 1988 movie that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

Discovering love under the most extreme conditions in ‘Bent’

Discovering love under the most extreme conditions in ‘Bent’

July 2, 2015 / Daily Sizzle, Stage, Stage Reviews

In Martin Sherman’s “Bent,” a play that became something of a “cause celebre” when it debuted in London in 1979 with Ian McKellen in its central role, it is the plight of those forced to wear “the pink triangle” – the mark of homosexuals – that became the primary focus for the first time. THe Other Theatre Company is now presenting the harrowing drama in Chicago.

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?