Something extraordinary is happening on Scotland’s stages these days, and it has resulted in the creation of two productions that serve as intriguing meditations on the futility (and inevitability) of war both past and present.
No sooner has “Parks and Recreation” wrapped up its seven-season run then we get news the sitcom’s star, Nick Offerman will soon be turning his acting skills back to live theater — where the actor launched his career in Chicago at Steppenwolf and the Goodman.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Fans of Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl,” “The Judge”) got a kick out of spotted the actress late-night dining at Old Town Social, after her performance at Park West earlier last week.
To start, a hypothetical question addressed to the powers that be at Steppenwolf Theatre: How would you react were you to arrive at work one morning only to discover that the entire facade of your theater had been spray-painted with graffiti, and that the message left behind went like this: “All the world is OUR stage.”
The title of Steven Dietz’s play, “Yankee Tavern,” is a bit of a red herring, subtly calling to mind the communal bar scene of television’s “Cheers.” But Dietz, whose play is receiving a zesty Chicago premiere by American Blues Theater, is on to something considerably more intriguing as he homes in on the twisted web of lies, conspiracy theories, denial and walk-on-the-wild-side black comedy that ensnares his four characters.
Joan Allen, the longtime Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member, has been tapped for a lead role in an untitled ABC drama pilot — again portraying a politican.
Those doorbells are ringing again at the Bank of America Theatre, and that can mean only one thing: “The Book of Mormon,” the raucously irreverent Tony Award-winning musical is back in Chicago.
Enter The Den Theatre, where director Halena Kays has staged a unique and wonderful production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” and you really have to wonder just what she and her uncannily gifted cohorts are up to.
While Madonna does think Lady Gaga did rip her off with “Born This Way,” the veteran music icon tells the new Rolling Stone that the so-called “feud” between the two superstars is mostly a media-fueled frenzy.
The judge in the actress’ probation case decided only half of the time Lohan already had completed was worth counting.