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Fervent new musical ‘October Sky’ rockets straight to the heart

Fervent new musical ‘October Sky’ rockets straight to the heart

August 27, 2015 / Music, Stage, Stage Reviews

“October Sky,” the world premiere musical that rocketed straight into the hearts of Wednesday’s opening night audience at the Marriott Theatre, tells a story that is familiar in many ways. Like Elton John’s “Billy Elliot” and Sting’s “The Last Ship,” it has a particularly powerful link to the tensions between fathers and sons in blue collar families – men and boys who crave each other’s love and approval, even as one sees his life’s work turn to rust, and the other is forced to break free if he is to have any life at all.

Incendiary ‘After Miss Julie’ sets Strawdog Theatre on fire

Incendiary ‘After Miss Julie’ sets Strawdog Theatre on fire

August 25, 2015 / Daily Sizzle, Stage, Stage Reviews

She is, without question, a piece of work – the kind of woman who should wear a “Danger” sign around her neck. And in moving her from Victorian era Sweden (where she was born in August Strindberg’s classic, “Miss Julie”), to post-World War II England (where she has now been reborn by way of British playwright Patrick Marber’s wickedly good “After Miss Julie,” now at Strawdog Theatre), she achieves a whole new existence.

Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” and more headed to Music Box

Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” and more headed to Music Box

August 24, 2015 / Movies, People, Stage

Haven’t been able to make it to London to see that guy named Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet? Or to Broadway to see Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience”? Despair not. This Fall, the National Theatre Live series is returning to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport with several recent award-winning productions.

Equity Jeff nominations set up an impossible contest of excellence in Chicago theater

Equity Jeff nominations set up an impossible contest of excellence in Chicago theater

August 21, 2015 / Dance, Music, People, Stage

Scan the list of the season’s just announced Jeff Awards Equity nominations – honoring excellence in productions that opened between Aug. 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 – and there can be only one conclusion. It is this: In Chicago, a city whose theaters continue to create one astonishing work after another – of every type, and on every scale – any sense of a “contest” should begin and end with the nominations list.