Chicago Theater Week: Discount tickets for a slew of great shows

Chicago Theater Week: Discount tickets for a slew of great shows

February 9, 2016 / Daily Sizzle, Stage

The fourth annual edition of Chicago Theatre Week – a program presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, that was designed to boost theater-going during the traditional doldrums period – will Feb. 11 – 21, with tickets to more than 100 area productions (including ballet and opera) available for $15-$30, and, in some cases, even less.

The hand-tooled poetry of artist Martin Puryear

The hand-tooled poetry of artist Martin Puryear

February 7, 2016 / Art, Daily Sizzle, People

I don’t often dig back into the archives, but when I first heard the news of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new exhibit, “Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions,” which will be on view in the museum’s Modern Wing through May 3, I recalled writing about my thrilling first encounter with the artist’s work more than three decades ago.

Writers Theatre morphs from ‘back of a bookstore’ to starchitect’s showcase

Writers Theatre morphs from ‘back of a bookstore’ to starchitect’s showcase

Writers Theatre, which has called the leafy, upscale, North Shore town of Glencoe its home since its founding in 1992 by reigning artistic director Michael Halberstam, is about to open the doors of its first permanent home. And the $34 million project, the first theatee to be designed by Chicago starchitect Jeanne Gang, is as eloquent and dramatically beautiful as the 100 productions the company has staged in far more modest surroundings for nearly a quarter of a century.

‘The Old Friends’ finds Horton Foote in ‘Dallas’ mode

‘The Old Friends’ finds Horton Foote in ‘Dallas’ mode

February 3, 2016 / Stage, Stage Reviews

Horton Foote, the Texas-born playwright who died in 2009, at the age of 92, was often called “the Chekhov of the American South.” His melodrama-farce, “The Old Friends,” now at Raven Theatre was in the works from the mid 1960s on, but was never produced in the playwright’s lifetime. There might well be a reason for that.