CSO responds to magical touch of a Russian maestro

CSO responds to magical touch of a Russian maestro

February 12, 2016 / Daily Sizzle, Music, Music Reviews, People

There were no vocalists or dancers on stage at Symphony Center Thursday night as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed an enchanting program of works by Sibelius, Mozart, Arvo Part and Tchaikovsky. But the program sang and moved in its own unique way, with the masterful Russian conductor, Gennady Rozhdestvensky subbing for Maestro Riccardo Muti.

Oxford’s savage upper-crust boys wreak havoc in ‘Posh’

Oxford’s savage upper-crust boys wreak havoc in ‘Posh’

February 12, 2016 / Daily Sizzle, Stage, Stage Reviews

The clash of social classes has served as the high-octane fuel for countless British plays, from John Osborne’s landmark 1956 work, “Look Back in Anger,” to Laura Wade’s scathing “Posh,” first seen at London’s Royal Court in 2010, and now in a dazzling U.S. premiere by Steep Theatre, where director Jonathan Berry, that master of ensemble brilliance, has gathered a large, knock-your-socks-off cast.

A ‘Cabaret’ that tries too hard to be different

A ‘Cabaret’ that tries too hard to be different

February 11, 2016 / Daily Sizzle, Dance, Music, People, Stage, Stage Reviews

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway debut of “Cabaret,” Kander and Ebb’s genius of a musical about the end of the flamboyant era of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi regime. To celebrate the milestone, New York’s Roundabout Theatre production of this classic is now in a national tour making a stop at the newly named PrivateBank Theatre (formerly the Bank of America Theatre).

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.