Theaters talk about accessibility all the time. Sometimes it means affordability; sometimes it means clarity; and sometimes it means removing physical obstacles: providing ramps for wheelchair access and signed performances for people with hearing impairments.
JONATHAN: Everyone knows music from Porgy and Bess ("Summertime," "I Got Plenty o' Nothin," "It Ain't Necessarily So") but almost no one can tell you the story of the show, and fewer still have seen it in performance.
Kelly KleimanSo what is there to do around this burg on Memorial Day weekend? Next week, well, that'll be something: the official start of summer, outdoor performances and festivals everywhere you look; but what about right now?
The Statue of Liberty is inscribed with one of the world’s most famous welcomes: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” But let’s face it, we’re not always the most welcoming country. Fear of change, of the unknown, of the other, is as American as apple pie.
KELLY: What's so terrific about MPAACT's Last Saint on Sugar Hill is its unapologetic approach to its subject. As I watched this account of a man literally driven mad by greed, and the consequences of that for his two sons, I realized how often African-American-themed p
After 40 years, Grease is back where it all began, in more ways than one. First, the production’s at a small space off Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. That harkens back to the plays early '70s debut in Chicago’s off-Loop theatre scene.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Many are marking the occasion. But Chicago’s City Lit Theater may put other plans to shame. The company plans to stage a Civil War-themed production every April, until the year 2015.