Most opera performances were cancelled on the night of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Over the course of that weekend, Chicago freelance writer and editor Richard Rothschild began to notice parallels between the tragedy of the stage and the tragedy of real life.
Theatrical variety is on parade this weekend as monologist David Kodeski and composer Eric Reda co-author an opera tracking a gay life in the arts, while Oak Park's Circle Theatre goes Bollywood and eta Creative Arts tackles a drama by Lonnie Elder III.
In response to my blog last week, "A Case for Government Funding of the Arts, Part 1," several readers posted comments which decried any connection between the arts and government, even calling for the disestablishment of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).These comments — which I expected —
The union representing singers and dancers at Lyric Opera of Chicago is threatening to strike.The American Guild of Musical Artists represents nearly everyone on stage at the Lyric: the singers, the dancers, the actors and the production staff.
Lyric Opera of Chicago today (April 21) named Anthony Freud, 53, as its new general director, effective October 1. The British-born Freud will be only the fourth leader of Lyric Opera in the company’s 58-year history.