Chicago Mayer Rahm Emanuel and his wife joined NATO spouses at the Joffrey on Sunday, where they watched a "short performance", which means that not even the arts could avoid this weekend's excitement. Guests received "a limited edition, Picasso-inspired silk scarf based on designs developed for the ballet Parade."
Strawdog'sThe Petrified Forestis an old-fashioned show in the best sense of the term, developing its conflicts and characters leisurely so that by the time things come to a head, the audience is deeply invested.
Best show of the year in any category: Gary Griffin’s Follies at Chicago Shakespeare. This flawless version of an underappreciated early Sondheim should be remounted somewhere and run forever; there’s not a false note or step anywhere in it.