This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed 739 people. We check in with Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones about artistic responses to the disaster and to other disasters both natural and manmade, including a recent play that dramatized the story of the Chicago heat wave.
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a 20-something “real Jew” with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna’s cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a vicious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.
Theater has a history of making political and social statements. From Shakespeare, to Tennessee Williams and August Wilson, playwrights have used the stage to address issues of public importance. Now, with events in Ferguson, New York and most recently Baltimore - many local theaters are reacting by creating opportunities for audiences to explore issues of race and inequality. We discuss an artist’s responsibility when it comes to big issues in society.
Americans are now presented with more labels on their egg cartons than ever. Should you buy cage free, free range, natural, organic, vitamin enriched, vegetarian fed or pastured? Today we talk about new egg research and help you navigate grocery store labels in general.
Today we take on the the gun debate and how a line may be drawn at certain locations. Where do you think guns should not be banned? Then, Chris Jones and Chris Vire give us a preview on plays and musicals Chicago theaters are planning to let grace their stages.
Six Broadway shows and three museums in five days. The wonder of it is that Dueling Critic Kelly Kleiman can remember anything about her trip to New York. Herewith a guide for any Chicago tourist headed East.