Steve Sondheim once said to me at a party, “I’m always surprised at what a good living I make out of theater, considering that I’ve never had a really big hit.” This is true; I’ve waited years to start a story with those words.Firmly believing he was being disingenuous, I ran through the list of his
Three days into 2012 so it's time for some New Year's resolutions. Sure, I know the world is coming to an end next December but, after 40 years as a theater critic, better late than never, right?So, what sort of resolutions does a theater critic make?
An almost-end-of-the-year press release from the Chicago Park District—the kind that often is lost or buried—has announced a most interesting change in the artistic structure of Theater on the Lake, the annual Lincoln Park summer theater program which will be 60 years old in 2012.For quite a few yea
Some theater folk hold that 90% of the work of a really good director is casting the show. Certainly, there are times when the quality of the talent on stage is such that a gifted director simply gets out of the way and makes him/herself invisible. But not always.
“It’s an ill wind that blows no one good,” goes the old proverb. While the breezes were rather chilly concerning the Broadway revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, they shifted to southerly and warm for Jessie Mueller, the Chicagoan making her Broadway debut in the show.