Thirty days hath September but more than 50 shows--yes, really, more than 50--are opening in area theaters. With that much ground clutter, you need someone to sort the wheat from the chaff. Hey, count on the Dueling Critics, folks; that's why they pay us the big bucks.
Lookingglass Theatre, winner of the 2011 Tony Award as Outstanding Regional Theatre, will experiment with a dinner theater policy for a limited run, next March 23-April 22.It won’t be your suburban grandmother’s dinner theater, however.
Iconic Chicago actor Mike Nussbaum has put on his traveling shoes for a rare trip out-of-town. He's playing Solomon Galkin in Imagining Madoff, a controversial play by Deborah Margolin presented at Theater J in Washington, DC, where former-Chicagoan Ari Roth is artistic director.
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 —
Notwithstanding the 20th Century development of "theater in the round"--which often is in the square or oval--Western culture abandoned the circle as a primary theatrical shape some 2200 years ago, when the rising Roman civilization co-opted the waning Greeks.