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John Leguizamo returns with revamped ‘Ghetto’

John Leguizamo is bringing his critically acclaimed, one-man autobiographical show “Ghetto Klown” back to where it all began — Chicago.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 'Measure for Measure' goes walkabout through Chicago


For starters, let me list some of the things I did during the course of “Since I Suppose,” the unique, one-person-at-a-time urban “walkabout,” inspired by Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”

‘The Whaleship Essex’ an epic tale of loss and survival at sea

There is something about those great white whales — those emperors of the oceans — that continue to grab hold of our imaginations and refuse to let go, even now, as we no longer hunt and murder them for the oil that will keep our machines humming.

Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer named grand marshals for Chicago Fire Festival


“Chicago Fire” stars Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer have been named grand marshals for the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, the free spectacle of fire that takes place Oct. 4 on the Chicago River.

TimeLine Theatre’s “My Name is Asher Lev” portrays artist as trangressor

“Asher Lev,” Aaron Posner’s exquisite 90-minute stage adaptation of the bestselling 1972 novel by Chaim Potok, is a portrait of a natural-born artist as he struggles to come to terms with a gift that makes him at once “demonic and divine,” and that endows him with the power to inflict profound emotional harm on those who love him, and who he most loves.

Jessie Mueller to help launch a new musical theater incubator in Chicago

Chicago-bred actress Jessie Mueller, who received the 2014 Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical for “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” but she has not lost touch with her roots.

‘Clemente: The Legend of 21’ a musical homage to legendary right fielder


“Clememte: The Legend of 21” paints a portrait of a man and an era.

Equity Jeff nominations showcase brilliant field


Reading the list of Jeff Award nominations for a season’s worth of productions by both large and midsize Equity contract companies is invariably a potent reminder of the breadth and depth of talent in this city.

Chicago Dancing Festival a grand showcase


Here is an annotated look at four of the many pieces to be performed on various nights of the free festival.

‘On the Town’ hums along in the key of NYC


HEDY WEISS: The Marriott Theatre revival moves with the style and the frantic pace of its setting.

8 reasons to see ‘Dreamgirls’ in its one night only at Millennium Park


HEDY WEISS: Though fictional, the musical starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in many ways trumps “Motown the Musical.”

Choreographer Alex Sanchez finds inspiration in vaudeville for ‘On the Town’


The 1944 musical “On The Town” follows the zany adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during World War II.

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Hypocrites’ 12-hour marathon demands stamina from cast, audience

A Herculean labor for those on stage as well as for the audience, “All Our Tragic” turns out to be a mind-boggling flight of the imagination, with many sequences of immense passion, intense physicality and wit.

For a play so bad it’s good, look to Drekfest


The Stage Left Theatre contest asks writers “to intentionally write awful plays so that we may laugh at them.”

Great actresses sent to extremes in First Look plays


HEDY WEISS: Lusia Strus’ talents back on view at Steppenwolf in the best of the trio, Martyna Majok’s “Ironbound.”

Hypocrites’ ‘All Our Tragic’ a production of epic proportions


“All Our Tragic,” The Hypocrites’ newest project, meshes 32 Greek tragedies into an 11-hour marathon.