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‘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.

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

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

Equity Jeff nominations showcase brilliant field

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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

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

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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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

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Upton Sinclair’s searing ‘Jungle’ makes a powerful statement on stage

HEDY WEISS: “The Jungle,” the revelatory 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair, is now being presented in a bare-bones, wildly inventive, powerhouse world premiere staged by Oracle Productions.

Mysterious ‘Fiddler’ is heart of classic musical

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Playing an iconic character is tough. Playing an iconic metaphor? That’s a task sure best not undertaken by dilettantes. It’s also the job that falls this month to musician Ryan Naimy, who embraces a presence both corporeal and otherworldly as he rosins up the bow …

Glass slipper fits Robbins actress Keke Palmer

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21-year-old cast as Broadway’s first black Cinderella