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Hedy Weiss biography

Hedy Weiss has been Theater and Dance Critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1984, reporting on local, national and international productions, as well as a …

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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Ronald Keaton launches SoloChicago theater company, brings Winston Churchill to life in first show

    “Churchill,” directed by Kurt Johns, is based on the prolific writings of Churchill (1864-1975), as well as the teleplay, “Winston Churchill” by Dr. James C. Humes.

    ‘Intimate Apparel’ at Eclipse Theatre lays bare a woman’s difficult relationship

    Eclipse Theatre has staged a beautifully fine-tuned revival of Lynn Nottage’s heart-piercing 2003 play, “Intimate Apparel,” whichoffers a very different view of female oppression and survival.

    Simply ‘Marvelous’ — Marvelettes’ story sings at Black Ensemble

    HEDY WEISS: The story of the Marvelettes unfolds amid the joy and the tears at Motown.

  • Leafy parks lend themselves to a mirthful ‘Midsummer’

    HEDY WEISS: High-propulsion actors help the ear adjust to Shakespeare’s language in this winningly played, visually entrancing production.

  • ‘Small Fire’ a surreal journey that heats things up at Steep

    Adam Bock might just be the Rene Magritte of contemporary playwrights.

  • ‘Seussical’ musical is fun for all the family

    The best indication a family show is doing everything right is that the adults in the audience are as fully entranced as the tiniest tots. This is clearly the case at Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Seussical,” the 90-minute musical based on the Dr. Seuss canon.

  • A ‘Midsummer’ treat from Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

    Chicago Shakespeare Theatre created Shakespeare in the Park to bring admission-free, family-friendly productions of the Bard’s plays to parks throughout the city.

    Gift Theatre’s first Shakespeare a tight, smart ‘Othello’

    HEDY WEISS: Director Jonathan Berry has approached the play almost as if he were making an indie film, using tight close-ups on the principal characters against the most minimalist backdrop.

    Stunning ‘Men Should Weep’ explores dynamic between poverty and family

    HEDY WEISS: The overdue Chicago debut of Ena Lamont Stewart’s rarely seen 1947 classic at Griffin Theatre features some of the most gorgeous performances you will find on any stage in this city.