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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School drama educates about how teachers are tested

HEDY WEISS: Stage Left and Theatre Seven present the world premiere of Joe Zarrow’s “Principal Principle,” a story set in a Chicago public school that nails the issues with an ideal mix of stinging satire and abiding sadness.

  • Ingenious theatrical design key element to Chicago stage productions

    As an indirect homage to this year’s Merritt Awards, I’ve chosen to highlight the sets for four shows currently running on Chicago stages.

  • Misfits find meaning in their work-a-day lives

    Chicago playwright Marisa Wegrzyn’s “Mud Blue Sky,” and a terrific cast at A Red Orchid Theatre, combine for a story that is at once very funny, heartbreaking and full of unexpectedly profound surprises and insights into the importance of work.

  • For thee Shakespeare giveth Chicago events

    HEDY WEISS: As the bard turns 450, celebrate with theater, dance and even TV.

  • ‘Brahman/i’ questions more than it answers

    Is it a boy or a girl? That is a perfectly natural, yet altogether bedeviling question explored in Aditi Brennan Kapil’s flourish-filled, identity-swirling play, “Brahman/i” (subtitled “A One-Hijira Stand Up Comedy Show”).

  • ‘The Way West’: Life and debt in a state less than golden

    HEDY WEISS: Mona Mansour’s play about financial disarray in California, accurate but far from subtle, has its world premiere at Steppenwolf.

    ‘Day of the Gypsies’ finds its rhythms in two distinct dance/music forms

    “Gypsy jazz just begs to be danced to,” said choreographer Gordon Peirce Schmidt, whose RPM Productions will present “La Journee des Tziganes” (“The Day of the Gypsies”) for two performances at the Athenaeum Theatre. “The impulse to move to that music is overwhelming.”

    Drury Lane’s ‘Les Miserables’ a timely reflection

    HEDY WEISS: Production of the challenging musical is notable for its overall vocal lushness, and for the altogether ravishing sound that emerges from the pit.

    Dream of ‘Pinkolandia’ is alive in Berwyn

    The 16th Street Theater is a principal cultural anchor of Chicago’s neighbor, Berwyn. But its reach extends far further than either city, or the intimate performance space at 6420 16th St. (operated by the North Berwyn Park District) that it calls home. Consider, for example, …

    Remy Bumppo does not shy away from harrowing truths of ‘Our Class’

    HEDY WEISS: This is a work of genuine chutzpah, with director Nick Sandys and his expert cast doing truly impressive work, and playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek sparing no one.

    Not one misstep in Writers’ ‘Dance’

    Every second of the Writers Theatre production of “The Dance of Death” is worth the price of admission. But you should take a seat in the company’s intensely intimate bookstore space for one very specific reason alone: Larry Yando.

    AlbanyPark Theater Project fearless in revised ‘God’s Work’

    HEDY WEISS: Harrowing is the essential word when describing “God’s Work,” the emotionally scorching story of child abuse and religious fanaticism now in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre.

    Larry Yando adds another layer to multifaceted career with ‘Dance’

    Larry Yando is back on a Chicago-area stage this week, co-starring with Shannon Cochran in the Writers Theatre production of “The Dance of Death,” August Strindberg’s drama of a marriage from hell.

    Zoe Perry following in family footsteps

    No doubt about it. Zoe Perry is an actress born into a dramatic dynasty.

    ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ sails to Neverland

    A play is a whole lot more than a script. And “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the Broadway play-with-music that arrived Wednesday at the Bank of America Theatre in a sparkling national touring edition, serves as a reminder that “play” itself is of the essence. READ MORE HERE.

    A fiery night for River North Dance

    The dancers of River North Dance Chicago are power movers. Whether finessing a complex solo or duet, or hard-driving through an aerobically challenging group work, the members of this ensemble generate a sense of propulsion that keeps you watching and breathing along with them. The …

    ‘Tristan & Yseult’ soars in passionate staging at Chicago Shakespeare

    HEDY WEISS: Kneehigh ensemble pulls out all the stops in recounting the story of love and betrayal.