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Chicago angels boost young actors with gift of training at Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Sep 12, 2012 – 9:00 am
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Dorcas Sowunmi succeeds E.B. Smith.

Chicago Opera picks another Queen for ‘Flute’ after visa flap dethrones new Irish sensation

Aug 28, 2012 – 4:03 pm
Chicago Opera Theater's "Magic Flute" gets a star change

Even queens get caught in red tape.

The New Season: Modern retelling of Iphigenia legend will raise the curtain for Next Theatre

Aug 9, 2012 – 11:55 am
Iphigenia feature image Next Theatre Company 2012 Rebecca Buller credit Manny Ortiz

Fifth in a series of season previews: The Chicago theater community has become good at Really Old Tales Retold, especially the ancient Greek myths and legends. Evanston’s Next Theatre opens its 2012-13 season with Charles Mee’s “Iphigenia 2.0,” about a king who plans to sacrifice his daughter so the gods will allow his fleet of war ships to set sail for Troy.

The New Season: Stark Vietnam prison drama, Beethoven riddle define spectrum at TimeLine

Aug 1, 2012 – 6:02 pm
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Second in a series of season previews: Playwright Susan Felder’s “Wasteland,” a world premiere about two American G.I.’s imprisoned in Vietnam isolation, plus three Chicago premieres make up TimeLine’s 2012-13 schedule; season opens Aug. 24 with a musical riddle.

Ravinia favorite Misha Dichter’s double life revealed: The pianist’s a serious cartoonist

Jul 28, 2012 – 3:13 pm
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Report: Pianist Misha Dichter, who celebrates his 45th consecutive season with the Ravinia Festival on July 29, shares his passion for sketching in a new e-book.

‘42nd Street’ at Stratford: By any other name, this musical rose would still be just as sweet

Jul 24, 2012 – 12:11 am
42nd Street Stratford Shakespeare Festival 2012 Jennifer Rider-Shaw as Peggy Sawyer Kyle Blair as Billy Lawlor and company credit David Hou

Broadway’s tap classic. 4 stars!

Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 season will restore focus on the Bard, classic drama

Jul 17, 2012 – 9:13 pm
Festival Theatre, 2003. Photography by Richard Bain.

“Romeo” and “Othello” top the list.

Free outdoor simulcast of Paris Opéra Ballet proves Harris Theater, Pritzker dynamic duo

Jun 30, 2012 – 1:19 pm

Review: The best antidote to Chicago temperatures in the nineties is this surpassingly cool prospect — free Millennium Park concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, where the sound is superb and the ceiling’s a canopy of stars. Cooler still was the addition of big screen video to this outdoor mix that a huge crowd enjoyed June 27, when the Paris Opéra Ballet’s exquisite production of “Giselle” was projected live via the big screen, from inside the Harris Theater, to the traditional classical-loving audience of the Grant Park Orchestra. ****

With Muti again managing the house, CSO’s Bruckner Sixth becomes one splendid edifice

Jun 24, 2012 – 11:30 am
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Review: One of the fascinations of this Chicago Symphony Orchestra season — which drew toward its close Sunday with the final performance of Bruckner’s Sixth in its sumptuous glory — has been to hear various conductors come into the same acoustical space of Orchestra Hall, stand in the same spot where music director Riccardo Muti stands, and ply their art with the same band of a hundred-plus that Muti conducts. ****

Redtwist puts an intimate spin on dark humor of McDonagh’s rough and quirky ‘Inishmaan’

Jun 7, 2012 – 6:03 pm
Cripple of Inishmaan at Redtwist Theatre 2012 Patrick Whalen as Bartley and Baize Buzan as Slippy Helen credit Kimberly Loughlin

Cripple Billy’s adventure. 4 stars!

Stratford Festival’s Shakespeare tradition echoes in the well-told tale of ‘Cymbeline’

Jun 3, 2012 – 10:51 am
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Young love put to the test. 4 stars!

Sophistication meets innuendo: Shaw Festival puts fine edge on Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’

May 28, 2012 – 12:28 am
Present Laughter Shaw Festival 2012 Steven Sutcliffe as Garry Essendine credit David Cooper

Matinee idol preens, pouts. 4 stars!

Chicago Symphony nabs key player from Detroit to helm bass

May 14, 2012 – 11:46 am
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Alexander Hanna, 26, was groomed at Curtis, Tanglewood and Verbier.

On the Lyric Opera stage, pianist Lang Lang lends Schubert, Chopin a tenor of virtuosity

May 14, 2012 – 12:32 am
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Review: Lang Lang’s debut at Chicago’s 3500-seat Civic Opera House was quietly elegant, cogently argued and intensely focused. That is, until the abundantly gifted pianist gave himself over to some astonishing fireworks. With a technique like that, who can blame him? ****

‘Melancholy’ cometh, draped in dolorous fun, as Grey Ghost Theatre bows with Ruhl’s play

May 11, 2012 – 5:36 pm
Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl Grey Ghost Theatre 2012 Mouzam Makkar Tilly credit Alan Callaghan 1

Review: When Tilly shows up, she elevates the common funk to dolorous heights so seductive, transporting and rarified — cue the cello — that only the Japanese have a word for it, or is it the Scandinavians? This is Sarah Ruhl’s 2001 “Melancholy Play,” a gentle misery-loves-company fable of high wit. ***

ATC and About Face hang fresh ‘Rent’ sign on a production of street-level intimacy, energy

May 9, 2012 – 11:10 pm
Rent Jonathan Larson American Theater Co About Face Theatre 2012 Alex Agard Alan Schmuckler Esteban Andres Cruz Derrick Trumbly credit Michael Brosilow

Musical classic, new again. 4 stars!

Profiles explores psychological shadows as LaBute drops siblings in deep, dark woods

Apr 26, 2012 – 1:15 pm
In a Forest Dark and Deep feature image Profiles Theatre CHicago 2012 Natasha Lowe as Betty credit Wayne Karl

‘In a Forest, Dark and Deep.’ 4 stars!

Louis Langrée to helm Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Apr 24, 2012 – 1:10 pm

Starts in 2013 as 13th music director

From the Bard to Beethoven: Actor Simon Callow to return to Chicago in June with Symphony

Apr 24, 2012 – 10:49 am
Simon Callow performs in "Being Shakespeare" a new play by Jonathan Bate and directed by Tom Cairns, presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music at the BAM Harvey Theater on April 4, 2012.Credit: Stephanie Berger

‘Beyond the Score’ with Riccardo Muti

Chicago Opera lavishes style on Shostakovich comedy about romance — and finding a flat

Apr 18, 2012 – 10:35 am
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‘Moscow, Cheryomushki.’ 4 stars!

‘Cascabel’ flips theater on its head with cuisine, acrobatics and upside-down wine

Mar 30, 2012 – 2:27 pm
Cascabel featured image Alexandria Pivarel as Bathing Chica Lookingglass Theatre credit Sean Williams

High-wire fun at Lookingglass. 4 stars!

Cultural twins, tied to Chicago and Poland, set to make their mark in the orchestra world

Mar 29, 2012 – 8:49 am
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Receive management fellowships.

August Wilson’s legacy resonates in vitality of African portraiture by playwright Danai Gurira

Mar 24, 2012 – 4:36 pm
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Report: All 20 precociously accomplished high school actors who took part in the August Wilson Monologue Competition at the Goodman Theatre were offered, as part of their winnings, free tickets to American playwright Danai Gurira’s “The Convert,” onstage at the Goodman through March 25. I hope they took the Goodman up on it. Wilson’s legacy is strongly continued with Gurira’s reflection upon her own African roots in a former capital of British colonialism.

Nathan Lane and straight man Brian Dennehy break the ice with a blitz of interview zingers

Mar 21, 2012 – 12:29 pm
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A bit o’ comic relief at the Goodman.

Solemnity rules as Riccardo Muti guides CSO through musical perspectives on human spirit

Mar 16, 2012 – 4:31 pm
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Review: Riccardo Muti has given Chicago many reasons to celebrate his music directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but perhaps the most perfect expression of his belief in art’s purpose comes in the current run of rarely heard works for chorus and orchestra by Brahms, Schoenberg and Cherubini. ****

In a program of Handel arias, Iestyn Davies illuminates Baroque art of the countertenor

Mar 10, 2012 – 6:48 pm
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Review: You’ve got to hand it to countertenor Iestyn Davies and conductor Harry Bicket. When they take a night off from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where they’re performing music of George Frideric Handel, they’re in another part of town performing … George Frideric Handel. Is this love or what? ****

Soprano Hui He takes over as Aida in Lyric’s new cast, and suddenly the chemistry bubbles

Mar 9, 2012 – 11:21 am
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“Aida” with four new singers. 4 stars!

Handel trips back to the future as Lyric Opera proclaims the outrageous genius of ‘Rinaldo’

Mar 1, 2012 – 3:30 pm
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Not your grandfather’s Handel. 4 stars!

‘Meistersinger’ to ‘Streetcar,’ Lyric Opera’s new season offers scenic route with 9 stops

Feb 27, 2012 – 3:55 pm
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The Chicago Lyric Opera’s new season begins and ends with shows that should attract aficionados of opera and theater: “Elektra” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Here’s the show-by-show breakdown.

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony unleash alternative energy of Mason Bates, Anna Clyne

Feb 14, 2012 – 9:01 pm
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Feature: Chicago Symphony Orchestra performances in California and at Carnegie Hall will introduce new works by young resident composers Feb. 14-19 and Oct. 4.