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Thomas Hampson’s regal turn sets tone for ‘Simon Boccanegra’ at Lyric Opera

Oct 17, 2012 – 3:24 pm
Thomas Hampson in the Council Chamber Scene of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at Lyric Opera of Chicago 2012 credit Dan Rest

Review: ★★★★

Global opera fans, your elixir awaits: The Met launches seventh season of live HD

Oct 12, 2012 – 4:24 pm
Matthew Polenzani and Anna Netrebko in L'Elisir d'Amore at Metropolitan Opera credit Ken Howard

Preview: I’ll take mine with popcorn

In a vibrant brush with ‘Sunday in the Park,’ Chicago Shakespeare connects all the dots

Oct 12, 2012 – 1:32 pm
George (Jason Danieley) finishes the hat in Sondheim's  Sunday Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare Theater credit Liz Lauren

Review: ★★★★★

Shrouded in dreams and illusion, Goodman’s ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ teeters into nightmare

Oct 6, 2012 – 2:04 pm
Finn Wittrock Diane Lane Tennessee Williams Sweet Bird of Youth Goodman alt feature 2012 credit Liz Lauren

Review: ★★★★

CSO and musicians reach tentative agreement; 3-year pact secures concerts, October tours

Sep 24, 2012 – 8:55 pm
Upcoming concerts and tours can be salvaged if the Chicago Symphony management and musicians ratify their tentative contract. File photo of the Chicago  Symphony and music director Riccardo Muti. Credit Todd Rosenberg

Report: CSO board’s approval due soon.

Packed with vivid characters and hard truths, Court’s memorable ‘Jitney’ is worth the fare

Sep 24, 2012 – 1:35 pm
Allen Wilson as Fielding Allen Bilmore as Turnbo AC Smith as Becker and Cedric Young as Doub in August Wilson's Jitney Court Theatre 2012 credit Michael Brosilow

Review: ★★★★★

As CSO contract talks break down, musicians’ strike forces last-minute concert cancellation

Sep 23, 2012 – 1:23 am
Chicago Symphony musicians' strike signs

Update: Talks resume with mediator.

‘Variations’ at TimeLine: Seeking the solution to Beethoven’s obsession with a trivial waltz

Sep 18, 2012 – 11:56 pm
Daughter and mother - Jessie Fisher as Clara and Brooks as Dr. Brandt – as death approaches. (Lara Goetsch, TimeLine)

Review: ★★★

CSO resident composer Mason Bates receives $250,000 Heinz award in arts and humanities

Sep 12, 2012 – 10:39 am
5/14/11 7:45:35 PM : Chicago Symphony OrchestraRiccardo Muti Music DirectorYoYo Ma Cello* Bates  The B-Sides, Five Pieces for Orchestra and Electronica* Schumann  Cello Concerto* Strauss  Aus Italien © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2011

He receives prize Oct. 11 in Pittsburgh.

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

Sep 12, 2012 – 9:00 am
Dorcas Sowunmi feature image

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
TimeLine lobby during world premiere production of My Kind of Town by John conroy 2012 credit Lara Goetsch

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
Misha Dichter drawing from A Pianist's World in Drawings credit Rosetta Books

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
10/3/07 9:59:04 PM-- Chicago Symphony Orchestra European Tour 2007.

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
Cymbeline-Stratford-Shakespeare-Festival-2012-Cara-Ricketts-as-Innogen-credit-David-Hou

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
Alexander Hanna featured image

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
Lang Lang 250 credit Robert Kusel Lyric Opera

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
Moscow Cheryomushki Dmitri Shostakovich feature image Sophie Gordeladze as Lusya Dominic Armstrong as Sergei Chicago Opera Theater credit Liz Lauren

‘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!