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‘Feathers and Teeth’ debuts at Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival

‘Feathers and Teeth’ debuts at Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival

Emma Rubenstein

November 16, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

This fall The Goodman Theatre’s renowned New Stages Festival has returned for its 11th year with new shows that are sure to inspire, delight and entertain audiences of all ages. New Stages is an exciting and unique way to experience brand-new productions; it showcases fresh works that often evolve...

‘Vigils’ at DePaul’s Theatre School explores memories and mortality

‘Vigils’ at DePaul’s Theatre School explores memories and mortality

Madeline Buchel

November 9, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

The intimate setting of DePaul’s Healy Theatre, located in The Theatre School, which boasts a mere 100 seats and whose first row literally begins on the stage, was an apt compliment to its emotionally enveloping production of Noah Haidle’s “Vigils.” Directed by Andrew Peters, MFA Class of 2016, the ...

Steppenwolf Theatre’s ‘Animal Farm’ brings Orwell tale to the stage

Steppenwolf Theatre’s  ‘Animal Farm’ brings Orwell tale to the stage

Emma Rubenstein

October 26, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

The productions presented in Steppenwolf for Young Adults may be geared toward a younger audience, but they seem to somehow always transcend their genre. These shows contain something powerful and entertaining for every age group that comes to experience them. Read More »...

A tale of two swans: Joffrey Ballet’s fresh take on classic ‘Swan Lake’

A tale of two swans: Joffrey Ballet’s fresh take on classic ‘Swan Lake’

Emily Clement

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

The curtain rose on a spare, but elegant set that appeared to be lit by skylight.  Dancers dressed for rehearsal began to file in, gossiping and stretching.  From there, it was a joyful and theatrical journey through fairytale and fantasy. Read More »...

Subtle, simple beauty shines in Goodman Theatre’s ‘Smokefall’

Subtle, simple beauty shines in Goodman Theatre’s ‘Smokefall’

Emma Rubenstein

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

This autumn, The Goodman Theatre’s “Smokefall” delivers an experience that is cradled between the realms of play, poetry and reality. The production, written by Noah Haidle and directed by Anne Kauffman, is magnetic, relentless and gentle all at once; it holds up a mirror in which every audience...

DePaul Theatre School’s ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ not just child’s play

DePaul Theatre School’s ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ not just child’s play

Alicya Dennison

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

Amid midterm milestones, The Theatre School’s production of “The Phantom Tollbooth” sparked a refreshing upturn of emotions. The play debuted Oct. 7 at the historic Merle Reskin Theatre and will run through Nov. 15. Read More »...

Q&A with the Joffrey Ballet’s Jeraldine Mendoza

Q&A with the Joffrey Ballet’s Jeraldine Mendoza

Courtney Jacquin

October 15, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

Getting to dance a lead role in “Swan Lake” is a dream for any dancer. Getting to dance both female leads? Unreal. But for Joffrey Ballet dancer Jeraldine Mendoza, the dream is a reality as she is one of the company members dancing both Odette (the White Swan) and Odile (the Black Swan) in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake,” running Oct. 15-26 at the Auditorium Th...

Improvising Samuel Beckett ‘From Almost Nothing’

Improvising Samuel Beckett ‘From Almost Nothing’

Erik Summerville

October 12, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

Beauty was to be found in chaos last Monday night as the DePaul Humanities Center kicked off its season with “Sounds Generated from Almost Nothing from a Fully Corrupted Material,” featuring members of Chicago’s Theatre Y improvising an aural deconstruction of Samuel Beckett’s 1962 play “H...

Oracle Theatre’s ‘Romulus’ is falling apart — on purpose

Oracle Theatre’s ‘Romulus’ is falling apart — on purpose

Kathryn Eardley

October 8, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

During her directing-debut, Kasey Foster recreates Gore Vidal’s “Romulus” with statuesque characters and a crumbling set design, a craft which set designer Joanna Iwanicka describes as “an empire that’s defaulting and crumbling around the characters.” At a small theater like Oracl...

Story hits home: Characters shine in DePaul Theatre School’s production of ‘In the Heights’

Story hits home: Characters shine in DePaul Theatre School’s production of  ‘In the Heights’

Grant Myatt

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

More than 700 miles separate Chicago and New York City, but the story of a tight-knit community in “In the Heights” hits close to home. Leaving for school, scholarships, grades and trying to find where you fit in are all situations college students can understand and relate to on some level. And w...

Steppenwolf performance comes to life in ‘The Night Alive’

Steppenwolf performance comes to life in ‘The Night Alive’

Emma Rubenstein

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

Theater, if we let it, has the ability to transport us to another world entirely. Sometimes, though, it simultaneously grounds us in the middle of a difficult and messy reality. Steppenwolf Theatre’s “The Night Alive,” written by Conor McPherson and directed by Henry Wishcamper, does just that. It...

Q&A: Chicagoan Julie Baird of ‘Evil Dead the Musical’

Q&A: Chicagoan Julie Baird of ‘Evil Dead the Musical’

Emma Rubenstein

September 28, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

As Halloween approaches, Chicago is in store for a haunting and hilarious theatrical treat. Broadway in Chicago’s “Evil Dead the Musical” is an uproarious and outrageous show that audience members aren’t likely to forget. Chicagoan cast member Julie Baird recently spoke with The DePaulia ...

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