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Future of Chicago theatre remains uncertain amid pandemic

The Cadillac Palace Theatre in downtown Chicago hasn't put on any shows since the pandemic began.

Lauren Coates, Staff Writer

September 20, 2020

Despite no significant droppage in Covid-19 cases nor any news of a vaccine becoming available any time soon, Broadway in Chicago recently announced their upcoming slate of shows for the remainder of the 2020 and the upcoming 2021 season. The announcement comes after nearly six months of theatres across t...

DePaul fine arts students adjust to remote learning

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Emily Reilly, Contributing Writer

May 2, 2020

Due to campus lockdown, many theatre, music, CDM and other fine arts students aren’t getting the in-person aspect that is needed for success. So, how are professors trying to make classes feel the same for their students?  Students are seeing both positive and negative changes associated with online l...

Acting for a Cause organizes live readings of plays to help keep culture alive during pandemic

Acting for a Cause organizes live readings of plays to help keep culture alive during pandemic

Emma Oxnevad and Rebecca Meluch

April 21, 2020

Coronavirus has undoubtedly wreaked havoc on life as we know it, leaving hordes of people jobless and uncertain of the future.  The virus has caused massive blows to the arts community, with musicians canceling or postponing long-awaited releases or tours, summer music festivals are in limbo and theaters are shutting their doors to prevent the spread of the virus.  But amid i...

REVIEW: ‘Mean Girls: The Musical’ not as good as the movie but still a must-see

REVIEW: 'Mean Girls: The Musical' not as good as the movie but still a must-see

Lauren Coates, Contributing Writer

January 26, 2020

“Mean Girls: The Musical” is finishing its Chicago leg of its nationwide tour this weekend. Just days after the announcement that “Mean Girls: The Musical” would be turned into a film (a sort of reverse adaptation, given that the musical itself is based on a film of the same name). As most m...

‘Brooklyn Bridge’ elevates children’s theater by taking its audience seriously

‘Brooklyn Bridge’ elevates children’s theater by taking its audience seriously

Jessica Grekowicz, Contributing Writer

January 20, 2020

The DePaul Theater School showcased the production of “Brooklyn Bridge” on Saturday, Dec. 18, presented by Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences. “Brooklyn Bridge” starts its tale with 10-year-old Sasha as she attempts to write a book report on said bridge. Sasha knows every fact about t...

‘Hamilton’: The musical that turned the world upside down

'Hamilton': The musical that turned the world upside down

Alayne Trinko, Staff Writer

January 19, 2020

After a three-year run, “Hamilton,” the Tony Award, Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical detailing the life of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, has closed its curtains. The contemporary yet deeply patriotic musical pushed the envelope and went against the norm of mainstream Broadway. F...

Trey Edward Shults’ “Waves” digs into how turmoil affects relationships

Katherine, Ronald, Tyler and Emily ­— four of the main characters ithat “Waves” follows — sit across from eachother in a diner.  Photo by IMDB

John Cotter, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

Some stories feel so contemporarily fitting — at the right time, experienced in the right place — that they transcend through the screen and invite you to be a part of the story, as tragic as it may be. Such is the case for the new A24 film “Waves,” directed by Trey Edward Shults and starring...

Up next… New traditions at Auditorium Theatre

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” playing at Auditorium Theatre

Keira Wingate, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

October 21, 2019

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is returning for its second year at the Auditorium Theatre on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The Chicago Philharmonic will bring the movie to life by performing the classic score by Danny Elfman. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a classic Halloween film...

Blue Man Group Chicago tests new instruments, material

Blue Man Group Chicago tests new instruments, material

Lauren Coates, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2019

Just one Red Line stop away from the Lincoln Park campus, the unassuming Briar Street Theatre sits nestled between nail salons and specialty restaurants. Although the building itself may be small, the spectacle it houses is a tried and true staple of both the Chicago theater scene and the entertainment...

Navigating Chicago’s art scene

The Chicago Theatre, which is sometimes called the “Wonder Theatre of the World,” has hosted some of the world’s greatest performers, from Duke Ellington to Robin Williams.

Chinyere Ibeh and Keira Wingate

September 23, 2019

For many, the start of a new school year can mean lots of stress. But when living in a city as exciting as Chicago, you’ll soon learn there’s more to be excited about than stressed. As you settle into the school year, here’s what you should know about the arts scene at DePaul and in Chicago. ...

DePaul alum writes, directs ‘chilling’ play

DePaul alum writes, directs 'chilling' play

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor

August 21, 2019

In a darkly humorous and politically charged take on the “zombie apocalypse” trope, DePaul alumnus Patrick Radke places six entirely average people center stage to survive the end days in his new 90-minute play, “Just Chilling.” The show, which took Radke four months to write and six actors...

Honey Girls: A deeply personal student production at DePaul

Cast members chat during the dress rehearsal for

Stacey Sheridan, Contributing Writer

May 13, 2019

Starting in 2004, The Theatre School at DePaul University selects one student-written play to be produced, staged and performed for audiences at the end of May. This season of the New Playwright Series, graduating senior Grace Grindell snagged the coveted opportunity with “Honey Girls,” a play she ...

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