Happy fall, kittens! As you can see from my “CTA Tracker” (as Beyoncé would say, “to the left, to the left”), this Chicago Theatre Addict is going to be quite busy very soon. On top of this, nominations for 2010-2011 Equity Jeff Awards were announced, and there are a lot of them. And I’ve some… Read More Equity Jeff Award nominations: huzzah, harrumph and huh?
I’m starting a new job next week, and took a week off between jobly obligations to head to Northern Michigan for some much-needed R&R in Alpena, Michigan — my hometown. It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve been home during the summer, and I guess I took for granted the serene beauty this port-side town… Read More While I’ve been out: an update
Charles Newell and Doug Peck. When you get the combination of these two artists working together, something awesome is bound to happen. Such is the case with Court’s powerfully focused production of George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Newell, as director, has re-imagined this classic folk opera as an intimate ensemble piece, and music… Read More Court’s revelatory ‘Porgy and Bess’ features a break-out performance in Thomas
When I interviewed Jim Caruso last week, he joked that the experiment to bring his Manhattan-based Cast Party to Chicago could be a disaster: “It might just be Billy [Stritch] and me singing all the chestnuts to an empty house,” he said, laughing. In fact, the exact opposite happened. I introduced myself to Mr. Caruso… Read More A packed ‘Jim Caruso’s Cast Party’ gives Chicago performers a chance to show their stuff