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Contretemps beats against the time

Ethereal visions of swans, sylphs, shades, and sugarplums? A way of moving that puts the court in courtesy and curtsy? Our best attempt at embodying Euclidean geometry, Newtonian physics, and…

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Remembering Sally Nemeth

Editor's Note: Sally Nemeth, an early force in the growth of Chicago as a city that nurtures new plays, died on July 30 at age 62 in Los Angeles after…

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God: now at the mall

A viewer takes in Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment. Courtesy the artist It had been almost exactly 30 years since I’d seen my favorite gorgon. I’d left him where he lived,…

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TimeLine marches on

click to enlarge HGA design rendering showing future street exterior view of TimeLine's new Uptown home Courtesy TimeLine Theatre TimeLine Theatre's mission is to present "stories inspired by history that…

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The story of Stick Castle

click to enlarge Stick Castle brought neighbors together and offered hope. Nina Li Coomes A hand-drawn sign in crayon, taped to the inside of a window, thanking nurses and doctors.…

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With the Thompson Center on the block, CAC celebrates its late creator

It's sad but true that we're never so much appreciated as when we're newly dead. Especially if the death is sudden and unexpected. Three months ago, as preservationists were sounding…

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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play reopens at the Goodman

From the Heathers to the Plastics, teenage girls and their cliques have proved to be a sturdy source of pop culture anthropology. And beauty pageants have also been fertile ground…

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A tsunami of news and a new path for Actors’ Equity membership

There's been a tsunami of theater news over the past couple of weeks. Steppenwolf named ensemble members Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis as co-artistic directors, replacing Anna Shapiro, who announced…

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Book It

A list of new and recently released books from Chicago authors or publishers, plus some books you might have missed when they first came out. MEMOIR The Flowering: The Autobiography…

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Comedy is back, baby!

click to enlarge Sonal Aggarwal and Karmen Naidoo hosting the first live Gimme the Light in Chicago Sarah Elizabeth Larson During the past year, comedians were forced, like so many…

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