Some stories are so universally known that they’re still familiar in a foreign language — even if it’s the most foreign language. For example, Charles Dickens’ classic character Ebenezer Scrooge is recognizable even speaking the native tongue of the most ruthless race of “Star Trek” …
Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the Drama Group’s “Making God Laugh” in Chicago Heights.
Bob Craig’s arts column features the winners of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation awards.
The Drama Group will present “Making God Laugh,” a family comedy written by Chicago actor and playwright Sean Grennan, at the Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 …
Christmastime in Chicago is truly a magical time. Take, for example, the splendiferous tree in Daley Plaza. This is the 100th year Chicago has had an official city Christmas tree. And like the first official city tree, it was donated. Nearly 29,000 lights and 300 …
St. Nicholas knows it’s entirely possible to craft a child-friendly Christmas story that doesn’t overdose on sugary, condescending simplicity and overwrought whimsy. Rudolph, the Grinch, heck even Frosty the Snowman stand as proof. “Elf the Musical” is not among this pantheon of holiday classics.
Bob Craig’s arts column includes “The Santaland Diaries” and “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” at the Chicago Street Theatre and Memorial Opera House’s presentation of “Little Women.”
Tom Creamer’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic is now in its 36th season at the Goodman Theatre, and there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to let yourself be enveloped by this transformative tale of hope and redemption.
At the Cadillac Palace, Buddy will sing, but he won’t belch or fight a dwarf like Will Ferrell did
The lethal Iroquois Theatre blaze might seem an unlikely impetus for a story told by clowns through a vaudevillian smorgasbord of acrobatics, slapstick, aerial stunts, lip synching and Christmas presents (the last being doled out to audience members).
As the opening volley in the seasonal onslaught of Christmas stories , Theatre at the Center’s staging of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” offers a kinder, gentler telling though not entirely successful telling of Charles Dickens’ famous ghost story.
Consider, for example, the arrival on …
Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the Drama Group’s Daytime Children’s Theatre production of “The Adventures of Hansel and Gretel” in Chicago Heights.
Now that they’ve signed on to play the notorious miser in stage versions of “A Christmas Carol,” local actors see a challenge in the Christmas future.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” collaboration rings in the holiday season in the Chicago area.
Adapting a Charles Dickens novel for the stage is not for the fainthearted. Add in the fact that six actors quick-change their way through nearly 40 characters in Gale Childs Daly’s version of “Great Expectations,” and the feat seems even more impossible.
In the late …
You can’t actually see either of the two galvanizing forces that indelibly alter the lives of the tight-knit brother/sister team at the heart of “Detroit ’67,” at Skokie’s Northlight Theatre. But the infectious sounds of Motown and the terrifying sounds of riots all but serve as additional characters in playwright Dominique Morisseau’s emotionally charged exploration of ferocious civil unrest and equally intense family ties.