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Hypocrites’ ‘All Our Tragic’ a production of epic proportions

“All Our Tragic,” The Hypocrites’ newest project, meshes 32 Greek tragedies into an 11-hour marathon.

‘Churchill’ captures  the soul of the man

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Sir Winston Churchill was, by every measure, one of a kind. And the more you discover about him by way of actor-writer Ronald Keaton’s enthralling, immensely entertaining “Churchill” — the inaugural performance of SoloChicago Theatre, a new Equity enterprise devoted to the art of solo …

‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life

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Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin.

Craig: ‘Sweeney Todd’ in Chesterton plus other productions

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Bob Craig’s arts column includes 4th Street Theater’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in Chesterton, Valparaiso Theatrical Company’s “Barefoot in the Park,” Crown Point Community Theatre’s “Time Stands Still” and the Genesius Guild’s “Carousel” in Hammond.

Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014

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Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the ticket on-sale for Linkin Park’s August concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

Polly Noonan makes her directorial debut with Piven’s ‘The Language Archive’

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Everyone has past experiences that helped determine their future. For actress-director Polly Noonan this moment came in her teenage years when she took classes at the Piven Theatre Workshop. Throughout her career, it is the place she returns to over and over “to be restored.”

‘Invisible Circus’ might not always make sense, and that’s alright

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If you drop by the Actors Gymnasium in Evanston to catch “The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus,” as its hardworking cast certainly hopes you will, don’t try too hard to comprehend it on a purely intellectual level.

Black Ensemble Theater’s ‘Golden’ revue shines light on Chicago soul

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The production, which opens Sunday, illustrates the volume of music that emanated from labels like Chess, Vee-Jay and Brunswick on Chicago’s “Record Row.”

Craig: ‘Anything Goes’ plus several auditions

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Bob Craig’s arts column includes Memorial Opera House’s “Anything Goes” in Valparaiso and auditions for Crown Point Community Theatre, 4th Street Theater in Chesterton, Genesius Guild in Hammond, Gary Shakespeare Company and Towle Theater in Hammond.

Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 28, 2014

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Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the BACinema screening of “Philomena” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

Craig: Productions of ‘Adrift in Macao,’ ‘Vagina Monologues’

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Bob Craig’s arts column includes Hammond productions of Towle Theater’s “Adrift in Macao” and “Vagina Monologues” at Beatniks on Conkey.

‘Ring of Fire’ reveals Johnny Cash’s story through his music

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A reworked “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” opening at Theatre at the Center brings the show down to a more intimate level featuring five singer-musicians.

Drury Lane stitches up family plot in ‘Young Frankenstein’

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Of all the troubles that come with inheriting the family business, few are as daunting as those bequeathed to Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous monster-maker Victor Frankenstein. On the pro side: The Frankenstein family business is a stellar model of sustainability and recycling. On …

Good times meet grim ones in ‘Cabaret’

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Willkommen to the cabaret, a world where you are urged to embrace all that’s forbidden. “It’s an exciting, dangerous, utterly seductive place,” says director David H. Bell of the titular locale in Marriott Lincolnshire’s production of “Cabaret,” opening Jan. 15. Set in Berlin in 1929, …

Jackman escapes from ‘Houdini’ musical

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Hugh Jackman fans, you won’t be seeing him on Broadway anytime soon. The actor has pulled out of the 2014 musical “Houdini” about the famed escape artist. “I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini,” Jackman said in a statement reported by People.com. “Ultimately, …

GSU unveils 2013-14 Performing Arts lineup

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The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University will offer a variety of entertainment for its 2013-14 season.

The musical “Hair” will be performed by the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble on July 27 and 28, and Aug. 3 and 4.

The first of three …