Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life ]]> Lead story image

Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Craig: ‘Sweeney Todd’ in Chesterton plus other productions ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:12:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Polly Noonan makes her directorial debut with Piven’s ‘The Language Archive’ ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:15:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Invisible Circus’ might not always make sense, and that’s alright ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:36:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Black Ensemble Theater’s ‘Golden’ revue shines light on Chicago soul ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:28:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Craig: ‘Anything Goes’ plus several auditions ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:46:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 28, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the BACinema screening of “Philomena” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:46:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Craig: Productions of ‘Adrift in Macao,’ ‘Vagina Monologues’ ]]> Lead story image

Bob Craig’s arts column includes Hammond productions of Towle Theater’s “Adrift in Macao” and “Vagina Monologues” at Beatniks on Conkey. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:07:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Ring of Fire’ reveals Johnny Cash’s story through his music ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:16:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drury Lane stitches up family plot in ‘Young Frankenstein’ ]]> Lead story image

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 thecon side: Graverobbing is inherently icky. So who can blame young Frederick from turning his back on his grandfather’s singular calling? But Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” the stage musical (based on Brooks’ 1974 hit film), makes it monstrously clear that detaching oneself from one’s family is easier said than done. The story of a lonesome … ]]> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:25:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Good times meet grim ones in ‘Cabaret’ ]]> Lead story image

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, the piece centers on Clifford Bradshaw (Patrick Sarb), a bisexual American writer who travels to Germany and finds himself wholly seduced by the frenzied pleasures of the city’s hedonistic cabaret scene. Inside the cabaret, “everything is beautiful,” according to the mesmerizing catchphrase of the club’s Emcee (Winnetka native Stephen Schellhardt). Outside the Kit Kat Klub? … ]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackman escapes from ‘Houdini’ musical ]]> Lead story image

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 “Ultimately, though, I wasn’t able to commit to the time this role will require.” Jackman told the Sun-Times in 2009 that the illusionist was an ideal subject for the stage: “Houdini was the original rock star who really interacted with an audience . . . a great magician, but an even better entertainer.’’ He played a … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:42:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ GSU unveils 2013-14 Performing Arts lineup ]]> Lead story image

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 “Opera Up Close” shows, “Lyric Opera Preview,” will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 22. New singers from Lyric Opera will perform selections from “La Traviata,” “Otello,” “Madama Butterfly,” “La Clemenza di Tito,” “Die Fledermaus,” “The Barber of Seville” and more. Jim Witter will perform “The Long and Winding Road,” featuring the songs of John … ]]> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:03:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rialto brings more crowd pleasers for 2013-14 season ]]> Lead story image

The Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet has always prided itself on trying to give the people what they want. The staff asks patrons and non-patrons alike what shows and artists they’d like to see. They solicit feedback on social media. Their mission, simply, is to offer quality shows at affordable prices, says Annette Parker, director of marketing and sales at the Rialto. “We’ve added about 35 shows to our season,” she said. “We will be adding even more shows. We are doing something different this year. In the past we’ve only had one subscription series, and that was Broadway at … ]]> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:40:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ NCC, Paramount, Rialto and ECC give best recommendations ]]> Lead story image

Local performing arts centers are gearing up their new seasons, and we asked four area theaters to talk about three acts on their calendars. These could be three acts that fans are excited about, three acts they personally can’t wait to experience or three acts that could use some extra buzz. Here’s what they had to say. North Central College 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville. (630) 637-7469 1. KC and the Sunshine Band, Nov. 23 KC and Sunshine Band offers cross-generational appeal with music that’s accessible to everyone, said Fine Arts director Brian Lynch. “It’s like any song that … ]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:20:00 -0500