THEATER AND COMEDY

Early start on Halloween costume? Lyric Opera holds sale

Lyric Opera holds costume sale

Get an early start on Halloween costume shopping, with prices ranging from $1 to $200.

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'The Oregon Trail' inspires a play at The Annoyance Theatre

'The Oregon Trail' inspires a play at The Annoyance Theatre

Writer and actor Chip Bagnall talks about his play inspired by the elementary school computer game.

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Second City, iO raise the comedy bar for Chicago

Second City, iO raise the comedy bar for Chicago

The improvisational theaters are moving and expanding, growing Chicago's laugh scene.

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Chicago Dancing Festival starts Aug. 20

Chicago Dancing Festival starts Aug. 20

It's free. It's fun. And it lasts three days. Go check it out.

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'Methtacular' explores funny, heartbreaking tale of drug addiction

'Methtacular' explores funny, heartbreaking tale of drug addiction

Chicagoan Steven Strafford returns in 'Methtacular!' at the Wit Theater in Lakeview.

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Emma Stone in talks to make Broadway debut

Emma Stone in talks to make Broadway debut

The actress could play Sally Bowles in a New York production of ┬┐Cabaret,┬┐ starring with Alan Cummings.

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'All Our Tragic' is the ultimate theater binge

'All Our Tragic' is the ultimate theater binge

Watch all 32 surviving Greek tragedies in an epic 12-hour show.

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Veteran comedian Jim Breuer makes Chicagoland stop

Veteran comedian Jim Breuer makes Chicagoland stop

Comedian Jim Breuer cannot quite put his finger on it. Maybe it's the club layout. Or the personalities of the residents...

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Inside the new iO,where Fey, Poehler got their start

Inside the new iO,where Fey, Poehler got their start

The founders of iO are prepping to open their new headquarters in Lincoln Park.

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New playwright Kate Sprouse on 'Half Price Cosmos'

New playwright Kate Sprouse on 'Half Price Cosmos'

A first-time playwright brings her script to the stage.

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Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley

Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley

The company has acquired the adjacent movie theater and plans to expand.

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Brother-sister duo April Fools debuts a new hip-hop play, 'Lack on Lack'

Brother-sister act April Fools debuts a new hip-hop play

These Chicago siblings are creating their own blend of hip hop, theater and poetry.

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Lena Dunham to speak in Humanities Fest

Lena Dunham to speak in Humanities Fest

The 'Girls' writer and star will discuss her new book in Chicago in October.

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Bronzeville Comedy Showcase debuts July 16

Bronzeville Comedy Showcase debuts July 16

Watch stand-up comedy outdoors at this annual fest.

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Your guide to The Comedy Exposition, Chicago's homegrown stand-up festival

Chicago's homegrown stand-up fest: The Comedy Exposition

Local comedians created their own festival in the wake of Just For Laugh's Chicago exit

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Review: The Second City e.t.c.'s 38th Revue 'Apes of Wrath'

Review: The Second City e.t.c.'s 38th Revue 'Apes of Wrath'

Sean Ely reviews the troupe's latest stage show

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'Flying Bach' mixes breakdance and classical music

'Flying Bach' mixes breakdance and classical music

Modern moves meet historic beats at this global tour's only U.S. stop

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Comedy community remembers Chicago's Dan Ronan

Local comedians remember Dan Ronan

Friends and colleagues of stand-up comic Dan Ronan share their memoriers.

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Opening soon: The Bridge in Bridgeport

Now open: The Bridge in Bridgeport

A former church in Bridgeport has been converted into a theater.

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Michael Cera in 'This is Our Youth' at Steppenwolf Theatre

Michael Cera in 'This is Our Youth' at Steppenwolf Theatre

The cult favorite play comes to the Chicago stage.

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'SNL' writer Katie Rich appears in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival

Katie Rich in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival

The 'SNL' writer talks about the differences between stage and screen.

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Meet the cast of 'Love Me, Tinder'

Meet the cast of 'Love Me, Tinder'

What if the hook-up app went haywire and resulted in true love?

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Ike Holter on Collaboraction's Sketchbook 2049

Ike Holter on Collaboraction's Sketchbook 2049

A Q&A with Chicago playwright Ike Holter.

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Aziz Ansari booed at Chicago Theatre for asking 'Who are the Hawks?'

Aziz Ansari booed at Chicago Theatre for asking 'Who are the Hawks?'

During his early show Wednesday at the Chicago Theatre, comedian Aziz Ansari asked audience members who had recently...

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iO performs its final show in Wrigleyville space

iO performs its final show in Wrigleyville space

When I talked with iO Theater proprietor Charna Halpern late Saturday night, she didn't seem particularly nostalgic...

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Aziz Ansari brings 'Modern Romance,' dating advice to Chicago

Aziz Ansari brings 'Modern Romance,' dating advice to Chicago

Compare the dating scene a decade ago to today's vibe and you couldn't have two more opposite entities. Texting,...

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Second City partners with TV/film company

Second City partners with TV/film company

Aiming to launch more television and film projects while connecting its performers with managers who will work closely...

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Chicagoland native Michael Novak soars with the Paul Taylor Dance Company

Michael Novak soars with Paul Taylor Dance Company

For Michael Novak, the performing arts have come full circle. As a kid growing up in Rolling Meadows, Ill., he was...

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