THEATER AND COMEDY

Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley

Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley

Second City, the famed Chicago comedy theater, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the former AMC movie theater...

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New playwright Kate Sprouse on 'Half Price Cosmos'

New playwright Kate Sprouse on 'Half Price Cosmos'

Like many freelance writers, Kate Sprouse often works in coffee shops. And like most Americans, she was horrified when...

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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

In 2008, Victory Gardens Theater created its Ignition Festival of New Plays, a staged reading series of new works to...

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iO performs final show in Wrigleyville

iO performs final show in Wrigleyville

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

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Lena Dunham to speak in Humanities Fest

Lena Dunham to speak in Humanities Fest

Lena Dunham will discuss her new book "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s 'Learned'" in...

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Bronzeville Comedy Showcase debuts July 16

Bronzeville Comedy Showcase debuts July 16

Seven years ago, Bronzeville resident Brian Babylon was earning a good salary as a media director for a multimedia...

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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

When local comedian Katie McVay discovered in December that the Just For Laughs Festival was not returning to Chicago...

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'Flying Bach' mixes breakdance and classical music

'Flying Bach' mixes breakdance and classical music

Breakdance and beats go hand in hand, but one crew is turning the tradition on its head with a global tour set to...

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Comedy community remembers Chicago's Dan Ronan

Local comedians remember Dan Ronan

On June 6, the Chicago comedy community lost one of its young stars. Dan Ronan died at age 24. Ronan was known for...

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Opening soon: The Bridge in Bridgeport

Opening soon: The Bridge in Bridgeport

Chicago is home to approximately 250 theater and comedy companies, but none of them call Bridgeport home. That's about...

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

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

"This Is Our Youth," the 1996 play by Kenneth Lonergan about affluent but disaffected college-age Manhattanites, will...

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

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

The Chicago Women's Funny Festival is back for its third year with 77 shows featuring 400 comedians on four stages...

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Meet the cast of 'Love Me, Tinder'

Meet the cast of 'Love Me, Tinder'

Tinder, the mobile dating app that brings unlimited booty call possibilities to your phone, has done wonders for the...

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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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Ike Holter on Collaboraction's Sketchbook 2049

Ike Holter on Collaboraction's Sketchbook 2049

Most playwrights are thrilled to see a single work produced, ever. Local scribe Ike Holter, however, has had dozens of...

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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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Nate Braga explores gender illusion in Court Theatre's 'M. Butterfly'

Nate Braga explores gender illusion in 'M. Butterfly'

Spring is traditionally a time for transformation, but actor Nate Braga takes that concept a step further than most. The...

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Q&A: Michael Urie of 'Buyer & Cellar'

Q&A: Michael Urie of 'Buyer & Cellar'

The actor known for playing Marc St. James on 'Ugly Betty' stars in an award-winning one-man show

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Chicago native Allison Semmes stars as Diana Ross in 'Motown the Musical'

Q&A: Allison Semmes

The Chicago native stars as Diana Ross in 'Motown the Musical'

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Talking hair with the cast of 'Hair'

Talking hair with the cast of 'Hair'

American Theater Company presents the iconic musical

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Q&A: Amanda Drinkall of 'Venus in Fur'

Q&A: Amanda Drinkall

Talking S&M with the star of 'Venus in Fur'

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Q&A: Steppenwolf's Garage Rep

Steppenwolf's Garage Rep

Three companies debut new work at Steppenwolf's Garage Rep

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Q&A: Matt Walsh of Upright Citizens Brigade

Q&A: Matt Walsh of Upright Citizens Brigade

Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh chats with us prior to the Chicago Improv Festival

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