Fun for the Holidays: Find the perfect off-loop show this December

 By Alexandra Garfield The trees are bare and shopping malls are crazy. Snow is brewing in the clouds and sugarplum fairies are pirouetting in store windows. So take a break and go to the theater. Find that perfect holiday show that the whole family can enjoy – a show that won’t make the kids fall asleep and won’t […]

Iroquois Theater fire roars back to life in Burning Bluebeard

By Alexandra Garfield Heart-wrenching with a sprinkling of hope and a healthy serving of laughter, Burning Bluebeard intertwines two stories in one spine-chilling show. Actors portraying actors from the infamous 1903 Iroquois Theater fire attempt to finish their performance of the holiday pantomime, Mr. Bluebeard. Only this time, they hope it won’t end in another […]

Lookingglass Theater shares a treasure with classic Treasure Island

By Alexandra Garfield Set sail with the Lookingglass Theater for the best stage production of Treasure Island you may ever see. The swashbuckling adventure and shocking betrayals sizzling through Robert Louis Stevenson’s best-known novel, come to life on the stage at the Water Tower. Classic characters like Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins leap off […]

You Can’t Take It With You, and you may not want to

By Alexandra Garfield You Can’t Take It With You takes us back to a depression-era classic that feels all too relevant today. The show centers around the Sycamore family who live their lives on the premise of compulsively pursuing happiness. This eccentric bunch does everything from practicing ballet while baking to making fireworks in the […]

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin honored by alma mater

By Alexandra Garfield Game of Thrones author and producer George R. R. Martin is known for killing off many of his main characters in his novels – something that’s a bit hard to do in journalism. But his achievements won him a title in journalism royalty this November. He was inducted into the Medill Hall […]

Ride the Cyclone: Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s musical roller coaster

by Alexandra Garfield You may not think that a musical can start out with six deaths and still be uplifting and funny without negating the tragedy of loss. But Ride the Cyclone manages that emotional feat. This vaudevillian musical from Chicago Shakespeare Theater keeps you guessing until the very end. A broken roller coaster track […]

A week at the museum: Chicago celebrates first Museum Week

By Alexandra Garfield Kristen Delboccio decided Tuesday was the day to take her 6-month-old daughter, Jaelynn, to the Shedd Aquarium for the first time. They explored half the museum including the Carribbean Reef exhibit where they watched tropical fish and rays glide by before taking a lunch break outside – a hot dog for mom […]