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Updates keep ‘The Other Cinderella’ fresh — and relevant — after 43 years

The reimagined fairy tale by Black Ensemble Theater has been a holiday tradition for multiple generations of families.

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‘The Nut Tapper’ transforms ‘Nutcracker’ ballet into a cornucopia of percussive dance

It’s been nearly 20 years since Reginald "Reggio" McLaughlin created "The Nut Tapper," which also includes swapping out Tchaikovsky’s iconic score in favor of big band tunes.

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House Theatre of Chicago updates ‘Nutcracker’ with non-traditional gender-swapping

For the show’s 10th anniversary, the creative team is further stretching boundaries of an already original take on the classic production: The family at the heart of the show is now headed by gay fathers, and Uncle Drosselmeyer is an aunt.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life: Live’ — a Chicago holiday favorite remains faithful to beloved film

"It’s a perfect story of mankind grappling with their existence … what it is to be content and happy. It reaches all audiences," says American Blues Theater artistic director Wendy Whiteside.

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North Side restaurant’s Fall Donut offers autumnal flavors year-round

Chef at Sweet Virginia’s Kitchen makes the pillowy, cinnamon sugar treat from her grandma’s recipe — and serves it complete with the hole.

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Hollis Resnik ready for her close-up in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at Porchlight

"It’s a classic film noir — an aging actress falls in love with a younger man and goes nuts," is how Resnik succinctly sums up the plot.

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32 years later, ‘Splatter’ sequel arrives at Annoyance Theatre

Though "Splatter II" (as the show’s writer/director refers to it) incorporates some clever callbacks to "Splatter I," the sequel is more than a splatt-ier retread of its predecessor.

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AstonRep pulls out all the stops for demanding production of ‘Equus’

Mounting more ambitious productions was the reason AstonRep traded in its longtime home at Raven Theatre for the larger stage at The Edge.

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South Africa’s Isango Ensemble bringing ‘Hope’ to Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard

"It’s easy for people to think Africans can’t tell their own stories. This is an opportunity to tell a story the way we want to tell it," says Isango’s co-music director Mandisi Dyantyis.

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Venezuelan flavors on a roll at Klein’s Bakery, home of the golfeado

The shops in Uptown and Lake View are Chicago’s main source for the distinctive sticky bun topped with cheese.