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Curtain Call: ‘Queen of the Mist,’ ‘Falsettos’ and more theater openings, previews May 24-30

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

The Mix: Bike the Drive, House Music Festival and more things to do May 24-30

From Eddie Izzard to New Kingston, there’s so much to check out in Chicago in the week ahead.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ a breathtaking, thrills-a-minute, heartwarming tale

Let’s simply say that "Volta" is one of the best Cirque shows in their repertoire.

Malcolm Ewen, stage manager who took Steppenwolf shows to Broadway, dead at 64

He worked for Steppenwolf for 32 years and was the first stage manager to become a member of the Chicago ensemble.

‘Adventures of Augie March’ undergoes a long and winding transformation at Court Theatre

For a play about a man who has such trouble reaching adulthood, it’s a play best viewed by adults — or at least those with adult-like attention spans.

Biographical ‘Four Chords and a Gun’ missing key ingredient: the Ramones’ music

Shunting the band’s actual songs off to the postshow mini-concert feels inescapably odd, especially in a city as teeming with talented actor-musicians as Chicago.

‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ unfolds amid a passion-filled portrait of the author, her monster

This is sumptuous storytelling, a "Frankenstein" where thrills come not from bumps in the night but from rich, believable characters with full emotional lives.

Holy cow! Fly the W for ‘Miracle,’ a musical with a real feel for Cubs fans and their tense season of 2016

The songs are fun and the cast a powerful team in this winning flashback to the North Siders’ World Series run.

Curtain Call: ‘Ms. Blakk for President’ and more theater openings, previews May 17-23

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

Mental illness tears at the core of one family in blistering ‘Next to Normal’

The Tony Award-winning David Cromer shows his gift for anguish hasn’t diminished since 2010’s memorably torrid "A Streetcar Named Desire."

‘Hamilton’ Chicago sets closing date

"More people have seen ‘Hamilton’ in Chicago than any other city, including New York," said producer Jeffrey Seller.

Cubs’ championship season and one family’s bonds play out in new musical

Chicagoan dives right in to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’

More than 40 performers are featured in "Volta," and among them is Chicago native Kevin Beverley, a member of the shape diving troupe.

‘Winter’s Tale’ as confounding as ever in fabulous Goodman Theatre production

All told, this is a compelling take on a notoriously difficult but rewarding script.

‘Rent’ has lost some of its edge, but remains a remarkable musical

"Rent" isn’t edgy or groundbreaking anymore, but it remains powerful and true to the original in all the right ways.

The Mix: BTS, Manifest and more things to do May 10-16

From BTS to "30 Egg Plays in 60 Egg Minutes" there's so much to check out in Chicago in the week ahead.

Curtain Call: ‘Six’ and more theater openings, previews May 10-16

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago's stages are alive with vibrant productions.

‘West Side Story’ revived as gritty, witty and bright at Lyric Opera

As Maria, Mikaela Bennett is the breakout star of this superb and brilliantly cast production.

‘Chicago’ losing its razzle-dazzle in current road show

This latest tour feels musty, with the performers going through the same old Bob Fosse-inspired motions.

Pre-Broadway ‘August Rush’ a nonsensical hodgepodge at the Paramount

At times, it seems director John Doyle is aiming for magical realism. But even magical realism needs to be grounded in a compelling narrative.

‘Matilda’ is fun, smart and frightfully fabulous at Drury Lane Theatre

Drury Lane Theatre's staging, directed with a keen eye for the monstrous (and the monstrously funny) by Mitch Sebastian, lives up to Dahl’s book.

TimeLine’s ‘Too Heavy for Your Pocket’ tests the bonds of friendship, sacrifice

Set in 1961, the TimeLine Theatre production looks at the economics of revolution and the steep price it exacts from those who could least afford it.

‘Like Othello on speed’: Falls directs ‘Winter’s Tale’ and I’ve got free tickets

The Goodman is giving away 25 pairs of tickets to the May 16 performance, and there's a reception beforehand where we can gobble hors d'oeuvres.

Dreamed of being a Rockette? Chicago auditions could be your chance

One key requirement: You must be between 5’6" and 5’10 ½" in order to be a Radio City Rockette.

The Mix: ‘West Side Story,’ Buckingham Fountain and more things to do May 3-9

Lyric Opera is presenting "West Side Story," Buckingham Fountain will come to life, and a whole lot more happening in the week ahead.

Curtain Call: ‘Augie March’ and more theater openings, previews May 3-9

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago are stages are alive with vibrant productions.

‘The Children’ should be seen for its simple take on powerful questions

Three people escape and assess a horrifying disaster in Steppenwolf production of Lucy Kirkwood's play.

Laurie Metcalf, “Tootsie” lead Chicago pack for 2019 Tony Awards nominations

If she wins the Tony this year, Metcalf will make history as the first person to win acting Tonys three years consecutively.

House Theatre’s ‘Pinocchio’ can’t quite find its story footing

"Pinocchio" feels like it’s got the beginnings of some good ideas, but wasn’t quite ready for prime time.

Chicago Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ a combination devoutly to be wished

Barbara Gaines' production of the Shakespeare classic succeeds as a thriller, a tragedy and a doomed coming-of-age story.

‘Hamilton’ fans pack new Chicago exhibition as it opens to the public

The musical's creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, handing out donuts to the first attendees of "Hamilton: The Exhibition" at its public opening.

Lin-Manuel Miranda on hand as ‘Hamilton: The Exhibition’ debuts in Chicago

Inside the cavernous "museum" are 18 galleries, each depicting an era in the life of Hamilton.