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Each movement says a mouthful in Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Jane Eyre’

A unique vocabulary of gestures tells the classic Charlotte Brontë story in a haunting piece of dance theater.

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Curtain Call — ‘Proxy,’ ‘Evening with C.S. Lewis’ and more openings, previews Oct. 18-24

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

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‘Hamilton’ star Miguel Cervantes announces ‘celebration of life’ for daughter Adelaide

"Hamilton" Chicago star Miguel Cervantes announced the news via Twitter. His 3-year-old daughter died last weekend following a long battle with epilepsy.

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Hollis Resnik dazzles amid the darkness of ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Director Michael Weber’s take on the iconic stage musical is filled with marvelous performances.

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‘Man of No Importance’ a timid character study lacking Wilde passion

You wish this wholly tentative show gave the actors more to work with.

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3-year-old daughter of ‘Hamilton’ star Miguel Cervantes passes away after battle with epilepsy

"She went peacefully in my arms, surrounded by love," mom Kelly Cervantes tweeted about her daughter Adelaide.

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Powerfully sung ‘Luisa Miller’ offers hints of what’s to come

The man who will lead Lyric smartly conducts the opera that would lead Verdi toward greatness.

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Opera legend Jessye Norman’s funeral set for Georgia hometown

Actor Laurence Fishburne is expected to speak and musicians Wycliffe Gordon and J’Nai Bridges from the Metropolitan Opera will perform.

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Chicago ‘Stages’ Theater Directory for October

Your go-to guide for theater in our city.

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The Mix: Madonna live, Chicago Film Festival and more cool things to do Oct. 11-17

"Madagascar — A Musical Adventure" and a concert by Mariachi Herencia de Mexico are just some of the exciting entertainment options in the week ahead.

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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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Curtain Call — ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ ‘Jane Eyre’ and more theater openings, previews Oct. 11-17

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

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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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Actor ‘disappears’ into the persona of legendary comedian Lenny Bruce in one-man show

Ronnie Marmo stars in the 90-minute solo piece directed by Chicago native Joe Mantegna and produced in partnership with Lenny’s daughter Kitty Bruce.

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Playwright Rachel Bonds crafts most personal work in ‘Sundown, Yellow Moon’

Everyone in the play is dealing with sadness in his or her life. Ultimately, it’s about learning how to talk to each other and begin moving forward.

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Powerhouse cast delivers deeply moving and timely ‘The Brothers Size’

Combined with a trio of powerfully layered performances "The Brothers Size" offers the kind of intro to theater that could make lifelong converts.

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Not much bite in City Lit Theater’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’

At best, City Lit’s staging is faint reminder of just how great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s remarkable, enduring creation was.

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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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Tricks and treats: 25 tempting Halloween things to do in Chicago

From family-friendly pumpkin patches to ghastly haunted houses and everything in between, here are the some of the must-do events of the season.

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Playwright traces family’s history in ‘Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary’

Playwright/actress Marissa Chibas traveled to Cuba on research trips, interviewed Cuban nationals in Miami and studied U.S. State Department files on her uncle while also studying in depth the history of Cuba and her family’s place in it.

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Rick Bayless, Windy City Playhouse team up for theatrical project, while chef’s new restaurant is set for Willis Tower

Bayless has been an ardent supporter of Chicago’s theater community, having starred in "Cascabel" at Lookingglass Theatre in 2014.

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Turbulent ’60s a backdrop for surprisingly bland, predictable ‘Hope: Part II of a Mexican Trilogy’

The play and the production often settle for boring platitudes over real detail or insight.

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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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The Mix: Kingdom Choir and other cool things to do in Chicago Oct. 4-10

Vocalist Zaz, a Lar Lubovitch dance tribute and the art of Tetsuya Ishida also are among the entertainment highlights in Chicago in the coming week.

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In this ‘Doll’s House,’ Nora is not playing around

Some of the dialogue stings in Writers Theatre’s version of the Ibsen classic.

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Curtain Call: ‘A Man of Good Hope” and more theater, dance openings Oct. 4-10

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

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Placido Domingo resigns as general director of Los Angeles Opera following sexual harassment allegations

Three dozen people in the opera world recently revealed they witnessed inappropriate sexually-tinged behavior by Domingo and that he pursued younger women with impunity.

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‘The Office’ musical parody, Kathleen Turner solo show headed to Chicago

Other shows in Broadway in Chicago’s off-season series include Robert Dubac’s "The Book of Moron" and Lisa Lampanelli’s "Losin’ It!"

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Jessye Norman, legendary opera star, dies at 74

Her passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts.

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‘Every Brilliant Thing’ at Windy City Playhouse should top your list of plays to see

A number of Chicago premieres — Duncan Macmilan’s breathtaking work among them — are suddenly reminding us to take stock of joy and possibility and human kindness.

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‘The Barber of Seville’: A little off at the top, Lyric Opera production builds to mighty finish

The action picks up with the arrival of Adam Plachetka, strong of voice but good-natured in character, as Figaro.

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The Mix: UniverSoul Circus and other cool things to do in Chicago Sept. 27-Oct. 3

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival and Lyric Opera’s "The Barber of Seville" also are among the entertainment highlights in Chicago in the coming week.