Arts & Entertainment

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Black comedy “Armadillo Necktie” exposes open wound of U.S. in Iraq

A new self-described "jet-black comedy" takes on the national American character at the apogee of its foreign "nation building" enterprise.

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Anti-slavery classic revived for the stage as “Tom”

A nineteenth-century American classic, re-imagined for the stage as a tale of racial injustice.

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“Home/Sick” stages the 1970s Weathermen movement with explosive impact

In the waning days of the Vietnam War, democracy itself seemed to have ground to a halt. A newly re-staged play delves into that period.

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Staceyann Chin takes Chicago by storm in one-woman show: “MotherStruck!”

The Chicago-based one-woman show brings audiences to tears of laughter and pain.

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Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape”: A shocking protest against capitalist barbarism

It's a product of the post-World War I Expressionist school, with exaggerated characters, writ in bold strokes, often with harsh, mordant commentary.

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The power of music: Alexander the Great and Handel in wartime

Handel composed Alexander's Feast in early 1736; it became one of his most popular and most often revived works during his lifetime.

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This week in history: 400 years since death of Shakespeare

What immortal characters, prescient visions, fantastic worlds, and all-comprehending humanity did this writer pluck from his imagination!

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“Six Characters in Search of An Author”: Performing Pirandello’s pirouettes

Sicilian playwright Luigi Pirandello's iconoclastic play is all the more impressive when one takes into account that its premiere in Rome was way back in 1921. 

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New play confronts Alaskan Native and Caucasian worlds

In this play, an angry teenager from a troubled home in Juneau is sent to live and work with his Tlingit grandparents in a remote fishing village.

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Bringing Eleanor Roosevelt’s lover Lorena Hickok out of the shadows

The play's frank assertion that Hick and Eleanor were lovers represents a departure from earlier dramatizations of their relationship.

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