Police Chief Investigates Theater’s 1-Star Facebook Review, Finds “Alternative Facts”

He reported that on the way back to his car he was approached by several ‘blacks’ asking for money and harassing him and his companion. He then warns theater-goers to ‘bring your gun’ and gives some sage advice to us: ‘Clean up your shit, AURORA.’

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Why Do I Act Like That?

Being home for the holidays is an excellent opportunity for you to examine how your family’s dynamics have shaped your personality. If you’re an actor, you can use the experiences to grow your awareness of human nature and, of course, apply it to your creative work.

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Chicago’s Best Shows of 2016

As an amazing year of performance in Chicago comes to an end, we’re wrapping up our picks for the best productions of 2016. We asked our critics which of the 125 shows we reviewed this year have really stuck with them, and here are their favorites.

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2016 Company of the Year: Writers Theatre

There’s no question that 2016 was the year of the “big” theater in Chicago. After a few years of what some might regard as stagnation at some of Chicago’s most prominent theater institutions, in 2016 nearly every one of them set out to confound that perception.

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Inside PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS Part Two: The Tired Rule

In this 4-part feature, PerformInk continues its INSIDE series and takes you behind the scenes of The New Colony’s production of PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS through blog posts written by the people behind the scenes.

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Spiel Chicago Episode 12: Not In Our House

In June of 2015, actress Lori Myers heard–for the fourth time in two months–a story from yet another colleague about extreme abuses of power in the Chicago theater community. Frustrated, she posted a now infamous Facebook post asking, “If your friend, sister, daughter, or co-worker was working under a sexual predator—what would you do about it?”

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15 Years of Making Bedford Falls ‘WONDERFUL’

An inside look at what makes American Blues Theater’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! keep ringing after 15 years.

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Race and Representation Among Decision-Makers in Chicago Theater

Diversity on Chicago’s stages has been the hot button issue in 2016. But, as Lavina Jadhwani observes, “Casting is the symptom, not the root problem.”

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Poignent I AM MY OWN WIFE Is a Tightly Woven Ensemble Piece

Every play I’ve seen since November 8th has seemed like a small rebellion. I crowd into small dark rooms with strangers to see something beautiful and hope that it will steel me, change me into someone better equipped for the world outside.

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Integrating the Unthinkable: How to Respond to Election 2016

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
-Toni Morrison

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