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Having Their Say: The Goodman Theater’s Neena Arndt on the Delany Sisters
By April 23, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Having Their Say: The Goodman Theater’s Neena Arndt on the Delany Sisters

In 1993, Sadie and Bessie Delany published Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, which went on to top bestseller lists. (It was also featured as one of ALA’s “Best Books of 1994.”) The Delany sisters, both more than 100 years old when journalist Amy Hill Hearth recorded their oral history, experienced the […]

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Elegant Calves and Sea Shanties: Chicago’s Improvised Jane Austen
By December 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Elegant Calves and Sea Shanties: Chicago’s Improvised Jane Austen

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a theatrical in honor of Miss Jane Austen’s 242nd year of birth. In loft on Chicago’s Broadway Street, a troupe of women paid their respects to Miss Austen—exemplary authoress of the Regency era—by fabricating a satirical, gently mocking tale of social mores and romance. . . all […]

A Different Stage: 13 More Great Plays for Readers

A Different Stage: 13 More Great Plays for Readers

Neil Hollands recently posted an excellent article featuring a baker’s dozen of important plays to get library patrons to the dramatic literature shelf. All are classics. He chose very impressive works of modern theatre. In comparison to Greek, Elizabethan, and Victorian plays, Hollands’ selections are fresh and cutting edge. But that edge gets even sharper! Hundreds […]

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers
By October 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

As I noted in the November entry of my column, Every Book Its Reader, the theater section of most libraries is a neglected source of fast-reading, conflict- and character-driven titles. Many readers encountered Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams in school (or through productions, or filmed adaptations), but there’s a world of theater […]

Page to Stage: Books on Broadway

Page to Stage: Books on Broadway

There’s no denying that it’s certainly been the Year of Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical surprised no one when it won the Tony Award for Best Musical in June, and swept 10 other categories besides. (For an excellent behind-the-scenes account, check out this audiobook.) Hamilton is a singular sensation to be sure, but Broadway’s been bursting […]

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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. See the winners in the category of Letters, Drama, and Music below with Booklist reviews linked when available. To find out more about the awards, click here.   Fiction The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen   History Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, […]

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Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House Comes to Life

Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House Comes to Life

Chicago Public School second-graders witness a theatrical version of the much-loved children’s series. Last Friday, 500 second-grade Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students crowded into the auditorium of the Broadway Playhouse in Water Tower Place to see a special, preview performance of Mary Pope Osborne’s recently adapted, The Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts. […]

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Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker: Looking behind the Script with Goodman Theatre’s Neena Arndt

Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker: Looking behind the Script with Goodman Theatre’s Neena Arndt

Despite the age of his works, Thornton Wilder remains a staple in American theater—Our Town is still a popular production for high schools (there were three different productions of it, that I knew of, in our county during my four years of high school) and other pieces in his oeuvre are done professionally, as is the case with […]

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Epic Novel, Epic Theater: Roberto Bolano’s 2666
By February 18, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Epic Novel, Epic Theater: Roberto Bolano’s 2666

The first-ever staging of the challenging and complex novel does it full justice—though you don’t have to read the book before seeing the play. The set is minimal. Three bright green, wheeled chairs are parked behind two white, narrow tables on which stand four name plates. This is an easily overlooked detail, especially for audience members […]

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Disgraced: Exploring Islamophobia
By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Disgraced: Exploring Islamophobia

Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play now running at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, captures the essence of racial profiling: the belief that what we look like is more important than what we really are. Pakistani-American lawyer Amir Kapoor is a kaleidoscope of identities, but he is not a practicing Muslim, having eschewed Islam long ago. Still, because he looks […]