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Curtain Call — Theater previews, openings April 6-12, 2018

Posted: April 4, 2018

Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions. Here are highlights of theater/dance performances and opening nights for April 6 to 12, 2018. “The Aristophanesathon”: Sean Graney’s four-hour adaptation of the 11 existing comedies of Aristopha…


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Conversations with Ed Tracy, De Usuris column item

Posted: March 29, 2018

March came in like a lion and out like a wolf in Chicago - a Loyola Wolf, that is! The Ramblers are headed to the NCAA Final Four this weekend. Buckle up for a BIG game on Saturday!


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Themes of 'South Pacific' are more timely than ever

Posted: March 28, 2018

Amilestone Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that's as timely today as when it was first staged comes to Drury Lane this spring. "South Pacific" is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Tales From the South…


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Theater spotlight: Put down your smartphone for Metropolis' 'Internet Ate My Brain'

Posted: March 27, 2018

Comedian/writer Bill Dyszel, author of "Microsoft Outlook for Dummies," examines our reliance on technology while skewering online romance and selfie addiction in his one-man show "The Internet Ate My Brain." Dyszel performs his multimedia sendup at …


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URGENT Enthusiastic 'Joseph' nears the end of its run at Drury Lane

Posted: March 23, 2018

Audience members expecting the traditional production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" when the curtain goes up nightly at Drury Lane Theatre are in for a surprise. But, it's a pleasant surprise. The new rendition of "Joseph and t…


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Be good to Mama this Mother's Day with Drury Lane play

Posted: May 9, 2017

According to the National Restaurant Association, six in ten Americans will celebrate Mother's Day by dining out. That translates into a lot of busy eateries. But in Oakbrook Terrace, consumers can skip waiting for a table by securing seats to Drury …


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"Chicago" review: All that jazz with a lot of razzle dazzle

Posted: May 6, 2017

Chicago that wonderful town with the numerous nicknames “The Windy City,” The "City of Big Shoulders" and "Hog Butcher to the World," is also known as the third largest city in the United States. People around the world come to Chicago to see its won…


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Casting announced for 'Chicago' at Drury Lane

Posted: March 16, 2017

Casting announced for CHICAGO at Drury Lane


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'Chicago' coming to Drury Lane Theatre next year

Posted: May 25, 2016

Come springtime next year, Drury Lane Theatre will be the first local company to produce "Chicago" in decades, the Oak Brook Terrace-based theater announced Wednesday.


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Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14

Posted: May 16, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Ira Levin's popular murder mystery, Deathtrap, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek.


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11 Shows to See During Chicago Theatre Week

Posted: January 16, 2018

The League of Chicago Theatres’ sixth annual Chicago Theatre Week will run this year from Feb. 8-18 and will feature more than 120 productions in theaters across the city and suburbs. While several productions are free, most shows come at the discoun…


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Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Chef Fest Feb. 8 at Drury Lane

Posted: January 11, 2018

The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation's 18th annual Chef Fest will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, 100 Drury Ln. in Oakbrook Terrace. The event includes a variety of signature menu items produced by chefs f…


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Toast New Year's Eve at these suburban spots

Posted: January 3, 2018

Do you have plans yet to ring in the New Year? If not, here are some ideas of suburban restaurants and clubs hosting New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Day brunches. Don't delay making those reservations though.


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Best Chicago theater of 2017: These shows gave voice to our moment

Posted: December 15, 2017

The year 2017 was a year of disruption. This was not the best of times, but a season of justified outrage, of mealy-mouthed apology, of communicative disarray. No surprise, then, that the best Chicago shows of the year tended to tell stories of talki…


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Holiday Theater and events for winter 2017-2018

Posted: November 15, 2017

No Surprise, Chicago Theaters are putting together an amazing line-up of holiday and winter programming. You'll find everything from traditional holiday fare to the classics and the irreverent.


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‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ – a new and different kind of dream

Posted: January 28, 2018

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED The first thing to know about the ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ production at Drury Lane Oakbrook is this isn’t the Sunday School version. Unlike the customary fare from the west suburban playhouse, it’s not eve…


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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Posted: January 28, 2018

Where Some Dreams Should Stay Just A Dream!


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Any Dream Will Do

Posted: January 27, 2018

It appears that Drury Lane Oakbrook has turned into Chicago’s venue of reinvention. Beginning with their recent production of “42nd Street,” and continuing with this current offering, artistic leaders William Osetek and Kyle DeSantis have been encour…


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'Joseph' a flaming triumph

Posted: January 27, 2018

The opening night reminder for the Drury Lane's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat came with a caveat: "( T )his production of 'Joseph' includes adult content." Anyone passingly familiar with the squeaky-clean retelling of the Old Testament…


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No, No, No, Joseph: A Review of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Drury Lane

Posted: January 27, 2018

When I arrived to see Drury Lane’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” I anticipated writing the sort of review where I express that while it isn’t my cup of tea, some people are into musical adaptations of Bible stories and…


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