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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
David Cerda's "The Birds" Stage Parody Poster

David Cerda's "The Birds" Stage Parody Poster

David Cerda's stage parody "The Birds" has a return run in Chicago playing now through Nov. 1 at the Coach House at Berger Park.

September 20, 2014 12:00 am
Rod Thomas and Kathy Logelin in "The Game's Afoot" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook, Ill.

Rod Thomas and Kathy Logelin in "The Game's Afoot" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook, Ill.

Rod Thomas and Kathy Logelin are among the cast playing eccentric characters for the comedy mystery "The Game's Afoot" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook playing until Oct. 19.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Frank Nall in 'The Late Henry Moss' opposite Yadira Correa as Conchalla

Frank Nall in 'The Late Henry Moss' opposite Yadira Correa as Conchalla

Frank Nall plays the title character in "The Late Henry Moss," opposite actress Yadira Correa as a beautiful and bewitching Native American temptress named Conchalla, in the Midwest Premiere closing of a Chicago run this weekend.

July 29, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Actor Eli Wallach, dead at 98, memorable work lives on

OFFBEAT: Actor Eli Wallach, dead at 98, memorable work lives on

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 01, 2014 12:00 am
Actor Ty Olwin Plays 'The Writer' in Tennesee Williams' "Vieux Carre" at Raven Theatre in Chicago

Actor Ty Olwin Plays 'The Writer' in Tennesee Williams' "Vieux Carre" at Raven Theatre in Chicago

Actor Ty Olwin plays 'the Writer' in Tennesee Williams' "Vieux Carre" at Raven Theatre in Chicago.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am
Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'

Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'

Actor Michael Urie welcomed a range of noted names backstage in New York while starring in last year's Off-Broadway run of the smash-hit "Buyer & Cellar."

May 16, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Adria Dawn (left to right), Joe Popp and Marilynn Bogetich in "Miracle on South Division Street" at Theatre at the Center in Munster

Adria Dawn (left to right), Joe Popp and Marilynn Bogetich in "Miracle on South Division Street" at Theatre at the Center in Munster

Adria Dawn (left to right), Joe Popp and Marilynn Bogetich star as a solid faith foundation family whose core beliefs are shaken by family secrets served up with funny overtones in Tom Dudzick's "Miracle on South Division Street" playing at Theatre at the Center in Munster until June 1.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am
Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'

Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'

Actor Michael Urie welcomed a range of noted names backstage in New York while starring in last year's Off-Broadway run of the smash-hit "Buyer & Cellar."

May 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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"Miracle on South Division Street" Play Logo

"Miracle on South Division Street" Play Logo

"Miracle on South Division Street" runs at Theatre at the Center May 1 until June 1 as the Chicagoland premiere of Tom Dudzick's play about a Catholic Polish family navigating their faith and values with grace and a passion when faced with life's questions.

May 01, 2014 12:00 am
"Miracle on South Division Street" Cast

"Miracle on South Division Street" Cast

Marilynn Bogetich (left, seated) plays a faith-shaken mother to brood Joe Popp as Jimmy, Erin Grennan (standing) as Bev and Adria Dawn as Ruth in the Chicagoland Premiere of "Miracle on South Division Street" running May 1 until June 1 at Theatre at the Center.

April 30, 2014 9:15 pm
Faith in Family: Theatre at the Center presents Chicagoland stage premiere of 'Miracle on South Division Street'

Faith in Family: Theatre at the Center presents Chicagoland stage premiere of 'Miracle on South Division Street'

Actress Marilynn Bogetich is convinced playwright Tom Dudzick could have easily spent time in Northwest Indiana when creating his stage story "Miracle on South Division Street."

April 30, 2014 9:14 pm Photos

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Towle Youth Theater Ensemble presents 'Romeo and Juliet'

Towle Youth Theater Ensemble presents 'Romeo and Juliet'

HAMMOND | William Shakespeare’s "Romeo & Juliet" is easily the most widely performed play in the world. But at the Towle Theater, audiences will see a unique production featuring talented young people from throughout the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area.

March 31, 2014 12:00 am
Jasondra Johnson (left to right), Harmony France and Sydney Charles in Bailiwick Chicago's Production of "Dessa Rose"

Jasondra Johnson (left to right), Harmony France and Sydney Charles in Bailiwick Chicago's Production of "Dessa Rose"

Jasondra Johnson (left to right), Harmony France and Sydney Charles, as the title character, star in Bailiwick Chicago's production of "Dessa Rose."

March 27, 2014 12:00 am
Playgrounds much more than swings, slides today

Playgrounds much more than swings, slides today

ValPlayso: The Next Generation is not your grandfather's playground.

February 22, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Alex Ovechkin; T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin; T.J. Oshie

United States forward T.J. Oshie is hit by Russia forward Alex Ovechkin during a men's ice hockey game Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. won 3-2 in a shootout.

February 17, 2014 6:41 pm
Group gives disabled kids chance to play

Group gives disabled kids chance to play

VALPARAISO | A group of Valparaiso area women believe that every child should have the chance to play, even those with special needs.

February 15, 2014 7:00 pm
Actress Kate Fry as the Title Character in "Hedda Gabler" at Writers Theatre

Actress Kate Fry as the Title Character in "Hedda Gabler" at Writers Theatre

Actress Kate Fry, who plays the title character in "Hedda Gabler" at Writers Theatre, conveys contempt and a range of many complex emotions with subtle nuances, such as a knowing smile or quick roll of her eyes.

February 03, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Actress Kate Fry at her frosty finest in 'Hedda Gabler'

OFFBEAT: Actress Kate Fry at her frosty finest in 'Hedda Gabler'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 03, 2014 12:00 am
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