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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Goodman Theatre in Chicago celebrating 90th anniversary season

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Goodman Theatre in Chicago celebrating 90th anniversary season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am
Talk of the Town: Joan Rivers doesn't hold back in new book or her everyday life

Talk of the Town: Joan Rivers doesn't hold back in new book or her everyday life

Even though comedienne Joan Rivers says it's no surprise Kim Kardashian and her sisters are among the favorite targets included in her new book, she admits there's also "some brains among that bunch."

August 02, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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'Second' is First for Laughter: Chicago's famed sketch comedy artists performing June shows in Munster

'Second' is First for Laughter: Chicago's famed sketch comedy artists performing June shows in Munster

Liz Reuss admits she realized as soon as she decided to make comedy her career, Chicago's legendary sketch comedy theater The Second City was her first and most important destination.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Canada's 'SCTV' still a Second City funny favorite in U.S.

OFFBEAT: Canada's 'SCTV' still a Second City funny favorite in U.S.

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Man in Black Back: Johnny Cash 'Ring of Fire' opens tonight at Theatre at the Center

Man in Black Back: Johnny Cash 'Ring of Fire' opens tonight at Theatre at the Center

Actor and singer Michael Goodman says playing the role of Johnny Cash, "Young Johnny," to be specific, is an intimidating challenge while trying to capture not only the legendary vocal sound, but also a larger-than-life personality.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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60-Something: Reflections on the benefits of friends and friendships

60-Something: Reflections on the benefits of friends and friendships

My best friend Sue died of a brain tumor in her early fifties. Her oldest son, Joe, was killed in a car accident when he was 15. I don't think she ever got over it. Valjean McLenighan worked with me at Follett Publishing. She died of cancer, after she got to swim with dolphins, also in her l…

January 06, 2014 5:46 pm
60-Something: GROWLING AROUND WITH TIGERS

60-Something: GROWLING AROUND WITH TIGERS

Over the years I forgot how to play.

November 11, 2013 5:21 pm
OFFBEAT: Local author and Vera Wang both ready for summer weddings

OFFBEAT: Local author and Vera Wang both ready for summer weddings

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bernie Sahlins R.I.P.

Bernie Sahlins R.I.P.

Note: Bernie Sahlins died June 16 at the age of 90.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Chicago's famed Second City comes to Munster April 6

Chicago's famed Second City comes to Munster April 6

MUNSTER | Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre The Second City will appear at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at The Jewish Federation Community Building, 585 Progress Ave.

March 26, 2013 2:06 pm
OFFBEAT: Northlight's 'Odd Couple' funny, but not full force

OFFBEAT: Northlight's 'Odd Couple' funny, but not full force

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 14, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Show goes on, despite actor  Wendt's departure from 'Odd Couple'

OFFBEAT: Show goes on, despite actor Wendt's departure from 'Odd Couple'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 10, 2012 12:05 am
'Second' place: Theatre at the Center bringing improv favorites back for more stage fun

'Second' place: Theatre at the Center bringing improv favorites back for more stage fun

Theatre at the Center General Manager Richard Friedman finds it's very easy to "talk up" any of the special comedy shows that come to his Munster venue.

June 08, 2012 11:42 am
Shelf Life: Comedian puts his life story on paper

Shelf Life: Comedian puts his life story on paper

Dave Hill’s mother often wondered what he actually did for a living.

June 08, 2012 10:00 am
Chicago Second City's "Laugh Out Loud Tour"

Chicago Second City's "Laugh Out Loud Tour"

Chicago's famed Second City has a new tour offering audiences a blend of favorite improv comedy opps and sketches from the company's more than five-decade career and new humor moments.

June 08, 2012 12:00 am

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

Fall is, of course, a season of birthdays around my family with both mine and my mother Dixie's in October. This issue marks the sixth birthday of Shore magazine and our other Shore brand products, the natural basis for a celebratory edition. We also are welcoming a new addition to our brand…

November 13, 2011 7:34 am
OFFBEAT: Region actors featured in Matt Damon's new film 'Contagion' opening today

OFFBEAT: Region actors featured in Matt Damon's new film 'Contagion' opening today

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 09, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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The art of improvisation gets deeper and wider

The art of improvisation gets deeper and wider

Alex Ritzema did not expect to find himself standing on stage, in front of hundreds of people, creating art with the intent to make them laugh.

July 13, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Theater on the Lake reprises best of Chicago's off-Loop companies

Neither the unique semi-outdoor venue nor the price has changed.

June 16, 2010 4:40 pm
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