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02/15/17 Steppenwolf's 'Straight White Men' confronts privilege, but feels slight
By Ted Cox - "Write about what you know," young writers are told. It's typically sound advice. Yet playwright Young Jean Lee takes the opposite approach in "Straight White Men" at Steppenwolf Theatre. FULL STORY
09/27/16 Steppenwolf's 'Visiting Edna' delivers dramatic punch in the gut
By Ted Cox - David Rabe's "Visiting Edna," in a world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, is not the feel-good play of the new theater season. But it figures to be one of the best. FULL STORY
07/01/16 Third-run 'Mormon' still a raunchy delight
By Ted Cox - "The Book of Mormon" is back in town, and it's still rip-roaring good fun. FULL STORY
09/19/14 Groundbreaking 'David Bowie Is' exhibit at Chicago's MCA shows him as consummate artist
By Ted Cox - The biggest tour in the world of museum exhibits touches down in Chicago Tuesday for an extended stay. And it brings the energy and mass hysteria of David Bowie to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Yet somehow the groundbreaking exhibit "David... FULL STORY
09/05/14 WGN corrals six awards for Achievement in Radio
By Ted Cox - Back on Oct. 13, 1999, Ted Cox reported on WGN 720-AM's Roy Leonard winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Achievement in Radio Awards at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago. Leonard died Thursday at age 83. FULL STORY
08/28/14 Billy Corgan goes solo acoustic for his Ravinia debut
By Ted Cox - Ravinia might not be the most incongruous place Billy Corgan has ever played. That gig would most likely be the appearance of the Smashing Pumpkins' leader on the final taping of "Bozo's Circus" in 2001. Yet Ravinia has to be right up... FULL STORY
07/30/14 Local Gemini Club brings mix of rock, electronica to Lolla stage
By Ted Cox - Electronic music has been on the rise to the extent where it can almost challenge good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll for ascendancy at Lollapalooza, the annual alternative rock festival that has made Chicago its home since 2005. So perhaps it's... FULL STORY
05/16/14 Goodman's 'White Snake' proves a charmer
By Ted Cox - The simplest tales can be the hardest to pull off -- in movies, on TV, but especially onstage. Yet the Goodman Theatre and Mary Zimmerman do pull off "The White Snake," thanks to Zimmerman's staging and pace, full of clouds of fluttering... FULL STORY
02/20/14 Steppenwolf's 'Russian Transport' a solid piece of theater
By Ted Cox - Steppenwolf fans are used to tense dramas that explode with violence or equally turbulent performances that sometimes crash and burn over a flawed script. What they're not used to is a simply solid play that comes together in the end without some... FULL STORY
09/25/13 Steppenwolf's 'Wheel' covers plenty of territory while going nowhere
By Ted Cox - You can't go home again, they say, and even when you can, sometimes it turns out better if you hadn't. Joan Allen returns to Steppenwolf Theatre for the first time in more than 20 years to play the lead role in "The Wheel."... FULL STORY
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