Goodman Theatre honors August Wilson

“Goodman Theatre honors August Wilson’s legacy with his Tony-nominated masterpiece, praised by Variety as “perfection…[a] work by a writer at the peak of his powers.”   The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969, but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn’t quite reached all of the city’s residents, some of Read More …

Chicago Playwright Victor Gulley’s “A Taste Of Theater Festival 2014”

Victor Gulley is preparing for the opening of his theater festival, which is being presented by his company, A Taste of Theater Co. This 2nd annual showcase promises to educate both actors and playwrights, via workshops and hands on training by Shelly Garrett. Mr. Garrett is the creator of the legendary stage play Beauty Shop, Read More …

Goodman Theatre Scene Soiree

Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff                                                                                                        Japwoodruff@gmail.com   The Goodman Theatre’s third annual Scene Soiree took place on Saturday, June 21st at the National Hellenic Museum. The annual soiree is a fundraiser for the General Theatre Studies (GTS) program for young adults in the Chicago area. Upon arrival attendees walked the red Read More …

Black Ensemble Theater: One Hit Wonders Now Showing

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the world premiere musical One Hit Wonders by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles in collaboration with Dawn Bless, directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks. One Hit Wonders will be presented at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Read More …

Review: “Russian Transport”, the battle between views and flaws

By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | JAPWoodruff@gmail.com Family life continuously throws us obstacles that are usually dealt with by available resources, finances and familial support. However, against odds, not all families have such an “easy fix” and sometimes turn to nontraditional solutions. Steppenwolf Theatre’s Russian Transport attempts to bring us into the home of an immigrant Read More …

“Aint Misbehavin'” ain’t for the frigid

By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | JAPWoodruff@gmail.com In an exciting, risky and down right demand for attention, Porchlight Music Theatre’s, “Aint Misbehavin’” brings to us the Harlem Renaissance with an edge. With inspiration drawing from and in honor of the book written by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr., combined with the  powerful music and vibe Read More …

Pullman Porter Blues: History, Storytelling and The Blues

[dropcap]Music[/dropcap] has a way of defining a feeling and unifying cultures and communities.  People connect to synergies that reflect their triumphs and struggles – that’s part of the beauty in lyricism and melody. Throughout history music has played a role in signifying a certain era and sociopolitical moments.  The Blues genre became the voice during Read More …

Review: ‘Clara’ at the Open Door Repertory Theatre

Her life was one classified as constant work and little joy. Though the energy and praise synergies she contributed to the gospel-arena ignited the world from sanctuaries to nightclubs, Clara Ward yearned for something we all have a desire for: her voice to be heard. She had a voice, that’s undoubted. But whose was it? Read More …

SMOKEY JOE IS A GREAT RETRO SHOW ON ROCK AND ROLL.

SMOKEY JOE’s CAFÉ is playing at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 North Halsted. The show was just extended to June 30 by popular demand. It is no wonder why. They have also just received 5 Jeff Nominations. Way to go. This is a musical featuring the songs of Rock’N Roll pioneers – Jerry Leiber and Read More …