Chicago’s August Wilson Celebration

   By David Smallwood In an unprecedented community event ranging    from the Pullman Historic District to Evanston,  more than 20 Chicago theaters, schools and  organizations have combined to present The August Wilson Celebration from March 9 through April 18. This is an extensive exploration of the enduring impact of the work of the Tony 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 …

The Curtis Mayfield Story – A Lasting Impression

  It was a Friday evening right before one of the final preview rehearsals, I sat with Jackie Taylor and Reggie Torian in her office at the north side Black Ensemble Theater on Clark street to interview them on Jackie’s latest play.  The phone was ringing off the hook placing  ticket orders.  The cast had 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 …

Meet Tamberla Perry, Meet “Vera Stark” At The Goodman Theater

Maid In Chicago:  Lottery Lady Lands “Vera Stark” Role At The Goodman By DeShong Perry-Smitherman Chicago’s own Tamberla Perry stars in the title role in the new Goodman stage play By The Way, Meet Vera Stark. But before her talents could help sell out major stages, before her teeth were “NeNe Leakes perfect”, even before Read More …

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle

Executive Director of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Brett Batterson, welcomes world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Chicago for an unprecedented 10 performances, March 8 – 17. Robert Battle returns for his second year as Artistic Director to lead one of the most popular dance companies through a 21-city tour, continuing to Read More …

Review: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop

The smooth sounds from the band filled the Black Ensemble Theater as the audience anxiously waited to see the spectacular performance of From Doo Wop to Hip Hop, written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor and Associate Director Rueben Echoles. Let’s take a walk through Unison Hills where everyone is Read More …

Scenes from Theater 47’s ‘Imitation of Life’

AMAZING! THOUGHT-PROVOKING! MOVING! Are all words to describe the feeling after seeing Director John Ruffin Jr. and Theatre 47’s stage play adaptation of “Imitation of Life”. With a cast of rising stars in entertainment, the actors, actresses, singers and dancers delivered a stellar performance. Imitation of Life is a powerful story of race, rebellion, acceptance and business. Read More …

Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams stars in Broadway Sensation Fela!

Prior to Super Bowl XLVII, social media websites were full of “I can’t wait to see Beyoncé perform at half time” messages. Half time arrived and the most shocking thing happened, a Destiny’s Child reunion with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Besides that amazing performance, inquiring minds want to know “What is Michelle Williams up Read More …