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What Happened in Chicago Culture This Week?

Mike Nichols’s enduring legacy, 46 great things to do this winter, and the Lyric’s unanimously beloved Porgy and Bess.

Mike Nichols   Photo: AP Images

Just Like Mike

The iconic film and play director Mike Nichols died on Wednesday. The Sun-Times’s Darel Jeven takes a look at Nichols’s improvising days at the University of Chicago, and the Tribune’s Chris Jones reflects on Nichols’s Chicago theater legacy.

Court Forte

The Reader loves Court Theare’s reimagining of Euripedes’s Iphigenia in Aulis.

Winter Wonderland

Chicago has 46 great things for you to do this winter.

Strong Hold

SNL star and Oak Park native Cecily Strong will host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She’s only the fourth woman to roast the president.

Heinous Acts

Chicago explains how stand-up comic Hannibal Buress brought renewed attention to Bill Cosby’s longstanding rape allegations.

Review Revue

Everybody loves the Lyric’s Porgy and Bess.

Chicago Tribune: “Lyric’s vibrant revival of “Porgy and Bess” should give cheer to all who adore this tuneful slice of American verismo, along with audience members who have yet to discover what a major opera company with all its high-powered resources can bring to the Gershwins’ masterpiece.”

New City: "…the commitment to the marvelous characterizations is gut-deep, and wrenching." 

Sun-Times: “…"Porgy” deftly moves away from operatic grandiloquence into the more intimate, conversational world of music theater.”

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