Take that, Dark Knight. Chicago Tap Theatre presents a superheroine with sass and mad tap-dance skills in The Hourglass and the Poisoned Pen. Co-created by CTT artistic director Mark Yonally and comic book artist Andrew Pepoy, whose work includes inking the likes of Batman and X-Men, the show blends opera and…
Jonesing for the Indies?
It’s summer’s other type of indie film—you know, without an aging moviestar-as-archeologist limping through feats of derring-do. The second annual Gen Art Film Festival, offering five nights of independent flicks and afterparties, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Monday the 23rd with Bart Got a Room, a coming-of-age story about two…
1,001: A Chicago Odyssey
Ben Hecht’s screenplay The Front Page has launched a remarkable four incarnations to date, including the 1940 Cary Grant/Rosalind Russell classic, His Girl Friday, so it seemed likely his work had some legs left yet. Another item from Hecht’s oeuvre that’s even more beloved…
Never a Lovely So Real
Outsiders, derelicts, and other members of the urban underbelly may never again find a spokesman like Nelson Algren, but the prolific writer’s voice of the streets is as relevant and compelling today as it was in the 1950s. The Lookingglass Theatre remounts John Musial’s interpretation of Algren’s poetry, Nelson Algren: For Keeps and a Single Day, a multimedia performance infusing selections from Chicago: City on the Make and The Last Carousel with live jazz, set against a backdrop of gritty…