Category: Theater

"Fences," now available on-line, is a powerful film about family and responsibility

“Fences,” the 2016 film about an African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh, is now available on-line. For those who have not yet seen the film, and who enjoy substantive drama, with excellent writing and top-notch acting, I heartily recommend this movie. Fire up the old laptop, desktop or smart TV, pour yourself a glass of wine,... Read more »

Go see "Yankee Tavern" at Greenhouse Theater Center

There’s a strange little play in Chicago running at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., through March 22. The play, staged by American Blues Theater, is called “Yankee Tavern,” and it’s set in an old bar in New York City in 2006. There’s only four characters: a young man and a woman, twenty-somethings,... Read more »

"Stars of Lyric Opera" will Shine Bright this Saturday Night

“Stars of Lyric Opera,” the free love-fest of opera singing given every year to the people of Chicago by the Lyric Opera, is scheduled for this Saturday night, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. and Randolph St. Go! Even if you’re not a big fan of opera, or... Read more »
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"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" Star Reflects on his Career, Show

Matthew Brumlow is a Chicago actor who plays the soulful country singer Hank Williams fives times each week in “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” the drama/musical about Williams now in an extended run at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. On Aug. 21, Brumlow, the star of the show, was honored with a nomination for... Read more »

Chicago Actor Matthew Brumlow Reflects on Thursday's Jeff Award Nominations

  Matthew Brumlow, 40, plays the trailblazing and troubled singer Hank Williams in the musical “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” now playing in an extended run at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. On Aug. 21, Brumlow was honored with two Joseph Jefferson Award nominations: first, his show was nominated for Best Midsize Musical... Read more »

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" Cast Members Discuss Williams' Life

On the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 10, following the 2:30 p.m. performance of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” several members of the American Blues Theater cast, as is customary, took off their costumes and make-up and participated in a post-show Town Hall-style meeting with members of the audience. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, and the... Read more »
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"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" is Rockin' Chicago Theater

“Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” which just opened at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is a rockin’ piece of Chicago theater. It is basically the life story of Williams, who is considered one of the greatest country musicians of all time. But in addition to actors portraying characters on stage, the audience is... Read more »