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Actors Gymnasium and Lookingglass Theatre Soar in Production of ‘Hard Times’

The Actors Gymnasium, whose motto is “Learn to Fly,” has called Evanston home for more than 20 years. Guided by its vision of “a revitalized American theatre; one with performances as thrilling as a rock concert, as mesmerizing as the circus,” Actors Gym teaches circus techniques and performs original plays featuring circus and physical theater, […]

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Puppet Theater Comes to Life in the Hands of Michael Montenegro

One of the oldest and most haunting forms of performance does not even feature live actors: It is the puppet theater. Considering that puppets are inanimate, it is remarkable how they have refused to die, over centuries of changing tastes in entertainment. Indeed, they are experiencing a global resurgence in recent years, which has reached […]

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Muse of Fire’s ‘Pericles’ Freshens Up Shakespeare’s Unlikely Adventure Tale

After a 20-year career, Shakespeare was the most popular playwright in the country, celebrated for witty romantic comedies, soul-searching tragedies, and the rich lyricism of his “sugared sonnets.” After the success of “Othello,” “Macbeth,” and “King Lear,” Shakespeare obliged the new taste for nostalgia, old-fashioned fables and medieval romances by offering  a new form now […]

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Worth the Noting: Muse of Fire’s Spirited ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Love is in the air. In this energetic, well acted and frequently hilarious rendition of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing,” longtime verbal antagonists Beatrice and Benedick are tricked into falling in love, while their friends Claudio and Hero learn how flimsy love at first sight can be, and all is made well […]