Dazzling setting can’t make up for lackluster storytelling in Chicago Opera Theater’s ‘Orpheus and Euridice’

The Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Orpheus and Euridice features a breathtaking and unusual stage: a shimmering indoor pool surrounded by colored lights and Grecian statues. A boat drifts at one end of the pool which is used to ferry the actors back and forth, allowing for a considerable display of balance on the part […]

All Bad Things Must Come to An End

Credit: Breaking Bad/AMC Actions have consequences. That’s something everyone learns sooner or later. Whether it’s the repercussions of angry words or the discovery of the laws of physics, sooner or later that lesson sinks in. When you mouth off to your teacher, you suffer a punishment. When you touch a hot stove, you get burned. […]

The Art of Selling Out

Walking into As You Like It doesn’t feel like stepping into a hair salon. There’s a small room between the front door and the salon proper, where a sign asks visitors to remove their shoes and refrain from cell phone use. Unusual requests for a hair salon, and perhaps they are somewhat unusual for an […]

Author Reports Libraries Dead; Libraries Say the Report is Exaggerated

The Evanston Public Library. Photo: Margaret Flynn You’d think an author whose books are some of the most borrowed in the library systems of the United Kingdom would appreciate the institutions that got him over six thousand pounds in income for the circulation of his books. But Terry Deary, bestselling children’s novelist in the UK, […]

Chicago Writers Speak at McCormick Tribune Center

More than eighty people braved the icy temperatures Thursday night to attend “Language and Identity: A Chicago Writer’s Panel,” hosted by One Book, One Northwestern in conjunction with Global Languages Initiative and the Center for the Writing Arts.  The panel guests were Ana Castillo, Aleksandar Hemon, and Bich Minh Nguyen, three local authors who spoke […]

Book Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Photo Credit: Penguin.com Jim Butcher is one of the best-known names in urban fantasy, and his latest offering is filled with everything that has made his Dresden Files popular: snarky narrative from Chicago’s only wizard detective, multiple pop-culture shout-outs, and action and magic galore. The fourteenth installment in The Dresden Files features a resurrected protagonist, […]

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

When Amy Dunne disappears on the fifth anniversary of her wedding, the resulting investigation quickly uncovers several motives for Nick Dunne to wish his wife out of the way. But as various facets of Nick and Amy’s marriage unfold, it becomes harder and harder to decipher the lies and the truths about the collapse of […]