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Interview: Douglas McGrath of ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

CHICAGO – While a musical stage play is known for its songs rather than dialogue or story, all has to be created. And the playwright for the opening-in-Chicago “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is veteran actor, director and scribe Douglas McGrath. ‘Beautiful’ opens December 1st, 2015, at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

Exclusive Portrait: Happy Birthday to Lauren Conrad of ‘The Hills’

Lauren Conrad, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – Reality TV star Lauren Conrad turns 28 years old on February 1st. Best known for the MTV reality series, “The Hills,” Conrad recently wrote a book called “Infamous,” and was photographed for HollywoodChicago.com, during a promotional appearance at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill., in June of 2013

Video Game Review: Superhero Sequel ‘Infamous 2’ Pulses With Addictive Action

CHICAGO – After the resounding success of Sony and Sucker Punch’s 2009 “Infamous,” my expectations were sky high for the June 2011 follow-up. In fact, they were so high that the first couple hours of the game disappointed me. This is it? It feels too much like the first game. Give it time.

Video Game Review: Repetitive ‘Crackdown 2’ Addictive But Disappointing

Crackdown 2

CHICAGO – The highly-anticipated “Crackdown 2” has sucked in many Microsoft Xbox 360 players this month with its promise of controlled chaos, but does it live up to the expectations? With echoes of far-superior games “InFAMOUS” and “Just Cause 2” ringing in players’ ears, even hardcore fans will have to admit some disappointment but there’s still something oddly addictive about this relatively simple game.

Video Game Review: Sony’s ‘Infamous’ Gives a Jolt to Gaming World

CHICAGO – Sony’s highly anticipated “Infamous” is a thrill ride of a game, a wonderful examination of heroism and villainy with perfectly designed gameplay, gorgeous graphics, and immense replayability. The bar had been set pretty high by months of anticipation for this title and expectation often leads to disappointment. Not with “Infamous”.

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  • [Trans]formation

    CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.

  • Life Sucks

    CHICAGO – Let’s face it, life does suck. But what can we do about that? How do we survive? Lookingglass Theatre Company’s latest stage presentation tries to answer those thorny questions through a group of fellow travelers, flung together at a cabin retreat, trying to figure out why (indeed) “Life Sucks.”

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