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Puccini’s “La Bohème”

Puccini’s “La Bohème” is one of the world’s most popular operas and Lyric Opera of Chicago currently has a splendid production that treats doomed love with great tenderness. The star power of Anna Netrebko as Mimi has filled seats, but she also fills hearts with her stunning vocal ability, combined with deft and convincing acting.(…)

Lots to desire in “Streetcar”

By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic Renee Fleming has been Lyric Opera’s creative consultant since 2010, but in spite of this until last week she hadn’t appeared in an opera at Lyric during her tenure. She made up for this by headlining a special, four-performances-only, just-for-subscribers production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The operatic treatment(…)

Goodman Theatre’s sixth Latino Theatre Festival

Goodman Theatre’s sixth Latino Theatre Festival kicked off March 23 to March 31 with the world premiere of “Pedro Paramo,” an exciting collaboration between the fest’s curator Henry Godinez, Chicago actors and musicians (from Sones de Mexico) and Cuba’s Teatro Buendia, which last appeared at the fest in 2010. Inspired by Juan Rulfo’s 1955 magical(…)

Review “Measure for Measure”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre 170 N Dearborn St. When: through April 14 Tickets: $25-$86 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Director Robert Falls’ production of “Measure for Measure” at Goodman Theatre is likely to create as much controversy as his 2006 “King Lear.” His decision to set the play amid the decay(…)

A closer look at the McMobil project’s density

To the Editor: Amid all the discussion of the proposed development of the so-called McMobil lot, there are two issues of real substance, and they are the ones that are subject to zoning: the height of the proposed building, and the floor area ratio (FAR). The developer is petitioning for a “planned development,” which essentially(…)

Cut program needed at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the board of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Dear Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Board: Like many Hyde Park parents, I value the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and all that the club and the building tenants offer this very diverse community. However, I am very distressed by the(…)

HPNC program should not be cut

To the Editor: My twin daughters attend the Children’s House of Miss Tammie (CHOMT), which is currently located at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). They are both on the autism spectrum and their experience at Miss Tammie’s has been extraordinarily beneficial. We’ve seen our girls make great strides in communication and social awareness over(…)

Program cut at HPNC brings values into question

To the Editor: Miss Tammie welcomed my son into her school at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club when he was at a very vulnerable place in his development. His transformation, creativity and ability to articulate and interact with the world around him have been shaped by this very special school/alternative daycare. Her Montessori Children’s House(…)