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Communication alum debuts new Chicago holiday play “Cold Town/Hotline”

Communication alum debuts new Chicago holiday play “Cold Town/Hotline”

Charlotte Walsh, Reporter

November 20, 2019

Last November, Raven Theatre’s artistic director Cody Estle gave writer/director Eli Newell (Communication ’18) a mission: see every holiday play in Chicago and come back with notes. Estle wanted to add a holiday play to Raven’s 2019 repertoire and tasked Newell with finding an untapped niche in...

‘Happy Birthday Mars Rover’ features NU alums, highlights meaning of humanity

‘Happy Birthday Mars Rover’ features NU alums, highlights meaning of humanity

Vy Duong, Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 14, 2019

Last winter, Chicago’s temperature was reported to be colder than Mars. This year, playwright Preston Choi (Communication ‘18) will bring the Mars atmosphere to the Windy City in his upcoming production, “Happy Birthday Mars Rover.” It’s not to assert the brutality of Chicago’s weather, but...

Review: Second City mixes the absurd and the topical with “Do You Believe in Madness?”

Review: Second City mixes the absurd and the topical with “Do You Believe in Madness?”

Wilson Chapman, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 13, 2019

During a sketch about halfway through Second City’s latest show, Jordan Savusa finishes explaining how the electoral college works to his fellow cast members, and asks them if they have any questions. “Um yeah,” Asia Martin says. “What the f-ck?” That response — “What the f-uck?”...

Q&A: Musician Chadwick Stokes talks upcoming album, performance at Lincoln Hall

Q&A: Musician Chadwick Stokes talks upcoming album, performance at Lincoln Hall

Wilson Chapman, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 13, 2019

For over twenty years, Boston-based musician Chadwick Stokes has made and released music both solo and with his two bands Dispatch and State Radio. This Friday, he’ll be dropping a new self-titled album with his backing band, The Pintos, before headlining at Lincoln Hall in Chicago next month. Ahe...

Inspired by her brother, Julia Hogan Laurenson and Seesaw discuss inclusivity in theater

Inspired by her brother, Julia Hogan Laurenson and Seesaw discuss inclusivity in theater

Charlie Goldsmith, Holiday Guide Editor

November 13, 2019

The day Luke Hogan Laurenson started walking independently in 2016, he asked his mom to turn on some Taylor Swift music. She played “Shake It Off” and took out her phone to record it on video. Luke, a freshman in high school, got out of his wheelchair and did exactly what the hit song told him...