Articles by Andrew DeCanniere

"Chapatti" Review - A Meditation on the Importance of Human Companionship

"Chapatti" Review - A Meditation on the Importance of Human Companionship This weekend I had the opportunity to see Chapatti (written by Christian O’Reilly, directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones, and co-produced by the Galway Arts Festival) at Northlight Theatre. The play, a meditation on the importance of human...

"Hell-Bent" - In Conversation with Benjamin Lorr

"Hell-Bent" - In Conversation with Benjamin Lorr My first read of the year was Hell-Bent (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) by Benjamin Lorr. The book, which was just released as a paperback, offers an informative, eye-opening and engaging look into the world of Bikram Yoga, as the author dives in...

In Conversation with Allegra Montanari: Founder and Executive Director of Sharing Notes

In Conversation with Allegra Montanari: Founder and Executive Director of Sharing Notes Recently, while on Twitter, I stumbled upon Sharing Notes, a wonderful organization based in Chicago that brings together musicians who want to give of their time and talent to perform for patients at local hospitals...

Mary Gordon Interview - Founder and President of "Roots of Empathy"

Mary Gordon Interview - Founder and President of "Roots of Empathy" When I turned on the TV on Friday, December 13th, I was absolutely blindsided, horrified to learn of yet another school shooting, this time at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO. When I learned that a student there, 17-year-old Claire Davis...

"This Is How You Say Goodbye" - In Conversation with Victoria Loustalot

"This Is How You Say Goodbye" - In Conversation with Victoria Loustalot Every so often, if you’re really lucky, you’ll come across a book that grabs you as soon as you pick it up, leaves you wanting to recommend it to every fellow reader you know, and stays with you long after the story has ended...

"The Lonely End of the Rink" - In Conversation with CBC Radio host and author Grant Lawrence

"The Lonely End of the Rink" - In Conversation with CBC Radio host and author Grant Lawrence From the time I heard about Grant Lawrence’s second book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie,” I had been eagerly anticipating it’s release, and this summer I finally had the opportunity to read it. Last week...

In Conversation with Chad Eschman & Erin Austin of Living Room Playmakers

In Conversation with Chad Eschman & Erin Austin of Living Room Playmakers Earlier this summer, while browsing the web, I stumbled upon a new theatre company, Living Room Playmakers. Intrigued by the company’s work and their choice of venues in particular, I wanted to know more. A couple of weeks ago

"4000 Miles" Review - An Engrossing Play Certain to Appeal to All Ages

"4000 Miles" Review - An Engrossing Play Certain to Appeal to All Ages Last Friday, I saw a play that I’ve been eagerly anticipating all summer, 4000 Miles, written by Amy Herzog and directed by Kimberly Senior, at Northlight Theatre. The play is centered around a twenty-something named Leo Joseph-Connell (Josh Salt)

"Belleville" Review - An Absorbing, Must-See, Edge-of-Your-Seat Thriller

"Belleville" Review - An Absorbing, Must-See, Edge-of-Your-Seat Thriller Last week I finally had the chance to see a play that I’ve been anticipating from the time I first heard about it last year, Belleville (written by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman), which also is easily the single best production...

Introducing Divvy - The City of Chicago's Bike Sharing System

Introducing Divvy - The City of Chicago's Bike Sharing System In late April, I learned of the City of Chicago’s plans to launch a new bike share program called Divvy. Aware of how this kind of system has already taken off in other major cities around the world, I was eager to learn more...

"Stella & Lou" Review - An Intimate Look at Second Acts

"Stella & Lou" Review - An Intimate Look at Second Acts Recently I had the opportunity to see a play that I’ve been anticipating for some time now, Stella & Lou (written by Bruce Graham and directed by BJ Jones) at Northlight Theatre, located at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts...

"Stones in His Pockets" Review - When Hollywood Comes to County Kerry

"Stones in His Pockets" Review - When Hollywood Comes to County Kerry Last week I had a chance to see another play that has been on my radar for some time now, Stones in His Pockets (by Marie Jones; directed by J.R. Sullivan). The story is centered around a former video rental store owner, Charlie...

The Chicago Green Office Challenge: Encouraging Sustainability in Business

The Chicago Green Office Challenge: Encouraging Sustainability in Business Earlier last month I found out about the City of Chicago's "Chicago Green Office Challenge," designed to engage the City of Chicago's business community and encourage them to consider what they could do to operate in a more environmentally conscious

"Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness" - In Conversation with Susannah Cahalan

"Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness" - In Conversation with Susannah Cahalan Late last year, I came across what is, in my opinion, one of the most important books of 2012, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Free Press, 2012). In it, the New York Post reporter chronicles her harrowing battle with a rare...

"Other Desert Cities" Review - A Must-See If Ever There Was One

"Other Desert Cities" Review - A Must-See If Ever There Was One Last week I finally had the chance to see a play I’ve been anticipating since last summer, when I was first made aware that Other Desert Cities (written by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Henry Wishcamper) would be a part of the Goodman Theatre's

"Sweet Bird of Youth" Review - An Engaging Classic

"Sweet Bird of Youth" Review - An Engaging Classic Last week I finally had the opportunity to see a play I have been anticipating for quite some time, Tennessee William's "Sweet Bird of Youth" at the Goodman Theatre

In Conversation with Crystal Grover & Linsey Burritt of Indo

In Conversation with Crystal Grover & Linsey Burritt of Indo Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Crystal Grover and Linsey Burritt, the design duo behind Indo, a company in Chicago’s West Loop that creates window displays and installations out of reclaimed materials. Read on to learn more

French Market at Westfield Old Orchard Review - Old Orchard's Newest Addition

French Market at Westfield Old Orchard Review - Old Orchard's Newest Addition Last Thursday I had the opportunity to stroll through the newest addition to Westfield Old Orchard, the French Market, operated by Bensidoun USA, located between the north entrance of Macy’s and the Old Orchard Professional Building

Northlight Theatre: "Ten Chimneys" Review

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World Environment Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden Review - Unite for a Sustainable Chicago

World Environment Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden Review - Unite for a Sustainable Chicago Recently, I had the opportunity to join in activities at the Chicago Botanic Garden for World Environment Day (June 2nd), the theme of which was “Unite for a Sustainable Chicago”

"[title of show]" Review - Original, Innovative, Engaging

"[title of show]" Review - Original, Innovative, Engaging Last week I had the opportunity to see what I feel is easily the best show of Northlight Theatre’s 2011-2012 season, [title of show]

"Ten Chimneys" Review - An Up Close and Personal Look at the Lives of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne

"Ten Chimneys" Review - An Up Close and Personal Look at the Lives of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne Continuing Northlight Theatre’s 2011-2012 season is Ten Chimneys (written by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones) at the center of which are Broadway legends Alfred Lunt (V Craig Heidenreich), Lynn Fontanne (Lia D. Mortensen)

Uncommon Ground Review - The Greenest Restaurant in America

Uncommon Ground Review - The Greenest Restaurant in America If you are looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat, complete with warm atmosphere and eco-conscious practices, look no further than Uncommon Ground, with it’s two Chicago locations: 1401 W. Devon Avenue (Edgewater) and 3800 N. Clark St. ...

"Season's Greetings" Review - Northlight Theatre's Holiday Offering

 "Season's Greetings" Review - Northlight Theatre's Holiday Offering Just in time for the holiday season comes Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s "Season’s Greetings" at Northlight Theatre, directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones. Though the play, centered around an English family’s Christmas get together...

"Snapshots" Review - Can this Marriage Be Saved?

"Snapshots" Review - Can this Marriage Be Saved? "Snapshots" with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by David Stern and directed by Ken Sawyer opens Northlight Theatre's 2011-2012 season

Primrose Valley Farm and The ARK Review - Sharing the Earth's Bounty

Primrose Valley Farm and The ARK Review - Sharing the Earth's Bounty Primrose Valley Farm, an organic farm in Wisconsin and The ARK, a social service agency in Chicago have a connection that is win-win for all

Jordan Margolis Interview - EXCUSEMAN

Jordan Margolis Interview - EXCUSEMAN If you knew me, then you'd probably know that while I have an interest in film, somehow none of what I've watched thus far (with the exception of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has been based on a comic book. And, while I love to read...

"Chinglish" Review - Witty and Fascinating

"Chinglish" Review - Witty and Fascinating At the center of Chinglish (written by David Henry Hwang and directed by Leigh Silverman), currently running at the Goodman Theatre is Midwestern businessman Daniel Cavanaugh (James Waterston), who sets off to China, hoping to save his family's...

"The Last Act of Lilka Kadison" Review - A Powerful Performance

"The Last Act of Lilka Kadison" Review - A Powerful Performance In The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, Holocaust survivor Lilith Fisher (Marilyn Dodds Frank) is haunted by her past -- or, more accurately, ghosts from her past, those of her then-boyfriend Ben Ari Adler (Chance Bone) and her younger self (Nora Fiffer).

"Life Rules" Review - An Interview with Author Ellen LaConte

"Life Rules" Review - An Interview with Author Ellen LaConte We all hear about climate change on a seemingly daily basis, but just how can climate change really impact us? How did these environmental crises come to be? Is there anything we can and should be doing to assure a sustainable future?

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