The year in Chicago theater, in scenes

December 27, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Chris Jones


It was a year of scandal and rejuvenation, loss and celebration, recessionary cuts, and, incredibly enough, new theaters built in the teeth of the recession. Here's a brief look back at some of the biggest stories of 2010 in Chicago theater.

August: The Tribune announces Sam Shepard as the winner of its annual literary prize. The resurgent Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace dominates the annual nominations for the Joseph Jefferson Awards. The Joffrey Ballet makes a deal with Groupon and sells 2,338 cut-rate subscriptions in one day. Steppenwolf takes "August: Osage County" to Cate Blanchett's Sydney Theatre Company in Australia.