Behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Silk’

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on April 28, 2005. It’s late March, and Mary Zimmerman has one month to go before her newest play, “Silk,” opens at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The Goodman’s publicists are busy putting out press releases about the Tony Award-winning Evanston resident’s latest effort. Full-page advertisements for “Silk” are… Continue reading Behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Silk’

Hideout’s not so hidden anymore

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on September 23, 2004. How long does it take to find the Hideout? These days, many fans of indie rock and alt-country know exactly where the Chicago bar is. It may be located on a side street surrounded by warehouses and old factories, without any real… Continue reading Hideout’s not so hidden anymore

Tony Bennett Q&A

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on August 26, 2004. Tony Bennett, who will perform a sold-out concert Saturday at Ravinia, talked with Pioneer Press earlier this summer about his career and the art of the song. Q: Are you working on a new album? A: I’m just finishing it up.… Continue reading Tony Bennett Q&A

Film review: ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (2004)

This review by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE *** Director Jonathan Demme keeps up a fever pitch in this delirious nightmare of political paranoia, but despite some compelling action, it’s never as convincing as John Frankenheimer’s version from 1962. The original must have seemed joltingtly surreal when it first came… Continue reading Film review: ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (2004)

Edward Albee interview

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on February 18, 2004. Edward Albee, one of the most famous living playwrights, says he never writes second drafts. “I don’t do rewrites,” said Albee, who will speak Saturday at Dominican University in River Forest. “I don’t do drafts. There’s a danger present in doing draft… Continue reading Edward Albee interview

Almost famous: The story of the Vertebrats’ ‘Left in the Dark’

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on March 6, 2003. Winner of the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award. “Left in the Dark” wasn’t a radio hit or a gold record. Its composer, Ken Draznik of Palatine, hadn’t earned a penny in royalties from the 1979 song — until last month.… Continue reading Almost famous: The story of the Vertebrats’ ‘Left in the Dark’

William Gibson Q&A

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press newspapers, including the Oak Leaves, on February 19, 2003. When William Gibson wrote about cyberspace in the early ’80s, it was science fiction. In fact, Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” to describe an imaginary worldwide network of computers in his novel “Neuromancer.” Eight books later,… Continue reading William Gibson Q&A

Robert Loerzel's newsletter

Sign up to receive my newsletter … with my latest blog posts.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.