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Robert Falls. Photo: Flint Chaney/Goodman Theatre

Last week, Tony Award-winner Robert Falls announced he was stepping down as artistic director of the Goodman Theatre after a 35-year career there.

  • We talked to him about his time at the helm of one of the most influential theaters in Chicago.

Why now: "After 35 years at the Goodman, and 10 before that as artistic director of a small theatre on Howard St. called Wisdom Bridge, I simply felt, 'Well…that's 45 straight years of running theater companies — that's enough.'"

His favorite moments: "All of my collaborations with the great late Brian Dennehy were wonderful! ... I am especially proud of 'Death of a Salesman,' for which we both won Tony Awards."

On the future of the Chicago theater scene: "After every terrible event of our century — including other pandemics, the depression and wars — there have been extraordinary new plays that were created in response to those events."

On choosing to build a career here: "Over the years, I have been offered many opportunities to run theaters in other cities, including New York City and Los Angeles. But I love Chicago, and its audiences and its remarkable community of theater-makers."

The Chicago food he misses the most when out-of-town: "Such a cliché, but true. Pizza! For some reason, New York's pizzas are terrible. I do admit that I'm not a fan of deep dish. I prefer crispy thin crust; especially bar pizza cut in little squares."

What's next: Robert Falls will stay on through the 2021/2022 season. The play "American Mariachi" by Jose Cruz Gonzalez runs at the Goodman through October 24th.

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Comedians Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin are former writers for Jimmy Fallon, creators of "Sherman's Showcase" on IFC and are currently working on a pilot for CBS.

  • They are also the co-creators and stars of the hilarious HBO Max comedy "South Side."
  • The fresh show gives a comedic voice to the experiences of Black Chicago. It's also shot here in town.
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College football gone mad

Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks in front of his players. Photo: David Madison/Getty Images

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.