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See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original. Suggested rating: R.
Professional grade stand-up comes to The ComedySportz Theatre. Featuring comedy talent from around the city, 100 Proof Comedy will make you laugh. Among our lineups you'll see comics who have performed on HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, The TBS Just For Laughs Festival, and more!
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth located in the nation of Oceania, part of a vast empire in a constant, shifting war against other superstates. Dissent is not tolerated (not even in thought), and Winston and his fellow citizens are under perpetual electronic surveillance by their ever-watchful ruler Big Brother. When Winston falls in love with a co-worker, their illegal affair pushes them to rebel and face the darkest and most dangerous corners of the regime. On the heels of last year's gripping Animal Farm, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Orwell's dystopian masterpiece in a multi-media production that is a haunting, shockingly timely look at a future that seems disturbingly present.
A soaring adaptation of Chilean-born author Roberto Bolaño's masterpiece, 2666 begins with a group of hapless European academics hot on the trail of an elusive author—a search that leads them into the dark heart of a Mexican border city where the murders of hundreds of women remain unsolved. This story gives way to a surprising, panoramic portrait of the 20th century that spans more than 100 years and jumps from Spain to Mexico to Germany and beyond, illuminating the power of literature to reflect and transform the world. An unflinching look at the nature of evil, 2666 is an ambitious new work unlike any other theatrical experience.
The sexual politics of master/servant boil over in this new take on the Strindberg classic, set in 1945 England. The Jeff-nominated director of Stage Left's Rabbit and Trap Door Theatre's The Woman Before makes her Strawdog debut with a play London Telegraph called "a white-hot night of theatrical intensity," by the Tony-winning author of Closer.
This world premiere adaptation by renowned scholar and Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall delivers the second installment of Court's groundbreaking Greek Cycle and continues the harrowing tale of the House of Atreus.
Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day's GRAMMY-Award winning multi-platinum album to execute the story line.
When 28-year-old Chicagoan Arlen Parsa discovered his great grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that's never been performed, he knew what he had to do to–preserve his family legacy: resurrect the show for a world premiere–80 years after it was written, of course!
Composed by Chicago's first Hispanic music writer, Eustasio Rosales, Andina is a dark, evocative opera that defies the stereotypes of its genre. It tells the story of a young Colombian mountain girl who is caught between two suitors: one, a wealthy don from the city; the other, a simple local farmhand.
The process of resurrecting this forgotten opera is also being filmed for an upcoming documentary. Be a part of this one-night-only theatrical concert event!
Performed in Spanish with English supertitles and a full orchestra.
Each year the female inmates at a Bogotá, Colombia prison compete in a beauty pageant intended by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate them. While the pageant's parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison's walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests.
Rebecca describes her submission to an act of erotic violence by a former lover. Devlin pursues the lover's identity, which Rebecca reveals to have been an agent of atrocity. As Devlin questions the authenticity of her experience, Rebecca examines her own attraction to cruelty.
Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet present the world premiere of AYA, an evening-length aerial ballet that will take the audience on journey of wonder and profound visceral experience. AYA expands on Surge, the first collaboration between Elements Contemporary Ballet and Aerial Dance Chicago.
Beautiful is the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Ballet 5:8's fall program is made up of three dynamic works that, though diverse, converge on a relatable theme: being human. The program's first work is a world premiere by emerging New York choreographer and Chicago native Preston Miller. And Mercy explores concepts of judgment, grace and mercy in an athletic, contemporary style that engages the eye in continuous, connected movement emerging seamlessly from the music.
The program's second premiere, Mi Familia, is a flamenco-styled ballet is drawn from Artistic Director Julianna Slager's own experiences growing up in a multi-racial family. The work celebrates the beauty of family and relationships that transcends racial and cultural differences. Finally, audience favorite The Four Seasons of the Soul will round out the program with its intense, poignant reflection on life expressed through the four seasons of nature. The neoclassical work is a beautiful, unforgettable experience that challenges us to see life through the lens of the
Come see where it all began! The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from their fifty-two year history performed by The Second City Touring Company. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more, comes the next generation of the comedy world's best and brightest performing hilarious sketch comedy and The Second City's trademark improvisation.
The Blue Man Group has paved the way for many nonconventional productions such as Stomp, Tap Dogs, and De La Guarda. Since they opened in New York City in 1991, audiences from all over the world have seen their show. Smart silliness, neon-colored paint, cereal, and other wildly inventive props add to their visual appeal. This production opened at the Briar Street Theatre in October 1997 to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception
The Blue Show is comedy for the 18+ crowd. Join us after the Friday 8pm ComedySportz match to see the players shed their uniforms and play dirty. No audience suggestion will be turned away, and nothing will hold these players back from the bawdy, the outrageous, the downright hilarious. This is pure, unfiltered, late-night improv.
There is no age limit for this show - but enter at your own risk! 18+ recommended.
Recording artists, actors and concert performers Will & Anthony Nunziata have packed houses and won acclaim for their performances throughout the country and around the world. Combining their magnificent tenor voices, brotherly banter and comedic flair, while offering fresh interpretations of timeless classics and American pop standards, they make Broadway Showstoppers a memorable experience. The show will feature some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage -- from West Side Story to South Pacific including such classics as "The Impossible Dream," "Make Someone Happy," "Somewhere," and "Lily's Eyes", along with the brothers' signature mash-ups of songs including "Who Can I Turn To/What Kind of Fool Am I?" and "Some Enchanted Evening/This Nearly Was Mine."
On Christmas Eve, an old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the front door of a police station. Around his neck hangs a meat hook with a simple note attached: "arrest me."
Early in the Civil War, three escaped slaves arrive at a Union fort to seek sanctuary from Major General Butler. Despite the conflict between the states, law requires that the slaves be returned to their rightful owner. Seeking a solution that satisfies both ethics and duty, Butler embarks on a battle of words and wits, calling into question what is legal versus what is right in a captivating story based on actual events.
It's the late 1950's and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad's success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.
Bye Bye Liver is a series of outrageous sketches, all centered around the one thing that connects all of Chicago…Alcohol! Whether it's the girl that should never, ever drink liquor…or that one guy that confuses courage with shots of Jameson, we've all known them…or been them. This is the hilarious romp that satirizes all of those fun times and f*ck ups we've all had when we had just one too many. Interspersed with hilarious, interactive social games, you'll laugh until you cry at Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play.
In a ferocious comedy of political "bash" and cultural "clash," Carlyle Meyers is an ambitious politician facing one potentially major barrier in his burgeoning career: He is an African American in the Republican Party. Hoping to win over skeptical voters, Carlyle takes to the stage to present an autobiographical play that recounts how and why he became a member of the GOP. Brimming with Thomas Bradshaw's signature piercing humor, this world premiere takes no prisoners as it scrutinizes the effects of affirmative action, party alliance and the state of race in America. Will Carlyle win your vote?
Charm depicts the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Mama attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with a youth group ranging in sexuality, race and gender identity from a Latina transwoman to a cisgendered straight black couple to a gay suburban teen. Though her students initially struggle to see how etiquette relates to their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude eventually win them over.
Totally free open mike standup comedy.
It's the end of October, 2012: John and Anne have two children and a good marriage - they have sex, drive hybrids, and have cut out sugar. But John has been spying on the neighbors, frankly, for a while now, and at 9 a.m, Halloween morning, the neighbors have come for a visit.
¡Musica Viva!, a concert celebration of Hispanic heritage opens the Chicago Arts Orchestra's 10th anniversary season. Featured on Chicago's Latino Music Festival, Javier José Mendoza leads the CAO in a variety of festive works by Latin American composers including Blas Galindo, Arturo Márquez, José Pablo Moncayo, and Chicago's own Elbio Barilari. ¡Musica Viva! begins at 8pm (7:30pm pre-concert talk)
The Chicago Fringe Festival is proud to announce its line up for the 2015 Festival. Performances in the sixth annual Chicago Fringe Festival take place in venues in Jefferson Park (including Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Windy City Music Theatre, the Jefferson Playhouse and Gift Theatre).
Entrance to the Fringe Festival, called Chicago's "Best Performing Arts Festival," by the Chicago Reader, is a one-time button purchase of $5, with your Fringe button all individual performances are an additional $10 each. Passes with a discounted ticket price are available when attending multiple performances: four-show pass is $36, ten-show pass is $80 and an unlimited pass is $175. New for 2015, four and ten-show passes may be used by multiple people.
Laugh away your seasonal anxieties and join five young optimistic people on their hilarious journey to find the true essence of Christmas. Armed with a copy of "A Christmas Survival Guide" and open minds, their adventure teaches them to cope with holiday humbugs in ways that are both hysterical and heart-warming. Brimming with holiday cheer and your favorite songs of the season like "Sleigh Ride," "(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag", "Silver Bells" and more, this musical brings more enjoyment than a heaping glass of eggnog. Fun for the whole family!
Attorney Taylor and her journalist girlfriend Izzie live a comfortable life in Andersonville. Their apartment, relationship and strong anti-gun beliefs are shattered when Taylor's troubled brother Frank crashes, uninvited, into their lives. As secrets and betrayals rise to the surface, the line between self-defense and safety is blurred. Cocked, a timely world premiere thriller from Chicago playwright Sarah Gubbins and directed by Victory Gardens' Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz (Rest, The Whale), returns to Victory Gardens after gripping audiences at the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.
A hilarious 90-minute improv comedy show in which two teams create comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on your suggestions. You choose the winner and the show is never the same twice! It's clean, smart comedy for families and all ages! There are over 100+ games in the ComedySportz book - and nobody knows what will be played next!
Do you constantly second-guess yourself? Do you always procrastinate? How would you feel if you never had to make a decision again? Meet The Compass, a brand-new app aimed at young people that does the heavy lifting on your daily thinking. The Compass is a groundbreaking, live interactive performance that explores the intersection of technology and decision-making. Join us as we (and you) navigate the question: When someone else, or something else, tells you what to do, what exactly are you responsible for? This is not a play. It is an experience.
Frank Bigelow walks into a police station to report a murder: his own. The 1950 noir classic comes to the stage in a new adaptation that captures the manic desperation of this victim of foul play who has only hours to hunt down his own killers.
#DateMe is a hilarious romp through the world of online dating made up of actual dialogue from interactions on OKCupid. The writers posted 38 fake #DateMe character profiles on the country's most popular dating website and encountered a host of hilarious and strange singles all looking to find love in a virtual landscape. The result is fast and funny, interactive comedy that will delight anyone who has ever looked for love - in person or online. Date night? Girls' night out? Bromance hang? #DateMe is the perfect show for people searching for love, already in love, or who want to laugh at love. Featuring multimedia, original music, improvisation, and real life characters transferred from the online world to the stage.
The modern storyteller (Savanna as the Seanchai) and her ancient characters navigate and negotiate worlds characterized by violence. Daughters of Ire explores what it means to be women and men living in these worlds.
Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Dave Attell got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land amazing jobs in the food service industry - as a waiter. At night he would hit the "open mic" circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among fans and the industry alike.
Death by Evening is a mixed-format variety show featuring unique, dark, and unusual standup, sketch, improv and music showcasing some of Chicago's most intriguing performers.
Can anyone ever truly escape their past? Having distanced himself from his Muslim upbringing, Amir Kapoor is quickly climbing the corporate ladder at his powerful Manhattan law firm. When Amir and his wife Emily, a Caucasian artist inspired by Islamic painting, host a dinner party for Amir's African American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the initially pleasant evening quickly erupts into a volatile cultural debate over race, religion and class in the modern world. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and helmed by the play's Broadway director Kimberly Senior, Disgraced delivers unflinching insight into the complexities of cultural assimilation and the struggle to define one's identity in today's global society.
Our love letter to old vaudeville is performed entirely in silence and accompanied by live original piano composition. Witness the story of two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to decompose during their long-running successful act.
Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and attempted murder all play factors on and off stage as their act, "The Ugly Blond" takes an even uglier turn.
Now in its second smash year at the Greenhouse Theater Center, EL Stories stages the real life experiences of CTA commuters from across the city. Adapted verbatim from hundreds of first-person interviews, the Waltzing Mechanics perform a kaleidoscope of the commuting public's most memorable and hilarious encounters. Recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the "Best of the Fringe in 2011," EL Stories also gives you a chance each week to have your own transit tale played back live. Don't miss our train!
Home-sweet-home turns into a haunted house for 13-year-old Chris when Carol—her stepmother from hell—moves in. Struggling with the recent death of her mother, Chris is convinced her father's new live-in fiancée is evil, but she just can't persuade Dad to her point-of-view. When a mysterious and potentially dangerous creature is found in the family's backyard, Chris assumes it's a sign from above to eliminate Carol once and for all. This imaginative world premiere—both bone-chilling and wildly funny—brings the notion of dysfunctional family drama to sensationally scary heights.
Four years ago, Bryan walked away from his life, his lover, and his labor of love – a magazine for long distance truckers. Now, he's back, without explanation and without answers, looking to finish what he couldn't on the road. In an anonymous highway town, The Few pulls together the pieces of lives filled with loss.
New York City, 1959. Fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman, along with his long-suffering agent, tries to revive his career with a role in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. While his grown daughter searches for answers from her absentee showbiz father, a lifetime of private and professional struggles rise to the surface, cracking the polished public persona of the world's favorite former "funny man."
In addition to his film and television work, Godfrey is one of the most dominant forces on the road today. His one-man show, The Godfrey Complex, was a major hit at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. GQ Magazine said that Godfrey "is set to be one of the biggest performers in the US in 12 months," following his run at the festival.
Gotta Dance is a joyous, inspiring, high-spirited, 'coming-of-age' musical about the first-ever senior dance team for a professional basketball league and the younger coaches who help them with their quest to bust a move on center court. Inspired by true events, Gotta Dance proves no generation gap is too wide to cross. This Broadway-bound musical brings together an all-star creative team that includes original music by the legendary Marvin Hamlisch (an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar winner) and Tony Award-nominee Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer). Gotta Dance is a heartwarming and hilarious story of triumph and joy that is sure make you dance in the aisles.
For the fourth consecutive season, Profiles remounts their acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.
Imagine that in an alternate universe, very much like our own, is another world where a woman named Hillary is trying to become president of a country called the United States of America. In a hotel room in New Hampshire in 2008, Hillary is poised to lose her last Primary Election. When her husband Bill arrives in the middle of the night to offer support, he turns the campaign upside down. Fresh from the IGNITION Festival of New Plays, Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton is a fast-paced, no-holds-barred glimpse into a political storm of another world. Chay Yew directs Hnath's 2008 Primary Election fantasy, exploring the extraordinary sacrifices one is willing to make in order to gain ultimate power.
Come see the up-and-coming generation of improv comedians create some of the most fun, inventive and entertaining game-based improv Chicago has to offer! Each night, see three of our talented House Teams showcase a variety of improv that will only leave you wanting more.
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley's signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, A House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching family drama filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.
See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original.
A gripping and poetic new work from the author of Victory Gardens' acclaimed production Samsara. Fiona must sort through what's left of her life and sanity when her son mysteriously vanishes. The director of The House Theatre's hit Season on the Line makes her Strawdog debut.
Opening Nomi's 9th season, Instrumental will showcase our creative and innovative talents from within. Staying true to Nomi's mission that there is a unique connection in many genres of dance, we now delve into the beautiful marriage between music and dance.
The audience will get to experience the music coming to life visually through each virtuosic movement of the performers' bodies. Join us for this inventive and visionary show as we pay homage to some of music's greatest composers and musicians!
Cats are back! Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society team up, for the 3rd year in a row, to bring Walker Art Center's (MN) wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival back to Chicago.
The 75-minute film features the best cat videos the Internet has to offer. This year's all-new film is curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the festival's first Golden Kitty (People's Choice) Award. The Chicago stop of the Internet Cat Video Festival will be hosted by Mike Bridavsky and his special needs celebrity cat, Lil Bub, who stars in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary, and Lil Bub's Big Show on Animal Planet.
100% of the proceeds from the Chicago Internet Cat Video Festival benefits the cats of Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society! To learn more about the inception of of Internet Cat Video Festival, visit: walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival.
Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble are proud to announce the return of the critically acclaimed It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Pulitzer prize winning playwright Beth Henley's eerie new play The Jacksonian transports audiences to Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the unsettling world of the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender and Perch's now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, >The Jacksonian, brims with suspense and dark humor as thesubversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes hauntingly unpredictable.
Jamaica, Farewell chronicles her escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the 1970's to fulfill her lifelong dream of coming to America.
The 47th Annual Equity Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area! Emceeing the festivities are multi-talented award-winning performers Cheryl Lynn Bruce and E. Faye Butler. Performances featuring cast members from nominated musicals and reviews and video segments from nominated plays will highlight the ceremony.
Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and the author of the book, "I Can Barely Take Care of Myself," which became an instant New York Times Bestseller when it was released in April 2013.
You've seen Jen on her regular appearances on Comedy Central's @midnight. She's done stand up on many late night shows: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately. Jen is also well known for her roles as the narrator in many episodes of the web-turned-TV series "Drunk History" which aired on Comedy Central. Jen also voiced many characters on the Cartoon Network cult classic "Home Movies."
On St Georges Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, and a motley crew of locals want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. A comic, contemporary vision of rural England, Jez Butterworth's wildly original epic play is both a lament about the erosion of country life as well as a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world.
Some of the most influential fathers of American musical theater were brilliant Jewish composers and lyricists such as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein II and Stephen Sondheim. This fall, Chicago a cappella explores their influences and forebears, from European synagogue music to Yiddish vaudeville on Second Avenue, and will perform some of the best-loved American Songbook standards that arose from these traditions.
Be amazed (or appalled) by The Kinsey Sicks' latest and greatest dragtastic a cappella musical! This collection of new songs is an equal mix of appalling original songs and unforgiveable parodies of such favorites as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; A Whole New World; What Does the Fox Say; a Carol King number; two Grammy-award winning hits: Happy and the Disney sensation Let it Go; and of course, The Gershwin classic I've Got Plenty o' Nuttin'. In other words, this show has something to mortify everyone! PLUS, the audience has the special privilege to shape the show for the next audience! That's right, it's up to YOU to determine which songs are so outstandingly bad that the next audience should not see them! Come enjoy the show, and judge whether a song lives or dies!
Ancient and modern concepts combine with inspiring vocals, an eclectic mix of music styles from China and the West including pop, rock and hip hop, exciting choreography and magnificent scenic design for this magical love story about forgiveness set in heaven and on earth in the mythical Kunlun Mountains. Kunlun Myth, will be performed in Chinese with English subtitles.
Kyle Kinane headlines UP Comedy Club in his home town of Chicago. Born in Illinois and now living in Los Angeles, Kinane's brutally honest stories and brilliant comic timing have made him a rising star across America. He's toured with such comedians as Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn, and has recently been seen on Conan, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly and the BBC's The World Stands Up, as well as his own half-hour Comedy Central special. His 2010 album Death of the Party received praise from comedy fans and critics.
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as shy and religious May, who shares her seat with a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May (Amanda Drinkall) and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness called "…a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness…" by the Associated Press.
The 2015 Season concludes with the sharply funny yet deeply tragic play, The Lisbon Traviata, in which personal tragedy unfolds on an operatic scale. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott, directs.
Strawdog Theatre Company presents Long Christmas Ride Home, by pulitzer-prize winning Paula Vogel. Past, present, and future collide for a troubled family on a snowy Christmas Eve when the car spins out of control after a disastrous holiday dinner. This hauntingly beautiful and poetic play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Vogel, deftly navigates the lasting impact of a moment on the lives of those most impressionable: our children.
One of the greatest plays penned in the twentieth century, Long Day's Journey into Night offers a searing depiction of a seemingly successful Irish American family struggling to heal themselves and forgive each other.
Loving Conspiracies, Romantic Revenge.
Composed by the 16-year-old Mozart, this tale of a tyrannical dictator was one of the young prodigy's earliest successes. When Silla is denied the heart of the woman he desires, he commits his considerable power and influence to force matters in his favor. He soon discovers that his are not the only plots and conspiracies hidden in the streets of Rome. This saga of deceit, love and intrigue is punctuated by awe-inspiring arias and ravishing melodies.
Lucio Silla, the dictator of Rome, desires as his wife Giunia, who is betrothed to the banished Cecilio. Cecilio has secretly returned to Rome; the first act ends with the reunion of the lovers. The second act is devoted to a conspiracy against Silla, in which Cecilio takes part. The conspiracy fails, and Cecilio is arrested. In the third act, Cecilio is condemned to death — a fate that Giunia is prepared to share with him. But at the end, after a pathetic accusation of Silla by Giunia before the assembled senate and people, Silla, suddenly showing himself to be a man of noble heart, transforms himself from a dictator into a citizen, and gives up any objections to a wedding.
The Chicago premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's passionate story of love, power, bloody conspiracies and revenge. Directed and designed by COT General Director Andreas Mitisek and conducted by the acclaimed Francesco Milioto, the opera, was written by the musical prodigy as a teenager for Milan's Teatro Regio Ducal in 1772. When Lucio Silla (loosely based on Roman general and statesman about Lucius Conelius Sulla Felix, one of the most hated Roman consuls during the first century) is denied the heart of Gunia, the daughter of his arch enemy, he commits his considerable power and influence to manipulate matters in his favor. He soon discovers that his are not the only plots and conspiracies hidden in the streets of Rome. This saga of deceit, love and intrigue is punctuated by awe-inspiring arias and ravishing melodies.
New York, 1880s. Hoping to find a new wife, wealthy yet prickly widower Horace Vandergelder recruits the services of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Little does Horace know that Dolly is plotting to become the next Mrs. Vandergelder herself! As Horace and Dolly set out to Manhattan to commence the search, a madcap mix of mistaken identity, outrageous misbehavior and spontaneous romance ensues. The inspiration for Hello, Dolly!, The Matchmaker is an uproarious romp that reminds us to embrace the unexpected in our lives.
Hometown hero Matt Braunger returns to the UP Comedy Club this September. Perhaps best known as a MadTV alum, Matt has gone on to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman, @midnight, and Garfunkel & Oates. His recently-released album, Matt Braunger: Big Dumb Animal, earned largely positive reviews and was broadcast as an hour special on Comedy Central.
"Maybe Baby, It's You." Or maybe...it isn't?! From the very first kiss to the not-so-golden years of marriage, "Maybe Baby" is a wild ride through the search for that most elusive relationship— the soul mate. What starts as a laundry list of must-have soul mate qualities swiftly dwindles down to a desperate plea of finding someone who is simply "warm and breathing" in this comical quest for compatibility. From "Mr. Right" who hilariously becomes "Mr. Wrong" the minute he steps onto the dance floor, to an elderly couple who considers remarriage at their grandson's soccer game, this series of eleven vignettes is sure to warm the hearts of lovers everywhere!
Midnight Blue is 60 minute show where, late at night, the ComedySportz Ensemble gathers to do improv with no fouls, no rules, and no subject matter too taboo. We invite you to ditch the kids and hang out after the 10:00pm ComedySportz match. We'll keep the bar open and tear this place apart.
Let's say you have a friend, and that friend has a friend, and that friend of a friend does not have any pet allergies, and then let's then say that you have just read 'Night, Mother' by Marsha Norman for the two hundredth time and you are now inspired to write a two person show of your own. For yourself and Mike Hamilton. And a few adorable guinea pigs. And one spectacular flare gun. Seriously, let's say that. Call it Mike Mother.
Exploring the tension between fiction and non-fiction, Jessica Anne's Mike Mother weaves theatre, writing and film into the lies that cripple memories, the truth that haunts our tales, and all the gaps in between.
Million Dollar Quartet is a musical inspired by the December 4, 1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. The show, which is co-authored by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, is co-directed by Eric Schaeffer and Mutrux, with musical direction by Chuck Mead.
The show features a treasure trove of the greatest rock, rockabilly, gospel, R&B and country standards of the 1950s, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On."
Winner of three Tony awards, this highly irreverent comedy combines all your favorite moments from the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the added flair of musical Vegas glitz. See King Arthur, Lancelot and the rest on their quest to find the Holy Grail, complete with Frenchmen, Knights that say "Ni", and of course a killer rabbit. New York Times calls Spamalot, "a resplendently silly new musical." Full of fun musical numbers like Find Your Grail, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and more.
Inspired by the 1975 film Monty Python and The Holy Grail comes the multi Tony Award-winning musical comedy Spamalot, with Book and lyrics by Eric Idle and an entirely new score created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Dancing divas, a legless knight, flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits combine in this epic story of King Arthur and his band of raunchy Round Table Knights on their pursuit of the Holy Grail. Spamalot was a massive hit on Broadway, playing over 1,500 performances and was seen by over two million people, and performed in theaters across the country.
Nearly 20 years after her son's death, Katharine pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of his former partner, who is now married to another man and has a young child. Confronted with the life her son might have led, Katharine is challenged to face the powerful ways in which society has changed around her and to accept an ever-evolving definition of family.
Music of the Baroque's spectacular 45th Anniversary Season begins with the greatest musical master of them all, J.S. Bach. The orchestra and chorus will play three of Bach's best-loved cantatas, including the intensely intimate "Ich habe genug" and the famous "Wachet auf." Led by Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer, the evening's music celebrates Bach's extraordinary range of musical expression. Soloists include soprano Sherezade Panthaki, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera, tenor Thomas Cooley, and baritone Roderick Williams.
It's Christmas Eve in New Orleans and Trinket Dugan is holed up at the Silver Dollar Hotel with a painful secret. Her only friend and confidant, Celeste, has just been released from jail and will stop at nothing to get back into her good graces, her pocket-book and her booze. Can their friendship survive the cruelty, the con men, hookers, cops, sailors and drunks? The Mutilated is one of Williams' funniest and most moving plays, and according to Williams himself is "an allegory on the tragicomic subject of human existence on this risky planet." -Esquire magazine 1965.
Nate Bargatze</b has had an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, two late night appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, four appearances on Conan, two appearances on Comedy Central's "@ Midnight", and had his own Comedy Central Presents in 2011. He has written for Spike TV's Video Game Awards and received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival multiple years. When he isn't winning comedy festivals in both New York and Boston, or performing at Bonnaroo or on tour with Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour, he might just be performing for troops in Iraq, which he has done five times. His debut comedy album "Yelled at by a Clown" reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts.
Two handsome and wealthy college students, Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb, are accused of violently murdering a 14-year-old boy. Are these two successful men capable of murder? What demons could drive this pair to commit such a brutal act? Never the Sinner, a suspenseful court room drama from Victory Gardens' Playwrights Ensemble Alumnus John Logan (The Last Ship and Tony Award for Red on Broadway) and directed by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple on Broadway, Appropriate), explores a complex and twisted relationship between two men in search of passion and intellect.
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
It was 1957, and Sputnik lit up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world's race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars.
"This is a story set in a town that lives and dies by the coal mine, with real struggles and real triumphs," Director and Choreographer Rachel Rockwell said. "These boys were intrigued by something that most people in America had no experience with and somewhat feared – rockets going into space. We want to make audiences feel like they are part of this community as they experience this volatile time in small town America. It is a really inspirational story."
Part of the Auditorium Theatre's "Made in Chicago" Music Series, this concert experience offers Auditorium audiences the opportunity to sit on the National Historic Landmark stage while enjoying the music of classic crossover artist Branden James in this distinctive setting. Branden James performs alongside Australian cellist and Musical Director James Clark, as well as singer and YouTube sensation, Jess Godwin, bringing a varied repertory of music to this up-close-and-personal cabaret performance. James and company perform an evening of classical, Broadway, operatic pop, and Top 40.
The acclaimed director of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway helms Kaufman and Hart's 1930 comedy classic. Jerry, May, and George quit vaudeville to take advantage of everyone who is taking advantage of California's latest gold rush: Talking Pictures. An epic satire of greed run amok that is as timely now as ever.
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway, One Man, Two Guv'nors transforms Goldini's 18th century Commedia dell'Arte classic Servant of Two Masters into a modern comedy full of satire and slapstick.
Ordinary People tells the story of a Lake Forest High School student, Conrad Jarrett (Matt Ronzani). Conrad had an older brother named Buck, and now Buck is gone. What's left of young Conrad's family, with his successful, well-intentioned father (Jeff Gamlin) and his beautiful, organized and remote mother (Julie Stevens), is in terrible jeopardy, as is Conrad himself. They are all "ordinary people" and each is fighting a hard battle.
In this modern fairy tale noir, comically tragic Nora lives in a world of shadows, with a lecherous landlord, the world's worst boss, and a pack of co-workers straight out of Mean Girls. She meets Marco, a butcher's son and budding clothing designer who changes her life with an outfit. Her newfound confidence leads to new conflict as Nora learns about fame, love, and what it means to be true to herself. Narrated by Marco's three crazy Italian aunts, with shadow puppetry and magical realism, this story of what happens when power dressing is taken to the max will touch your hear and make you smile. From local playwright and Northwestern University professor, Laura Schellhardt.
An enchanting, swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, Peter And The Starcatcher is an epic romp through the Neverland you never knew. A company of twelve actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters on a journey to solve the mystery of how Peter Pan become "The Boy Who Never Grew Up." This regional premiere of the hit Broadway play is the captivating coming-of-age tale of one of classic literature's most beloved and unforgettable characters.
It's Thanksgiving Day and the McKee family is up to its eyeballs in hilarious drama. Between stirring the cranberries and debating pumpkin pie, parents Jim and Melissa relive their glory days. Meanwhile, their earth-poet Son and pregnant-teen Daughter navigate family contracts, holiday power grabs, and decades of thinly veiled deceit. For a family with such a strong appetite for tales, are their stories more important than the truth? With homages to Albee, O'Neal, Williams and Shepard, the tension rides high and the carving knife does more than just cut the turkey.
Pop Waits is an athletic, participatory, clown rock opera provocation to write the perfect song. With the help of a live band and the audience, performers Malic White and Molly Brennan call on the powers Iggy Pop and Tom Waits through personal narratives, movement pieces, and performances of the rock heroes' most influential songs.
The Oxbridge dining club is filled with Britain's brightest, best and most moneyed young men. When their elitist position is threatened, they will stop at nothing to take it back. Posh puts you on the front lines of the war between the classes, the adolescent struggle for identity, and the battle for the status quo.
In a New York brownstone marked for demolition, two estranged brothers meet to sort through and sell their late father's belongings—a pile of relics and old furniture buried by a lifetime's worth of family baggage. Acclaimed as "one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written" (The New York Times), The Price is a poignant, intimate, and often heart-wrenching look at the ways we are liberated or trapped by those we love.
Max Bialystock, the onetime king of Broadway producers hungry to strike it rich, and Leo Bloom, an accountant with dreams of someday becoming a theatre producer, discover that they could get richer by producing a flop than a hit and start by finding the worst show, worst director, and worst actors. When their new production, "Springtime for Hitler," turns out to be a smash success, the plan is thrown off and the partners' lives are thrown into chaos.
N. Richard Nash's unabashedly optimistic play became a Broadway hit telling the story of plain and hardworking Lizzie Curry (Linsey Page Morton) as she finds herself falling in love, against her better judgment, with a traveler (Steve Key*) who promises to bring rain to her family's ever-dry Texas town.
Daddy died, the coal ran out, and the town went bust. His son's new factory promises riches but when Deacon rolls in preaching salvation through song, spirit, and moonshine all the workers hightail it up the mountain. Foot-stomping, heart-shaping mountain music fills the air. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone?
Damon Kiely (Thieves Like Us) pens a probing look at how music ignites a spiritual spark even in non-believers. Chicago composer and fiddler Jess McIntosh creates an all-new, old-time country gospel score for a unique chorus of women's voices. Helmed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig (500 Clown, Lucky Plush Productions) dynamic and percussive choral movement fuels the world created for this powerful ensemble of actresses. With the driving forces of Greek tragedy at play, Kiely's story races toward its bloody end.
Legend's most heroic outlaw comes to Strawdog this holiday season with the help of Forks & Hope (creators of our hit productions The Hunting of the Snark and The Pied Piper). Join the archer, his love, and his band of rogues for this swashbuckling adventure.
Chicago's Ho Etsu Taiko and Los Angeles' On Ensemble present Rotations, a series of collaborative performances grounded in Japanese drumming. New material written specifically for Rotations highlights the combined strength of the two ensembles as well as each individual ensemble's music.
This remarkably imaginative play reveals an unknown portrait of the world's greatest trumpet player by undertaking an intimate exploration of Louis Armstrong's life, legacy, and above all, jazz.
Saturn Returns is a two-year Neo-Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience, and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Not content simply with looking inward, Tif Harrison and ensemble look upward and outward, offering observations on the silence and solitude of space, on the uncrossable distances between celestial bodies and the intimacy of standing next to somebody you love. Saturn Returns examines both the astronomical and astrological implications of Saturn's solar orbit— a 29-year journey— as well as its moons and the Cassini Solstice Mission, to observe various dramatic changes that have manifested in the lives of the individuals on stage. Over the next two years, Harrison and the group build the show while inviting audiences into the process through intimate events, collected interviews, and open dialogues with the creator and artists involved.
Is it the sound of jingle bells or the sound of your aunt who you only see once a year talking? Either way, escape the chaos of the holidays and come see the return of Second City's Holidazed and Confused after a sold out run last year. New cast, new show, more hilarious sketch comedy to entertain everyone on your list.
UP Comedy Club presents The Second City's Life Hacks. Pulling from over half a century of hilarious scenes and songs, Second City experiments with tweaking the little things to make life easier... or at least tries to. Always seeming to lose the phone charger down the back of your desk? Can't seem to make round sandwich meat fit onto square bread ? Trying to get up the courage to ask the big question? Watch as The Second City uses comedy to shell a hard boiled egg and keep an open bag of chips freshand other clever solutions to the little snags of everyday life and love.
UP Comedy Club has combined two of Chicago's favorite things, brunch & comedy, for the ultimate Sunday-Funday. Join us every Sunday at 11:00am for a delicious brunch followed by our hilarious improv comedy show at 12pm. Your belly will thank you.
A World Premiere by one of Chicago's hottest emerging playwrights. It's summertime in Chicago. Over a year after his sensational death, a young man returns to his former apartment: alive, well, and with a new found ambition to fix what went wrong. A miracle reunion turns into a catastrophic disaster as the past catches up with the present and old debts return, expecting payment in full. What does growing-up mean and is it even desired in this day and age?
Accentuating the beauty of ancient Chinese instruments amidst the grandeur of a Western symphony, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra draws on cherished ancient melodies and delightful musical styles to create a brand new, yet wonderfully familiar, experience.
Part of Shen Yun Performing Arts, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is rooted in 5,000 years of civilization. It shares in Shen Yun's mission to revive five millennia of divinely inspired culture.
The recipient of Tony Award-nominations for both "Best Score" and "Book of a Musical," Side Show is inspired by the true-life story of the legendary conjoined twin circus, vaudeville and movie stars The Hilton Sisters, Daisy and Violet, and their search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny while under the spotlight of public opinion. Set against the backdrop of 1930's show business, Side Show seamlessly blends the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour in a haunting and sympathetic story of extraordinary humanity.
The 1960s bohemian paradise of intellectual Sidney Brustein and his actress wife Iris comes crumbling down when Sidney buys an independent newspaper to speak out on the politics and issues of the times. Soon Sidney finds himself at odds with his artistic-minded friends and neighbors—and even his beloved Iris. A mirror to our own world of injustice and corruption, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window is a heartfelt and perceptive work from an iconic voice silenced too soon.
Tellin' Tales Theatre partners with Project Onward to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in this original youth musical. Middle school apprentices and their adult mentors with and without disabilities explore the om[act of art on their lives.
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life – our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
A wave of uncertainty spreads across the once peaceful hamlet of Monroe, Wisconsin, after a Chicago-based corporation acquires the town's main employer, leaving workers and their families to fear for their livelihoods. The merger, however, presents longtime employee Kim a newfound opportunity—and a moral dilemma. Should he accept a lucrative promotion under the new management and risk alienating himself from his longtime co-workers, neighbors and family? Fresh off her Jeff Award-winning Luna Gale, Rebecca Gilman presents a humorous yet thought-provoking examination of workers' rights and the effects of big business on small town lives.
From the creators of Talk Hard (named Chicago's "Best Sketch Troupe" of 2013 by The Chicago Reader), Spiked Punch is one part gameshow, ALL parts PARTY! The show features two teams of Chicago's sharpest comedians who are forced to make you laugh or suffer the hilarious consequences. We provide the set-ups, and it's up to them to deliver the punchlines . . . or pay the price! No preparation. No hesitation. And plenty of libations!
The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history.
The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.
It's the 1980s, Michael Jackson rules the radio waves and Conan the Barbarian is the box office king at the movies. Aspiring black boxers, Leon and Troy, both have promising futures in the ring. When race riots explode in their London neighborhood, these two friends are forced to make a tough decision. Years later, they square off, facing each other and the men they have become. An electric knockout, the much lauded and award-winning playwright Roy Williams' Sucker Punch takes an unflinching look at family, friends and the world of boxing.
Supreme Love showcases the dancers of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, a tap dance community traveling through the art with progressive admiration for tradition. Supreme Love, choreographed by Jumaane Taylor, "One of the Top 20 Hoofers under 20," according to Dance Sprit Magazine, and "One of the Top Five Dancers in Chicago," per the Chicago Tribune, expresses true life through the art of tap dance, recreating the chants of John Coltrane's manifestations through the album A Love Supreme and discovering truth from the sounds of the Universal Zulu Nation. Featuring saxophonist Rajiv Halim and other musicians, who reinvent the classic quartet and narrate the transitions between pieces, the tap company and musicians exchange expressive musical opinions, discovering truth within themselves and their art.
Shakespeare's enchanted island is transformed in this inventive production from Aaron Posner and Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller), who also contributes astonishing feats of magic. Larry Yando returns to Chicago Shakespeare following his iconic performance in last season's King Lear to take on the role of the vengeful and mysterious Prospero, who conjures a storm shipwrecking his old enemies on the island. This classic tale of revenge is reimagined as a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement—underscored by haunting ballads from the inimitable Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and featuring choreography by the pioneering dance collective Pilobolus. In a production full of "such stuff as dreams are made on," sorcery gives way to the inclinations of the heart.
Kick 2015 to the curb and welcome 2016! On December 31, doors open at The Neo-Futurarium at 9:30 p.m. for refreshments (including beer and wine) and hors d'oeuvres. Beginning at 11 p.m. sharp, the New Year's Eve edition of The Neo-Futurist's 30 plays in 60 minutes will end promptly at 12 midnight with a toast to ring in 2016.
The Neo-Futurists' signature show, performed since 1988, is the longest-running production in Chicago history. Too Much Light... is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Each week the ensemble adds between two and twelve new plays to the menu. Every performance creates an inimitable, living-newspaper collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental.
The Neo-Futurists' signature show, performed since 1988, is the longest-running production in Chicago history. Too Much Light... is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Each week the ensemble adds between two and twelve new plays to the menu. Every performance creates an inimitable, living-newspaper collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental.
Adventure beckons as Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, The Arabian Nights) helms the epic tale of a young boy, an old buccaneer and the promise of buried treasure, as pirates lay siege to the Lookingglass stage, regaling thrill-seekers of all ages with a story both epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing.
An Evening of Vices. An Evening of Virtues. Running in rotating repertory, Profiles presents two full evenings of short works by Neil LaBute, each filled with many surprises, both virtuous and otherwise. Each evening features stories of lust and hate, humor and sadness, virtue and depravity. Through them all, "love" will be the dominant theme--what it is, what it's not and how far it can be stretched.
The place and time is Paris during the 1930s. Men who can sing as women are all the rage. Desperate for a gig, Victoria, a woman, disguises herself as a man pretending to be a woman. She is all the rage in Paris, as audiences fully believe that she is a he who is just pretending to be a she. Things get even more complicated after the gangster, King Marchan, happens upon a show with Victoria. To his dismay, King Marchan finds that he is falling in love with this man - Victoria. Meanwhile, King's tough bodyguard, Squash, falls in love with Victoria's truly male friend, Toddy. In the end, Victor reveals that he is really Victoria meaning that King Marchan is not homosexual, as he feared.
Becky, newly pregnant yet sexually frustrated, finds her husband is more interested in baby books than her provocative new nightie, so she turns to fantasy created by the old porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, Becky takes matters into her own hands by purchasing a used bike meant to burn off energy, but ends up embarking on an adventure much, much further than she ever expected to go.
Three couples sit on the precipice of a defining decision. Set in the shadow of an airport, Wastwater tells three interconnected stories examining the looming consequence of choice. The play, named for the deepest lake in England, explores the depths of human longing.
Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the merry and bright stage production based on the classic silver screen romantic comedy. When two former Army buddies, who are now Broadway performers, follow a sister act booked at a charming Vermont Inn, they soon discover that it is owned by their former commander. With no snow and no customers, the General is nearly bankrupt. To save the lodge, the two acts team up and put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings, I Love a Piano, and, of course, White Christmas. White Christmas is joyful entertainment for the entire family and will have audiences dreaming of tree tops glistening and sleigh bells in the snow.
A young woman finds she's given her heart—the actual, beating muscle—to a boy she's just met on the subway. The assistant director of The Hypocrites' epic All Our Tragic helms this edgy tale of love in the age of social media.
A young woman finds she's given her heart, the actual, beating muscle, to a boy she's just met on the subway. With Love and a Major Organ was first produced at the Toronto Fringe and Next Stage Theatre Festivals, where it was awarded "Patron's Pick," "Best of Fringe" and named "Outstanding New Play" by NOW Magazine. Thrisa Hodtis, the assistant director of The Hypocrites' epic All Our Tragic helms this edgy tale of love in the age of social media.
Powered by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, this whimsical love letter to Manhattan finds Ruth, an aspiring journalist, and her sister Eileen, a bombshell actress, leaving Ohio determined to conquer New York City in 1935. Roughing it in a dingy Manhattan basement apartment isn't quite how the sisters imagined living, but they can't resist the city's bustling energy and soon find their professional and romantic hopes coming true. Chock-full of swinging show tunes and spectacular choreography, Wonderful Town captures the thrill of chasing one's dreams like no other musical.
Meet the Sycamores - a madcap clan that sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiancé home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times.
One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, Depression era classic has a timeless appeal.