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Arnie, a lovable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut are drawn into a sugar-fueled existential crisis as they work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome president of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on a zany quest to prove that he's more than just delicious — and that friends come in all shapes and sizes — in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved series by Laurie Keller. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted).
A dark theatrical magic show to haunt the season. Livingstone visits the characters that shaped the era of a enigmatic vaudeville magician and works to unravel deep mysteries — and murder.
The Audience is a portrait of a dynamic and provocative woman — also the symbol of a nation — as she weathers decades of history and political strife. Every Tuesday afternoon for more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with her prime ministers in a private audience, a gesture of unity between government and Crown. Through times of tension, negotiation, war, and unrest, these conversations with political leaders from Winston Churchill to Harold Wilson to Margaret Thatcher have remained a constant. Playwright Peter Morgan reimagines these meetings, giving audience members a glimpse of the queen's role in guiding the circumstances that have shaped the United Kingdom and a window into the mystery, compassion, and humor of the woman behind the iconic crown.
Meet young Gabi Castillo from West Town Chicago. Gabi ventures across town to attend Northside College Prep where she encounters new cultures, classmates, and opportunities. Through a class project, Gabi delves into the mystery behind her family's migration from Mexico to the United States. Join us for this tale of courage and self-discovery told through dreams of both future and past.
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre continues its new monthly "Grab Bag" series with Back to School!
Featuring Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company members Katie Hunter and Carleigh Obrochta, along with Jonas Davidow, Joshua Peterson, Melissa Reinertson, Dustin Rothbart, Mark Yacullo, Shelby Westart, Ann Schaefer, Wesley Dean Tucker, and Stephanie Wohar. The performers will be accompanied by Ty Miles.
All proceeds for this event go to supporting Eclectic Full Contact Theatre and their efforts to expand and continue to provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines.
A modern American family uses a summer barbecue as a pretext to ambush sister Barbara with an intervention. If you think "all families are crazy" is just a cliché, you've not spent time under the influence of the O'Mallerys. An afternoon in the park with these raucous siblings and you'll be challenging your own assumptions about family, race, and reality.
All fans of Carole King and great musical theater, we have the perfect show for you. The Cadillac Palace Theatre is proud to present Beautiful, the story of the life of the iconic songwriter and her gradual progression to stardom. Warm, heartfelt, and genuine, with, of course, an incredible score featuring songs by the great Carole King herself, this is a performance that will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.
Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot and features music by Elton John with book and lyrics by the film's screenplay writer, Lee Hall. Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story set in an English mining town during the miners' strike of 1984-85. Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long-held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community, and changes his life forever.
Blind Date is a backstage glimpse of one of the 20th century's landmark historical events. In an era before Twitter and eHarmony, two of history's oddest couples seek to thaw the seemingly intractable relationship between the United States and Soviet Russia. Despite their advisors' efforts to keep them on track, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev eschew conventional protocols to discuss pop culture and old movies — while their wives mirror their husbands' negotiations in a passive-aggressive tango over tea and fashion choices. Blind Date is a compelling and edgy comic journey through the intricacies of statesmanship.
Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
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
In this concert, Paul Cosentino and the Boilermaker Jazz Band will bring the energy and delicate swing of the small bands to you, performing some of their best-known material. You'll also hear some of your favorite Goodman Big Band melodies, done small-band style.
Benny Goodman was also fortunate enough to work with some of the finest female vocalists of the era including Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Helens — Ward and Forrest. These ladies always brought a touch of class and grace to the proceedings along with the requisite swing factor! Jennifer McNulty brings you selections by Benny's Girls including "Why Don't You Do Right?," "Goody Goody," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," and "Taking a Chance on Love."
This comedic chronicle starring Jackie Mason's daughter, Sheba Mason, looks at the decade-long tryst between the comedy icon and Sheba's mother, playwright Ginger Reiter. The action starts when 46-year-old Jackie (David R. Gordon) spots twentysomething Ginger (Mason) in a Miami deli in 1977. Jackie woos her while also courting Trixie (Megan Gill), a gorgeous young Latina, and Rosa (Danielle Nichole Tyler), a senior citizen with attitude, which causes Ginger some romantic distress. When Ginger becomes pregnant 10 years later, Jackie denies his paternity — while still yearning to be with her — and a complicated relationship begins.
You bring the news, we break it! Our talented ensemble will perform improv based on local and national news articles.
The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.
It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.
From Pulitzer and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge) comes a provocative 80-minute theatrical event written in a white-hot fury. In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, Building the Wall urgently reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going.
Bull in a China Shop is a play about Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeanette Marks. The two of them reimagined and revolutionized women's education at the turn of the 20th century. This fast-moving feminist comedy chronicles the growth of the women's suffrage movement as well as Mary and Jeanette's romantic relationship. Bull in a China Shop examines the strength it takes to find your voice, be brave, and feel less at odds with the world.
Mercedes is an outsider. Tara makes sure she knows it. When a high school production of The Crucible forces them together, tensions escalate into acts of bullying — both online and IRL. This world premiere play explores what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch hunt.
Note: This show is a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production.
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.
While the Carpenters are known for over a dozen chart-topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece backing band are keeping the Carpenters' holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of the Carpenters' two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, A Carpenters Christmas and featuring "Merry Christmas Darling" and the jazzy "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," it's a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.
The Chicago Magic Lounge is a close-up magic show inspired by the long lost "magic bars" of Chicago. Schulien's, New York Lounge, Little Bit O' Magic, and many more clubs were once at the forefront of Chicago's nightlife scene. The Magic Lounge takes the best elements of these lost venues, and brings close-up magic to the tables, the bar, and the stage at the Uptown Underground. We recreate the wonder of a style of magic that dates back to the 1920's, simply known as "Chicago-Style" Magic.
Acclaimed Chicago actor Larry Yando returns for his 10th season at Goodman Theatre as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, directed for the fifth year by artistic associate Henry Wishcamper. Dickens' holiday classic tells the tale of greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his disdain for the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on a spectacular adventure through his past, present, and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love, and friendship. Former cast members include stage and screen notables Jessie Mueller, Joe Minoso, Del Close, Harry J. Lennix, Felicia P. Fields, Raul Esparza, Sally Murphy, and Frank Galati.
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge's only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn't even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew's invitation to join his family for Christmas dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him.
In The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier tells the true story, set between 1862 and 1915, of Albert Cashier, a Civil War soldier with a secret that resonates with today's modern world. Detailing the soldier's life fighting in more than 40 engagements during the Civil War, the musical follows Cashier through retirement and the onset of dementia, when a lifelong secret was discovered: that Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers. Causing an uproar in the small southern Illinois community where he lived, Cashier was prosecuted for impersonating a soldier, requiring fellow soldiers to return once again after 60 years to detail Albert's heroism and life.
Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a comedy of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse.
Ballet 5:8's Compass features four one-act ballets inspired by the challenges of navigating cultural tension in the present day. From an alien society to 1970s Chicago, Compass stretches across time and space to explore some of our country's most pressing topics. At times witty and satirical, while at times deeply emotional, Compass is full of athleticism, power, and poetry. Audiences are invited to a post-show talk-back panel discussion with Ballet 5:8 artistic director Julianna Slager and artists of the company.
Chicago Dance Crash, one of the premiere hip-hop and contemporary dance companies in the country, will be celebrating their 15th year with some of their favorite repertory dance works, a few jokes, a few surprises, and tons of fun!
Since its premiere in 1953, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a masterful and chilling portrayal of the historic Salem witch trials and an allegory for the rise of McCarthyism in the late 1940s, has rightfully become an American classic. It serves as both a cautionary tale and a provocation that compels each generation to reflect upon the harrowing world the play portrays.
The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Rather than face consequences for their actions, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until neighbor turns against neighbor, whispers become testimony, fabrications become facts, and a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate of all those around her. As the hearts of the townsfolk become poisoned, even virtuous farmer and family man John Proctor is falsely accused of witchcraft and must fight a corrupt court to protect his good name.
Note: This show is a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production.
From the artists that brought you The Horror Experiment and Cursed: An American Tragedy comes Dark Day, a new immersive experience created by The Horror Ensemble and Birch House Immersive. To date, The Horror Ensemble has created three unique horror experiences in three very different spaces, all with the same goal — putting the audience at the heart of the experience. More immediate than theater and more intimate than a haunted house — this experience will be like nothing you've seen before.
Defending the Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. It has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Lots of affectionate nudging goes on during the performance as audience members recognize themselves in the stories being told on stage.
DEIRDRE: "Do many know what is foretold, that Deirdre will be the ruin of the Sons of Usna and have a little grave by herself, and a story will be told forever??
The final masterpiece by John Millington Synge, author of The Playboy of the Western World. A beautiful and sad love story based on the Irish myth of Deirdre, the foremost heroine of ancient Ireland. Promised in wedlock since her birth to the King of Ulster once she comes of age, she rejects the arranged marriage and flees with her lover, Naisi. Synge's play is the most famous dramatization of Ireland's most beloved romance.
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on...and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
Called "the Oscar Wilde of comedy" by the London Evening News and "the greatest comedian, living or dead" by Le Monde, Dylan Moran is regarded internationally as the premier comedian of his generation.
Mark Eden and Christopher Stell are internationally renowned classical guitarists known for their dynamism, innovation, and breathtaking virtuosity. Widely regarded as one of the world's leading guitar ensembles, the duo's chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice.
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!
Henrik Ibsen's masterwork finds renewed immediacy in a daring new production from Goodman artistic director Robert Falls. The contamination of a resort town's water supply sets the stage for a battle involving the town's respected mayor, Peter Stockmann, and his brother Thomas, a respected doctor. As the brothers become locked in a combative struggle between political wisdom and personal ethics, the economic fate of the community — and the unity of the town's residents — hangs in the balance.
The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is in the twilight years of his life. Following a request from his great friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, he has agreed to give an informal talk to a group of American writers who are visiting England. They have come to Lewis's home just outside of Oxford and are eagerly anticipating hearing the man who has become a legend in his own lifetime. They are not disappointed. Despite his failing health, Lewis is in great form. His audience is spellbound as, with a display of oratory and humor that made him one of England's most famous public speakers, he recounts the significant events and the people that shaped his life.
An Evening With C.S. Lewis is a drama production that has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience for the many thousands who have attended its performances over the last eight years. When it was aired on the Dish Network, it drew an enormous response. A preview can be seen on DavidPayneDrama.com.
Second City is proud to present this in-your-face indictment of the modern condition. Millennial social media dilemmas, d-bags on dates, and auto-tuned relationships are just a few of the targets this amazingly talented ensemble takes on. The struggle is fake, folks, but the comedy is oh so real. Buy tickets and chill.
Hero, a Texas slave, faces a simple yet monumental choice: Join his master in the Confederate army to win his freedom — or remain enslaved at the plantation. As he debates leaving his lover for what may be another empty promise, Hero must take charge of his life, even when much remains beyond his control. Filled with music, wit, and poetic wisdom, this play by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks challenges audience members to navigate their own moral compass in a country that both unites and divides.
In the not-so-distant future, the economy is failing, food is scarce, and paranoia is in the air. Samuel and Judith Covey live in rural England, maintaining their government-controlled farm in constant fear of losing it all. After an anonymous tip, William Bloor, a "foxfinder," arrives to investigate a suspected contamination, threatening to uncover secrets of desire and regret that will change all of their lives forever.
From Mendelssohn to Bernstein, from European courts to Yiddish theater and the Broadway stage, many Jewish composers have wrestled with their faith. We'll explore this rich musical dynamic through sublime classical works, church anthems and oratorios, American Songbook hits and Broadway novelties. Discover the world of sound, lyrics, and ideas that comes about when creativity bumps up against social pressure, and the resulting music does -and doesn't - sound Jewish.
From Mendelssohn to Bernstein, from European courts to Yiddish theater and the Broadway stage, many Jewish composers have wrestled with their faith. We'll explore this rich musical dynamic through sublime classical works, church anthems and oratorios, American songbook hits and Broadway novelties. Discover the world of sound, lyrics, and ideas that comes about when creativity bumps up against social pressure, and the resulting music does — and doesn't — sound Jewish.
"Finding Christmas" brings your favorite Christmas songs to life with the epic orchestrations and lush harmonies of GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio. Following their rave-reviewed 2016 release Finding Christmas, the Gents are sure to add to the spirit of the season with their signature cinematic sound. GENTRI's Christmas album not only topped multiple Billboard charts, but also made the iTunes Top 10 holiday list alongside names like Michael Bublé and Pentatonix. You won't want to miss this fantastic presentation of musical Christmas magic.
GENTRI is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott, and Bradley Quinn Lever. Alongside their music director and producer Stephen Nelson, the Gents have been pioneering a new genre that can only be described as cinematic pop.Their original sound combines dynamic three-part harmonies with rich, full symphonic orchestrations.
A clever spin on the Princess and the Pea fairy tale, this musical is brimming with memorable songs and loads of humor. Queen Aggravain will allow no one in the kingdom to marry until her son Prince Dauntless is wed. Desperate to marry his own love, Sir Harry ventures out to find a true princess that the Queen will approve of. Harry finds an unlikely candidate in swamp princess Winnifred, but can Winnifred pass the Queen's impossible test? Recommended for grades 3-8.
Giordano Dance Chicago takes the Metropolis stage in an intimate hour with artistic director Nan Giordano. The hour will include excerpts from GDC's powerful repertoire, showcasing pas de deux and trios.
Tennessee Williams's classic "memory play" set in St. Louis in 1937 is about a family in crisis. The Glass Menagerie refers to a collection of glass figurines that can be seen to represent this family because each embodies elements of emotional fragility as reflections given to us through Tom's recollections.
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire, and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.
Hadersfild is a modern drama in Serbian about four men who are facing their first serious life crisis — in their 30s, they are realizing that they haven't yet figured out the answers to their questions and problems about life. Compounding that, it's all happening in Serbia at the beginning of the new millennium. Sharp, cynical dialogue, characteristic Belgrade humor, and reminders of the sad reality of everyday life have made audiences feel Hadersfild very close to them.
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton. A thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation – with a score that blends hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz and Broadway — Hamilton opened on Broadway earlier this year to enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences of all ages.
The Delany sisters, Sadie and Bessie, remain best friends and roommates even as they pass their centennial birthdays. As they prepare a meal in honor of their late father, a former slave, they reminisce about the joys and challenges of their lives: coming to maturity in the Jim Crow South, experiencing the Harlem Renaissance and rising to unimagined professional prominence. Having Our Say showcases the sisters' unique, indomitable spirits as they fondly recall meeting beloved historical figures and denounce prejudices that infect the country.
It starts with an audience suggestion. Then the players create a full-length thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. There could be murder, car chases, gun play, beautiful women, exciting music, and drinks…plenty of drinks. Since this is high-class crime, the stage is complete with a wet bar, and the actors will be forced to partake as the plot develops. By the end of the show, you might not be able to stand the suspense, and the actors might not be able to stand at all.
The show will also feature a live jazz band and a few parlor games so the audience may join in on the "refreshments."
With the tagline, "Action so tense, you'll have to get tight," how can you go wrong?
Under The Gun Theater is proud to announce an open run for our show "Horrible Fun" (previously titled Comedy Against Humanity, a live show for horrible people). Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm.
When the audience arrives they get three white cards from Cards Against Humanity or Crabs Adjust Humidity. The "Card Czar" host and two teams of Improvisers will take the stage. The Czar pulls a black card from the deck and if an audience member has a good white card they think will match they raise there hand and are brought on stage to present the card combination. Each team will then do Improv based on the audience member they brought up. The Card Czar awards points to the winning team and that audience member goes home with a prize.
Written by Stephen Karam, The Humans is one of the most recent and best additions to Broadway, opening there in 2016 after an off-Broadway engagement in 2015. A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans is a truly stunning work of theater that you can't afford to miss!
From Adam and Eve to Kim and Kanye all the way to Conway and Spicer, The Idiot's Guide to Fixing Stooopid will uncover human daffiness in a colorful multimedia presentation and describe how being a dimwit or a dolt affects life around us. The show provides self-testing and analysis to help prevent "us" from entering the stupid portion of society. Whether it is Stooopidity in your neighborhood, in your office, in public office, or in your Social Media Friends, the show supplies awareness and quick fixes on how you can help stop the spread of Stooopid.
Comedian Tim Benker is a veteran of Chicago stand-up comedy, having performed in 35 states opening for many well-known acts such as Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, Richard Lewis, Drew Carey, and Walt Willey. Tim has also made himself useful in daylight hours by hosting morning radio in Las Vegas and Houston and produced a variety show around his alter ego, "The Very Famous Lance Vegas."
Nomi Dance Company and Chicago Repertory Ballet will come together for the first time ever this October with an invigorating performance, featuring choreography by Nomi veteran dancers and a premiere by CRB director Wade Schaaf, who joins the two companies for the grand finale. With three of Nomi's most powerful women taking charge, Illuminate will showcase the virtuoso talent of this all-female company while continuing to delight the audience using the dynamic risk-taking and athleticism for which Nomi is known. Adding to the entertainment is Schaaf's unique mix of classical and contemporary vocabulary with this group of highly trained and alluring artists.
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.
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 interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original.
CAST: Ryan Asher, Ryan Archibald, Andel Sudik, Rachel Mason, Claudia Wallace, Jeffery Murdoch, Saurabh Pande, Lauren Walker, Dewayne Perkins, Danny Catlow MUSICAL DIRECTORS: Alex Kliner, Katy Marquardt, Vinnie Pillarella, Sean Sykes, Tara Trudel STAGE MANAGER: J. Jackson Smith, Meghan Teal
Follow along with #SCAllStars. Suggested Rating: R
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
The current winner of the CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, illusionist extraordinaire Ivan Amodei is on a national tour with his show Intimate Illusions.
Currently on an eight-year run at his residency at the famous Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ivan's 90-minute show will include the incredible illusion that fooled Penn & Teller, as well as other stunning coincidences, psychological illusions, and spectacular brain games, all wrapped around spellbinding storytelling and masterful showmanship.
And don't forget the musical score by Céline Dion's star cellist Irina Chirkova that accompanies the show. Set in an elegant, candlelit space, and filled with audience participation, you'll witness Amodei manipulate time, alter someone's fate, and even discover a spectator's destiny — might it be you?
One of Stephen Sondheim's most beloved musicals, this dark comedy features classic Brothers Grimm characters along with the Baker and his wife who wish "more than anything" for a child. Cursed by the Witch, they journey to break the spell and along the way find other fairy-tale characters with wishes of their own. Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk; Rapunzel, who wishes to see the world; and others learn to be careful what they wish for, as fate has two ways of crashing their dreams: by refusing wishes and by granting them.
Into the Woods is a musical twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales that follows Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. The characters' lives intertwine in the darkness of the woods, where their greatest dreams are fulfilled with unintended consequences. Be careful what you wish for...
Set in the center ring under the Big Top of a traveling circus that has seen better days, Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a re-telling of the Book of Job. Zuss and Nickles, popcorn and balloon vendors, decide to take on the roles of God and Satan, and together, they push J.B. through his search for justice in the world toward his discovery of what must take its place. All 23 roles in City Lit's production will be played by an ensemble of nine mature actresses.
Sie returns to Lifeline for a free event to promote his debut novel (with illustrator Sungyoon Choi), Still Life Las Vegas: A Novel. The evening will include a wine and cheese reception, a concert reading selection from the novel featuring current Lifeline Theatre ensemble members, and a Q&A session moderated by Lifeline Artistic Director Dorothy Milne, followed by a book signing with Sie.
Remember Junie B. Jones? She's back, and she's on stage! In the theatrical world of Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, Junie B.'s everyday life is packed with amazing discoveries, cool new kids, and lifelong lessons about being a good person and a good friend!
Robert Bowker and his 25 professional singers bring you the most eclectic sampling of holiday music to be found anywhere. From early music and well-known carols to brand new holiday samplings both classical and contemporary. Pop, gospel, blues, country, and comedy songs will make your holiday truly special. Come have some fun with us!
Why? Free will or divine predestination? Welcome to a dark corner of Purgatory called Hope, where the court case over the ultimate fate of Judas Iscariot is in progress. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, the play reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner.
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical with a twist. Cathy and Jamie, two twentysomething New Yorkers, each present their own interpretation of their five-year love affair, with Cathy's story starting when they part and Jamie's starting when they first meet. A contemporary musical that is alternately joyous, funny, romantic, and soul-stirring.
A Drama Desk winner recently adapted into a popular film starring Anna Kendrick.
An evening of orchestral music celebrating Latin America and Latin-American composers.
The Cadillac Palace Theatre is proudly playing host to one of the most well-known musical theater productions in history: the legendary Les Misérables! With its dramatic plot, iconic songs, and memorable logo, this production has lasted in production for nearly four decades.
The Cadillac Palace Theatre is proud to present the sequel to the most iconic and best-selling musical ever, The Phantom of the Opera! Set 10 years after the events of the original story, Love Never Dies features a stunning cast and stage design with an all new score.
Celebrated director and playwright Aaron Posner and famed magician Teller (of duo Penn & Teller) join forces for an innovative take on "the Scottish play," returning after their Jeff Award-winning production of The Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015. With astounding sorcery, this supernatural thriller dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Amazing and amusing, Marc's theatrical creations have been hailed as "Not to be missed!" by ABC News and "A surefire 'you-gotta-see-this-show' show!" by Variety. Both fascinating and psychological, his performances have been enjoyed by millions around the world from Broadway and the West End to the Sydney Opera House and Singapore, earning him the name "The King of the Mind-Readers" by Time Out.
Marc's mystifying techniques and quick wit "break the lock" on the minds of randomly selected audience members. He has had the pleasure of outwitting such well-known celebrities as Sting, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, Prince Andrew, Judi Dench, Ronald Reagan!
One will rule. One will fall. Two women of power — Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots — face off in a struggle for the faith of a nation in a new electric adaptation by Peter Oswald. The production is staged by acclaimed director Jenn Thompson, former artistic director of the Actors Company Theater.
Nelson DeMille, born 1943, is a decorated U.S. Army veteran having served several tours in Vietnam. Following his military service, Nelson earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Hofstra University. His first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, was published in 1978 and was followed by an array of works including 15 bestsellers and 6 No. 1 selections on the New York Times bestseller list. The Cuban Affair is DeMille's 20th novel.
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.
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."
The Minutes, by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, the author of August: Osage County, comes a scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power that exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history's losers.
MUSE celebrates new works, new artists and new voices with this annual series of theatrical readings, panels and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions and artistic excellence. This year's MUSE, Femmes Noires de la Resistance, focuses on black women holding their own power.
The final day of MUSE 2017 includes a panel discussion focuses on black women and women of color theater leaders. Guests and audience members will discuss the topic with artists and performers from the festival.
This year's MUSE celebrates new works, new artists and new voices with this annual series of theatrical readings, panels, and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions, and artistic excellence. This year's MUSE, Femmes Noires de la Resistance, focuses on black women holding their own power.
Featured in this spoken word showcase are Surviving the Mic and Black Feminist Poetics.
This year's MUSE celebrates new works, new artists, and new voices with this annual series of theatrical readings, panels and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions and artistic excellence. The Theatre Showcase includes theater artist Tasia Jones and readings of new plays by Marsha Estell, Loy Webb and Kendeda winner Tsehaye Hébert.
J. S. Bach's gorgeous Concerto for Oboe and Violin headlines an evening that also features a concerto for two violins by Telemann and a double cello concerto by Vivaldi. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 provides classical contrast in a sparkling orchestral program led with trademark energy and zest by principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer.
J. S. Bach's gorgeous Concerto for Oboe and Violin headlines an evening that also features a concerto for two violins by Telemann and a double cello concerto by Vivaldi. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 provides classical contrast in a sparkling orchestral program led with trademark energy and zest by principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer.
The 14th annual New Stages festival of new plays includes three developmental productions in repertory and three staged readings. Founded in 2004, the festival is a celebration of innovative new plays designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment. New Stages offers Chicago theatergoers a first look at dozens of plays, many of which have gone on to become successful full productions — including Noah Haidle's Smokefall and Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined.
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.
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide, Piaf! The Show is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production features the extraordinary Anne Carrere.
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide, Piaf! The Show is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as "Edith Piaf's legitimate musical heiress," Piaf! The Show premiered in 2015 as a tribute to "The Swallow of Montmartre" on the centennial of her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie en Rose. In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer's career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous locations of the Edith Piaf era.
Oscar Wilde's only novel ranks with Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a defining excursion into psychological horror. Dorian Gray expresses the desire that his newly painted portrait, rather than he, will age and fade. This idle, destructive wish is granted: Dorian stays young and beautiful while his portrait ages and takes on the weight of his sins. He is both fascinated and trapped by this fatal freedom from responsibility and enters into a life of hedonism. Three-time Jeff Award winner for Best Adaptation Paul Edwards returns to City Lit for his eighth production.
This program, performed by the Lira Singers and Lira Dancers, includes beautiful Polish and American carols, music of major Polish composers, and an entire act of Polish folk song and dance presented with multiple changes of authentic and colorful Polish regional folk attire.
The concert will be narrated in English by Lucyna Migala of WCEV 1450AM, who is artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble. Ms. Migala will share some Polish holiday traditions and will offer a bit of the history and tradition behind the music and dance performed.
The Lira company has been artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago for the past 21 years. It is the nation's only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song, and dance. Lira's mission is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.
A world premiere translation of Aeschylus's theatrically boldest tragedy, commissioned by City Lit from Nicholas Rudall, founding director of Court Theatre and internationally acclaimed award-winning translator of Greek drama. The titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained — and fastened with a spike through his chest — to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus's plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. His parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow. The production will feature both actors and life-sized puppets.
Staged by leading Broadway and Chicago director Gary Griffin, this award-winning play chronicles the seldom-told, true story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who challenged convention by taking the London stage as the first black Othello in 1833 — sending shockwaves through the city at a time when anti-abolition protesters rioted in the streets.
When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues. Spanning centuries of human experience, Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt movingly explores the power of creative expression and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty, reminding us that though our beliefs may die with the sound of our voice, it's the love we share — and the art that love inspires — that finds eternity.
Henry Rowengartner was just your average 12-year-old boy growing up in Chicago — that is, until an accident gives him an astonishingly powerful pitching arm and he's asked to pitch for the Chicago Cubs. With a little help from his friends, his coaches, and a guy dating his mom, can Henry take the Cubs to the World Series?
Based on the 1993 classic Rookie of the Year, this musical takes everything you loved about the movie and brings it to life. With songs like "Funky Butt Loving" to "Pitchers Got a Big Butt," it's fun for all ages.
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in The Roommate, a new comedy about how early-life choices lead to midlife challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
A Masked Royal Ball, A Variety Show, Comedy, and Dance Party all in one night...
Chicago Dance Factory cordially invites you to The Royal Masquerade Dinner and Semi Formal Ball. This event is an actual ball hosted by the Royal Master of Ceremonies, as he searches for a suitable maiden to be the Belle of the Ball. Become part of the fairy tale as you participate in the pageantry, comedy and dancing! The ball will be a night you'll remember fondly for years to come. Dinner and your first glass of Wine is included.
The Royal Masquerade Ball will be a luscious masquerade in tribute to the sophistication of the old world. We will transport you through time to a dream of mystery and seduction.
With the holiday season comes those time-honored traditions of setting up a six-foot fire hazard in the living room, placing your kids on the lap of an elderly alcoholic at the local mall, and gaining a solid 12 pounds from stress and seasonal lattes. Thankfully, the Second City has a holiday tradition that you can actually look forward to! With a sack full of all-new sketches, the Second City's Holidazed & Confused Revue continues to be the holiday season's most time-honored, riotous send-up of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and everything in between.
Second City provides something for everyone in this fast-paced, highly interactive show. We're putting politics aside for the night and focusing on fun. You'll see some of our favorite scenes and songs from our rich history and plenty of improvisation created just for you. So laugh with your coworker, laugh with your friends, or laugh with complete strangers!
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season.
Set in a typical college town, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England follows the narrative of the Dean, her young girlfriend, and her ex, who all share anything but a "typical" relationship. When the Dean motions to shut down the town's rarely frequented but beloved museum, conflict arises and forces the women to work through their differing ideas about academia, life, and love.
Based out of Chicago, Elizabeth Morgan's She's Folks is a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, a little bit stand-up, and a lot Midwestern. Journey from the big city to farm country and back again through folk music, gospel, bluegrass, and storytelling. With a relaxed stage presence and storytelling style, Morgan and her band introduce the audience to quirky characters, absurd situations, and affecting observations, touching on holidays and weathering the Midwestern storms.
The music of She's Folks combines original pieces by creator Elizabeth Morgan with arrangements of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes, and selected covers of country music. We include an exciting gospel medley as well as a cappella pieces with impressive harmonies. She's Folks explore the theme of home and the adventures of a formerly rural girl now residing in the big city. She's Folks has heart, soul, and a goat story. It's a love letter to the country from a kid who couldn't wait to leave!
Jordan Berman is a single gay man in New York City. Mr. Right is nowhere on the horizon. As Jordan approaches his 30s, his close group of female friends get married, one of them after another. What happens when you feel like life is leaving you behind but you're still expected to be at the forefront cheering on your friends on their perfect wedding day? Significant Other is a bittersweet comedy about friendship, single-hood, and hoping you're not the one choking on car exhaust as the "Just Married" sign disappears from view.
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!
This electrifying rock adaptation of the classic play is a landmark musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Daring and inventive, it is an exhilarating journey of teenage self-discovery as well as a celebration of youth and rebellion.
Edgy political satire...the 2017 Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour is completely irreverent, and no one person or institution is safe.
It's our fun ladies-only annual fundraiser; the Metropolis Ballroom will be filled with exciting vendors featuring everything from jewelry to clothing to purses and more. Have a glass of wine and some hors d'oeuvres as you shop, then come down to the theater to watch a live performance by Exit 147, covering all genres from Journey, Kid Rock, and the Doobie Brothers to the Beastie Boys, Blake Shelton, Bon Jovi, and more.
Support Group for Men is a hilarious exploration of what happens when society's new normal doesn't seem so normal to everyone. Thursday night in Wrigleyville is "Guys' Night" for a group of longtime pals. Instead of letting off steam over baseball, they've formed a support group — with its "no ladies" policy strictly enforced — in which they can vent about dashed romances, stalled careers, and other middle-age maladies. But when an unexpected visitor crashes their party, the guys' traditional notions of masculinity are exploded. This topical, Chicago-flavored comedy gleefully dissects the ever-changing role of gender in today's culture — and proves that understanding is sometimes found in the least likely of places.
Russian Grand Ballet's full-length classical production for the first time includes the rarely seen "Waltz of the Black Swans" and features Russia's brightest ballet stars. Odette, a beautiful princess, falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried's devotion can save her. Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.
Let the Punany Poets undress your mind this Sweetest Day. Just order your ticket online and bring your sexy self, your ID, and your open mind to their brand new Sweetest Day Show. You've may have seen us on HBO's Real Sex, Sway in the Morning, or The Breakfast Club talking about love and sex from a poetic point of view. Now you can come and feel this love therapy show live in an interactive cabaret show that will titillate your body and stimulate your mind with a hyperromantic and unforgettably #PerfectDateNight or #FriendsNightOut.
We have no doubt you will enjoy this urban twist of Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, replete with elements of our famous Public Displays of affection.
All aboard for a sentimental journey back to when Bing was king! Direct from Broadway, debonair baritone Jared Bradshaw (Jersey Boys) evokes cherished American icon Bing Crosby, resonating with all the ease and clarity of the original crooner himself. The dashing Bradshaw is joined by a trio of talented women belting out the infectious harmonies of the Andrews Sisters. It's a real humdinger of an evening that would do Der Bingle proud, featuring familiar hits like "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and "White Christmas." Present by Metropolis and Artists Lounge Live.
Sylvester, Duke of Salford, was born with wealth and good looks, but a life of privilege has rendered him unfeeling towards others. Phoebe Marlow was graced with a sparkling wit and independent spirit, but languishes under the thumb of her domineering stepmother. When this mismatched couple is thrust together by their meddling families, both rebel and their tidy little worlds spin into chaos. Midnight flights, desperate sea voyages, and scathing society hijinks ensue as these unlikely lovers labor to avoid their fate. Grab the reins and charge headlong into a topsy-turvy tale of madcap romance in this world premiere comedy based on the 1957 novel by Georgette Heyer.
Artistic director Barbara Gaines reexamines Shakespeare's notorious "battle of the sexes" with an all-woman company. She partners with playwright Ron West (Chicago Shakespeare Theater's The Comedy of Errors) to frame Shakespeare's story as a performance by a group of suffragettes on the eve of the passing of the 19th Amendment.
Neo-Lab's 2016-17 commission, Tangles & Plaques, attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theater — offering a vivid, poignant, participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every performance. Creator Kirsten Riiber and director Jen Ellison conduct a symphony of impossible tasks and egregious forgery with the help of the audience and a cast including Riiber, Kaitlyn Andrews, Ida Cuttler, Justin Deming, Mike Hamilton, Nick Hart, and Dan Kerr-Hobert. With guidance from Memory Care director Alex Schwaninger, a professional counselor at the local Bethany Retirement Community, the ensemble interrogates the life and death of memories — how they persist, when they depart, and the ways they distort over time.
Annie loves the past. Curtis lives for the future. Together they host a wildly unpopular podcast from Annie's living room in which they "queer" history, reinterpreting Philadelphia's lore through a modern intersectional lens. When Annie finds a family heirloom that reveals a buried connection to the early LGBT rights movement, the political suddenly gets explosively personal. Time Is on Our Side's shape-shifting plot bounds gleefully from the Underground Railroad to pop culture futurity as Annie and Curtis search for answers to these questions: "How do we let go of the past? And when will it let go of us?"
Blending together the artistry of dancers, contortionists, high-wire artists, and French cirque nouveau superstar James Thierrée's extraordinary physical prowess, this spectacle premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Troy is burning. The city has been ransacked. The men have been killed. The women and children are to be enslaved by the conquering Greek army. Held in limbo, Queen Hecuba and the women of Troy await their fates as refugees.
The classic anti-war tragedy written by Euripides centuries ago has never been more relevant. Expertly translated by Ronald Duncan from the poetic modern adaption by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Trojan Women continues to question and examine the aftermath of war.
Director: Kathryn Siegel Stage Manager: Tess Naval Sound Designer: Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart Lighting Designer: Christopher Bennett Set Designer: Nathaniel Negron Costume Designer: SR Negron
On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O'Hare International Airport with 296 aboard is paralyzed midair. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended toward an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this award-winning original play is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.
The 2014 fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown brought international attention to the town of Ferguson, Missouri, and the festering history of race relations in America. Award-winning playwright, performer, and Goodman artistic associate Dael Orlandersmith brings to life a riveting exploration of the tragedy and its aftermath. Based on dozens of interviews with Ferguson residents, Until the Flood encompasses the perspective of such disparate people as a middle-aged black teacher, an elderly barbershop owner, and a white policeman. The result: a richly complex mosaic of a community — and a country — in trauma.
Vamp is a twice-weekly showcase of some of the top musical comedy talent in Chicago. Each week, cast member Key Holders and house band the Vampers present, BYOB drinks in hand, a hilarious night of interactive music comedy. It's like Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, but everyone is Wayne Brady.
Celebrate Veterans Day with the Temporal Brass Quintet featuring American favorites, jazzy classics, and works by new American composers. The Temporal Brass Quintet is a brass ensemble founded in Chicago that uses music as a tool for community outreach. This performance-based quintet will be playing a wide array of musical varieties from a span of eras as a tribute to the U.S.
Visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove injects a raw, pulsating energy into Arthur Miller's 1955 classic, which won the 2016 Tony Awards for best revival of a play and best director. Straight from sold-out runs on Broadway and the West End comes the Chicago debut of van Hove's production. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America. But when one of them falls for Eddie's young niece, his jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret — one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
Ireland's most prestigious theater ensemble is back with a contemporary interpretation of Samuel Beckett's seminal work. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, this production marks the legendary company's third return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, following The Cripple of Inishmaan (2011) and The Walworth Farce (2009).
The Winner…of Our Discontent asks if it's broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country's premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that'll heal you with big laughs. So whether you voted for the Right, the Left, or the wrong (Independent), you'll love watching The Second City pick up the pieces in a comedy that shows our differences are what makes America truly great.
The Wolves is an unconventional exploration of the pitfalls of friendship and coming maturity, as seen through the struggles of a girls' athletic team. Nine teenage girls stretch, train, and argue about everything from the meaningful to the mundane as they try to make sense of the world from the relative safety of their suburban patch of Astroturf. Infused with the raw, jagged energy of adolescence, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future — and trying to score a few goals.
The refugee experience is illuminated by this story about love and renewal in the face of past devastation. Challenged by his Iraqi roots, Abdul Samee has obscured his Muslim identity in favor of assimilation — he's changed his name to Sam and even tells his coworkers that he's Italian. But his attitudes change when he meets Yasmina, a refugee from his father's homeland whose own experiences have hardened her to the possibilities of love. As a tentative relationship between the two blossoms into something more, each begins to find hope in the future, buoyed by the power of family, connection, and the embracing of their shared culture.
There's a haunted place between where we started and where we need to be that finds the most tender among us — and breaks them open. In You Got Older, Clare Barron's bawdy, irreverent, and touching play, Mae, brokenhearted and unemployed, returns home to care for her ailing father and escape the loneliness of a life that just can't seem to get off the ground.
Young Dylan is a rocking electric tribute to the greatest troubadours in rock history — Bob Dylan and Neil Young — along with the female voices of their generation: Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and others.
A six-piece group modeled after The Band joined by voices eerily reminiscent of the originals, Young Dylan thunders out hits like "Cinnamon Girl," "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Highway 61 Revisited," and "Hey Hey, My My" along with duets like "It Ain't Me Babe," "Blowin' in the Wind," and many more rock and folk classics.