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The Director's Haven, dedicated to putting early-career directors at the forefront, consists of three one-act plays produced and performed each night, each helmed by one emerging director. The productions include Tutus, directed by Alyssa White, Love in a Maze, directed by Zach Weinberg and Domestic Departure, directed by Carol Ann Tan.
Inspired by 70'S sitcoms and the political incorrectness of "jiggle television," 3C is a hilarious and horrifying look at identity and what lies beneath the perky veneer. Brad lands in L.A. to start a new life. A wild night of partying finds him passed out in Connie and Linda's kitchen and the three strike a deal that raises the suspicions of the landlords. Complications spiral out of control, taking the show from farce to something…unexpected
Following his critically lauded production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, Robert Falls takes on the legendary playwright's sweeping, heartfelt salute to youthful indiscretion and small town life. For the shy and scholarly Richard Miller, fireworks aren't the only flames burning on Fourth of July—this 16-year-old has started going steady with his beautiful neighbor Muriel. Her father, however, disapproves of their relationship and forbids the couple from seeing each other. Spurred by this obstacle, Richard embarks on an evening of hilarious and unexpected rebellion. Ah, Wilderness! delightfully captures the rush of excitement, torment, emotional confusion and bliss that accompanies first love and growing up.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Black Button Eyes Productions brings the Broadway musical Amour to the city for its Chicago premiere. Adapted by beloved French composer Michel Legrand from the Marcel Aymé short story "Le Passe-Muraille," the musical spins the story of an unassuming clerk in post-World War II Paris who embraces a life of romance and adventure when he discovers one day that he has the ability to walk through walls.
See actress, producer, and comedian Amy Schumer at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Along with her stand-up work, Schumer also has her own show on comedy central, Inside Amy Schumer.
In the summer of 1974, the Brady and Partridge families, recently canceled by ABC and no longer under America's watchful eye, met in a blood-soaked, passion-filled, vengeance-fueled, very special episode of Shakespearean proportions.
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 critically hailed Blue Man Group and world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, have team for their third annual collaborative Blue Man Group. Slight modifications will be made to the performance at the Briar Street Theatre in order to better accommodate individuals with autism.
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Play, Bright Half Life follows the ups and downs of a modern lesbian relationship. Their moving story is told through a series of fast moving, fragmented memories – from elevator rides as strangers to steamy workplace romances to heartache and building a family.
Sophie is everything an upstanding young millennial should be: engaged, devoted to her family and a likely valedictorian. But her life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Thrust into the national spotlight, Sophie finds herself torn between defying the narrative being woven about her brother in the media, and stopping the father she loves from using the rampage for his own political ends. Inspired by Antigone, The Burials is a modern tale of civic responsibility and the gun epidemic in America.
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.
To live in Chagrin Falls, Oklahoma is to be in the killing business. The town's major employers are a cattle slaughterhouse and a penitentiary where lethal injection is administered. Whether they work at the slaughterhouse, play preacher or guard to death row inmates, or merely offer a bed and a hot meal to those visiting the prison, each resident of Chagrin Falls makes their living off of death and captivity.
A week prior to a particular execution, an Asian-American graduate student comes to town - purportedly to do a story on a man who is scheduled to die. As this would-be journalist interviews a cross-section of the population she finds her subjects revealing far more than their opinions on capital punishment. She is repelled by the recently retired slaughterhouse employee's morbid humor and his strangely intense interest in her background. She is seduced by one prison guard's painful tale of sacrifice, and is comforted by the naiveté and kindness of another. Though she never gets what she came for, when she witnesses the execution she becomes one of them: a participant in the killing, an honorary resident of Chagrin Falls.
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior—and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.
More than 1.2 million theatergoers have attended "the crown jewel of the holiday season" (Daily Herald) since the Goodman established it as an annual offering in 1978—a time when only a handful of US theaters mounted the production. Dickens' holiday classic is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of 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, Del Close, Harry J. Lennix, Felicia P. Fields, Raul Esparza, Sally Murphy and Frank Galati.
With a wink and nod to Mystery Science Theater 3,000 and RiffTrax, Cinema Sacrifice Theater humorously skewers the best of the worst movies. On the last Tuesday of every month, we invite you to come and enjoy the jabs in person, in a live theatre setting!
A group of friends find an evil RedBox, "DreadBox," who is hell bent on world domination, and has already partially succeeded with the vanquishing of video stores. To keep "DreadBox" at bay, the friends must watch and sacrifice a different terrible movie each month.
In a series of 11 Exhibits and dynamics Characters portrayed by an ensemble of 5 , The Colored Museum, explores and satirizes prominent themes and identities of African-American culture and sub-cultures. The cast includes Demetra Drayton, Ben F. Locke, Ekia Thomas, Jelani West, and Emmy Award Winner, Deanna Reed-Foster.
Charlotte, a young orphan, has made a home for herself thieving on the streets of London. She soon falls into employment as the assistant to an eccentric Italian puppeteer, Pietro. A master of the violent Punch and Judy puppet show, Pietro becomes a reluctant mentor to Charlotte. She is inspired and charmed by his bold, cheeky, and witty creations. The two become an efficient pair under Pietro's gruff and focused attention. As their partnership flourishes, Charlotte's vivid imagination calls the puppets to life to conjure her own versions of the classic tales. But Pietro may not let his protégé cut the strings easily. Reality blurs as live actors, hand puppets, shadow puppetry and marionettes share the stage to illustrate a dark reality of imperfect adults, corrupt authority, class discrepancy, and violence.
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!
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare—75 if you count the black ill-favored fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony and Cleopatra. And then there's the pie that Titus serves his guests. Spymonkey will perform them all—sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, but always hysterically. The four "seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns" (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
Ever seen Hamlet in 10 seconds in reverse? If you like Shakespeare, you'll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show. Three actors present all the Bard's 37 plays in 97 minutes, making it an irreverent, fast-paced romp that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter!
Cook's Science Executive Editors, Dan Souza and Molly Birnbaum, use interactive video, music, scent, storytelling, and live experiments to take you on their journey–from top bun to bottom bun. Together, you'll learn how sound changes our perception of lettuce, why the glass ketchup bottle is a cruel joke, how grass can change the flavor of beef fat, and why the most important ingredient in your hamburger bun is actually a vegetable. Bring an open mind and an open stomach; your most pressing food, science, or cooking questions; and a friend. It's going to be fun (and weird, but in a good way).
Cozy up this winter with Crazy For You! This romantic Gershwin musical comedy follows Bobby Child, a New York banker with a craving for show business, who is sent to foreclose on a theatre in a small mining town. After falling in love with a local girl, he vows to put on a show to save the failing theatre. Crazy For You takes memorable Gershwin tunes like "I Can't Be Bothered Now," "I Got Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Someone to Watch Over Me," and brings new life into them. "Crazy For You" is a vivacious night filled with mistaken identity, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers that are perfect for the whole family.
Why do the Cubs always lose? Why a goat?
Join narrator Harry Caray as he leads you down a hilarious musical trip through Wrigley Field's nightmarish history while a gang of super fans learn the deadly truth about that pesky curse. Will they survive the supernatural threat and go all the way to the World Series? Or will a demon in the dugout get their goat?
Join Nomi Dance Company as we celebrate our 10th anniversary season! We're thrilled to have reached this great milestone, and are truly honored to be a part of Chicago's incredible dance community. Nomi presents a celebratory evening filled with works that promises to entertain and keep you on the edge of your seats. We travel back to season 3 to resurrect a work that showcases the company's true athleticism, and back to season 9 displaying our virtuosity and connection to music's greats. Look forward to exciting premieres by Artistic Director Laura Kariotis, company member Katie Carey, and guest artist Daniel Williams adding unexpected twists and turns to contemporary dance! Don't miss out on the party!
In her new high-drama and explosive comedy, Karen Zacarías explores race, gender and class politics through the lens of the Latin American telenovela, one of the world's most popular storytelling genres. On a stormy night in a Mexican hospital, two baby girls are born―one into a life of privilege, the other to an impoverished family. But when the girls are deliberately swapped, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. Destiny of Desire is a smart, stylish and sexy comedy that dishes a lot of dirt and even more surprises.
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child.
Jason spends his nights with his ear pressed against the bedroom wall listening to the noises from Jo's deeply troubled world next door. Amelia also hears into Jo's world from her side of the wall and takes to sleeping downstairs to drown it all out. Soon all three are caught up in a blur of voyeuristic confessions and must confront the violence they cannot escape.
Irene Radford has family. Caretakers too. But as her struggle with Alzheimers puts those she depends upon beyond her memory's reach, new bonds form between those she's leaving behind. Making her Strawdog debut, Jeff Award nominee Erica Weiss, director of Route 66's acclaimed productions of A Twist of Water, The Downpour, and Cicada, as well as The Gift Theatre's Grapes of Wrath, reunites with playwright Jerre Dye (Cicada) to bring to life this heartfelt and poetic world premiere that delves into questions of memory, identity, and the inevitability of change.
When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone Goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.
Picking up just after the end of Bram Stoker's tale of the Prince of Darkness, Dr. Seward's Dracula follows Seward as he tries to explain multiple dead bodies to the police now that Dracula is dead. The more Seward tries to plead his case, the less sure he becomes not just of his own tale, but also of his own sanity.
Born in Navan, County Meath in 1971, Moran is a critically acclaimed Irish comedian. In 1993, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So You Think You're Funny" award at the Edinburgh Festival. He has written multiple one-man shows including Ready, Steady, Cough (2002), Dylan Moran: Monster (2004), and Gurgling for Money (1993), for which he won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award in 1996. He has starred in the BBC sitcom, How Do You Want Me? (1998), and in 2000, he was commissioned by Channel Four to write and star in the sitcom, Black Books (2000). Moran has also worked on multiple film projects including Notting Hill (1999), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005). Moran's live stand-up comedy is unique in that it merges two strands of stand-up that seemed incompatible for a long time: sharp observational humor, and surreal and fantastical language-based absurdity.
As global destruction approaches, the lives of a climate scientist and his three estranged daughters come crashing, unexpectedly back together. The wildly epic Earthquakes in London embodies the chaos of today's society, while reminding us that our very survival may depend on our connections to our families, to our communities, and to our shared world.
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Café offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own—until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever. WT Resident Director Ron OJ Parson, who directed past WT hits The Caretaker and The Old Settler, staged a critically acclaimed and deeply impactful production of Eugene Lee's riveting play for Chicago's Onyx Theatre Ensemble two decades ago. He now revisits this powerful tale of friendship and heroism that remains intensely relevant in today's America.
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!
It's December 1968 and Judy Garland (Angela Ingersoll) is about to make her comeback... again. In a London hotel room, with both her new fiancé (Kyle Hatley) and her adoring accompanist (Jon Steinhagen), Garland struggles to get 'beyond the rainbow' with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring many of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play with music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture.
Eurydice and Orpheus are young and in love. On their wedding night, Eurydice meets a man who claims to have a letter from her deceased father. She pursues the letter but dies in the effort. Orpheus descends into the Underworld to save her, and Eurydice must choose between a life with her husband and the certainty of her father's unconditional love.
The mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle and intervene in Orlok's plan.
This Expressionist masterpiece by one of the master auteurs of the silent era was rife with drama during filming. Max Schreck, the actor who plays Count Orlok, was even rumored to be drinking blood. See the product of evil for yourself!
On a Spring New England day in 1935, Fefu invites seven women into her home. Traveling through Fefu's home with her closest friends, we see intimate glimpses of their complicated relationships. Fefu believes she can shape the world around her. They plan to rehearse a play for a charity event. Can she create a community? Or will their individual versions of womanhood destroy each other?
Millie is a smart, resourceful young mother who works as a housekeeper in one of New York's premiere luxury hotels. When an opportunity to move into management gives her the chance to leave behind her blue collar life, Millie must decide how much, and who, she's willing to sacrifice to secure her family's future. A funny and scathing look at America's corporate culture, The Fundamentals examines the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams.
The Prince is giving a ball and every girl in the kingdom is hoping to be the one he chooses for a bride, including Cinderella. Mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters Cinderella spends her days in the corner dreaming and wishing for a different life. A visit from Cinderella's Godmother teaches her that if you wish hard enough even foolish dreams come true. Recommended for grades K-8.
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Ghost Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true spooky tales. Each performance will feature a guest storyteller to spin a scary yarn. From there, the UTG ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene. Come get a healthy dose of scares, laughs, and of course Halloween-themed cocktails.
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother's son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language.
Style. Status. Success. A group of twentysomething editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New York's most esteemed cultural magazines. When a seemingly normal day at the office turns out to be anything but, these cubicle captives and aspiring journalists recognize an opportunity to become the next Big Thing. But whose account is most valid, and to what lengths will each go to own the story? In this biting new comedy, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins shrewdly skewers the ravenous contemporary media landscape while demonstrating how professional relationships influence our lives in unexpected ways.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed 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 God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. In this hilarious and lightning-paced comedy, Tyrone, a stinging and witty satanic sock puppet soon shows the children, minister, and school bully who's really in charge. Declared "flat-out hilarious" by The New York Times; Hand to God by Robert Askins and directed by Dexter Bullard makes its Chicago premiere after thrilling audiences on Broadway and receiving a Tony nomination for Best New Play last season.
Handel's enduring tribute to music's magical ability to arouse intense emotions, Alexander's Feast is a dramatic, vividly colorful work that moves listeners from heartfelt pity to fiery revenge, and from tender love to transcendent joy. The harp concerto heard at its London premiere rounds out an evening celebrating the "Pow'r of Musick."
Handel's enduring tribute to music's magical ability to arouse intense emotions, Alexander's Feast is a dramatic, vividly colorful work that moves listeners from heartfelt pity to fiery revenge, and from tender love to transcendent joy. The harp concerto heard at its London premiere rounds out an evening celebrating the "Pow'r of Musick."
In mid-1800s New York, a naïve young woman falls for a handsome young man, who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter; after all, his daughter is plain and boring. Based on the Henry James novella, Washington Square, the film version of The Heiress won four Academy Awards.
The classic dysfunctional family drama has just crashed through into a wholly original place. Meet Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender son; and Isaac, Max's PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan. Hir's crusade to shake up the patriarchy is disarmingly funny, absurd and surprising as it looks at an American family forced to build a new world out of the pieces of the old.
An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.
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?
Who hasn't heard the urban legend about the Hookman? Lexi's mother certainly warned her about him and now, after a tragic accident, she begins seeing him everywhere. Hookman is a lethally sharp slasher comedy about death, growing up, what it means to be a woman, and the ever-present threat of being murdered by a man with a hook for a hand.
You know your favorite adult party card games? The terrible apple mad lib f*cktionary incorrect against humanity game that you love so much! We love them too! When you walk in the door you get three cards that fill in the blank. During the show if you have a good card that matches the main card pulled by our judge raise your hand and come up on stage! We will do improvisation based on the combinations. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Are you ready to be horrible with us?
Frank Loesser's funny, romantic, delightful Pulitzer Prize-Winner! The story of young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who schemes his way from window washer to the top of the corporate ladder.
In this remixed coming-of-age story, an all-knowing DJ loops the audience through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices; Hank, Julian and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family dysfunction and ruthless rivalries as this B-side of 1980's hip-hop history is spun. Plug in an open mind for the Chicago premiere of a throwback mix tape that goes to prove: we're all just a work-in-progress.
The critically acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., creators of WT's 2013 smash-hit production of The Old Man and The Old Moon, brings their considerable talents to this original tale. The Hunter and The Bear tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. When his son disappears in the woods, the search to recover him will lead the hunter, and eventually the entire community, through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and supernatural threats.
Cast in flickering campfire light, this combination frontier ghost-story and modern-day parable unfolds in PigPen Theatre Co.'s signature style: using resourceful staging, captivating storytelling, ingenious shadow puppetry and award-winning folk music to fuel a headlong plunge into the darkest part of the woods.
I Am My Own Wife is based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born Lothar Berfelde) who, against all odds, hid from the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin in plain sight dressed a woman. Traditionally staged as a one-person play performed by a male actor, Director Andrew Volkoff's re-examination will feature transgender actress Delia Kropp and two additional actors. The new production will frame Charlotte's story through a transgender lens, celebrating transvisibility through the life story of one of the most fascinating transgender women in historical record.
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.
From the creator of the current Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, and winner of Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score, In The Heights tells the universal story of a tight-knit community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
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.
Shakespeare's masterpiece of power and conspiracy, friendship and betrayal, stands as the greatest political drama ever written. Caesar has made Rome the world's most powerful Empire through his brilliant military strategies, and upon his return from the wars the citizens of Rome wish to abandon the Republic and crown him king. When his fellow senators decide that his advancement must be halted, they come to a brutal and extreme solution: the great man must fall.
With a new adaptation by Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson that is focused, streamlined and performed without an intermission, the WT production will be both epic in scale and arrestingly intimate. This fresh and innovative look at the text will immerse audiences in the struggle for global supremacy, raising important questions about the responsibilities of a citizenry when confronting radicalism and tyranny.
When sixth grader Judson Moon runs for President of the United States under the guidance of his campaign manager and best friend Lane, the campaign trail is turned upside down. Can Judson deliver on his promises once he is elected? This musical comedy full of hope and song brings some common sense and a rockin' pizza party to the White House, if only for a few days.
The Queen is dead. Long live the King. That is King Charles III. After decades as "king in waiting,"Prince Charles ascends to the throne. His first official act: to rubberstamp Parliament's bill restricting freedom on the press, but Charles III refuses in a provocative act of conscience. England is thrown into crisis, absurdly escalating with tanks guarding the palace gates. Camilla, Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry—even Princess Diana—all play roles in this "imaginary future history." Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for best new play, playwright Mike Bartlett artfully invokes the pomp and prose of Shakespeare's greatest works. Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin, who recently directed the Broadway sensation Honeymoon in Vegas, returns to the Chicago Shakespeare stage for his twenty-third production.
The affable Larry Yee remains a driving force in the San Francisco Chinese American community as the head of the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent men's club dedicated to the preservation of the Yee line. His daughter Lauren, however, is dismissive of its patriarchal culture policy, despite her father's lifelong dedication to the group. When Larry suddenly goes missing, Lauren's desperate search drops her into a strange but familiar world where she will have to embrace the past if she wants to get her father back. Explore the vivid history of America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee's hilarious and touching theatrical quest to connect with her family lineage.
Back when smoke curled thickly in night clubs and crowds never left the dance floor, jazz great Billie Holiday could scorch audiences with her singular, insinuating voice. With Lady in Denmark, Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith delivers a stirring ode to "Lady Day." This one-woman show follows Helene, a Danish American woman who finds solace in Holiday's hauntingly beautiful music in the wake of her husband's death. Infused with Holiday's iconic songs, Lady in Denmark presents a passionate meditation on life, marriage and mortality, assuring audiences that even in the most troubled times, music can make life worth living.
Instinct, tenacity, biting humor, and trust in the future keep Lela alive as her world closes in around her. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. is an eerily funny and enthralling story about the horrifying enterprise of war and a girl who may or may not have eaten some frosting.
Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life.
A Light in the Dark: the Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan explores how a caring teacher helped guide a blind and deaf girl into a career as an internationally acclaimed writer and political activist. Thodos Dance Chicago, a dynamic contemporary dance company praised for its athleticism and distinctive choreographic voice, interprets this inspiring American story through movement and music.
Wheeler is 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex—complicated, painful and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler is a modern misanthrope who must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
The 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season concludes with the Midwest Premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange. When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can't even tell them her name. But Therese Marie's dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son's insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace. Ensemble member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott directs.
A good magician is always in control of his show. The rest of his life can be as fragile as a house of cards. When a rising young magician takes the stage just hours after his lover has left him, his performance begins to unravel. As the past invades the present, and the charismatic entertainer gives way to a heartbroken man, the magician strives to find one aspect of his life that feels like magic and not a trick. Critically acclaimed magician, illusion designer and actor Brett Schneider stars in this mind-blowing and altogether astounding spectacle that combines a live magic show with the poignant punch of Chicago theater.
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!
A comic and touching account of three sisters on the occasion of their mother's death, each haunted by their own demons, drifting around their own islands of memory. The irreverent and witty dialogue among the sisters gives way, finally, to the deeper bond they share. Ms. Stephenson's play enjoyed an extended run at London's Hampstead Theatre in 1996, winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2000.
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."
Miss Sherlock Holmes, possessor of one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, finds herself regularly incarcerated for behaviors deemed abnormal in a "respectable" lady. Miss Dorothy Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in England that will hire female doctors. These unconventional women, trapped in an era that refuses to accept them, must forge a bond of trust and work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police investigator whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. A thrilling murder mystery that re-introduces familiar characters from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle under a brand new light, in a world premiere production.
This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old aspiring film-maker in juvenile detention. His life has been turned upside down by his alleged participation in a robbery gone awry and now he might spend the rest of his life behind bars. As the prosecution makes its case, Steve writes his story as a screenplay, trying to understand if he's really the monster they say he is.
Charlotte and Jonny have grown up together, and are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what "more" actually entails, however, it comes as a surprise to them both—and to Charlotte's parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. This compelling story of intricate relationships is an explosive and contemporary look at race, sexual identity and family dynamics.
Marti Lyons, one of Chicago's finest emerging directors, brings her unique vision to this deeply insightful and very funny new play, using the intimacy of WT's Gillian Theatre to bring audiences face-to-face with the challenges of loving someone completely while trying to determine exactly what that means.
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his pregnant wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, think they have hit the jackpot with their new home. It seems to have everything they dreamed of: a nice neighborhood, plenty of bedrooms for their growing family, outdoor space, and friendly neighbors. When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn't be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.
A young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, triggering an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination and the most basic of human desires. The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion; a beautiful escape that ultimately begs some very serious questions about responsibility, connectivity and love.
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.
After surviving a tumultuous upbringing in war-torn Liberia, Shedrick Yarpai has found a new home in a sunny, coastal Australian city. Safe from the horrific perils of guerrilla soldiers and refugee camps, Shedrick now faces a different type of danger: the haunting memories stirring inside him. Inspired by writer Charles Smith's friendship with a Liberian refugee-turned-acclaimed-actor, the playwright crafts a harrowing story of personal honor vs. familial obligation and the responsibility that comes with being a survivor.
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative, daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïveté coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
Acclaimed director Gary Griffin, who directed the original Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas and the world premiere of his The Trumpet of the Swan at the Kennedy Center, stages an intimate revival of this celebrated musical. With a book by playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a score by Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County) that combines folk, rock, R&B and gospel, Parade ends WT's 25th Anniversary Season with spectacular impact.
In this bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, two young, black men stand around on the corner—talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a white man wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. In Pass Over, pop culture, historical and religious references collide to create a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.
Matthew's wife, Lisa, is having an affair with Adrian, a British director. Or perhaps the affair is part of a play being rehearsed. Or perhaps Matthew has imagined it all. But a mysterious woman who seems to shadow the others brings the story to its surprising conclusion…or does she? The audience plays the role of detective in this hilarious, multi-layered comedy of suspicion about love, lust, and the power of deception in which nothing is ever quite what it seems.
The most frequently produced author in City Lit history returns. Monocle-wearing dandy Psmith comes to New York, edits a newspaper, fights organized crime, and loses his hat. Of his efforts, he has this to say: "The work is not light. Sometimes the cry goes round, 'Can Psmith get through it all? Will his strength support his unquenchable spirit?' But I stagger on. I do not repine." The P that begins his name is silent ("as in pshrimp," he helpfully points out), but he himself is not. He is wittily eloquent in any situation, always confident that, as he puts it, "with the aid of the Diplomatic Smile and Honeyed Word I may manage too pull through."
PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon an error in their calculations, which could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences?
Ray Charles, portrayed by Rashawn Thompson, who also portrayed Marvin Gaye in Black Ensemble Theater's hit show The Marvin Gaye Story, will take you on a raw journey through the life of the legendary Ray Charles. Along the way he, along with his band and the Raylettes will deliver exhilarating performances of his hit songs.
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
Set in a Coney Island of the mind on the ragged fringe of the New York show-biz world, it tells the story of Anna Antonelli (Hollis Resnik). Her family-run roller rink is about to be demolished, and with it Anna's memories of her lothario of a husband (Tyler Ravelson) and her painfully shy daughter, Angel (Christine Mild). The rink eventually becomes an arena in which mother and daughter examine their past and present and make a new resolution for a better future. The Rink features the hits "Colored Lights," "Blue Crystal" and "All the Children in a Row," among others.
Helena is dreading her sister's wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. She knows her sister, Belmira, only wants to escape their quiet Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. Three days before the wedding, a mysterious stranger is pulled out of the river—a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future.
The notorious feud between the Montagues and the Capulets ends when Romeo and Juliet, a pair of star-crossed lovers, take their own lives. Join us for this retelling of Shakespeare's classic that explores sexual identity, familiar obligation, and public unrest in the modern world.
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
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.
In 1976, Ray, a newly single parent of twin hemophiliac boys, has only one goal: keep his sons alive. His days are filled by endless trips to the hospital, rigorous testing, and frequent blood transfusions. This all changes when Ray meets Roz, an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle treatment. Roz appears to be Ray's savior until the miracle turns into a nightmare. Roz and Ray tells the profound story of love, trust, sacrifice, and forgiveness between two friends.
For more than ten years, Duncan and Barr have been working with MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed author Charles Johnson to bring his seminal work to the stage. The New York Times calls "Middle Passage" a novel "in the honorable tradition of "Billy Budd" and "Moby-Dick."" And the Chicago Tribune praises the work declaring, "Long after we'd stopped believing in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that." From workshops to staged readings to public discussions and the author's own input, a world premiere production was created. Combining movement, music and Johnson's story, Rutherford's Travels is a tale told through Rutherford Calhoun's 1830s journal entries. Calhoun, a newly freed Illinois slave and learned scoundrel travels to New Orleans where he escapes his debtors and a forced marriage by stowing away on an outbound rigger named The Republic. But The Republic isn't just any ship, it is a slave ship and it's headed to Africa.
Grab your bell-bottoms and take a trip back in time with "Saturday Night Fever." Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Brooklyn teen, Tony Manero, in his attempt to escape his tribulations by spending weekends at the local discotheque. Watch a Tony tries to win the admiration of the crowd as well as his heartthrob, Stephanie Mangano, with his electric moves. Featuring your favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as "Stayin' Alive" and "More Than a Woman," Saturday Night Fever is a nostalgic classic that will bring you dancing in the aisle.
Six months after turning 29, Saturn Returns creator, Tif Harrison, received a crash course in loss. Her mother's cross-country move, the death of her father and a break-up had Harrison reaching into the corners of the universe for anything that would stand still. Saturn Returns is a Neo-Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Tif Harrison and the 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— to observe various dramatic changes that have manifested in the lives of the individuals on stage.
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.
WT Resident Director Kimberly Senior, who recently directed the Pulitzer Prize-wining Disgraced on Broadway and who has helmed past WT hits The Letters, Hedda Gabler, The Diary of Anne Frank and Marjorie Prime, takes on Theresa Rebeck's wickedly biting and often hilarious play about the search for the ever elusive "place-to-be," and the three old friends whose lives are irrevocably changed when they discover how fragile the foundations of their relationships really are.
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.
Join some of Chicago's best improvisers every Wednesday night at 8 p.m!
What happens when Chicago's best improvisers are tossed head first into a medley of classic game shows? Come laugh your way through Second City's Game Night and find out! From celebrity-guessing to fill-in-the-blankety-blanks, charades to feuding families to improvised commercial breaks, the laughs come rapid-fire as host, Joey Bland, segues seamlessly from one game to the next. Have a special talent? Think your linguistic skills are better than most? Have something bizarre in your purse? Get on stage and change the game! Audiences participate at every turn, taking the show a different direction each night as the whip-smart cast toes the line between absurdity and genius in a way that only game shows and improv can achieve.
The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain's Men returns to its rightful home—the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, "Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter." The title just doesn't have the right ring—and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He's got writer's block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra presents Eastern and Western musical traditions in a concert like no other. Shen Yun's original music is inspired by 5,000 years of Chinese civilization and blends the beauty of ancient Eastern instruments with the power of the Western symphony orchestra. Highlights also include Shen Yun's celebrated singers and purely classical masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Sarasate.
Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved MGM classic. Filled with every memorable moment from the film and a downpour of unforgettable songs, Singin' In the Rain is full of old-fashioned musical comedy joy!
The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, Smokey Joe's Cafe is making its Drury Lane debut this season. Showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock'n'roll and blues anthems written by legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe's Cafe is guaranteed to keep you humming old favorites all night long. Smokey Joe's Cafe features jukebox hits such as "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Stand By Me," and is recommended for ages 5 and up. Smokey Joe's Cafe premiered in 1995 and received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
Piccolo's 16th annual Panto brings back the smash hit of 2013! Best friends Kai and Gerda are separated by the enchanted broken mirror of the fierce Snow Queen. With colorful comrades Erick, Derick, and Dame Grandmother, the shy Gerda must find the hero within as she quests across a wintry wonderland to save Kai, facing trolls, pesky snowflakes, and other magical obstacles. This holiday classic will warm your heart, thaw your toes, and tickle your funny bone!
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.
Constantinople has been dead for 2 days, but that's the least of his worries. As he searches an unfamiliar world for his mother, Morgan, she begins her own struggle to mourn a son she never knew.
As Ed, a widower, prepares to celebrate Christmas, he calls his three grown sons back to the family home. Games are played, Chinese food is ordered, and brotherly pranks and trashtalk distract them from the ongoing issue that threatens to ruin the festivities: when personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do? Playwright/Director Young Jean Lee takes an outside look at the traditional father/son play narrative, shedding new and often hilarious light on a story we think we know all too well.
Jon Maran's Off Broadway hit about the founding of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the U.S., and the love affair of two of its founding members, Harry Hay and emigree Rudi Gernrich.
It's 1908 and Chicago's Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple – and complicated – as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the "big time?"
Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.
Thicker Than Water is based on the Andrea Yates tragedy of several years ago where in a Texas housewife admitted to drowning her five young children. The play brings up issues of mental illness, postpartum psychosis and societal pressures faced by women. The play was nominated for a 2014 Pulitzer Prize.
From the creators of Baby Wants Candy and 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Thrones! The Musical Parody blends together 21 original songs and the entire six seasons of Game of Thrones into one humorous and vulgar comedy. The parody musical asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones references (read: spoilers), re-live the journey with sword-wielding men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame--all set to an original score.
Born from a flower and stolen away by a greedy toad, tiny Thumbelina never knew a family of her own. Pursued by all manner of woodland creatures eager to possess her, she must make her way through the great big world with nothing but her wits and will to protect her. A series of whimsical and magical adventures unfold as she sets out to find a community to call her own. Let your imagination soar with Thumbelina as she travels over streams, through forests, and on the wings of majestic birds in a powerful, dance-inspired tale about growing up and finding your own path, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom. From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, complete with an Italian-style meal, champagne toast and wedding cake, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and their family members.
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.
Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' electrifying adaptation distills six Shakespeare plays into two action-packed dramas tracing the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men. In the spirit of addictive epic sagas, like Scandal and House of Cards, tensions build as the origin stories of Shakespeare's most iconic rulers unfold—underscored by stunning staging, live music, surprising poignancy and humor. These must-see theatrical events of 2016 unfold over two installments—beginning in the spring and culminating in the fall. Each runs approximately six hours, including several intermissions and a brief meal break.
Civil Strife consists of Henry VI, Parts 2 & 3, and Richard III.
A secluded country estate becomes the setting for unrequited love, renewed rivalries and ruminations both absurd and tragic on roads barely taken and passions left unfulfilled. Chekhov's timeless study of the agonizing intersections of youth and mid-life finds contemporary immediacy in Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's fresh and compelling new adaptation.
Chicago theatre standout Evan Tyrone Martin (Dreamgirls, Far From Heaven, Rent, Violet—Jeff Award Nomination) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole's musical journey: from his upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. The enduring popularity of Cole's recordings, particularly his holiday standards, is a testimony to the timelessness of his sound, a sound synonymous with American tradition. Classic tunes include "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "L-O-V-E," and "Smile."
VAMP is a twice-weekly showcase of Chicago's strongest musical comedy talent. Each week cast member key holders and house band The Vampers present, BYOB drinks in hand, a hilarious night of audience interactive music comedy. It's like Whose Line Is It Anyway, but everyone is Wayne Brady.
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.
Edna has suffered a number of losses as she has aged, and now faces the stealthy advance of cancer embodied by an intimate figure that she could do without. Home for a visit, Edna's son Andrew is trying to bridge the gulf between the childhood love they shared and the aggressively polite but baffling relationship they now live with. Mother and son stumble toward honesty as they wrestle with the distractions-both mundane and profound—that keep us from real connection.
In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Writing The Winter's Tale after completing his great tragedies, this is a new Shakespeare. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we move across Europe—from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy—in a story that spans fourteen years. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.
The artistic team that brought you The Gospel of Lovingkindness and An Issue of Blood, director Chay Yew and playwright Marcus Gardley, now explore the Great Migration from the Deep South to Chicago in the early 1900s. On a frigid winter's night, a 90 year old woman is admitted to an ICU in Bronzeville. Over the final hours of Queen's life she teaches those around her lasting lessons of history, from the Jim Crow south to Chicago's nightclub scene. Told through music, poetry, and dance, A Wonder in My Soul is a beautiful story of one Queen's journey home.
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.
In this hilarious musical parody of the holiday classic Die Hard, audiences are invited to the annual Sock-It-To-Me Pizza Company's Christmas Eve Party on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Plaza. Grizzled New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between his estranged wife and 80s business woman Holly Generic. Everything is going swimmingly until fashion obsessed Hans Solo and his group of German terrorist take everyone hostage...everyone except McClane.
Filled with hysterical musical numbers, farcical fight sequences, explosions, machine guns, and more Christmas Snow than Los Angeles ever gets, there is a reason "Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A DIE HARD Christmas Musical" has quickly become a Chicago holiday tradition.
This crazy, funny show sets heroines from the 19th century novels of Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters in a mythical place of Moors. When our heroines receive proposals of marriage, they decide to escape. The men wage war on the women starting the Moors Wars. Jaclyn Backhaus' ultimately moving and inventive play ends in beautiful prose like a chapter from the books these women originated.
Comedic genius Mel Brooks' hit movie comes to life in this mad-cap musical. Frederick Frankenstein distances himself from his family legacy but a call to settle his inherited estate in Transylvania brings him closer to the ancestors famous for bringing the dead back to life. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced Eye-Gore) and a voluptuous lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself swept into the mad scientist shoes of his grandfather. This raucous musical comedy hit is filled with memorable songs like Transylvania Mania and Puttin' On The Ritz.