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  THEATER REVIEW How to Live on Earth

Playwright: MJ Kaufman At: Chimera Ensemble at the Flatiron, 1573 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets:; $23. Runs through: March 24 Those travel advertisements asking us "Wouldn't you like to get away from it all?" inform MJ ...


  Ravinia Festival Experience Center, immersive-experience theater, to open

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Ravinia Festival will open a major addition to the park, the RaviniaMusicBox Experience Center, later this summer. The new building features an immersive-experience, 65-seat theater and a museum gallery space. Described by ...


  eta seeking executive director

The board of directors for the eta Creative Arts Foundation is seeking an experienced executive director with a strong background in African-American arts and cultural traditions. The foundation was started in 1971, by Abena Joan Brown, ...


  THEATER REVIEW Southern Comfort

Authors: Dan Collins ( book/lyrics ) and Julianne Wick Davis ( music ) At: Pride Films & Plays, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111;; $25-$40. Runs through: March 31 This musical is deeply heartfelt but ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Bridges of Madison County

Authors: Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston. Tickets: or 773-347-1109; $39-69. Runs through: April 21 Theo Ubique, director Fred Anzevino and music director Jeremy Ramey have ...


  THEATER REVIEW Remember the Alamo

Playwright: Nick Hart At: The Neo-Futurist Theatre, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets:; $25 ( pay-what-you can Thursday nights ). Runs through: April 27 Here's a world premiere that brings fresh meaning to the phrase "Tex-Mex." ...


  Women In Comedy to host "A Love Letter to Myself, A Chicago Variety Show"

Chicago, Illinois — On Monday March 25, Women in Comedy hosts "A Love Letter to Myself" from 6 to 9 p.m. at Revolution Brewery. "A Love Letter To Myself" honors the journey of a woman's quest ...


  New musical comedy "Once Upon A One More Time" set to Britney Spears music

A musical comedy featuring the songs of Britney Spears will fill the slot at the Chicago theater left vacant when producers of the upcoming Michael Jackson bio-musical cancelled its own pre-Broadway run in the Windy City, ...


  Steppenwolf Theatre Company to present Ms. Blakk for President

CHICAGO ( March 12, 2019 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full casting for the world premiere of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT, co-written by ensemble members Tina Landau ( SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Ruse of Medusa

Author: Erik Satie At: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets:; $25. Runs through: April 7 Camped out like a settlement of snobby hobos in the hoarded wreckage of an eccentric great aunt's estate ...


  THEATER REVIEW Dutch Masters

Playwright: Greg Keller At: Jackalope Theatre at the Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets:; $5-$30. Runs through: April 6 A playwright struggling to assemble one or more dissimilar personalities and keep them in contentious proximity can ...


  SPRING THEATER REVIEW Hot-button plays for a cold spring

The groundhog lied to us! Winter in Chicago is not yet over, boots and parkas still litter the foyers and the New Year has been delayed until the equinox—so start your countdowns now in anticipation of ...


  Critics' Picks

On Clover Road, American Blues Theater at Stage 773, through March 16. The unplanned Steven Dietz festival continues with this twisted desert-cult psychological thriller featuring Philip E. Johnson in one of his rare creepy-villain roles ( ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Man Who Was Thursday

Playwright: adapted by Bilal Dardai from the story by G.K. Chesterton. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: and 773-761-4477; $40. Runs through: April 7 There's a lesson to be learned from G. K. ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Man Who Was Thursday

Playwright: adapted by Bilal Dardai from the story by G.K. Chesterton At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: and 773-761-4477; $40. Runs through: April 7 There's a lesson to be learned from G. K. ...


  Chicago Inclusion Project to offer Professional Performance Training Series

Chicago, IL—The Chicago Inclusion Project is launching a new initiative dedicated to providing performance development training to Chicago area artists in underrepresented communities. The new, pay- what-you-can series will consist of master classes, workshops, and mentor ...


  Writers Theatre season to include Sondheim's Into The Woods, Ibsen's A Doll's House

Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the company's 2019/20 six play season, opening with Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, ...


  'Reap the Grove' reading March 15

Artemisia Theatre will stage a reading of Caity-Shea Violette's LGBT production Reap the Grove—the winner of Artemisia's 2017 Fall Festival of new plays—on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee ...


  Chicago Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band at Victory Gardens Theater April 5

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band runs April ...


  American Blues Theater announces five plays of the 2019-2020 Season

Chicago, IL— American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announces the lineup for its 2019 — 2020 Season, "Then & Now". American Blues' 34th Season will include the Chicago Premiere of ...


  Steppenwolf Breaks Ground Today on New Campus Expansion

CHICAGO ( March 5, 2019 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation's premier ensemble theatre, proudly breaks ground today on the next phase of its multi-year campus expansion on Halsted Street in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The ...


  Disney's Frozen to premiere in Chicago in 2020

CHICAGO ( March 5, 2019 ) — From the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, Disney's Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, will play an exclusive 11-week premiere engagement at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre ...


  THEATER REVIEW Mike Pence Sex Dream

Playwright: Dan Giles At: First Floor Theater @ The Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets:; $25. Runs through: March 16 I don't understand why some gays incorrectly insist that Vice-President Mike Pence is/was gay. Why-oh-why ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Ruse of Medusa

Author: Erik Satie At: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets:; $25. Runs through: April 7 Camped out like a settlement of snobby hobos in the hoarded wreckage of an eccentric great aunt's estate sale, ...


  THEATER REVIEW Act(s) of God

By: Kareem Bandealy At: Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets:; $40-$75. Runs through: April 7 Questions about existence and the nature of creation lie at the heart of Kareem Bandealy's Act( s ) of ...


  Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin in Evanston March 7

Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin will be in town March 7 for a rare performance. Chin is a Jamaican-born lesbian poet, writer, political activist, performance artist, & Mother to 7 year old Zuri. On Thursday, ...


  THEATER REVIEW I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart

Playwright: Morgan Gould At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728;; $38. Runs through: March 23 This show made me feel old, with many pop song snippets and gamer/TV references I didn't know, ...


  For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf at Court Theater

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, continues its 2018/19 season with For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is ...


  Rent 20th Anniversary Tour tickets on sale March 8

CHICAGO ( March 1, 2019 ) Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce tickets for the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will go on sale on Wednesday, March 6. The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will play Broadway ...


  THEATER REVIEW Munsterspiel

Playwright: Gregory Peters At: Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: or 800-838-3006. Runs through: March 16 In an era of "fake news" and the day-by-day perpetual fact-checking of every presidential tweet, ...


  THEATER REVIEW Twilight Bowl

Playwright: Rebecca Gilman At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-45;; 312-443-3800. Runs through: March 10 Small towns in the Midwest are their own animal. In some ways, like the happy families in Tolstoy's ...


  THEATER REVIEW An Inspector Calls

By: JB Priestley At: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or; $46-$88. Runs through: March 10 U.S. audiences find comfort in watching the British upper class, especially in decadent ...


  Critics' Picks

Mojo Mickeybo, Irish Theatre of Chicago at the Davis Cinema, playing February 27-28 only. Owen McCafferty's account of his boyhood in the slums of Belfast incensed its real-life counterparts, but Seanachai Theatre's 2009 hit production give ...


  'LGBTQ Motherhood Tales' in March-April

"Stories in the Spotlight: LGBTQ Motherhood Tales"—a free workshop/performance series at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., room 204—will take place on Mondays at 7-8:30 p.m. on March 4-April 8. The performances ( five-to-10-minute stories ...


  Queeriosity open mic kicks off 'Louder Than a Bomb'

More than 20 of Chicago's LGBTQ and questioning high schoolers gathered Feb. 23 for the annual Louder Than a Bomb ( LTAB ) edition of Queeriosity, a monthly open-mic series presented by Young Chicago Authors ( ...


  THEATER REVIEW Dear Evan Hansen

Authors: Steven Levenson ( book ), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul ( music/lyrics ) At: Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets:; $85-$399 ( yes, you read that right! ). Runs through: March 12 Powerful ...


  THEATER REVIEW How I Learned to Drive

By: Paula Vogel At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.; $41-$46. Runs through: March 24 Despite the script's Pulitzer-elevated status to canon classic, Raven Theatre's production of How I Learned to Drive seems as of ...



Authors: Stew and Heidi Rodewald At: The Den Theatre, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets:; $35. Runs through: March 10 Haven Theatre and About Face Theatre's The Total Bent is what comes from combining a ...


  Nederlander Theatre lights marquee

Broadway In Chicago's newly named James M. Nederlander Theatre recently lit its marquee for the first time. The venue, at 24 W. Randolph, honors the late James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theater owner and producer, ...


  THEATER REVIEW Fulfillment Center

Playwright: Abe Koogler At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: $30-40; Runs through: March 24 These days, everyone's trying to make a statement. Theater companies have their reasons. These are trying ...



Playwright: Dominique Morisseau At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.. Tickets: $27-60; . Runs through: March 3 Thinking about Pipeline, here's what comes to mind: two incredible supporting characters and a Gwendolyn Brooks poem. ...


  THEATER REVIEW A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Playwright: Book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak At: Porchlight Music Theater at the Ruth Page Auditorium. Tickets:; 773-777-9884; $39-$66. Runs through: March 16 Those ...


  Critics' Picks

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Porchlight Music Theatre at the Ruth Page Auditorium, through March 16. A score that hearkens to Gilded-Age whimsy, scenery like a Victorian greeting card designed by Monty Python and ...


  SPOTLIGHT on Underscore Theatre's Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

Is the next Hamilton lurking in Chicago? Stranger things have happened. Underscore Theatre's ambitious 5th Annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival includes nine concert readings of brand spanking new shows and two free workshop performances. Among the ...


  The Jeff Awards to present panel on Latinx Theater

February 12, 2019, Chicago, IL - The Jeff Awards meeting on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater will include a panel discussion on Latinx Theatre. This is a rescheduled panel from Jan. 28. Latinx ...


  Pride Films and Plays offers Buyer & Cellar, comedy of life in Streisand's basement

Pride Films and Plays will mount Jonathan Tolin's one-man play BUYER & CELLAR in the Broadway Theater of the Pride Arts Center, according to the company's Executive Director David Zak. The production will be directed by ...


  Afterglow opening at Pride Arts Center March 27

Chicago, IL - Casting for the Chicago Premiere of AFTERGLOW, an off-Broadway hit from 2017 exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships, has been announced by ...


  Chicago Theatre Week February 7 - 17

Chicago — Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week ( #CTW19 ), an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago during which visitors and residents can access value-priced tickets, all priced at $30, $15, or ...


  'Evan Hansen' digital lottery announced

Broadway In Chicago and the people behind Dear Evan Hansen have announced there will be a digital lottery held for every performance of the production, offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 ...


  A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Playwright: Book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. At: Porchlight Music Theater at the Ruth Page Auditorium. Tickets: 773-777-9884; $39-$66. Runs through: March 16 Those ...


  Chicago Theatre Week Feb. 7-17

Chicago Theatre Week—an annual celebration of theater in Chicago during which visitors and residents can access value-priced tickets—will take place Feb. 7-17. As a program of the League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, ...


  Mayoral arts forum Feb. 10 at Broadway

Arts Alliance Illinois Executive Director Claire Rice, Broadway in Chicago President Lou Raizin and Vice President Eileen LaCario, and League of Chicago Theatres Executive Director Deb Clapp have announced the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Arts Forum, taking ...


  THEATER REVIEW Nina Simone: Four Women

Playwright: Christina Ham At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets:; 847-673-6300; $30-$88. Runs through: March 2 Nina Simone is nowadays more often referenced for ...


  Raven Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season

CHICAGO ( February 1, 2019 ) — Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its 2019-20 Season, kicking off this fall with the Chicago premiere of Rachel Bonds' drama SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, directed by Artistic Director Cody ...


  THEATER REVIEW How to Catch Creation

By: Christina Anderson At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets:; $20-$70. Runs through: Feb. 24 The Goodman Theatre production How to Catch Creation, penned by Christina Anderson, is a groundbreaking portrayal of ...


  Mike Pence Sex Dream on stage Feb. 16 through March 16

CHICAGO ( January 30, 2019 ) — First Floor Theater is pleased to continue its seventh season with the world premiere of Dan Giles' twisted and timely MIKE PENCE SEX DREAM, directed by Artistic Director Hutch ...


  Hamilton, The Exhibition tickets on sale

CHICAGO ( Jan. 29, 2019 ) — Tickets to Hamilton: The Exhibition will go on sale to the general public at 10AM on Friday, Feb. 15. Hamilton: The Exhibition will premiere in Chicago on April 6, ...


  All That He Was benefit concert March 11 at Pride Arts Center

All That He Was, the 25th Anniversary Benefit Concert on March 11, 2019 at Pride Arts Center will support Pride Films and Plays and Chicago-area AIDS services charities including AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) ...



Playwright: Ike Holter At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: 773-649-3186; $10-$38. Runs through: March 16 Artists as the shock troops of gentrification isn't a new trope. But Ike Holter's Red Rex captures ...


  WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Intriguing shows to see this winter

Chicago is an experimental theater city, from its regional houses all the way down to its storefront scene. More often than not, the material produced on our stages does not fit neatly into the category of ...


  WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Ten dramas to see this winter

Between February and April, here are the best dramas coming your way in Chicago. Bundle up and get out there to experience the finest in live theater, from classic Shakespeare to new works by acclaimed and ...


  OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series at Sidetrack Feb. 5

The February edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, February 5, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Denise Bowker was born and raised in a ...


  'The Total Bent' Feb. 7-March 10

Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, will present the Midwest premiere of The Total Bent—" a dynamic new rock show about fathers, sons, social upheaval and the choice between salvation and selling out," according ...


  THEATER REVIEW Fuente Ovejuna

Playwright: Lope de Vega. Adapted and Directed: Terry McCabe City Lit Theater: 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets:; $12-$32. Run through: Feb. 17 Fuente Ovejuna is an original play written by Lope de Vega, ...


  THEATER REVIEW Photograph 51

Playwright: Anna Ziegler At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: $50-74; . Runs through: Feb. 17 On its surface, Photograph 51 is the story of Rosalind Franklin. Haven't heard of her? You're not ...


  Critics' Picks

St. Nicholas, What We're Up Against, Compass Theatre at Raven Arts Center, through Feb. 7. It may be 1992 at Theresa Rebeck's architectural firm, but the shark-tank tactics Echacka Agba's ambitious professional woman must employ to ...



Garrett Allain ( aka Gayerbear ) promises a "fruit basket full" of personalities in this tale of a performer attempting to launch a solo career. Billed as a "live visual album" and starring Allain ( backed ...



Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks At: The Ready, 4546 N. Western Ave. Tickets: . Runs through: Feb. 23 There were a few times during Red Tape Theatre's opening night of Suzan-Lori Parks' In the Blood when ...


  WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Up close and personal: Intimacy design in February productions

The myth of actors losing sight of the boundaries between their own personalities and those of their characters is exactly that—a fiction born of sensational fancy. Reflexive behavior forged over centuries of evolution is not always ...


  WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Genre-defying works dot theater landscape

There's a lot to be excited about on Chicago's upcoming theater slate. Winter promises dozens of shows premiering with weird, powerful and hilarious stories, and featuring fantastic casts. Get ready to put on your snow boots, ...


  Chicagoland Theatres raise over $300,000 to support Season of Concern

CHICAGO, IL - Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in the theatre community who are experiencing the effects of illness or injury and also provides support annually ...



By: Jiana Estes & Audrey Polinski and the Hot Kitchen Collective. At: The Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets:; $15-$20. Runs through: Feb. 7 By the time the performers reach the second dance ...



It's difficult to see where the puppets end and the people begin in Plexis Polaire's Chambre noire. The trippy mesh of puppetry, music and live action is part of Chicago's International Puppet Festival, which includes dozens ...


  Critics' Picks

St. Nicholas, Goodman Theatre, through Jan. 27. This London import, starring Brendan Coyle flaunting his memorization chops, takes its time to ensure that we understand every last nuance of Conor McPherson's gloomy booze-soaked parable of midlife ...


  THEATER REVIEW Dada Woof Papa Hot

Playwright: Peter Parnell At: About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets:; 773-975-8150; $20-$38. Runs through: Feb. 16 This play should be required viewing for anybody contemplating, however briefly, starting a family. ...