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  Victory Gardens, Actors Theatre of Louisville present How to Defend Yourself

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater, with Actors Theatre of Louisville, to present the Co-World Premiere of How to Defend Yourself, written by Lily Padilla and directed by Marti Lyons. How to Defend Yourself will be presented ...


  Christmas Bingo, It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night

Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night returns to the Royal George Theatre for 2018 for the holiday season. Did Santa babysit the baby Jesus? Why were the Three Wise Men so lost? Do you know what ...


  Ike Holter: The 'Right(lynd)' stuff

Last week's midterm elections taught us that political engagement is more crucial than ever. This makes Ike Holter's Rightlynd—opening this week at Lincoln Park's Victory Gardens Theater—more timely than ever. Helmed by Lisa Portes, Holter's drama ...


  YEPP's 'Rise Up' taking place Nov. 14

In recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience and Youth Homelessness Awareness Month, Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) will host "Rise Up" Wed., Nov. 14, at Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave., 6-9 ...


  GUEST COLUMN Battling Trump via art, an actor's superpower

Let's acknowledge one thing, after two years of misery: Our president is not stupid. He is not an idiot or moron. In fact, he is probably the most savvy leader America has ever had with regard ...


  Sophia Petrillo Italian Dinner and Talent Show to benefit Hell in a Handbag

CHICAGO ( November 13, 2018 ) — Join Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia for Hell in a Handbag Productions' annual benefit, The Sophia Petrillo Italian Dinner and Talent Show on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 5 ...


  Chicago Dramatists has leadership changes

Chicago Dramatists announced it has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Vanessa Bamber. Bamber will continue in her position until Dec. 31, according to Ajitha Reddy, president of Chicago Dramatists board of directors, in a statement. ...


  Broadway In Chicago renames Oriental Theatre to honor the late James M. Nederlander

CHICAGO ( November 13, 2018 ) — Broadway In Chicago today proudly announced their plans to honor the late James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer, patriarch of Broadway and champion of Chicago's ...


  City approves $13M financing for Uptown Theatre Rehabilitation

( November 13, 2018 ) Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the Community Development Commission voted to approve a $75 million rehabilitation of the long-vacant Uptown Theatre at 4816 N. Broadway. "The Uptown Theatre is more ...


  110 in the Shade

Playwright: Harvey Schmidt, music; Tom Jones, lyrics; N. Richard Nash, book. At: BoHo Theatre @ Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150;; $35. Runs through: Dec. 16 It's not quite the Dust Bowl, but ...



By: David Rabe At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets:; $35-$50. Runs through: Dec. 9 Cosmologies, now in its world-premiere production at The Gift Theatre, is a confounding crash course in absurdist existentialism ...


  This Bitter Earth

Author: Harrison David Rivers At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets:; $20-$38. Runs through: Dec. 8 In bringing This Bitter Earth to Chicago, About Face Theatre and director Mikael Burke are taking a very ...


  'TransScripts' brings lives of transgender women into the light

In the shadow of President Trump's alleged memo that seeks to define them out of existence by declaring that gender is immutable from birth and has to do with chromosomes, trans people are under fire in ...


  Intersectional team creates change in 'The Revolutionists

The Revolutionists, opening at Strawdog Theatre in mid-November, may center on the concerns of 18th-century women during the Reign of Terror, but Lauren M. Gunderson's feminist script provided a dynamic opportunity for director Denise Yvette Serna ...


  'Santuario' readings Nov. 16-18 at Piven

Evanston's Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., will present a staged reading of Santuario/Sanctuary on Nov. 16-18. Santuario/Sanctuary is a bilingual documentary theater piece exploring the migrations of monarch butterflies and youth crossing the United States-Mexico ...



Playright: Devised by the ensemble At: Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets:; $20. Runs through: Dec. 2 How can the story of Peter Pan be imagined for 2018, a year marked by our individual ...


  SPOTLIGHT Ekili Munda (What Lies Beneath)

A transatlantic partnership 10 years in the making comes to fruition with Ekili Munda ( What Lies Beneath ), a collaboration between Kampala Uganda's Keiga Dance Company and Chicago's Red Clay Dance Company. Red Clay's Vershawn ...


  Critics' Picks

Rock 'N' Roll, The Artistic Home, through Nov. 18. Tom Stoppard's clever play channels the collapse of European Communism through rock music, centered on a Czech idealist and a British Communist. It's vigorously and intimately staged ...


  Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Bush appear Nov. 12

Hello Sunshine x Together Live is welcoming actresses Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Bush to its Chicago lineup, which will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B Wells ...


  The Last Session

Playwright: Steve Schalchlin, music/lyrics; Jim Brochu, book; John Bettis/Marie Cain, additional lyrics At: Refuge Theatre Project @ Atlas. Art Studio, 4809 N. Ravenswood Ave. Tickets:; $30. Runs through: Dec. 2 Four extremely gifted performers power ...


  Nina Simone, Four Women coming to Northlight Theatre

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2018-19 season with Nina Simone: Four Women, written by Christina Ham and directed by Kenneth L. Roberson. Nina ...


  'Lion King' musical auditions Nov. 10-11

There will be adult singer, adult dancer and children's auditions for Disney's The Lion King musical Nov. 10-11 at Hubbard Street Dance, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Children and adult singer auditions will be Saturday, Nov. 10, ...


  Trans Voices Cabaret CHI to hold 2nd cabaret Dec. 3

Trans Voices Cabaret CHI ( TVCChi ) is back with its second cabaret, Broadway World reported. This show will be held Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the CAB space at Stage 773, 1225 W. ...


  The Scientific Method

By Paige Listerud

By Jenny Connell Davis At Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets:, $28-$38. Runs through: Dec. 2 Scientific research within academia is going through its own #MeToo moment, as surely as its counterparts in ...



By Tim Crouch At The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets:; $20-$22. Runs through: Dec. 9 Red Theater's An Oak Tree opens with one actor announcing the concept of the performance. Gage Wallace, also ...


  Lady in Denmark

Playwright Dael Orlandersmith At Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets:; 312-443-3800; $15-$45. Runs through: Nov. 18 Historical fiction typically recounts its chronicles from the vantage of a humble witness whose proximity coincidentally enables them ...


  'This Bitter Earth': LGBT play tackles class, race and political apathy

By Sheri Flanders

Political apathy has dire consequences for everyone, but especially for marginalized groups who bear the brunt of draconian conservative policies and police shootings. So when a white gay activist confronts his mild-mannered Black boyfriend's lack of ...


  Billy Masters

"It was a little thing I did in London and Joe Fiennes played Michael Jackson and there was a lot of to-do about the fact that he was a white guy. And I always thought about ...


  Small Mouth Sounds

Playwright: Beth Wohl At A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells Ave. Tickets 312-943-8722 or; $30-$40. Runs through: Dec. 9 The wordlessness of A Red Orchid Theatre's Small Mouth Sounds takes getting used to, at ...


  SIDEBAR Filmmakers reflect on original 'Suspiria,'LGBT appeal

From its intense visuals and color schemes to its focus on female protagonists, Dario Argento's original Suspiria has not only inspired director Luca Guadagnino with his reimaging, but other creators as well. Here, Chris Moore, the ...


  Radio Culture

Authors Maxim Dosko, Natalia Fedorova and Amber Robinson At TUTA Theatre, 4670 N. Manor Ave. Tickets:; $20-$30. Runs through: Dec. 2 TUTA Theatre has concocted one of the most tightly packed, powerful theater experiences ...


  Cole Escola, from Craigslist to the Park West

The home page of Cole Escola's website features an irreverent commercial parody. Decked out in a brunette wig, pink lipstick and a sensible pastel plaid button-down, Escola plays a stay-at-home mom who breezily describes her devotion ...


  Master Class

Playwright: Terrence McNally At: TimeLine Theatre Company, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252;; $42.50-$56.50. Runs through: Dec. 9 Terrence McNally first wrote about Maria Callas in 1989's The Lisbon Traviata, in which "La ...


  Women of Soul (With a Tribute to Aretha Franklin)

Playwright: Daryl D. Brooks At: Black EnsembleTheater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; $55-$65 Runs through: Jan. 27 Federico Garcia-Lorca once defined "duende" as "a mysterious power that all may feel and no philosophy can ...


  The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas


By Ricardo Gamboa At Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Tickets:; $20-$25. Runs through: Nov. 2 Here are the ingredients for a Ricardo Gamboa production: A community, strong Latino, black and queer characters, and ...


  Hello, Dolly!

Authors Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart At Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets:; $27-$95. Runs through: Nov. 17 Broadway in Chicago's touring Hello Dolly! is a gigantic spectacle that has everything a lavish ...


  Tenor shines on stage in 'Idomeneo,' finds true love off stage

David Portillo makes his role debut as Arbace in Mozart's Idomeneo at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The tenor has been out on social media for years, but his interview with Windy City Times marks coming out ...


  In the Canyon

Playwright: Calamity West At: Jackalope Theatre at the Broadway Armory, 5719 N. Broadway. Tickets:; $30. Runs through: Nov. 25 Here's the thing about abortions. Despite what Republicans and many men of all persuasions insist, they ...


  'Suspiria' casts suspicion on the artistic mindset

It's 1977, and Berlin is still divided by eastern and western borders. Lufthansa Flight 181, with several prominent Germans onboard, has been hijacked by the Commando Martyr Halima and the country is still bowing under the ...


  Critics' Picks

Flyin' West, American Blues Theater @ Stage 773, through Nov. 3. In all-Black Nicodemus, KS in 1898, four feisty farming women deal with a rogue male. An endearing cast puts over this enjoyable melodrama-comedy blend. JA ...


  SPOTLIGHT The Crystal Spider

Still searching for ( something free, cool and fascinating ) to do Halloween? It's final call for Director's Haven 2018, Haven Theatre's showcase of early-career directors. Charlotte Drover's directs Madame Rachilde's "horror ballet" The Crystal Spider ...


  The Lonesome West

Playwright: Martin McDonagh At: AstonRep ( sic ) Theatre Company @ Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Tickets: 773-828-9129;; $25. Runs through: Nov. 18 If we believe Irish drama, the wild men of Ireland's Galway and ...


  Billy Masters

"I actually feel bad for him. What I saw was a minstrel show today. Him in front of all these white people—mostly white people—embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans, because every one of them ...


  The American Revolution

Devised by Theater Unspeakable At Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $20-30; . Runs through: Nov. 11 Seven actors. Twenty-one square feet. The entire American Revolution. According to its founder and director Marc ...



Playwright Roger O. Hirson ( book ), Stephen Schwartz ( music and lyrics ) At Mercury Theater Chicago, Venus Cabaret, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets 773-325-1700 or MercuryTheaterChicagocom; $60-$65. Runs through: Nov. 18 If you're ...


  Hedwig' tour in Chicago in 2019

John Cameron Mitchell—the Tony-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch—will bring his rock spectacle to the United States for the first time, a press release noted. For four exclusive engagements, Mitchell and his ...



Playwright Arthur Laurents ( book ), Jule Styne ( music ), Stephen Sondheim ( lyrics ) At Porchlight Music Theatre, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-777-9884 or; $34-$61. Runs ...


  SPOTLIGHT on Hooded

In Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, two Black teens spend one long night in a confined space. Marquis is a preppie bookworm from an affluent home. Tru is a street smart survivor ...


  Critics' Picks

Flyin' West, American Blues Theater @ Stage 773, through Nov. 3. In all-Black Nicodemus, KS in 1898, four feisty farming women deal with a rogue male. An endearing cast puts over this enjoyable melodrama-comedy blend. JA ...



Playwright Nick Dear At Remy Bumppo Theater Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.. Tickets:; 773-975-8150; $37.75-$62.75. Runs through: Nov. 17 Imagine a newborn baby—not a round, cuddly, greeting-card cherub, but a thin, pale, ...


  American Blues Theater, Goodman Theatre Lead 50th Annual Jeff Awards

CHICAGO, IL - The Jeff Awards celebrated their 50th anniversary on Monday, October 22, 2018 during a spirited and nostalgic ceremony at Drury Lane Oakbrook. American Blues Theater's "Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story" received the most awards ...


  Truman and the Birth of Israel

Playwright: William Spatz At: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336;; $32-$35 Runs through: Nov. 18 My father said Harry Truman supported Israel because of Eddie Jacobsen, his lifelong Jewish friend. They met ...


  It's Only a Play

By Terrence McNally At Pride Arts Center, The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222;, $25-$40. Runs through: Nov. 11 Can a play be accused of being Minnesota-nice? That's the question that continually struck ...


  Out Libertyville actor takes stage in 'Hello, Dolly'

As a student at Libertyville High School, Ian Liberto he was more of a band geek than a theater kid. The double-bass player even got a scholarship. But when Liberto graduated from Decatur's Millikin University in ...


  Masque Macabre

By Aly Greaves Amidei, John Henry Roberts, Cara Beth Heath At Strawdog Theatre, 1806 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets, $40-$50. Info 773-644-1380. Runs Through: Oct. 31 Strawdog Theatre's new immersive theater experience, Masque Macabre, sews together ...


  Too ghoul for school, theater for the Halloween weekend

The weeks surrounding Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, solstice and New Year's are often collectively dubbed the "holiday season" in our multicultural society, but you're not likely to hear the three days set aside to recognize the transition ...


  Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade to light up State St. Oct. 20

Arts in the Dark, the magical nighttime Halloween procession, will march down State Street for the first time, Saturday, October 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be filled with costumes, spectacle, music, ...


  Fun Harmless Warmachine

By Fin Coe At Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-697-3830 or; $10-20. Runs through: Nov. 4 The New Colony is dedicated to the works of new authors, inviting you to take a risk ...


  Crumbs From the Table of Joy

Playwright Lynn Nottage At Raven Theatre, 6157 N Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177 or; $15-46. Runs through Nov. 18 Like Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's 1995 family drama Crumbs From ...



Playwright: Danai Gurira At Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: $18-30; Runs through: Nov. 4 "How you gonna survive?" If you think about it broadly, every female must answer this question. But if ...


A Shire calling: Gay comedian moves from Chicagoland to LA

People often have to make big changes in their lives to order to find success. This is no different with Kyle Shire—a gay comedian who has moved from the suburbs of Chicago to Los Angeles after ...


  Flyin' West

Playwright: Pearl Cleage At: American Blues Theater, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-654-3103;; $19-$39. Runs through: Nov. 3 Pearl Cleage's 1992 Flyin' West is her first full-length play, which is apparent from its ...


  WaistWatchers The Musical

Playwright: Alan Jacobsen and Vince Dimura At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or; $45-65. Runs through: Dec. 30 From the Atkins and South Beach diets to WeightWatchers and NutriSystem, tens ...


  Rock 'N' Roll

Playwright: Tom Stoppard At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave., Tickets: 866-811-4111;; $34. Runs through: Nov. 18 This is a well-acted, intelligent production of a sprawling play with a tangle of themes and ideas ...


  Tamale Sepp starts a new chapter

Internationally renowned comedian and interdisciplinary performer Tamale Sepp has relocated to the East Coast after serving up 16 years of comedy, performance art, burlesque and much more in Chicago. For more than a decade and a ...


  Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas is a renaissance woman. Her distinguished career includes theater, standup comedy, movies, including several Martin Scorsese films, TV, writing, music and producing. She exemplifies an artist who never stops creating and generating her own ...


  Twelve Chicago-based LGBTQ+ performing arts organizations to perform together

CHICAGO, October 11, 2018 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus celebrates 35 years of making music with their upcoming holiday show 35th Anniversary Holiday Hullabaloo. The chorus will be joined by 11 additional Chicago-based LGBTQ+ performing arts ...


  New World Play Festival through Oct 27

CHICAGO - Following the success of their 12th season of productions, culminating with the critically acclaimed Not One Batu, Nothing Without a Company kicks off season 13 with their second annual New World Play Festival ( ...


  Martha Wash, dance-floor diva talks Chicago musical, new CD

Even those who may not heard Martha Wash's name have certainly heard her voice. From the dance classic "It's Raining Men" ( recorded with the late Izora Armstead, Wash's partner in the duo The Weather Girls ...


  Kathy Griffin

10 Questions with Vic

Kathy Griffin is officially on the A List—period. An army of fans around the world rejoiced seeing Kathy overcome and conquer the onslaught of over-reaction, aggression and bullying by Donald Trump, his administration and the Federal ...


  Les Innocents, City of bones

Ann Kreitman was surrounded by bones when she dreamed up Les Innocents. Touring the catacombs of Paris—an underground ossuary where the remains of more than a million people rest—( re )discover theatre's co-artistic director learned that ...


  THEATER SPOTLIGHT on The Golden Girls: Bea Afraid, The Halloween Edition

Chief Hell in a Handbag hellion David Cerda conjures a special kind of camp for 10 performances with The Golden Girls: Bea Afraid! The Halloween Edition. Herein, Bea and her crew of extraordinary crones deal with ...



By: Jen Silverman At: Writers, Gillian Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glenview. Tickets: 847/242-6000 or; $20-$80. Runs through: Dec. 16 It's tough to think of a world premiere this year with more resonance than Jen ...



Playwright: Amelia Roper At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: $10-$38; 773-649-3168; . Runs through: Nov. 10 A monochrome luxury Swiss hotel room encased in glass is the only set you'll get throughout Amelia ...


  Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Roald Dahl ( original novel ), David Grieg ( book ), Marc Sharman ( music and lyrics ) and Scott Witt ( lyrics ). At: Oriental Theater, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: $27-$95; . ...