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Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers navigating the corporate world of the late 1970s concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy — giving their boss the boot! Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5 features music by Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick.
As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide and long-held certainties crumble. Will this nuclear family explode? Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member Kareem Bandealy unleashes the existential dark comedy Act(s) of God, directed by artistic director Heidi Stillman (Cascabel, Hard Times).
Forty years before the Civil War, a little know war took place in Manhattan, NY. This war was battled not on a field, but on a stage by a group of Black actors performing the words of a dead White poet.
When the sun rises, these actors put on masks, playing the parts of maids and waiters that society has cast them in. But when the sun goes down, this groups of artists finds their voice along with their feelings as they discover themselves in Shakespeare's poetry. And they are not alone, their production of RICHARD III performs with such artistry and passion it attracts white and black audiences alike, is critically acclaimed, and has the theatre filled to overflowing six days a week. That is, until a prominent white company rents the theatre next door to open their own production of Richard – and is determined to shut down the African company's show at any cost. It is a behind the scenes story like no other – funny, uncompromising and uniquely American.
Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl — no musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes! A hilarious shipboard romance of the 1930s, with these Cole Porter classics: "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Friendship," and "You're the Top".
George Bernard Shaw makes his City Lit debut, staged by the director of this past season's hit J.B. Captain Bluntschli, a mercenary soldier who is fonder of chocolates than of bullets, hides in the bedroom of heiress Raina Petkoff while escaping from battle — a development that disturbs her fiancé, Major Sergius Saranoff, a swaggering cavalry officer from the other side. Raina calls Bluntschli "my chocolate cream soldier." Shaw calls Arms and the Man "an anti-romantic comedy." We call it the funniest play ever written about the Serbo-Bulgarian War.
Jane Glover leads excerpts from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, Mozart's Requiem, and much more in the beautiful surroundings of Millennium Park in the heart of downtown Chicago. Free to the public.
A rockin' celebration following six women as they honor the legendary music and performers of the '60s. Filled with classic hits from iconic singers including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, the Shirelles, Diana Ross, Lesley Gore, Connie Francis, the Supremes, and more. This colorful era is lovingly recreated with songs like "It's My Party," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "One Fine Day," "Where the Boys Are," "My Boyfriend's Back," and more timeless favorites. Let loose and enjoy the music of this powerful decade that inspired these dynamic female vocalists. Rated PG.
Recommended for ages 13+ due to strong language.
It's 1960 in North Orange, NJ. Clytemnestra and Medea are now housewives with a pill addiction, and Antigone is the teenage girl next door who is in love with a black boy. On the surface, they're seemingly blissful to follow the "rules" of Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette. But that's just the surface. Then Cassandra, a black working girl, moves into their neighborhood and all routines are interrupted.
Cassandra is determined to finally break the curse of Apollo, the gorgeous and egotistical god who gave her this "gift" of prophecy but made it so no one would ever believe her. He makes it clear his curse is practically indestructible...yet all she must do is convince someone to believe her. Can Cassandra convince them they now have a choice in this modern era? That they don't have to live a doomed existence?
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
When a redacted and ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, 13-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska, to find him. Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and a sharp axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother. But she'll have to face more than a multi-tentacled HR rep to learn the truth. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, Borealis is a dark and funny adventure about family obligation, career aspiration, and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.
You bring the news, we break it! Our talented ensemble will perform improv based on local and national news articles.
Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else, family.
A Bronx Tale features music by the Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Tony Award-winning Alan Menken, and lyrics by the Grammy-winning and Oscar and Tony-nominated Glenn Slater. The show is codirected by the multi-Academy Award-winning Robert De Niro and multi-Tony-winning Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.
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.
Scott Speck - conductor
Łukasz Krupiński - piano
Paderewski - Piano Concerto
Chopin - Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante
Szymanowski - Concert Overture
Panufnik - Tragic Overture
Celebrate the heroes of Polish classical music at the Chicago Philharmonic Festival: Poland 2018. Polish pianist Łukasz Krupiński joins the orchestra for the Piano Concerto in A minor by Ignacy Jan Paderewski — pianist, composer, politician, statesman, and spokesman for Polish independence. Panufnik's Tragic Overture, which echoes the wartime atmosphere in which it was composed, was dedicated to the composer's own personal hero, his brother, who perished in the Warsaw Uprising. Also featured: Chopin's final composition for orchestra and Szymanowski's expressive, romantic overture which debuted at the first historic "Young Poland in Music" concert in 1906.
The Chicago Fringe Festival 2018 returns to Jefferson Park for its ninth presenting year. The festival includes comedies, dramas, dance pieces, musicals, performance art, and the unclassifiable. This is an uncensored, no-holds-barred performance event that returns 100% of ticket sales to the artists. In their first eight years, the Chicago Fringe Festival has returned almost $240,000 to artists.
The 2018 Fringe Festival is different from previous years, being held over one weekend with 24 performers and companies participating. The Chicago Fringe Festival weekend includes a variety of performers from Chicago as well as Ohio, Indiana, Milwaukee, Canada, and France; the return of the popular Kids Fringe that includes performances, crafts, and classes for audience members 5-12 years old; and a variety of special events throughout the week.
On a summer evening in an isolated seaside cottage in the East of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by a visit from a former colleague. As some crackers and wine are trotted out, so are various old jealousies, leading to the true reason for Rose's sudden reappearance: the revelation of a chilling and dangerous plan.
Following sold out runs in London and New York, the brave, humane, and beautifully written play The Children makes its way to Steppenwolf and confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves the world.
A stunning theatrical classic that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway audition. Exploring the lives and poignant ambitions of professional chorus dancers — those overly dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers. A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical. The show features one powerhouse number after another including "What I Did for Love," "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." Song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama are fused brilliantly in this nine-time Tony Award winner. A Chorus Line captivates heartstrings until the final casting choices are made and the question of why we do anything of value is answered: for love.
Acclaimed Chicago actor Larry Yando returns for his 11th season at Goodman Theatre as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, directed for the sixth year by artistic associate Henry Wishcamper. Dickens' holiday classic is the iconic tale of greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his disdain for the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on a spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship. Former cast members include stage and screen notables Jessie Mueller, Joe Minoso, Del Close, Harry J. Lennix, Felicia P. Fields, Raul Esparza, Sally Murphy and Frank Galati.
This funny and sexy play introduces two gay couples and their circle of friends, who have ventured into the world of modern day parenting. As friendships deepen and vulnerabilities get exposed, the foundation of family and commitment are shaken. With same-sex marriage the law of the land, what happens next? Peter Parnell's Dada Woof Papa Hot, directed by About Face Theatre's artistic associate Keira Fromm, is a fast-paced exploration of 21st-century parenthood.
DJEMBE! The Show is a unique, immersive fusion of music, rhythm, and culture…and the audience is part of the band! Each member of the audience is given a real African djembe drum for the evening and, led by a master of ceremonies, audience members play along to their favorite tunes with a world-class band of African and international musicians. The show is an innovative and joyous experience filled with energy and emotion. DJEMBE! The Show is a celebration of life — nothing like it has been seen, felt, or heard before.
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned.
In A Doll's House, Part 2, Lucas Hnath's bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece, the story unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora's world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn't just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.
In downstate Illinois, four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness.
Downstate is a co-commission and coproduction with the National Theatre of Great Britain. Under the direction of Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon, Downstate will feature an American and British cast and creative team.
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!
Pat McGann is a stand-up comedian and television host from Chicago. In 2015, he made his second appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman.
Pat created and hosted the Emmy-nominated television show The Chicago Stand-Up Project. He has been invited to the Great American Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and has been heard on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show as well as seen on AXS-TV's Gotham Comedy Live. His debut comedy album Sounds Good can be heard on SiriusXM radio. He is currently opening for Sebastian Maniscalco.
Pat also just appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and was the host of his own television special Pat McGann's Pre-Taped New Year's Special. He will be joined by fellow comedian John Dacosse.
It's winter in Minnesota and a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on a traditional African ceremony, pre-wedding stress explodes into a full-on family feud. Fiercely funny, fast-paced, and filled with love, Danai Gurira's Familiar is a brilliant portrayal of a tight-knit family searching to preserve their past while building a new future.
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This Gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life — and destroy it — awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
Fresh from the brain of ensemble member David Catlin, creator of Moby Dick and Lookingglass Alice, comes a galvanic adaptation of this undying story.
After an unexpected death shatters her family, Victoria retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of a way forward. To find meaning in an impossible loss, she brings a terrible creation to life — one whose existence threatens all hopes for the future. Haunted and hunted at every turn, Victoria must endure a nightmare journey of the soul in a quest for survival. Grapple with the demons of grief and denial in this world premiere adaptation of the 1818 thriller by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
By Lopé de Vega
Adapted and directed by Terry McCabe
The greatest play by the greatest playwright of Spain's golden age of drama. Ripped from the 15th century's headlines and set against the backdrop of war for the Spanish throne on the eve of its discovering the New World, the play is the true story of a young woman in the Spanish village, Fuente Ovejuna, who inspires and leads a rebellion against their military governor's sexual exploitation of local women. Laurencia refuses to be a victim when she is attacked and rallies the town to do something, finally, about the oppression that has gone on too long. City Lit's new adaptation premieres in the 400th anniversary of the play's first publication in Spanish.
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his newly relocated girlfriend. A drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Four lonely lives come together in the search for fulfillment in the raw, surprising, and funny Chicago premiere of Fulfillment Center.
From Mendelssohn to Bernstein, from European courts to Yiddish theater and the Broadway stage, many Jewish composers have wrestled with their faith. We'll explore this rich musical dynamic through sublime classical works, church anthems and oratorios, American Songbook hits and Broadway novelties. Discover the world of sound, lyrics, and ideas that comes about when creativity bumps up against social pressure, and the resulting music does -and doesn't - sound Jewish.
Chicago's E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway's legendary "stage mother" in this thrilling and heart-wrenching story of a woman who raises her daughters to assume the heights in the world of show business, whether they want to or not. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: Memoirs of America's Most Celebrated Stripper. The musical features songs that have become standards of the musical theater canon, including "Some People," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together, Wherever We Go," and the showstopping "Everything's Coming Up Roses."
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton. A thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation – with a score that blends hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz and Broadway — Hamilton opened on Broadway earlier this year to enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences of all ages.
In the basement of a small evangelical church in southeastern Idaho, a group of young missionaries is preparing to go to the Middle East. When one of the missionaries — a young man — has a crisis of faith on his spiritual journey, it reminds us that faith doesn't come easily, no matter where you look for it.
The Harvest, written by Samuel Hunter and directed by Jonathan Berry, makes its Chicago premiere with the Griffrin Theatre Company.
Heartbreak Hotel follows Elvis Presley in the early years of his career, as he and Sam Phillips create music that will forever change their lives. When Elvis's career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and "Colonel" Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 months.
This brand-new musical features hit songs from "the King" himself and from the legends who influenced his iconic music. Among those hits are such chart-toppers as "Blue Suede Shoes," "That's All Right, Mama," "Shake, Rattle, and Roll," and of course, "Heartbreak Hotel."
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, gunplay, 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?
The only way to find your voice is to use it. Four artists and intellectuals in San Francisco struggle to nurture creative impulse and establish legacy — in both their professional and personal lives. When one discovers the works of a black queer feminist writer from a bygone era, their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways. In the bold and imaginative world-premiere play How to Catch Creation, playwright Christina Anderson dissects the universal act of creation — creation of life, of family, and of art — to inspire the dreamers and idealists in us all.
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.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
The Infinite Wrench, the Neo-Futurists' open run production, is the Ensemble's ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater. In pursuit of this mission, this wheelchair-accessible performance will include open captioning, a touch tour, audio description, American Sign Language interpretation, and programs in Braille and large-print formats. Featuring: Neil Bhandari, Kurt Chiang, Trent Creswell, Joanna Jamerson, Kirsten Riiber, and Malic White.
The 1700 Theatre is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with an induction hearing loop for people who use personal hearing devices that have a T-coil. Front Bar, directly in front of the 1700 Theatre, has a push-button entrance, wheelchair-accessible seating, and multi-stall all-gender restrooms.
Everyone's favorite storybook characters come together in this wise and witty tale about the consequences of what you wish for. A Tony Award-winning musical (and hit movie in 2014) with these songs: "Children Will Listen," "I Know Things Now," "No One Is Alone," and "It Takes Two."
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.
Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," and "The Man That Got Away."
A town is beset by plague and the bodies are piling up along with moral accusations, political implications, and medical speculations. We peer into households and down many streets as people search for any logic to the ceaseless barrage of death. One of Ionesco's last plays, The Killing Game is a piercing and frighteningly funny look at how the function of language and the panic surrounding social crisis sends a community into a chaotic state of paranoia, hypocrisy, and opportunism.
Passions run high as leading lady Lilli and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Chris Causer, combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. The famous musical numbers include "So In Love," "Too Darn Hot," "Always True to You (In My Fashion)," and other beloved Cole Porter standards.
To the US-owned factories in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work, and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
In The Lady Demands Satisfaction, a young maiden, Trothe, learns that her entire inheritance will be forfeit to anyone that bests her in a duel. Trothe must turn to the finest blade anywhere (luckily, her Aunt Theodosia) if she is to save her house and lands. In addition to her aunt, she is helped and hindered by two of her favorite servants — whose well-intentioned meddling could create an international incident when a famous German swordmeister arrives on the scene. True to farcical tradition, identities and intentions are mistaken, comedy and sword fighting ensue, and all get the just ends they deserve (even if they're not the ones the audience expects).
Every memory has a soundtrack of its own. After the death of her husband, a Danish-American woman living in Chicago finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of the couple's favorite singer, Billie Holiday. A soulful, music-infused tribute to the legendary torch singer's power to heal and inspire, Lady in Denmark is a passionate meditation on life, marriage, and mortality written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Chay Yew.
Inspired by a real concert that took place in the Paris Catacombs in 1897, the audience of Les Innocents/The Innocents prowls the catacombs like ghosts. Gui, a composer on a quest for love, emerges from the maze to encounter eccentric and musical ghosts who misdirect their pursuit and inspire chaos for the living and dead. Les Innocents/The Innocents presents realistic and grossly human queer characters in mythic circumstances to investigate our relationship to duty, death, and defeat.
In this adaptation of Rick Riordan's best-selling novel, the Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war among the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is taking the country by storm.
Linda Wilde is a titan — an award-winning executive at Swan Beauty Corporation with another brilliant new ad campaign up her sleeve. In the wake of her success, Linda's husband, daughter, and a new generation of emerging leaders are following their dreams, but her immaculately curated work-life balance hasn't prepared her for the battle for visibility in a world focused on everlasting youth. Olivier Award nominee Penelope Skinner's Linda is a searingly funny portrait of a woman on the front lines of the fight for relevance.
Ike Holter (Exit Strategy) assembles the vibrant characters from his acclaimed works for a raucous theatrical bash in Lottery Day. Mallory, the matriarch of a quickly gentrifying neighborhood, invites the lonely residents, hardcore activists, and starving artists of her block to what she hopes will go down as a legendary barbecue — thanks to a special surprise. Her mysterious plan to revitalize her community, however, may just be the very thing that tears it apart. In the world premiere of Lottery Day, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, not everyone will go home a winner.
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!
Over the course of 75 minutes, Mark Toland engages audience members with psychological illusions and mysteries of the mind. "Get ready for an unforgettable evening," said Toland. "The audience is the cast, their thoughts are my props and their minds will be blown!" Audiences should prepare to take part in the show as Toland attempts to get into their thoughts and reveal what they are thinking. "There are no weekly mentalism shows in the city right now, so I'm thrilled to bring an exciting new show to Chicago audiences every week," Toland added.
Please note: There are no performances Wednesday, June 20 and July 4.
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 Saigon is back with an all-new Broadway revival! The classic musical, following a romance between an American GI and a South Vietnamese teenager during the Vietnam War, has been given an all-new life by Laurence Connor in this revival of the massive, visually stunning and tragically emotional story.
Inspired by the opera Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, Miss Saigon relocates the story to Saigon, Vietnam, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and follows a romance between Chris, an American GI, and Kim, a South Vietnamese bar girl forced into prostitution and rescued on her first night. Separated when the troops depart, Miss Saigon follows Kim's return into Chris's life many years later.
Left unfinished at his death, Mozart's Requiem is legendary. Jane Glover leads opera superstars Amanda Majeski and Eric Owens in this profoundly moving meditation on the endurance of genius and life's fragility. Handel's Coronation Anthems showcase the Music of the Baroque Chorus.
Left unfinished at his death, Mozart's Requiem is legendary. Jane Glover leads opera superstars Amanda Majeski and Eric Owens in this profoundly moving meditation on the endurance of genius and life's fragility. Handel's Coronation Anthems showcase the Music of the Baroque Chorus.
After an incredible tour in 2017, Mystery Science Theater 3000 announces the MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour featuring, for the first time in 25 years, original host and MST3K creator Joel Hodgson back in the red jumpsuit as Joel Robinson. Alongside new MST3K host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), Joel, Jonah and the Bots will bring new movies and all-new riffs and sketches live to the stage across US cities this fall.
He's charismatic and charming — no wonder con man Harold Hill assumes he can easily fleece the stubborn citizens of River City, Iowa with the grand promise of a marching band. But the smooth-talking swindler can't tell a trombone from a treble clef and Marian, the local librarian, knows it. In his attempt to steal her heart (and save his hide), Harold learns a thing or two about moral responsibility and unexpectedly enriches the town with a love of music.
Mary Zimmerman (Wonderful Town) brings her magic touch to The Music Man and creates a joyous musical masterpiece at the Goodman Theatre. With music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Willson and Franklin Lacey, enjoy memorable songs, including "Goodnight My Someone," "76 Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," and "Till There Was You."
After a successful run at Rosehill Cemetery this spring, Neil Tobin, Necromancer: Near Death Experience returns to the historic Chicago site with more thought-provoking theater just in time for the Halloween season. Chicago-area writer-producer-performer Neil Tobin performs nine interactive, magical, site-specific solo shows about mortality at the rarely open-to-the-public May Chapel on the grounds of Rosehill Cemetery.
Winner of IndyFringe Theatre Festival's Audience Choice Award, this show is no horror show or cheap, spooky thrill. Tobin maintains a sophisticated tone, deftly fusing mortality and mystery into a life-affirming experience that's smart, darkly humorous, never scary, and completely entertaining. According to Tobin, "this show is ultimately about the good that comes from improving our relationship with mortality." So, though it does contain magical performance elements, this is no children's show. This is dead serious fun.
The 15th annual New Stages festival of new plays includes three developmental productions in repertory and three staged readings. Five productions in the 2018/2019 season emerged from New Stages, including We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, How to Catch Creation, Lady in Denmark, Twilight Bowl, and Lottery Day. Founded in 2004, the New Stages festival is a celebration of innovative new plays designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment. The festival offers Chicago theatergoers a first look at dozens of plays, many of which have gone on to become successful full productions — including Noah Haidle's Smokefall and Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined.
Before The Twilight Zone, there was British expatriate John Collier writing humorous stories about the bizarre and fantastical for The New Yorker and sardonic screenplays in Hollywood throughout the first half of the 20th century. In this world premiere adaptation of Nightmares and Nightcaps, an ominous host (Kevin Webb) weaves together Collier's comic tales of love, loss and the mysterious for the audience's delight.
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.
(Not) Another Day attempts to explore the way time is experienced: as an elastic perceptual band that binds us together, and as an eternal inner state. With the use of video, beats, and live actors singing, (Not) Another Day is a funny and sad thought: Maybe our souls are only the idea and memory others have of us after we are dead. Maybe we can't really finish things satisfactorily; we can only try to tolerate ringing (non-)endings. Maybe when our time in the space is up, it's up. Produced and enacted by the Curious Theatre Branch as the first show in its 30th season, (Not) Another Day is a sung play experience, a non-opera with video.
After a swastika is spray-painted at school, a diverse group of students wrestles with how to bring to the stage a memoir about a reformed white-power skinhead. As the provocative material ignites questions of race, representation, and redemption, the students' collaboration explodes their own biases and notions about whose stories get to be told in America. Inspired by Christian Picciolini's book White American Youth, Radical is written by Matthew Lee-Erlbach and directed by Hallie Gordon.
The latest production from Song of the Broad-Axe Publications, Russ is a political farce. A play of America's future, it tosses kings and nobility aside to depict the ex-artist Russ on his rise to the US Senate. For that our politics are currently a hellish conundrum, accordingly, Russ plays out like a divine comedy, one in which every element is held duly responsible.
By Kristine Thatcher
Directed by Terry McCabe
Kristine and Terry have worked together since he directed the Victory Gardens production of Emma's Child, a script you can find in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1994. Kristine has won local, national, and international playwriting awards, including the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This play is her second commission for City Lit, and was two years in the writing. A woman returns to her grandmother's house for a visit. Suddenly, she must look differently at the safest place she's ever known.
Join master illusionist and winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show Secrets & Illusions.
Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you'll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life's greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time. Watch someone face their greatest fears. Witness a person track down love in the most unexpected place, and another discover how the Laws of Attraction helps them find their purpose in life — might it be you?
It's a 90-minute spectacular which displays Ivan's signature style of thought-provoking vignettes, audience participation, and storytelling. Paired with his remarkable approach to illusion, it will ultimately inspire, encourage and motivate you to discover your purpose and your destiny.
The romantic life of a contemporary Irishwoman is illuminated in bittersweet, often comic tales of coming of age, illicit love affairs gone wrong, and an unforgettable plan for revenge and its surprising aftermath. Inspired by and freely adapted from the works of Edna O'Brien, Polly MacIntyre's solo work was first performed at the West End Theatre (NYC) in the Artists of Tomorrow Festival and has had subsequent productions in the Capital Fringe Festival in DC, at the Way Off Broadway Theater in Houston, and at the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival.
A theatrical documentary featuring a collection of life stories shared by individuals with hearing loss.
Six urbanites take their troubles to the woods and attempt to work them out at a secluded spiritual retreat. Attendees may not speak for the entire week, clothing is optional at the lake, and beware of bears. The isolating silence collides with the human ache to connect. How do we address life's biggest questions when words fail us? Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl is a Chicago premiere that is at once strange and compassionate, awkward and graceful, silly and profound.
Chicago's favorite leading lady Heidi Kettenring (Broadway in Chicago: Wicked, national tour: Disney's Beauty and the Beast) captivates, lending her signature warmth to a century's worth of timeless hits. In a chronicle of popular music which is touchingly personal, Heidi reminds us that we all tell time by the songs in our lives. She's a storyteller sure to stir the heart, and her sentimental journey includes favorites from Berlin to Barbra, to the Beatles and beyond.
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.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, ensemble member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. In The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime, unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.
Strong as steel, fragile as magnolias. The six Southern women of Chinquapin, Louisiana, show more steel than delicacy as they face life's ups and downs together. A home beauty parlor is their gathering place, where they gossip, needle, and jab each other with good-humored zingers. But when push comes to shove, these friends are there for one another, especially in the darkest of times. Robert Harling's hilarious and heartwarming Steel Magnolias inspired the 1989 film which starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Dolly Parton.
Inspired by Stephanie Miller's popular progressive talk radio show, Sexy Liberal has brought sharp and inspiring political comedy to sold-out theaters across the USA and spawned a #1 album. This time, the one and only Margaret Cho joins Miller and John Fugelsang on the tour.
Direct from Broadway comes a Pulitzer Prize-winning collision of race, class and friendship at a pivotal moment in America. A group of friends in a rust belt town has spent their lives sharing secrets and laughs on the factory floor. But when layoffs begin to chip away at their trust, they're pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight. The explosive drama Sweat, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Ron OJ Parson, is a relevant piece of contemporary drama that makes its Chicago premiere.
"This isn't a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It's not a tragedy, though it ends like one."
The Radium Dial Company has hired thousands of women to hand-paint watch and clock faces. They use a luminescent paint made partially from radium, which is being hailed for its amazing healing properties. The women aren't told about the dangers. More than just casualties, Catherine Wolfe Donohue and her friends fight fiercely to hold the Radium Dial Company accountable for its negligence.
These Shining Lives is based on the true story of the "Radium Girls" in 1920s Ottawa, Illinois.
In this poetic romance, deep love is challenged by divisive political realities. Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class, and the bravery it takes to love out loud. Directed by Mikael Burke, This Bitter Earth is written by Harrison David Rivers.
The world premiere comedy musical, TOOTSIE, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.
Shep, David, and Luke get lost on the way to a planned bank robbery and hole up in a dingy Texas motel. As a storm roars outside, past demons and a ticking clock put the heist in jeopardy and push the outlaws toward the breaking point. Written with rapid-fire, cutting dialogue, this contemporary western places cowboy mentality in the crosshairs.
In 1982, Steppenwolf exploded onto the American Theatre scene with its now legendary production of Sam Shepard's True West. This American classic traces the sometimes violent and always volatile relationship of Austin and Lee, estranged brothers who find themselves trapped together in their mother's empty house with not much more than a typewriter and a set of golf clubs. In its first Steppenwolf revival, the team reimagines Shepard's masterpiece through the eyes of the new generation of Steppenwolf artists, with a little help from those who came before.
Four young women, one small town, and many different lanes make up the world-premiere drama Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman (Luna Gale). After graduating from a small Wisconsin high school, Sam heads to college on scholarship — but her cousin Jaycee's future isn't looking as bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, their local bowling alley becomes a place to celebrate triumphs, confront challenges, and perhaps even forge new identities. With her signature grace, wit, and compassion, Gilman questions the blueprint for a successful life and embraces the unknown on the road ahead.
The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet
Trial by Jury by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Directed by Terry McCabe
Music directed by Daniel Robinson
Come for the greatest orator of early America arguing contract law with Satan, stay for the riotous musical farce with a plot too ridiculous to summarize. Although the story of The Devil and Daniel Webster is well-known, few people have actually seen it onstage, because not many theaters do one-acts anymore. We're here to remedy this, as it is one of the great American plays. The 19 actors in it will then turn around after intermission and perform Trial by Jury, the equally great but completely different 30-minute operetta that launched Gilbert and Sullivan's career as the English stage's finest satirists.
Without an ending, there can be no beginning. Growing up in an industrial English town, writer and performer David Cale escaped his parents' fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to the tropical birds in the bird and animal hospital he built in a garden shed — until a tragedy changed everything. Weaving together lushly arranged songs and an intimately detailed portrait of his mother, a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances, Cale embodies this vivid musical story of transcendence, of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere.
Directed by Tony Speciale with arrangements and underscoring composed by Matthew Dean Marsh, We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time features David Cale as a performer, a playwright, and a songwriter.
Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
When Eric falls for the handsome Wilson on the subway, he doesn't know what he's in for. Because Wilson is also Nina, a rising drag star in The House of Light, and when a competing house calls a ball for midnight, Eric is drawn into battle. Part turf war, part pageant, all conquest, Wig Out! is a mesmerizing trip into the heart of African-American drag ball culture by way of Ovid, Jay-Z, and Destiny's Child. From the acclaimed author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy and Choir Boy comes a dazzling spectacle about the timeless desires to be desired, find your home, and dominate anyone who throws you shade.
Jealousy can drive one wild in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, director Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare's most wildly theatrical tales. A paranoid king accuses his queen of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events spanning 16 years. But what begins as tragedy unexpectedly evolves into romantic comedy, filled with song and dance, magic and metamorphosis — and an appearance from Shakespeare's most iconic furry beast.