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When a terrifying sea monster is spotted off the coast, renowned scientist Professor Aronnax and fellow explorers set out to investigate. They soon find themselves kidnapped and held under the command, and spell, of the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the most advanced submarine the world has never seen, they confront giant squids, bizarre sea creatures, and the monsters that lurk below…and within.
Adapted from Jules Verne's epic adventure exploring the murky perils of the seas, ensemble member David Kersnar invites you to board the Nautilus and "dive! dive! dive!" into this Lookingglass world premiere.
When a cheerleading squad is called upon to save the parallel universe of Lej, they must summon their collective team spirit to destroy the evil spirit stick, save the citizens of Lametown, and be back in time for the state championship. Jill Oliver's debut play asks the question, "Ummm…there's an evil stick in this play?"
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".
What exactly does a recent college graduate do with a BA in English? Well, if that graduate also happens to be a puppet, they move to Avenue Q, of course. There he'll find others like him trying to make sense of their "purpose" in life dealing with careers and relationships. Tony winner for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this musical is stuffed with an upbeat and incredibly witty score. Avenue Q does not intersect with that other famous Street where puppets live, as this show is entertaining, touching, and hilarious, but definitely not one for the kids.
Mature audiences only – explicit lyrics & content – Rated R
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.
Three Short Plays By Lorenzo Blackett
Directed By Lorenzo B. & Becca Braun
Four strangers find themselves in the Big Black Box. With the dryness of British humor, the four stumble through reasons as to how they could have ended up in a room that doesn't have a door. Too bad it's the "doors within" that they need to be concerned about...
Well, I Guess That's That: The Conundrum of the Last Two Caucasian People on Earth
They're not racist!!! All they know is that before they found themselves in this particular situation, there were no other Caucasian people. There were black people, Asian people, Middle Eastern people...but no Caucasian people. Now the last two Caucasian people find themselves in the Big Black Box...and they can't stand each other!
Right, Wrong & Inbetween
Getting lost in contemplation can be like being trapped in the Big Black Box. Your ideas bouncing between the right, wrong, and in between as they pushed against your skull's walls trying to find a way out. What's the definition of schizophrenia again?
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
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.
Bull in a China Shop is a play about Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeanette Marks. The two of them reimagined and revolutionized women's education at the turn of the 20th century. This fast-moving feminist comedy chronicles the growth of the women's suffrage movement as well as Mary and Jeanette's romantic relationship. Bull in a China Shop examines the strength it takes to find your voice, be brave, and feel less at odds with the world.
After performing all across the USA, the cast of Buzzed Broadway is bringing a fully improvised musical show using the characters, styles, and themes of Broadway musicals to the CSz Theater stage! From Sondheim to Kander and Ebb — it's going to be fast, it's going to be fun, and it's all going to be cram-packed into two hilarious acts of short- and long-form improvisation. But wait! There's more! This show also has audience drinking games incorporated throughout to keep you on your toes! Let's get buzzed!
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.
The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by 20. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who's done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They're all here, dressed to kill, singing their asses off, telling it like it is. And they're all the star of The Cher Show.
Join Porchlight and Chicago's music theater and cabaret stars as they shine the spotlight on the company that taught audiences what a movie musical could be — Metro Goldwyn Mayer. With a stable of incomparable stars that included Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Jeanette MacDonald, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams, and "more stars than there are in the heavens," this studio gave birth to landmark productions including The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris, and Meet Me in St. Louis.
Porchlight's annual fundraiser has honored artists and organizations whose music has changed the world, and this year, Porchlight Music Theatre is honoring James Jensen with its inaugural Luminary Award for Exemplary Leadership and Support of Music Theatre in Chicago. Doors open at 6:30pm at the annual benefit concert that includes performances, a paddle raiser, and table-side food and drink service at an additional charge.
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.
Over the course of six days, ConFest 2018 will explore the theme Revolutionary Acts, engaging attendees and the Chicago community in critical theater and dialogue regarding the intersection of art, leadership, and organizational practice in the face of social injustice, inequity, and active resistance in American culture. This theme will be realized through theater productions, plenary speakers, panel discussions, new play readings, workshops, and special events. Most importantly, ConFest 2018 provides a space for Asian-American theater practitioners and their allies from across the country to connect and build the relationships that help keep the community vibrant and alive. ConFest 2018 will be hosted in Chicago by Victory Gardens Theater, Silk Road Rising, and the Theatre School at DePaul University.
Emmerich Kálmán's mastery of the Viennese waltz and of the music of his native Hungary have made this show an enduring favorite in Europe. The story follows the ups and downs of the unlikely love affair between an aspiring young singer from the provinces and the scion of a wealthy Viennese family. Kálmán, as an assimilated Hungarian Jew living in Vienna, would have been well aware of the pitfalls of navigating the upper echelons of Viennese society. The Csárdás Princess, which takes aim at the rigid class divisions of Kálmán's time, resonates in our own. Critics consider The Csárdás Princess to be Kálmán's masterpiece.
Bennett Fisher's new play is a claustrophobic thriller about privilege, paranoia, and the assumptions we make about one another. This moving play centers on Hassan, a Somali-American airport shuttle driver, in Minneapolis, struggling to make ends meet as more and more of his customers switch to Uber and Lyft. When a stranded teenager at the airport pays Hassan to take him to Chicago, it seems on the surface like it is worth the risk and the fare.
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.
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!
Hero, a Texas slave, faces a simple yet monumental choice: Join his master in the Confederate army to win his freedom — or remain enslaved at the plantation. As he debates leaving his lover for what may be another empty promise, Hero must take charge of his life, even when much remains beyond his control. Filled with music, wit, and poetic wisdom, this play by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks challenges audience members to navigate their own moral compass in a country that both unites and divides.
Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language.
Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She's kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he's there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother's house. Every twist and turn in this fun-house plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she'd forgotten. It's one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller-coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life.
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.
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire, and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.
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.
30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes is a special edition of The Infinite Wrench that corrals the queerest plays into one show, slaying gender roles and celebrating deviance.
The Thursday, June 21 performance is a benefit for Brave Space Alliance, the first black-led, trans-led LGBTQ center located on the south side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ community of Chicago.
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."
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.
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.
Celebrated director and playwright Aaron Posner and famed magician Teller (of duo Penn & Teller) join forces for an innovative take on "the Scottish play," returning after their Jeff Award-winning production of The Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015. With astounding sorcery, this supernatural thriller dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
In the bedroom of their madame, two maids enact a savage, sadomasochistic role-play in which they fulfill their fantasy of finally murdering their glamorous boss. This ritual exposes the maids' darkest secrets and most vulnerable truths. When the madame returns home early and disrupts their deadly scene before the its climax, the maids are confronted with the consequences of their devious meddling in the madame's love life and must decide if now it the time to finally finish her off.
Playwright Jean Genet is a beloved French poet, novelist, and queer activist. The Artistic Home is excited to involve Chicago drag queens and queer artists in the special summer production of The Maids to give voice to the work's latent themes of the queer experience, kink, and reclamation of identity.
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."
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.
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."
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is a unique summer program for young professional musicians that focuses upon interpretation and performance. With enrollment limited to 35 violinists, violists, cellists, pianists, and members of preexisting chamber groups, young artists find an intimate, collegial atmosphere as they work with each other and meet with a distinguished international faculty for private coaching, chamber music, and master classes. Together they search for ways to approach and perform works selected from a broad repertoire. Ravinia's Steans Music Institute fosters a supportive, noncompetitive environment for study and performance, with participants from around the world creating a distinctive international community.
After receiving dozens of productions across the US, Canada, England, and Ireland, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere returns home for the first time with an entirely new production helmed by Ilesa Duncan. Richard Mayhew commits an act of kindness on the streets of London and finds himself trapped in a shadow world beneath the city. Lady Door returns home one day to find her family slain and her life upended. Drawn together by fate — and forces more powerful than they can guess — these two must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast before they can set things right again. Journey to London Below with a rogues' gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins on a treacherous quest to awaken the hero within.
New China Festival features staged readings of three plays translated from Chinese to English that highlight the work of contemporary playwrights from the Chinese speaking world. Stylistically and aesthetically diverse, the featured plays examine a Chinese society rife with tensions between tradition and accelerating change, consumerism and communism, and authoritarianism and personal freedom. New China Festival will also include a panel discussion about the state of theater in the Chinese speaking world and the insights American audiences can gain from Chinese plays.
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.
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.
Golden Globe Award winner Stacy Keach stars as Ernest Hemingway, one of the most celebrated novelists and short story writers of the 20th century in this explosive tour-de-force drama, set during the author's haunted years following his Pulitzer and Nobel Prize honors.
In Pamplona, after the prize comes the pressure. Basking in the glory of career-defining awards — the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 — legendary writer Ernest Hemingway insists his best work is yet to come. Five years later, holed up in a Spanish hotel with a looming deadline, he struggles to knock out a story about the rivalrous matadors of Pamplona. But his real battles lie outside the bullfighting arena; in declining health, consumed by his troubled fourth marriage, and tormented by the specter of past glories, he must now conquer the deepening despair that threatens to engulf him.
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in The Roommate, a new comedy about how early-life choices lead to midlife challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
In this first installment of a new series based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Idle Muse takes audiences back to the glory days of radio with A Scandal in Bohemia, Part One. Presented live as a radio play at the Edge Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, the performance will feature a cast of Idle Muse ensemble members, period costumes, and a foley artist. Written originally as a short story by Doyle, A Scandal in Bohemia is the tale that introduced Irene Adler to Holmes's audiences. In this radio play, audiences will travel to London to meet Irene herself, Sherlock Holmes, his assistant Dr. Watson, and a cast of characters proving once again why the Bloodhound of Baker Street has remained popular for more than 100 years. The sequel, A Scandal in Bohemia, Part Two, will be presented this coming winter at a follow-up performance.
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.
Set in the Ukrainian Holodomor, Abbey Fenbert's Sickle explores Joseph Stalin's Soviet genocide through a man-made famine that killed millions of people. Five female characters struggle against a tyrannical oppressor. Winner of a Jeff Award foe best adaptation and the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for comic playwriting, the powerfully written Sickle is an important reminder of the 1930s genocide.
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.
Support Group for Men is a hilarious exploration of what happens when society's new normal doesn't seem so normal to everyone. Thursday night in Wrigleyville is "Guys' Night" for a group of longtime pals. Instead of letting off steam over baseball, they've formed a support group — with its "no ladies" policy strictly enforced — in which they can vent about dashed romances, stalled careers, and other middle-age maladies. But when an unexpected visitor crashes their party, the guys' traditional notions of masculinity are exploded. This topical, Chicago-flavored comedy gleefully dissects the ever-changing role of gender in today's culture — and proves that understanding is sometimes found in the least likely of places.
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.
The Sweet Potatoes come out of Southern California to dish up a fresh blend of folk, country, and homespun Americana. They'll bring a smile to your face with sweet harmonies and finely crafted songwriting. As seasoned veterans of the entertainment industry, Kelly Macleod, Laura Hall, and Rick Hall create music that is the culmination of their combined past experiences, passions and joys.
Tapped for the Very First Time coincides with the end of Pride month and is a celebration of divas and their music that have inspired all of us to dance for decades including Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and others. It is hosted by the incomparable Mattrick Swayze and has performances with all new arrangements and live music by the JC Brooks Band and featuring special appearances by the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus.
Two years ago, Chicago Tap Theatre set the cultural landscape on fire with their all-Queen Pride show, We Will Tap You. From the same creative team comes Tapped for the Very First Time, a Pride celebration of the music of divas, including Cher, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and more. Tapped for the Very First Time will feature all-new arrangements and be performed by the JC Brooks Band along with the stellar vocal contributions of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus. In partnership with the historic Athenaeum Theatre, CTT is proud to bring back this critically acclaimed celebration of the strength and diversity of Chicago hosted by the incomparable Mattrick Swayze. We Will Tap You nearly sold out the Athenaeum and was lauded with multiple "best of" awards at the end of the year, so get your tickets in advance for this one!!!
Inspired by actual events, this compelling new play exposes a flawed law enforcement operation that walks the line between good intentions and deceit, testing the bonds of a family and community. In a low-income, residential neighborhood of Milwaukee, Terry Kilbourn has just begun a new job passing out flyers for a discount warehouse. When his bosses start asking more of him, the stakes rise quickly and his loved ones begin to question what is really going on. To Catch a Fish's vibrant mix of family, romance, and danger swirls with mysteries about whom to trust and what to believe. Its story confronts society's fluid definition of justice — and the truth about who benefits from it.
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.
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.
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.
Wild Women of Planet Wongo is an immersive sci-fi musical comedy that spoofs 1960s B movies. The audience is in the middle of the action for the three-act, two-intermission production that features dancing, music, games, prizes, and all-around zaniness when two bumbling astronauts land on Wongo, a planet run by warrior women. While the male astronauts think they've discovered paradise, hilarity ensues as the Wongo women plan surprises for their captive guests.
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.