SHOWS AND TICKETS
- Magic Show
- Performance Art
- Solo Performance
- Stand-up/Sketch Comedy
AND reset dates
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.
Taking place during a real-time band practice, 33 to Nothing is a play that rocks hard and breaks hearts.
Feeling the incessant call of adulthood, individuals begin to question their role in the ensemble. Ultimately begging the question: to break up or to build stronger? An anthem of forgiveness, loyalty, and resilience when your world is being torn by the seams.
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you'll fall in love with As You Like It.
Directed by Eclectic coartistic director Katherine Siegel.
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.
Sally and her brother are bored on a rainy day when the Cat in the Hat appears with tricks and things and games to play. Their day is filled with mischief and imagination despite protests from their fish — that is, until their mom returns home. Join us for Dr. Seuss's classic children's story that illustrates boredom is truly just a state of mind.
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.
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on...and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
Hope is here! And she is not alone. Tara Handron, the playwright and sole actor in her 60-minute play, Drunk with Hope, discards clichéd depictions of recovery and relies on stories with depth, poignancy, and humor to expose the raw emotions and experiences so many alcoholic women face. The play evolved out of her Georgetown University master's thesis on female recovering alcoholics, the 12-step group dynamic, and the comparison of women's experiences in traditional face-to-face recovery meetings to online meetings. Tara has performed her play in numerous cities (NYC, DC, LA, Chicago, Atlanta…) and diverse venues including theaters, festivals, conferences, treatment centers, and jails (yes, jails!).
This world premiere production will transfer to Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center following its run at the Wirtz Center!
Five teenagers are growing up on a fictional island in the Everglades where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. When one of the kids returns from juvenile detention to help the rest escape to the mainland, it seems their prayers have been answered. There's only one problem — they need a boat, and they need it before the adults catch wind of their plan and end it...or end them.
Note: This show contains strong language.
Once upon a time — 2005 — a young woman named Annie returned to her native Russia to lose her American accent. The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls tells her story. Underneath a glamorous post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels and luxurious fur coats bubbles an enchanted motherland teeming with wicked witches, evil stepmothers, and ravenous bears. As lines between folk tale and reality disappear, Annie becomes the heroine of an adventure more dangerous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where there are no princes and not everything ends happily ever after.
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.
Inspired by true-life events, Girl Found explores how perceptions can be distorted in the desperate, primal pursuit of love. A 17-year-old girl who, six years earlier, went missing resurfaces in a youth shelter in Canada, with no memory of where she's been. Soon she begins to recall some facts, including a name, "Sophie Sobin," and is desperate to get her former life back. Her troubled mother, Eva, and her Aunt Ellie welcome her home, but Sophie and her faulty memories make this transition difficult. Sophie's return restores some hope and new life to her damaged family, but chaotic past events begin to bubble beneath the surface.
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.
The Delany sisters, Sadie and Bessie, remain best friends and roommates even as they pass their centennial birthdays. As they prepare a meal in honor of their late father, a former slave, they reminisce about the joys and challenges of their lives: coming to maturity in the Jim Crow South, experiencing the Harlem Renaissance and rising to unimagined professional prominence. Having Our Say showcases the sisters' unique, indomitable spirits as they fondly recall meeting beloved historical figures and denounce prejudices that infect the country.
A comedic twist on the legend of brave Robin Hood, who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Join Robin and his Merry Men as they work to fight against the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham. This band of misfits needs to stop the sheriff, who plans to marry Maid Marian, and outwit the scheming Prince John, with plenty of laughs along the way. Recommended for grades 1-6.
Ninth season includes 10 readings featuring plays from around the world including Spain, Ireland, Finland, Romania, Serbia, Germany, Australia, India, Wales, and Sweden
After her release from prison, Lettie is desperate to regain custody of her teenage children. Training to be an iron welder, Lettie will stop at nothing to reclaim her family and start life anew. Inspired by real Chicago stories, Lettie is a powerful, moving, and funny play by playwright Boo Killebrew and directed by artistic director Chay Yew.
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.
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.
A world premiere translation of Aeschylus's theatrically boldest tragedy, commissioned by City Lit from Nicholas Rudall, founding director of Court Theatre and internationally acclaimed award-winning translator of Greek drama. The titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained — and fastened with a spike through his chest — to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus's plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. His parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow. The production will feature both actors and life-sized puppets.
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.
Clock Theater presents Six Views of a Room, six short plays by six Chicago playwrights. The plays look at the different theatrical possibilities of what can happen inside the same room.
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.
The Prozorov sisters dream of returning to Moscow, but are unable to wake to their provincial reality. Each sister questions her own place in the world after the arrival of members of the Russian military. Olga, Masha, Irina, and their brother Andrey search for meaning in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece about broken dreams, inertia, and missed opportunities.
The 2014 fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown brought international attention to the town of Ferguson, Missouri, and the festering history of race relations in America. Award-winning playwright, performer, and Goodman artistic associate Dael Orlandersmith brings to life a riveting exploration of the tragedy and its aftermath. Based on dozens of interviews with Ferguson residents, Until the Flood encompasses the perspective of such disparate people as a middle-aged black teacher, an elderly barbershop owner, and a white policeman. The result: a richly complex mosaic of a community — and a country — in trauma.
Ireland's most prestigious theater ensemble is back with a contemporary interpretation of Samuel Beckett's seminal work. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, this production marks the legendary company's third return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, following The Cripple of Inishmaan (2011) and The Walworth Farce (2009).