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  Steppenwolf for Young Adults offers I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter events

CHICAGO ( February 13, 2020 ) — Steppenwolf for Young Adults ( SYA ) is proud to announce two additional public performances of the world premiere of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, based on ...


  OUTspoken at Beverly Arts Center to Place LGBTQ Stories in the Spotlight

( Chicago, February 12, 2020 ) — The Beverly Arts Center presents an evening with LGBTQIA storytelling collective OUTspoken on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be hosted by Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez ...


  At 20 years of The Laramie Project, call goes out for submissions

The Laramie Project, a play by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project, had its world premiere production at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2000. This month the Matthew ...


  Talks on Feb. 16, March 1 about issues in 'The Cake'

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents The Cake, written by Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Steve Scott, now through Sunday, March 1, in the Playhouse Theatre at the McAninch Arts Center ( MAC ), 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen ...


  'She the People' back at The Second City

The Second City's show She the People is back. The all-female, all-funny show directed by Carly Heffernan welcomes back returning ensemble members Carisa Barreca, Alex Bellisle, Katie Caussin, Sayjal Joshi and Emma Pope, with new cast ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Boys in the Band

Playwright: Mart Crowley At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: . Price: $75-95. Runs through: April 19 In Windy City Playhouse's immersive interpretation of Mart Crowley's iconic The Boys in the ...



At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or; $20-$125. Runs through: March 15 There are so many reasons why Steppenwolf Theatre Company's revival of Bug is the major event of the Chicago theater ...


  'Lez Beaus' play fest Feb. 14-16

Violet Surprise is presenting Lez Beaus—a play festival celebrating lesbian love through the ages—Feb. 14-16 at The Martin, 2515 W. North Ave. The festival features 12 10-minute plays crafted by Rachel Baker, Shawntai Brown, Annalise Cain, ...


  'Alabaster' at 16th Street through March 1

The rolling world premiere of Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster—described as a "darkly comic Southern drama about love, art and the power of women"—will run at Berwyn venue the 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., through Sunday, March ...


  Sean Hayes to be in 'Good Night, Oscar' at Goodman

Goodman Theatre will premiere Good Night, Oscar, starring Emmy-winning actor/producer Sean Hayes ( Broadway's Promises, Promises; NBC-TV's Will & Grace ) as erstwhile character actor, pianist and wild card Oscar Levant. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright ...


  THEATER How A Boy Falls

Playwright: Steven Dietz At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300;; $30-$89. Runs through: Feb. 29 Mitch and Sam ogle an attractive young woman in a coffee joint. Although they've just met, slightly sleazy ...


  Harris Theater Presents 2020-21 Season

Chicago, Ill. — The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance announces its Harris Theater Presents season for 2020-21, its most ambitious and diverse lineup to date. With 36 performances — including ...


  Raven Theatre Announces 2020-21 Season

CHICAGO ( February 5, 2020 ) — Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its 2020-21 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Jerome Lawrence andRobert E. Lee's drama Inherit the Wind, directed by Ian ...


  Chicago Musical Theatre Festival through Feb. 20

Underscore Theatre Company is presenting its sixth annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival—created to showcase and support the growing field of musical theatre creators from Chicago and beyond—through Feb. 20. The festival will be performed simultaneously on ...


  PM&L Theater to hold 'Angels in America' auditions

PM&L Theatre ( Palette, Masque and Lyre, Inc. ) will hold auditions for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner, on Monday-Tuesday, March 9-10, at 7 p.m. Auditions will be held at ...


  'A Raisin in the Sun' cast announced

Invictus Theatre Company announced the cast and production team for the second production of its first full season: the seminal drama, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry's drama of an African-American family living ...


  'The Tasters' running through Feb. 16

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE )—Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core—will present the world premiere of The Tasters, by Meghan Brown, with RTE member Devon de Mayo directing. ...


  Court Theatre announces 65th season

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces its 66th season. The company's 2020/21 season will feature the sixth play in ...


  THEATER REVIEW Windy City Playhouse gets immersive with 'The Boys in the Band'

The Windy City Playhouse's artistic staff couldn't believe their luck when they got permission to produce The Boys in the Band. "We applied for the rights, thinking that we weren't going to get them," said Windy ...



Playwright: Kevin Artigue At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater, Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $42. Runs through: Feb. 29 Have you heard the story about the investigation of a white cop who shot a ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Mousetrap

Playwright: Agatha Christie At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Tickets: 773-753-4472;; $37.50-$84. Runs through: Feb. 16 Fans of The Mousetrap and other Agatha Christie masterworks are challenged not only to discover whodunit, but how ...


  THEATER REVIEW How to Defend Yourself

Playwright: Liliana Padilla At: Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: Price: $25-50 Liliana Padilla's How to Defend Yourself focuses on a college campus as students try to deal with an extremely violent assault ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSICALS Dan'yelle Williamson works hard for the money in 'Summer'

Hailing from Boston, Donna Summer went from the church choir to disco dance floor over the years. She broke through music boundaries with hits like "Love to Love You Baby," "Dim All the Lights" and "I ...



Playwright: Lisa Loomer At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago . Tickets: Price: $20-70. Runs through: Feb. 23 No matter where you stand on the abortion issue, if what you seek in a play is ...



By: C.A. Johnson At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: 773-644-1380or; $26-$35 Runs through: Feb. 15 It's sad that Strawdog Theatre Company is being forced out from another of its performance spaces due ...


  Cheyenne Jackson to headline Goodman's Shades of Cool gala May 16

( Chicago, IL ) Goodman Theatre announces Cheyenne Jackson, Broadway veteran, television star and Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter, will headline its "Shades of Cool" major gala fundraiser. For one night only, the multitalented entertainer brings his charisma ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys

By: Isaac Gomez At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: 773-649-3186or; $27-$39. Runs through: Feb. 29 A world-premiere play commission is always a crap shoot. And Steep Theatre came up with snake eyes with ...


  Season of Concern has new board president

Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in the theater community who are experiencing the effects of illness or injury, and provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations—announced ...


  THEATER Verboten

Playwright: Jason Narducy ( music/lyrics ), Brett Neveu ( book ) At: The House Theatre of Chicago @ Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Ave. Tickets: 773-769-3832;; $30-$50. Runs through: March 8 You'd think it would ...


  THEATER Sunday Evening

Playwright: Zachary Karabashliev At: Rose Valley Theatre Group at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $30-$35. Runs through: Feb. 9 This world premiere English-language presentation of a 2009 "Best Play" award-winner in its native Bulgaria ...


  'Goshen' at Water Tower Place on May 22-31

Broadway In Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Quiet Water Entertainment announced that Goshen—featuring dancers and singers performing to music by Grammy winner Donald Lawrence—will play Broadway In Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 ...


  All-woman cast plays the men in City Lit's 'Thirteen Days'

The October 1962 days in which the world appeared to be on the brink of nuclear war will be revisited in a world premiere adaptation of Robert F. Kennedy's Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban ...


  Chicago Musical Theatre Festival Feb. 3-20

Underscore Theatre Company is presenting its sixth annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival—created to showcase and support the growing field of musical theatre creators from Chicago and beyond—on Feb. 3-20. The festival will be performed simultaneously on ...


  Nancy Pelosi play debuting Jan. 26

The Adult in the Room, a new play by Bill McMahon about the life of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will receive its world premiere Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at Chicago's Victory ...


  Show examines life of Barbara Jordan

The life of the late lawyer, educator and politician Barbara Jordan will be examined in City Lit Theatre's Voice of Good Hope. Voice of Good Hope is being described as "a dramatic portrait" of Jordan's life. ...


  Theater Spotlight on The Merry Widow

Glamorous young widow Hannah Glawari has all the money to save the bankrupt country of Pontevedro, but all she wants is a reunion with her childhood sweetheart, Count Danilo. After many complications, Franz Lehar's evergreen, ravishing ...



Playwright: Diana Son At: Arc Theatre/Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $30-$40. Runs through: Feb. 9 What could be more romantic than love at first sight, unless it's love ...


  THEATER REVIEW Whisper House

Playwright: Duncan Sheik ( music and lyrics ) and Kyle Jarrow ( book and lyrics ) At: Black Button Eyes Productions, the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; A; $30. Runs to: Feb. 15 ...



Playwright: Audrey Cephaly At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: Price: $32. Runs through: Feb. 15 You walk into the theater and the first thing you see is veteran actress Kelli Simpkins standing on ...


  Sean Hayes at Feb. 5 Goodman event

Goodman Theatre, now in its 95th season, will host the "Legacy & Promise" Education and Engagement Luncheon Wed., Feb. 5, featuring Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated actor Sean Hayes. The event will take place at The Palmer House ...


  Young Playwrights Festival running through Jan. 25

Pegasus Theatre Chicago is presenting the 33rd Young Playwrights Festival through Saturday, Jan. 25, at The Courtyard Theatre in The Getz Theater Center at Columbia College Chicago, 72 E. 11th St. The Young Playwrights Festival ( ...


  Patin at Hyde Park through Feb. 28

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is welcoming Nikki Patin as its new flex space resident through Feb. 28, 2020; she will be developing ongoing performative work combining text, music and movement. Patin is ...


  'Freedom Ride' talk, performance Jan. 29

Newberry Library is hosting a discussion and performance with Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ) involving the production Freedom Ride on Wed., Jan. 29, 6-7:30 p.m., at the library's Ruggles Hall, 60 W. Walton St. The ...


  COMEDY 'The Haggard Unicorn:' Queer trans comic talks representation, hurdles

KJ Whitehead wants to see unrepresented voices take over the comedy world and her latest project, The Haggard Unicorn, is a reflection of that ambition. "Something strange. Something different. Something radical," she said when asked to ...


  LGBTQ+ nonfiction writing class starts Feb. 13

StoryStudio Chicago, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., is offering a new course on writing stories from a queer perspective. Conceived by author Jeremy Owens, this class focuses on LGBTQ+ nonfiction writing, and it starts Thursday, Feb. 13, ...


  Young Playwrights Festival running through Jan. 25

Pegasus Theatre Chicago is presenting the 33rd Young Playwrights Festival through Saturday, Jan. 25, at The Courtyard Theatre in The Getz Theater Center at Columbia College Chicago, 72 E. 11th St. The Young Playwrights Festival ( ...


  Joffrey Presents 'The Times Are Racing,' A Mixed Rep Program

January 9, 2020 ( Chicago ) — For its winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents The Times Are Racing, a mixed repertory program featuring choreography from four of the most influential artists working today, including the ...


  NUNN ON ONE THEATER Eric Huffman goes from 'Mormon' to 'Mean Girls'

The original Mean Girls movie was partially based on a self-help book and was released in 2004. Now that the popular tale has turned 15 years old, it's the perfect time to wear pink and celebrate ...


  theWit celebrating Warhol with package

theWit Hotel, 201 N. State St., is celebrating the arrival of "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again," the acclaimed traveling Andy Warhol exhibit that has just made its debut in Chicago—with a hotel package ...


  Funny Feminism: Podcast "The Guilty Feminist" comes to Chicago

Deborah Frances-White knew there was humor to be mined from her bungled attempts to be a good feminist. Which is why the U.K.-based Australian comedian/writer/producer co-created the comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist. Frances-White's first "guilty" admission ...


  SHOWBIZ Judi Dench, HIV+ musical comedy, Black LGBTQ musicians, Ryan Reynolds

Dame Judi Dench ( perhaps jokingly ) had a different take on Old Deuteronomy, her character in the panned movie Cats, noted. The role is traditionally played by a male actor, but Dench was tapped ...


  'Constitution" tickets on sale Jan. 3

Broadway In Chicago announced that tickets for Heidi Schreck's Tony-nominated play and Pulitzer Prize finalist What the Constitution Means to Me will be on sale Friday, Jan. 3. What the Constitution Means to Me will play ...


  'Christmas Foundling' through Jan. 5

Pride Arts Center's Buena Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, is running The Christmas Foundling through Sunday, Jan. 5. The Christmas Foundling, by Norman Allen, is the story of a 10-year old boy who was found as an ...


  LETTER Pride Parade's future

Dear Editor: I am concerned about the future of the Pride Parade going forward since the passing of Richard Pfeiffer—may he rest in peace. Under Pfeiffer's leadership over the years, the parade increased in participation ...


  Critic's Picks

The Winter Wolf, Otherworld Theater, through Dec. 29—Death lurks in winter's cold and darkness, but our brave young heroine drives the wolf from the door in Joseph Zettelmaier's 70-minute holiday fantasy, back for Year Two. MSB ...


  'The Tasters' to run Jan. 10-Feb. 16

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE )—Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core—will present the world premiere of The Tasters, by Meghan Brown, with RTE member Devon de Mayo directing. ...


  The best and worst of Chicago theater in 2019

The last 12 months have been celebrated city wide as Chicago Theatre Year and it's been a whopper of a time, especially September through December when no fewer than 60 shows opened each month. When final ...


  Rhinoceros Festival Jan. 11-Feb. 23

The Rhinoceros Theater Festival will mark its 31st year with performances Jan. 11-Feb. 23 at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. The newest Rhino Fest will feature 48 shows, including new plays, dance, devised works, variety, ...



Playwright: Clare Barron At: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or; $20-$94. Runs through Feb. 2 When you are a child, every conversation, school day and rehearsal feels like life or death. ...



Playwright: Book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, music and lyrics by Schwartz and others, including James Taylor and Lin-Manuel Miranda At: Theo Ubique's Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston. Tickets: $42-57; ( optional ...


  Matt Rodin, Bethany Thomas star in Milwaukee production of Hedwig

December 18, 2019 — ( Milwaukee ) Milwaukee Repertory Theater is pleased to announce complete cast and creative team for the much anticipated production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the Stiemke Studio January 28 ...


  World Premiere of The Tasters coming to Rivendell Theatre

Chicago, IL—Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE ), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, presents the world premiere of The Tasters by Meghan Brown, directed by RTE member Devon ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Light in the Piazza

Playwright: Book by Craig Lucas; music/lyrics by Adam Guettel At: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. ( a Scenario Two production ). Tickets: . Price: $35-219. Runs through: Dec. 29 It would be worth seeing ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Holiday Radio Show: 1944

Playwright: Gabriella Bonamici, Andre Richardson Hogan II, Laura Scruggs, Rolfe Sick, Jason Paul Smith. At: Three Cat Productions at the Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: and 312-970-9840; $15-$25. Runs through: Jan. ...


  'Burning Bluebeard' running through Dec. 27

Porchlight Music Theatre is running The Ruffians' Burning Bluebeard, making its downtown debut at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., through Friday, Dec. 27. Now in its eighth year, this annual ...


  Sideshow names new executive director

Sideshow Theatre Company announced the appointment of Brian Pastor as its new executive director, effective this month. Pastor succeeds Stephanie Weddell, who has served alongside Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green since April 2016. Pastor is the ...


  Joffrey Presents 'The Times Are Racing,' a mixed rep program

Dec. 13, 2019 ( Chicago ) — For its winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents The Times Are Racing, a mixed repertory program featuring choreography from four of the most influential artists working today, including the ...


  Five Worth Finding: Gay spy movie, Santa Suite and more

—London Spy: In this British-American series that originally aired in 2015, devil-may-care Danny ( played by a fantastic Ben Whishaw ) meets the straight-laced, enigmatic and handsome Alex ( played by Edward Holcroft ). What ensues ...


  Critics' Picks

The Tall Boy, Stage 773, through Dec. 15—The celebrated talent behind this touring show ( Tandy Cronyn, Kay Boyle, Simon Bent ) create a tragedy you'll take away with you, of children twice orphaned by war, ...


  THEATER REVIEW A Xmas Cuento Remix­­

By: Maya Malan-Gonzalez At: 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn Tickets: 708-795-6704 or; $22-$32. Runs through: Dec. 29 You've got to admire the "show must go on" pluck of 16th Street Theater with its ...


  Renee Fleming in rehearsal with Lyric Opera for The Light in the Piazza

CHICAGO ( December 11, 2019 )—Rehearsals are underway for Scenario Two's presentation of the beloved Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza at Lyric Opera House, starring four-time Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Land of Forgotten Toys

Authors: Music by Dylan MarcAurele; book and lyrics by Jaclyn Enchin and Jennifer Enchin, based on a story by Larry Little At: The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: or 773-404-7336; $25-$45. Runs ...


  10th anniversary of 'The Nutcracker' features gay dads

The House Theatre of Chicago will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual hit production The Nutcracker—an all-original, ballet-free and family-friendly production playing at The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., through Dec. 29. The 10th-anniversary ...


  'Nat King Cole' holiday show Dec. 16-17

Writers Theatre, in partnership with Artists Lounge Live, will present a limited engagement of An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas, starring Evan Tyrone Martin. An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas will be presented Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 16-17 ...


  THEATER REVIEW The White Plague

Playwright: Karel Capek, translated by Peter Majer and Cathy Porter At: Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets: 773-384-0494;; $20-$25 ( two for one on Thursdays ). Runs through: Jan. 11 Czech author Karel ...

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