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  Holiday Hootenanny Radio Hour presents Cricket on the Mantle, benefits AVER

CHICAGO ( November 16, 2018 ) — The Holiday Hootenanny Radio Hour is pleased to announce Nick Thornton's heart warming new radio play CRICKET ON THE MANTLE, with music directed and arranged by Mike Mazzocca, as ...


  Best of The Infinite Wrench 2018

Playwright: The Neo-Futurists At the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets:; $10 - $20. Regular run through: Dec. 9 with a New Year's Even version of Infinite Wrench on Monday, Dec. 31. Who would have ...


  Interrobang Theatre Project to present "I Call my Brothers"

CHICAGO ( December 6, 2018 ) Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to continue its ninth season, exploring "identity/crisis"with the Chicago premiere of Jonas Hassen Khemiri's drama I Call my Brothers, a day in the life of ...


  About Face Theatre announces casting for DADA WOOF PAPA HOT

CHICAGO ( December 6, 2018 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of DADA WOOF PAPA by Peter Parnell ( The Cider House Rules ) and directed by Jeff ...


  Haven Theatre, About Face Theatre announce casting for The Total Bent

CHICAGO ( December 5, 2018 ) — Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, is pleased to announce casting for its Midwest premiere of The Total Bent, featuring text by Stew and music and lyrics ...


  'When Adonis Calls' through Dec. 9 at Pride Arts

Thompson Street Opera Company is collaborating with Pride Films & Plays on the production When Adonis Calls, which will run Fridays through Sundays Nov. 30-Dec. 9. Fresh from its premiere at Ashville Lyric Opera, When Adonis ...


  Critics' Picks

The Safe House, City Lit Theatre at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, through Dec. 16. The occupants of the title dwelling may be a three-generation white, het Norman Rockwell family in suburban Michigan on the surface, but author ...


  The Buttcracker, A Nutcracker Burlesque

Playwright: Scripted by Jaq Seifert and choreographed by Darling Shear At: ( Sub )version Productions at Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State St. Tickets:.; $20-$40. Runs through: Dec. 26 ( Wednesdays only ) When the ...



Playwright: J. Nicole Brooks At: Sideshow Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336;; $30. Runs through: Dec. 23 HeLa juxtaposes three storylines linked only abstractly. Each one contains fine scenes that ...


  A Christmas Carol

By: Tom Creamer At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets:; $25-$119. Runs through: Dec. 30 Charles Dickens' manner of telling the simple man's story lives on in the Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, ...


  SPOTLIGHT on The Book of Merman

The Book of Merman: Merman meets Mormons in the musical tale of Missionaries attempting to "save' the legendary Broadway belter. In Flying Elephant's production, composer Leo Schwartz packs the score with original music to tell a ...



Playwright: Danai Gurira At: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650;; $20-$109. Runs through: January 13 The foundation for Danai Gurira's 2015 play is, indeed, familiar. It takes place in a well-appointed living ...


  Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery make the yuletide swing

Actresses Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery are teaming up this holiday season and hitting the road. The album—A Swingin' Little Christmas! Jane Lynch—features Lynch, Flannery and singer Tim Davis. It was recorded in 2016 and has ...


  Steppenwolf to honor Gurira Dec. 10

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced that Obie-, Helen Hayes- and NAACP Award-winning actress/playwright Danai Gurira as the honoree at the 10th annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, Dec. 10, at the Radisson ...


  The Revolutionists

Playwright: Lauren M. Gunderson At: Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: 773-644-1380; $35-$40. Runs through: Dec. 29 You probably haven't thought about revolution—not the kind extolled by advertisers, but the capital "R" off-with-their-heads variety—since ...


  It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!

Playwright: Adapted from the 1946 film ( screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling ), based on the short story The Greatest Gift, by Philip Van Doren Stern At: American Blues Theater, ...


  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Playwright: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice At: Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest. Tickets: 847-735-8554, ext. 1, or; $45. Runs through: Dec. 23 You'll never get me to agree that the small ...


  The Neo-Futurists mark three decades

Thirty years ago, the Neo-Futurists opened a late-night show that became first a cult favorite, and then an institution. And though Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind changed its name two years ago after ...


  Critics' Picks

The Safe House, City Lit Theatre at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, through Dec. 16. The occupants of the title dwelling may be a three-generation white, het Norman Rockwell family in suburban Michigan on the surface, but author ...


  Spotlight on A & A Ballet's Art Deco Nutcracker

When you're pondering which of myriad Nutcrackers"to shell out for this season, don't overlook A & A Ballet's Art Deco Nutcracker, starring out American Ballet Theatre dancer Jose Miguel Sebastian as the Nutcracker Prince. Featuring Tchaikovsky's ...


  Mansfield Park

Playwright: Kate Hamill At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: $30-88; Runs through: Dec. 16 What is the price of passivity? Fanny Price ( Kayla Carter ) isn't allowed to say no. From childhood, ...


  Q Brothers Christmas Carol

By: Q Brothers Collective and Rick Boynton At: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or c; $30-$52. Runs through: Dec. 30 There was a time when mashing together hip ...


  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, December 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See for more info. —Emma Alamo grew ...


  Chicago Magic Lounge celebrates New Year's Eve, holds child-friendly night before

Chicago, IL — Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago's new home for close-up magic, celebrates the holidays with magical performances, specialty cocktails and more. Featured performers in December include Signature Show appearances by TC Tahoe, Francis Menotti feat. ...


  Nia & Ness use dance, poetry to tell story, analyze identity

Brooklyn-based dancer-poet duo Nia & Ness will bring their unique storytelling experience, run., to Chicago in four shows during the first week of December. The intersections of identity play a key element in run., as Nia ...


  Raul Esparza to be in 'Hamlet' next year

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced that four-time Tony Award nominee and Law and Order: SVU alum Raul Esparza will lead William Shakespeare's Hamlet, staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, in the Courtyard Theater, April 17—June 9, 2019. ...


  YEPP launches 'Rise Up' at Chicago Theater Works

The Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) presented its inaugural annual fundraiser, "Rise Up: A Celebration of Resilience" at Chicago Theater Works on Nov. 14. The event also acknowledged the Transgender Day of Remembrance as ...



Playwright: Ike Holter At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000;; $27-$55. Runs through: Dec. 23 Meet Nina Esposito. She's just taken on a longtime alderman and won a seat in City Council ...


  The Safe House

Playwright: Kristine Thatcher At: City Lit Theatre at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets:; $32. Runs through: Dec. 16 There's this house, you see—a modest mid-20th-century family-sized dwelling in Lansing, Michigan. The ...



Playwright: Spenser Davis At: Broken Nose Theatre @ The Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets:; pay-what-you-can. Runs through: Dec. 15 Plainclothes is a comedy with a message, although the message is uncertain as audiences may ...


  Critics' Picks

Women in Magic at Chicago Magic Lounge, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Female magicians are rare, but for one weekend, Ladies of Legerdemain Alba, Jade and Lucy Darling headline the shows in the swanky Andersonville speakeasy. MSB Women ...


  The Nutcracker

By: Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tommy Rapley. At: The House Theatre of Chicago, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets:; $20-$50. Runs through: Dec. 30 This holiday season, as usual, there are plenty Nutcracker ...


  DIVERSIONS Entertaining the guests: Thanksgiving activities

Suburban and rural households are seldom dismayed at the prospect of family gatherings. For city dwellers in small apartments, however, multiple-generation reunions often lead to claustrophobic stress. Downtown events are typically swarming with hotel visitors and ...



Playwright: Henrik Ibsen At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-728-7529; $35-$40. Runs through: Dec. 10 Over a century ago, Henrik Ibsen declared Victorian morality—to women, especially. Ever since, allegedly enlightened societies have ...


  Wife Material

By: Jamie Shriner At: The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. Tickets:; $20-$25. Runs through: Dec. 9 Jamie Shriner is defiant in sharing her private life onstage. Her musical Wife Material, produced by Underscore Theatre Company ...


  Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Esposito and more at storytelling event

A diverse line-up of women-identified speakers took to the stage at the Hello Sunshine X Together Live storytelling tour Nov. 12 at the Auditorium Theater. This is Together Live's third year on tour and the first ...


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

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


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

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


  Ike Holter: The 'Right(lynd)' stuff

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


  Chicago Dramatists has leadership changes

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


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

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


  City approves $13M financing for Uptown Theatre Rehabilitation

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


  110 in the Shade

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



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


  This Bitter Earth

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


  'TransScripts' brings lives of transgender women into the light

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


  Intersectional team creates change in 'The Revolutionists

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


  'Santuario' readings Nov. 16-18 at Piven

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



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


  SPOTLIGHT Ekili Munda (What Lies Beneath)

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


  Critics' Picks

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


  Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Bush appear Nov. 12

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


  The Last Session

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


  Nina Simone, Four Women coming to Northlight Theatre

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


  'Lion King' musical auditions Nov. 10-11

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


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

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


  The Scientific Method

By Paige Listerud

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



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


  Lady in Denmark

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


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

By Sheri Flanders

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


  Billy Masters

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


  Small Mouth Sounds

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


  SIDEBAR Filmmakers reflect on original 'Suspiria,'LGBT appeal

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


  Radio Culture

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


  Cole Escola, from Craigslist to the Park West

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


  Master Class

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


  Women of Soul (With a Tribute to Aretha Franklin)

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


  The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas


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


  Hello, Dolly!

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


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

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


  In the Canyon

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


  'Suspiria' casts suspicion on the artistic mindset

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

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