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  Digital lottery, rush tickets for 'Fiddler'

Broadway In Chicago announced that there will be a digital lottery and rush tickets for the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which will run at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., through ...


  Aaron Alexander on being part of the 'Hamilton' ensemble

Two years and three months into its Chicago run, Hamilton remains one of the costliest and most coveted tickets in town. While the show has gone through multiple leadls—half a dozen Burrs, Elizas, Angelicas and Jefferson/Lafayettes ...


  THEATER REVIEW I Call My Brothers

Author: Jonas Hassen Khemiri At: Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 312-219-4140 or; $16-$32. Runs through: Feb. 2 The Chicago premiere of Jonas Hassen Khemiri's ( and translator Rachel Willson-Broyles' ) I Call My ...


  Critics' Picks

The Full Monty, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, through Jan 26. Though still adjusting to their new quarters, Theo Ubique's trademark close-up-and-intimate approach to its musical genre generates the effusive charm that makes this Rogers Park company ...


  Theater Spotlight on Saltine

Cody Sullivan delivers the kind of history lessons you'll never hear at the Art Institute or any other reputable institution. Actually, scratch that: It's Sullivan's drag persona Saltine who holds forth on the genesis of iconic ...



By: Conor McPherson At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets:; $31-$85. Runs through: Jan. 27 Artists are suspicious of critics. How can a person who does not create pick apart another's creation, ...


  NUNN ON ONE Kristina Valada-Viars: Out actress discusses lengthy career

Out actress Kristina Valada-Viars continues to expand her life in theater. A big part of this is thanks to the Steppenwolf and the Princess Grace Foundation. The foundation was started 36 years ago by Prince Rainier ...


  'Nina Simone' through March 2

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 ...


  18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival line-up named

SketchFest Executive Producer Jill Valentine announced the official line-up for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, taking place through Jan. 20 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The eclectic 2019 line-up will feature 120 ...


  OUT on Stage' Jan. 17 on Dekkoo

OUT on Stage: The Series will debut Thursday, Jan. 17, on LGBT subscription-based streaming network Dekkoo. Zach Noe Towers hosts the show, which features a line-up of renowned LGBTQ stand-up comedians. "I don't think comedy is ...


  Johnson/Nash book release party Jan. 31

A joint book release celebrating E. Patrick Johnson's Black. Queer. Southern. Women: An Oral History and Jennifer Nash's Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, at Women & Children First, 5233 N. ...


  Groundbreaking 'I AM... Fest' April 27-29

Black Lives, Black Words International Project will launch the I AM… Fest, in partnership with Goodman Theatre. This first-of-its-kind international festival will take place April 27-29, and will shine a spotlight on the female voices from ...


  'Hedwig' tour in Chicago in 2019

John Cameron Mitchell—the Tony-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch—will bring his rock spectacle to the United States for the first time, a press release noted. For four exclusive engagements, Mitchell and his ...


  Fillet of Solo Storytelling Fest, Archy Jamjun, A Boy & A Diva Jan. 18, 25

Two-time The Moth GrandSLAM winner Archy Jamjun premieres his debut one man show, A Boy & A Diva, Jan. 18 and 25, as part of Chicago's premiere storytelling festival Fillet of Solo presented by Lifeline Theatre. ...


  New authors take on hard-hitting subjects at Playwrights Festival

With this year's crop of student one-acts, Pegasus Theatre Chicago is tackling homophobia, gentrification and other urban ordinariness that carries a political charge for a trio of female authors. The 32nd Young Playwrights Festival features pieces ...


  LGBTQ performance of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" one night Feb. 9

Chicago Theatre Workshop ( CTW ) with permission from authors, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts will present a one-night only LGBTQ performance of their long running off-Broadway hit musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" ...


  Carol Channing dies at 97

Broadway legend Carol Channing—who was known for her signature lead role in the Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly! and who continued performing into her 90s—died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, at ...


  Auditorium offering free tickets to furloughed workers

The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy./50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., wants to reach local furloughed government employees to take advantage of a free ticket offer to its upcoming events Too Hot to Handel: The ...


  Broadway's Corey Cott, Mikaela Bennett to lead Lyric Opera's West Side Story

CHICAGO ( January 9, 2019 )—Acclaimed Broadway performer Corey Cott and rising star Mikaela Bennett will headline Lyric Opera of Chicago's premiere of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking American musical West Side Story, presented fromMay ...


  Victory Gardens Theater to premiere If I Forget

Chicago, IL— Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce an addition to the 2018-2019 Victory Gardens season—the Chicago Premiere of If I Forget, written by Steven Levenson and directed by Devon de Mayo. ...


  Novelist's fascination with history comes alive on stage

Novelist Emma Donoghue has had a long and rewarding relationship with Regency historical figure Anne Lister. Lister created a series of coded diaries that documented her love affairs with women while operating as part of the ...


  Hell in a Handbag presents Golden Girls, The Lost episodes, Valentine edition

CHICAGO ( January 8, 2019 ) — Chicago's favorite drag seniors start 2019 with LOVE in Hell in a Handbag Productions' beloved parody THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes — The Valentine Edition, written by Artistic ...


  Haven Theatre, About Face Theatre to present The Total Bent

CHICAGO ( January 8, 2019 ) — Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, is pleased to present the Midwest premiere of THE TOTAL BENT, a dynamic new rock show about fathers, sons, social upheaval ...


  'OUT on Stage' Jan. 17 on Dekkoo

OUT on Stage: The Series will debut Thursday, Jan. 17, on LGBT subscription-based streaming network Dekkoo. Zach Noe Towers hosts the show, which features a line-up of renowned LGBTQ stand-up comedians. "I don't think comedy is ...


  Critics' Picks

Familiar, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Jan. 13. The wedding party includes three generations, two races ( one, South African immigrants ), it's snowing and everything still ends happily—what better way to welcome the new year? MSB Women ...


  About Face heats January with 'Dada Woof Papa Hot'

Hot from the hands of writer Peter Parnell and director Keira Fromm comes a new About Face Theatre ( AFT ) take on modern families called Dada Woof Papa Hot. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 10, at Theatre ...


  OUTspoken! monthly LGBTQ storytelling series Jan. 8

The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ monthly storytelleing series takes place Tuesday, January 8, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. Every month new storytellers, stories from the ...


  'Dada Woof' cast announced

About Face Theatre has announced casting for its Chicago premiere of Dada Woof Papa Hot, by Peter Parnell ( The Cider House Rules ) and directed by Artistic Associate Keira Fromm. This comedy about gay parenting ...


  Gary Sinise book event Feb. 18

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced a special event as part of co-founder Gary Sinise's book tour promoting his new book Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service. Sinise will reflect on his book in a ...


  Sketch Comedy Festival sets line-up

SSketchFest Executive Producer Jill Valentine announced the official line-up for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, taking place Jan. 10-20, 2019, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The eclectic 2019 line-up will feature 120 ...


  The best of Chicago theater (part two)

More Windy City Times theater critics weigh in on what they felt was the best theater Chicago had to offer in 2018. 1. Karen Topham's choices: It was yet another year of tremendous variety in ...


  La Ruta

By: Isaac Gomez At: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets:; $20-$89, limited $15 student tickets online. Runs through: Jan. 27 For more than 20 years, women have been vanishing along the border of ...


  Chicago theatres ring in 2019

Chicago, IL, December 28, 2018 — The Chicago theatre community will ring in 2019 with major events, getting the Year of Chicago Theatre off to an exciting start. "The upcoming year is starting with a bang, ...


  Kokandy names new artistic director

Kokandy Productions announced the appointment of Derek Van Barham as the company's new Producing Artistic Director, succeeding Allison Hendrix. Barham is joined by three new artistic associates: Adrian Abel Azevedo, Leda Hoffmann and Nik Whitcomb. The ...


  NWaC announces 'Community' season

Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ) has announced its 13th season, "COMMUNITY." The new season features two plays: the world premiere of The Soccer Player in the Closet, written by Ryan Oliveira and directed by ...


  Season of Concern awards $93K

Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness, and provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations—has announced the awarding of $93,000 ...


  10 Questions with Vic: Ed Asner

Ed Asner personifies Hollywood at its best. Although he's most closely associated with tough but lovable newsman Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, his star has shined bright for decades with countless accomplishments and ...


  SPOTLIGHT on Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox—Roald Dahl's tale of a clever fox who outsmarts mean humans—isn't as well known as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but it's a cracking fine story nonetheless. Bursting with wit, intelligence, music and enough ...


  Critics' Picks

The Winter Wolf, Otherworld Theatre, through Jan. 6. A plucky young girl and a predatory harbinger of death both learn the limits of their powers while discovering the extent of their humanity in Joseph Zettelmaier's smart ...


  Barney the Elf

Playwright: Bryan Renaud & Emily Schmidt At: Pride Films & Plays at the Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets:; 773-857-0222; $20-$30. Runs through: Jan. 6 Marley isn't the sole casualty this yuletide. Bryan Renaud ...


  THEATER FEATURE The best of Chicago theater (part one)

Two Windy City Times theater critics weigh in on the best theater Chicago had to offer in 2018. More will offer their selections in the Jan. 3 issue 1. Sean Margaret Wagner's choices: —Tilikum, ...



Ethel, Schmethel: E. Faye Butler's turn as Mama Rose in Gypsy is definitive. Porchlight's staging of the ultimate show-biz musical captures the seediness the tale's Great Depression setting and the glitz of burlesque. Stripper Gypsy Rose ...


  Critics' Picks

Familiar, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Jan. 13. Even if the powerhouse trio of Ora Jones, Jacqueline Williams and Cheryl Lynn Bruce weren't reason enough to get out to Danai Gurira's smart new stereotype-free play, how often do ...


  A Midsummer Night's Dream

Playwright: William Shakespeare At: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier, Chicago. Tickets: . Runs through: Jan. 27 One of Shakespeare's most endearing plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream, tells the story of the collison of two ...


  The Full Monty

Playwright: Terrence McNally ( book ), David Yazbek ( music and lyrics ). At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 721 N. Howard St., Evanston. Tickets: $39-44 ( optional dinner $25 ); Runs through: Jan. 27 ...


  The Old Woman Broods

Playwright: Tadeusz Rozewicz At: Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets:; 773-384-0494; $20-$25. Runs through: Jan. 19 Early in our play, the Old Woman referenced in the title complains about the "dregs" muddying the ...


  The Winter Wolf

Playwright: Joseph Zettelmaier At: Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets:; $20 suggested donation.. Runs through: Jan. 6 Introducing children to the concept of death is a slippery proposition: Consider the shock of discovering that ...


  Jobe named to post at Navy Pier

Navy Pier announced the appointment of Cory Jobe to the newly-established position of vice president of communications, effective Monday, Jan. 7. In his new role, Jobe will be charged with leading the Pier's marketing, branding and ...



By: Will Kern At: The Raven Theatre, 6157 N Clark St. Tickets:; pay-what-you-can ( suggested $20 donation ) . Runs through: Dec. 30 Hellcab is not typical Christmas fare. Sure, it takes place at Christmastime, ...


  Raven Theatre sets casting for Pulitzer winning How I Learned to Drive

CHICAGO ( December 13, 2018 ) — Raven Theatre is pleased to announce casting for Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle. This artful, surprising and often-funny ...


  Hedwig' tour in Chicago in 2019

John Cameron Mitchell—the Tony-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch—will bring his rock spectacle to the United States for the first time, a press release noted. For four exclusive engagements, Mitchell and his ...


  The Play That Goes Wrong

Playwright: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: . Runs through: Dec. 16. The conceit of The Play That Goes Wrong is that a college theatre troupe, ...


  T.R. Knight talks about upcoming 'Dream' role

T.R. Knight might still be best known for his five-season run as Dr. George O'Malley on ABC's Grey's Anatomy—and for the infamous 2007 off-camera incident in which a homophobic slur from fellow cast member Isaiah Washington ...


  The Second City 107th Mainstage Revue, Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo

Writers: Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeffrey Murdoch, Emma Pope, Nate Varrone, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn At: The Second City Mainstage, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-337-3992 or; $31-$58. Runs through: Open run Exceptional sketch comedy is ...


  Comedian, singer, and actor Randy Rainbow June 1

December 10, 2018—- Comedian, singer, and actor Randy Rainbow will bring his hit national "Randy Rainbow Live!" theater tour to Thalia Hall on June 1, 2019. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10am. ...


  Twelfth Night

Playwright: William Shakespeare At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000;; $35-$80. Runs through: Dec. 16 In Shakespeare's mostly rollicking romantic comedy As You Like It, a country maiden resisting an ardent suitor is ...


  Les Miserables comes to Cadillac Palace Theatre July 2019

CHICAGO ( December 10, 2018 ) Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, will return for its much anticipated Chicago engagement at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace ...



By: Luke Cresswell and Steve MacNicholas At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St.. Tickets:; $39-$84. Runs through: Dec. 30 Stomp is a symphony of sound made out of items stretching from ...


  Critics' Picks

Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque, ( Sub )version Productions at Reggie's Music Joint, through Dec. 26. Fan-dancing snowflakes, a glass-eating "Calavera Catrina" and a Tim Curry-ish Drosselmeyer highlight this just-for-adults gender-fluid body-positive spoof of the classic ballet. ...


  The Santaland Diaries

Playwright: Steve Scott, adapted from the essay by David Sedaris At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $15-45; . Runs through: Dec. 30 Ebenezer Scrooge has nothing on Crumpet the Elf. In 1992, ...


  Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Author: Michael Daily, from the book by Eric Kimmel At: Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets:; $20-$25. Runs through: Jan. 5 ( weekend matinees only ) Hanukkah is over but Hershel and the Hanukkah ...


  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

At: The Neo-Futurists Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets: 312-932-9950; . Special performance: Dec. 31 Who would have thought that the host of a 30th birthday party had prepared the best gift for all in ...


  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 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 ...

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