Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2018/19 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit) and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. Next to Normal runs May 8 – June 16, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.
Due to popular demand, Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of its critically acclaimed production of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band now runs through May 12, 2019, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
The Second City made a wise decision bringing Annaliese Toft back to direct the newest e.t.c. revue after she helmed the wonderfully orchestrated Gaslight District. Their 43rd revue, Grinning from Fear to Fear, is even more cohesive and hilarious, and much of the infectious energy is due to Toft’s lead. A wonderful ensemble and tonally balanced scenes add to an unforgettable evening of theatre, providing a strong reminder of why The Second City is among the most respected comedic institutions in the world.
Random Acts has announced the full lineup of artists joining comedian Malic White at #SafeSpace on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30pm. The fundraiser, which will be held at Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) asks for a $5 Suggested Donation, with proceeds benefiting The Brady Campaign and Random Acts' upcoming production of columbinus.
Artistic Director Robert Falls reimagines The Winter’s Tale—one of William Shakespeare’s final and most wildly theatrical works—following celebrated revivals of Measure for Measure (2013) and King Lear (2006) at Goodman Theatre. Hailed as “no modern director better at making a play’s iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence” (Chicago Tribune), Falls has cast a 19-member company of Chicago’s new and familiar faces. In The Winter’s Tale, a jealous king accuses his wife of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events. But what begins as tragedy evolves, unexpectedly, into a fantastical journey—from wrath to redemption to reconciliation. The Winter’s Tale appears May 4 – June 9 (opening night is May 13) in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20 - $80; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/WintersTale, by telephone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Support for The Winter’s Tale is provided by Corporate Sponsor Partner Mayer Brown, LLP.
The Artistic Home Ensemble today announced the cast for its final production of the 2018-19 season - the Chicago premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s ADA AND THE ENGINE, which was given its world premiere by Central Works Theater Company of Berkeley, California in 2015. ADA AND THE ENGINE is an historical drama about Ada, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, and Ada’s friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer.
The Chicago Premiere of AFTERGLOW, an off-Broadway hit from 2017 exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships, will be extended for an additional four weeks to meet demand. The drama, directed by Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak, which opened on March 27, was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, May 5 but will now play until Sunday, June 2 in the Buena Theatre of the Pride Arts Center. Casting for the extension will be announced shortly.
Build-up can lead to tremendous joy or vast disappointment; it’s why we still talk about The Sopranos finale, why we so often despairingly compare expectations and realizations. But Ike Holter’s masterful conclusion to his seven-play “Rightlynd Saga” not only lives up to but surpasses the hype surrounding it. Politically charged and poetically written, Holter’s two hour finale captivates at every turn, establishing itself firmly as Chicago’s must-see production of the season.
Midsommer Flight, the professional not-for-profit theatre company that has been bringing free Shakespeare to Chicago parks since 2012, will perform a free staged reading of CORIOLANUS on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm and Friday, May 3 at 8 pm. Both readings will be performed at Uncommon Ground Edgewater, 1401 W. Devon Avenue. Tickets will be free, with reservations available through the Midsommer Flight website.
Prop Thtr is pleased to announce Peter Bucci will serve as the company’s new Managing Director. Bucci succeeds Diane Hamm, who served from 2014 – 2018.