AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy THE LONESOME WEST, directed by Company Member Dana Anderson*, playing October 18 – November 18, 2018 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129. The press opening is Saturday, October 20 at 8 pm.
Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2018-19 Season, featuring two fully-produced musicals, plus the 5th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL. The season kicks off this fall with Jamie Shriner’s one-woman musical comedy WIFE MATERIAL, directed by Dana Anderson,with music direction by Kyra Leigh. WIFE MATERIAL will play at Underscore’s new-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) return for CLLAW XXXI: Fall Brawl on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. CLLAW’s 31st benefit match will feature Chicago’s biggest, baddest lady arm wrestlers, live musical entertainment and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 pm with the first match beginning at 9:30 pm. Tickets, priced at $20, are available in advance at www.cllaw.org or $25 at the door (the ladies will gladly take cash or credit at the door). The event is 21+.
Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago’s new home for close-up magic, brings magic, mystery and the macabre to the stage this Halloween season with a variety of performances to satisfy all cravings. Hosted by Ed Furman, The Halloween Show will feature magic by Sean Masterson and David Parr. In addition to the table and stage magic that evening, Parr will bring the spirits of the season to the 654 Club with an old-fashioned, Victorian-era séance. Seating to this exclusive bonus experience is limited and can be secured by purchasing an upgraded ticket to The Halloween Show. A special, child-friendly, Halloween-themed Family Show with costumes and trick-or-treating will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 28 at 2pm.
Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to announce it Seventh Season, featuring a world premiere and two Midwest premieres to presented at its resident home, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce its 2018-19 Season, launching this fall with the world premiere of J. Nicole Brooks’ dazzling new play HeLa, directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green and presented in partnership with the Greenhouse Theater Center. The season continues next spring with the Midwest premiere of Wolfram Lotz’ stunning and disturbing comedy THE RIDICULOUS DARKNESS, translated by Daniel Brunet and directed by artistic associate Ian Damont Martin. Sideshow’s twelfth season concludes next summer with the Midwest premiere of Selina Fillinger’s breathtaking new drama SOMETHING CLEAN, directed by Lauren Shouse and presented in partnership with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. Both HeLa and SOMETHING CLEAN were commissioned and developed through Sideshow’s Freshness Initiative.
Red Theater Chicago announces the start of their 7th season with their upcoming production of An Oak Tree by Tim Crouch, directed by Jeremy Aluma and starring Gage Wallace, both Red Theater company members. Performances run November 1 through December 9, 2018. Press opening is on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 pm at the Athenaeum Theatre in Studio One at 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.
First Floor Theater is pleased to announce casting for the Chicago premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s wild, social commentary HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES, directed by Mikael Burke.HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES will feature Company Member Andrew Cutler with Jalen Gilbert, Caroline Hendricks, Jayson Lee, Lauren Pizzi Montgomery, Casey Morris, Brian Nelson Jr. and Maggie Scrantom.
During last night's Season Release Bash at Filament Theater, Artistic Director and Co-Founder Michael Patrick Thornton proudly announced The Gift Theatre's 2019 Season will include: a revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama DOUBT: A PARABLE directed by Ensemble Member John Gawlik and featuring Ensemble Members Jennifer Glasse, Maryann Thebus and Michael Patrick Thornton (February 27 – March 31) and the Chicago premiere of Hansol Jung’s WOLF PLAY, directed by guest artist Jess McLeod (October 18 – November 24). The Gift’s 17th season will also include a soon-to-be-announced third production (July 12 – August 18).
The McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, is pleased to present the world premiere of “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Live!”, a new live stage version of the two-time Emmy Award-winning television show, “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation,” in advance of the show’s national tour. Adapted and directed by Griffin Theatre Company Artistic Director William Massolia,“The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Live!” will bring to life the world-changing innovations featured in the television show and preserved in the museum’s archives.