Citadel Theatre Company, an Equity-affiliated professional company performing in Lake Forest, will stage the second production of its new Theatre for Young Audiences programming with JUNIE B. JONES, THE MUSICAL, a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical. It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend, Lucille, doesn't want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting.
Trap Door has announced their upcoming production of TANGO by Sławomir Mrożek. In this hilarious satire, the dangers inherent in contemporary society are inscribed in a universal story of how conformity, anarchy and formalism can come into conflict between generations. The translation, by Ralph Manheim and Teresa Dzieduszycka, will be directed by Emily Lotspeich.
Be a queen of the dance floor this spring at About Face Theatre’s annual gala and Chicago’s hottest party: WONKA BALL: Disco Inferno on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8 pm (VIP cocktail reception and awards ceremony at 7 pm) at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St. in Chicago. Shake your groove thing with Chicago's celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA) theatre as it celebrates its 23rd season on this truly fabulous evening. Tickets go on Monday, January 28, 2019 at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565. Discounted early bird ticket specials are available through Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
The Greenhouse Theater Center celebrates Chicago Theatre Week with its BREAKING GROUND FEST, an eclectic line-up of performances including live music, plays, staged readings, improv, comedy, burlesque and more, playing February 7 – 17, 2019 on multiple stages at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. All performances are priced at $10. Tickets are currently available at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the Greenhouse box office or by calling (773) 404-7336. Spots are still available for the Festival. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago’s only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, presents the Midwest premiere of I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart by Morgan Gould and directed by Jessica Fisch. I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart runs February 15 – March 23, 2019 at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00pm.
Nothing Without a Company is proud to present the world premiere of The Soccer Player in the Closet, written by Ryan Oliveira, and directed by Christopher Sylvie. The Soccer Player in the Closet previews February 11th - 13th, 7 - 9pm, and runs February 14th to March 10th, on every Thursday to Sunday, 7 - 9pm, at the second floor loft of Christy Webber Farm and Garden, 2833 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60612*. Tickets are priced between $5 - 30, and are now available at NothingWithoutaCompany.org. The press opening is Thursday, February 14th, 7pm.
Chicago Opera Theater’s (COT) Board of Directors today announces the promotion of Ashley Magnus to the role of Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson General Director. Previously the company’s General Manager of Strategy and Development, Magnus will join Orli and Bill Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya at the helm, making COT one of few multimillion-dollar opera companies led by women at both the board and executive level. Magnus assumes her new role immediately.
The full cast has been announced for The Artistic Home’s February production of Rod Serling’s REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, a drama not seen in the Chicago area for many years. Serling’s story of a punch-drunk fighter long past his prime was originally written as a play, but first became a landmark live television drama of the “golden age” starring Jack Palance. It was the second episode of the legendary live drama series “Playhouse 90,” and aired in October 1956. A theatrical feature film version starring Anthony Quinn was released in 1962. The stage version was first produced on Broadway in 1985 and was last staged professionally in Chicago in 2008. The Artistic Home production will open on February 17, 2019 following previews from February 13.
Firebrand Theatre is pleased to announce full casting for its Chicago premiere of QUEEN OF THE MIST featuring book, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine), direction by Elizabeth Margolius and music direction by Charlotte Rivard-Hoster.
The Second City celebrates Black History Month by bringing you the most iconic sketches created by our African American alumni along with classic archive scenes reimagined with a new comedic spin. The Second City’s Black History Month Show features Rich Alfonso, Jillian Ebanks, Jack Brian, Jordan Stafford, Shadee Vossoughi and Kaye Winks.