There are few things more ‘Chicago’ than the CTA. You’ve probably taken the red line to see a friend up in Rogers Park, the blue line to O’hare, or a bus to get to North Avenue Beach. You also most likely share in the city-wide love/hate relationship with the service. You can laud the convenience of the brown line and then curse a twenty minute delay in the same breath. Universal, though, is the ‘El Story’ - a tale of an odd scene witnessed by the teller while riding transit. These can be hopeful, funny, crazy, or (most likely) gross. El Stories: Holiday Train is a theatrical collection of these stories with a seasonal flavor to it, mixing in vignettes of the famous holiday train and tales of Santa on the flatbed car. While certain stories hit their stride and capture what makes an El Story engaging, the overall experience feels a little too disjointed to fully recommend.
Goodman Theatre proudly announces its cast for the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson—“a gifted playwright you want to pay attention to” (Variety). A vivid portrait of three artist/intellectual couples exploring life, children and marriage—coming together and coming apart--How to Catch Creation is directed by Niegel Smith, who most recently directed the smash sensation Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) last season at the Goodman. The ensemble cast includes Karen Aldridge (Tami), Ayanna Bria Bakari (Natalie), Jasmine Bracey (G.K. Marche), Bernard Gilbert (Stokes), Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Keith Randolph Smith (Griffin). The creative team includes Todd Rosenthal (Set), Allen Lee Hughes (Lighting), Jenny Mannis (Costumes) and Justin Ellington (Composer). Tickets ($25 - $70; subject to change) go on sale this Friday, December 7 at GoodmanTheatre.org/Creation, by telephone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). The Goodman Theatre Women’s Board is the Major Production Sponsor and WBEZ 91.5 is the Media Sponsor.
Compass Theatre, a new Equity theatre in Chicago, announces the Cast and Designers for its inaugural production, the Chicago Premiere of What We're Up Against by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Lauren Shouse the cast includes Echaka Agba, Jeffrey Kurysz, Denise Hoeflich, Charlie Strater, and Ted James. Understudies are Shawnita Grant, Charles Rasmussen, Hannah Williams and Pierce Ducker.
Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its Midwest premiere of Stephen Spotswood’s drama GIRL IN THE RED CORNER, directed by Elizabeth Laidlaw. The cast includes BNT company member Elise Marie Davis* and artistic associate Kim Boler^ with Michelle Courvais, Amanda Forman and Mark West.
Max is living the typical millennial life. She lives in the city in a tiny apartment with her gay roommate, Adam. She has a blog. But, she gets paid to write the blog so that makes it better than a normal blog. But she still has to have a day job because the cost of living is skyrocketing. Anyway, one day she's in her favorite coffee shop when she runs into Nate. We all have a Nate. Nate is the relationship that almost happened, and leaves you wondering "what if?" well into your old age. Turns out, Nate thought Max was gay. Because she wears flannel. And likes hockey. And goes by Max. You know, things that are only allowed to raging lesbians.
In conjunction with the world premiere of La Ruta by acclaimed Chicago-based playwright Isaac Gomez and directed by ensemble member Sandra Marquez, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has curated an event series of conversations and performances designed to enrich the experience around the world of the play. Inspired by the lives of Mexican women who live, work—and disappear—along a Ciudad Juárez bus route, La Ruta weaves live music through a story of resilience in the wake of loss. La Ruta runs December 13, 2018 – January 27, 2019 in the Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St.
Lookingglass Theatre Company announces casting for the world premiere of Act(s) of God, by Ensemble Member Kareem Bandealy, directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. Act(s) of God runs February 13–April 7, 2019 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. Tickets go on sale to the public December 12. The press performances are February 22 and February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Latinx playwright and actor Sandra Delgado’s smash hit, all-immersive live theatrical event, La Havana Madrid, will return next spring in a co-production between Teatro Vista and Collaboraction.
In celebration of their 30th anniversary season, The Neo-Futurists are thrilled to announce the return of holiday hit BURNING BLUEBEARD in co-production with The Ruffians for seven performances only, December 26 – 31, 2018 at The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Since its premiere as an original Neo-Futurist production in 2011, the fantastical tale inspired by Chicago’s 1903 Iroquois Theatre has been an annual Chicago holiday favorite for seven years running. Tickets are currently available at neofuturists.org.
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 an Arab-Swedish man who must dodge suspicion after a car bomb rattles Stockholm. Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles and directed by guest director Abhi Shrestha, I CALL MY BROTHERS will play January 5 – February 2, 2019 at ITP’s new resident home, Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.interrobangtheatre.org or by calling (312) 219-4140. The press opening is Monday, January 7, 2019 at 8 pm.