Random Acts, About Face Youth Theatre and Pride Films & Plays have announced a special 20th Anniversary Reading of THE LARAMIE PROJECT by Moisés Kaufman, directed by Jason Gerace. The event, set to feature some of Chicago’s best talent, will take place on Sunday, November 4 at 7:30pm at Pride Films and Plays' Broadway space. Tickets are tiered from $5-20 and can be purchased at www.RandomActsChicago.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Already wondering how to entertain your visiting relatives this holiday season? The Second City has you covered with its new holiday revue, The Second City’s The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Sweater. This hilarious show pulls a festive mix of material from The Second City archives and is the perfect way to celebrate winter in Chicago. The Second City’s The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Sweater runs November 13 – December 31, 2018 in the UP Comedy Club. Tickets range from $31 - $56 and can be purchased online at www.secondcity.com, by phone at 312-337-3992 or at the box office, located at 230 North Ave. on the first floor of Piper’s Alley.
Goodman Theatre adds to its 2018/2019 Season a limited engagement of St. Nicholas—an internationally-acclaimed major revival by London’s Donmar Warehouse of Conor McPherson’s 1997 intimate thriller, directed by Simon Evans. The monologue play stars Olivier Award-winning actor Brendan Coyle (“Mr. Bates” of the smash sensation Downton Abbey, for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination) in “a superlative, mesmerizing performance that’s simply not to be missed” (The Arts Review). The U.S. premiere, which appears in the Goodman’s 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre, follows two acclaimed recent appearances at the Donmar Warehouse and the Dublin Theatre Festival. The creative team includes Peter McKintosh (Set), Matt Daw (Lighting) and Christopher Shutt (Sound). Goodman Theatre’s limited engagement of St. Nicholas appears January 9 – 27, 2019 in the Owen Theatre (170 N. Dearborn). Tickets are available now ONLY with the purchase of a new Classic Membership (4-play packages start at $80). Individual tickets ($25 - $60; subject to change) go on sale Friday, November 9. For tickets and more information, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/StNicholas or call the box office (312.443.3800, 12 noon – 5pm daily).
I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing the Tony-award winning Broadway adaptation of A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time or its national tour, but word of mouth reviews focused on one thing: the spectacle. Known for its stunning visuals, those productions focused on exploring the interior of Christopher’s mind through the sensory overload that he often experiences. Instead of mimicking this much-acclaimed approach, though, Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ (SYA) season opener instead turns the spotlight on the relationship between the characters. It’s an intense focus on the particulars that sets our protagonist Christopher Boone (played by Terry Bell) apart from his family and friends; and it’s by highlighting the show’s emotional nuances that director Jonathan Berry’s bare bones production resonates.
Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago’s new home for close-up magic, is proud to present Spotlight: Women in Magic, featuring some of the world’s best professional magicians – who all happen to be women. Hosted by The Incredible Jan Rose, Spotlight: Women in Magic will feature magic by Lucy Darling (aka Carisa Hendrix) and close-up magician extraordinaire, Alba, with headliner (and first-time guest) Jade, the first woman to win the Gold Medal of Magic from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Spotlight: Women in Magic will be presented as part of Chicago Magic Lounge’s The Signature Show, for five performances, November 29 – December 1, 2018.
Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with WIFE MATERIAL, Jamie Shriner’s raunchy musical comedy following one woman's journey through sex, love, marriage and how we define ourselves. Directed by Dana Anderson, with music direction by Kyra Leigh, WIFE MATERIAL will play November 8 – December 9, 2018 at Underscore’s new-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at underscoretheatre.org. The press opening is Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm.
Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company, is pleased to announce its hit revival of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE will add two additional weeks of performances, extending through Sunday, November 11, 2018 at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for all performances are currently available at firebrandtheatre.org.
Sideshow Theatre Company, in partnership with the Greenhouse Theater Center, is pleased to announce casting for the world premiere of J. Nicole Brooks’ dazzling new play HeLa, directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green*. HeLa will feature Sideshow ensemble members Matt Fletcher* and Ann James*, artistic associate David Lawrence Hamilton*, with Ayah Sol Masai Hall, Nicole Michelle Haskins, Carolyn Nelson and Deanna Reed-Foster.
About Face Theatre is pleased to announce AFTERNOONS OF FREE THEATRE (AFT) FOR SENIORS, a new initiative providing 80 economically-disadvantaged seniors at Chicago’s Town Hall Apartments (managed by Center on Halsted and Heartland Alliance) one free ticket to each performance in About Face’s 2018-19 season, including transportation to and from the theatre, and the inclusion of any additional services differently-abled patrons may require. The program launches on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with the matinee performance of AFT’s Chicago premiere of THIS BITTER EARTH.
A young woman in despair returns to Rome with little more than her suitcase - and a dark secret. Vulnerable and with a past, she encounters several men who push her to edge. Luigi Pirandello and his "Naked" heroine open up the debate about gender power dynamics amidst the powerful social and cultural mores with which the characters must contend.