The Hypocrites welcomes David Cromer back to Chicago for a dynamic reading of Our Town. Many of the original 2008 cast returns for this extremely special benefit event. Thornton Wilder’s pivotal tale centers on the beauty in our everyday lives that we rarely take time to appreciate. Theme rings truer today as our modern lives mask the magnificence of the personal moments on our journey from birth to death.
By Jackson Riley
It seems that parody musicals are "in" - at least for the moment. For the past several months, Chicago has been home to not one, but TWO separate musical Game of Thrones parodies. The creators of one of those, Baby Wants Candy, recently announced that their parody of the biggest musical in years would open on January 20th, titled Shamilton. For the past two years, The Other Theater Company has dominated the holiday season with their hilarious Barney the Elf (already slated to return this year for a third run), and the writers of that production are prepping a musical parody of Stranger Things set to open at the Greenhouse Theater Center this March.
Obviously, there's a market for this type of accessible entertainment. Which is why the Off-Broadway proudction of Spamilton is headed to the Windy City. “Spamilton,” the critically acclaimed off-Broadway parody of Broadway smash “Hamilton,” created by Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind "Forbidden Broadway," announced today that the show will open its first production outside New York this spring for a strictly limited 12-week engagement. The Chicago run begins performances Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Royal George Theatre’s Cabaret/Studio Theatre (1641 N. Halsted) and runs through Monday, May 29 (Press Night is set forMarch 9). The production is in discussions for additional productions in Los Angeles, London, and a U.S. National Tour for 2017.
Citadel Theatre’s 2016-17 season continues with Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea, a comedy about social class and sibling rivalry that premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival of New Plays and has since enjoyed productions across the country in prestigious theaters like South Coast Repertory in southern California, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre and Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre. Elemeno Pea is set in a Martha’s Vineyard beach estate, where the 29-year-old Simone works as a personal assistant to the trophy wife of a billionaire. When her blue collar social worker sister Devon comes in from Buffalo for an end-of-summer visit, Devon finds her little sister Simone changed beyond recognition. Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly-observed comedy about ambition, regret and the choices that shape who we become. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described Elemeno Pea as "...smart...insightful...think of it as a funnier Downton Abbey, if the mansion were a smart-house on Martha’s Vineyard." The show runs February 3 – March 5, 2017 at Citadel’s West Campus Theatre at 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest.