Cal in Camo by the Rivendale Theatre Ensemble follows the story of Cal (Ashley Neal) and her husband Tim (Eric Slater) as they struggle with the compromises of becoming a family in the remote town of Sterling, Illinois. Cal, a new mother experiencing postpartum depression, and Tim, a failing beer salesman, are forced to confront their plethora of issues when Cal’s brother Flynt (Keith Kupferer) comes to visit. Grieving his recently deceased wife, Flynt’s simple and blunt demeanour unearth Cal and Tim’s true wants in life as well as secrets that they keep from each other. These revelations of hypocrisy, pride, and fear serve to test the very fabric of the life they have built for themselves as they come to grips with the definition of what it means to be a family.
Performers and ticket buyers of the inaugural Chicago Ex-Fest found out shortly before showtime on Friday that the entire festival, which was launched to provide a "safe" home for those no longer interested in working with alleged assaulter Brian Posen at Stage 773, had been canceled. EX Fest organizer Matthew Payne made the announcement in a Facebook post:
Court Theatre proudly presents the 11th Annual Exelon South Side Youth Performance Fest, featuring the dramatic and design work of area students. The Exelon South Side Youth Performance Fest will be presented Tuesday, January 23, 2018, beginning with a scenic design exhibition in Court’s lobby at 6:15 p.m., followed by student performances at 6:30 p.m. The annual celebration will take place at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave, and is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with a reception immediately following the performance.
Now in it’s fifth year (re)discover theatre’s, Fifty Shades of Shakespeare is back and hotter than ever! An orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender, sexuality, intimacy, kink, and relationships, all told through the bard's sexiest scenes… stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes and 23 roles. The only question is: How do you want it? Every night the audience picks which actor plays each role. Grab your BFF, your F*ck Buddy, your Bae, your Swipe Right, and prepare to get your drink on!
Game on! The Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, a “smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer” (The Village Voice), directed by Vanessa Stalling, launches Goodman Theatre’s 2018 Owen Theatre season. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life's big questions and wage their own tiny battles—with all the "bark and bite" (Vulture.com) of a pack of adolescent warriors. Hailed as “one of the year’s best plays” (The New York Times), The Wolves is DeLappe’s break-out play that recently concluded an off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater. Stalling directs the Chicago premiere with an all-Chicago company (full list appears below). The Wolves appears February 9 – March 11, 2018 (opening night is Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm) in Goodman Theatre’s 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre. Tickets ($10 - $47; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/TheWolves, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner and Russell Reynolds Associates is the Contributing Sponsor.
The League of Chicago Theatres, Goodman Theatre, and Broadway In Chicago to sponsor the August Wilson Monologue Competition
Nine hundred high school students are expected to participate in the 2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition in Chicago, which includes in-school workshops and two rounds of competition (preliminaries and semi-finals), culminating locally in the Chicago finals at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut on February 26, 2018. The top two winners of the Chicago finals will compete in the National Finals at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway on May 7, 2018.
With the remount of the South Asian re-imagining of Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Rasaka Theatre Co. and Vitalist Theatre Co. are bringing Shishir Kurup's raucous MERCHANT ON VENICE back to Chicago this spring. Directed in 2018 by Vitalist Artistic Director Liz Carlin Metz, MERCHANT ON VENICE explores empathy and grace -- as well as blame, and internalized and externalized religious bigotry, while mixing with the clash/mash of South Asian culture in L.A.
Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to present its 4th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, created to showcase and support the growing field of musical theatre creators from Chicago and beyond. This year’s Festival, featuring full productions of seven new musicals plus two staged readings, will play February 6 – 16, 2018 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Each full production will receive at least four performances during the Festival. Single tickets are currently available at www.cmtf.org.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of the Obie Award-winning play You Got Older, written by Clare Barron and directed by Jonathan Berry. This bawdy, irreverent and touching play features four ensemble members Glenn Davis (Mac), Audrey Francis (Hannah), Francis Guinan (Dad) and Caroline Neff (Mae), along with Emjoy Gavino (Jenny), David Lind (Matthew) and Gabriel Ruiz (Cowboy).
Aurora’s Paramount Theatre – Chicago’s most decorated theater at the 2017 Jeff Awards, entering 2018 as the third largest musical theater in the nation – turns with the new year to one of the most well-known Broadway musicals of all time, the divinely decadent Cabaret.