With the popularity and intrigue surrounding true crime narratives in our current entertainment sphere, it’s no surprise that Steep Theatre chose to premiere Calamity West’s Hinter as part of its 17th season. Based off the “Hinterkaifeck Murders,” a brutal and fatal bludgeoning of an entire family and their maid in 1922 rural Bavaria, West’s fictionalized account promises to delve into the famously unsolved crime and the various political and social issues surrounding it.
Elizabeth Birnkrant, known for her roles in JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN for Eclipse Theatre, 1984 at Steppenwolf, VICES AND VIRTUES: THE GREAT WAR at Profiles Theatre and other roles with Sideshow, First Floor and Roadworks theatre companies, has been cast in the leading role of L’il Bit in The Artistic Home’s production of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE. The Artistic Home co-founder John Mossman will play Uncle Peck, the family member who has a sexual relationship with his niece Li’l Bit during her pre-teen and teenage years. Mossman, who directed The Artistic Home’s BY THE BOG OF CATS last year, as an actor has most recently appeared as Leontes in THE WINTERS TALE and O'Trigger in THE RIVALS at Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. He has also appeared with The Artistic Home as MACBETH and as Shannon in NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. He played Atticus Finch in Oak Park Festival Theatre's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and performed in the Steppenwolf production of THE MARCH.
Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series and Mark Cortale are pleased to present Patti LuPone with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. The one-night-only event is Monday, March 5, 2018 with performances at 6:30pm and 9pm in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted)
I was nine years old when John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash, a fact which I distinctly remember not because I had any real understanding of who he was but because my mother mourned his death intensely. She, like so many other Americans, has long subscribed to the intense, almost morbid in some ways, fascination with the Kennedy family, with their their successes and losses, their triumphs and terrors.
The Second City's new revue, She the People: A Girlfriend's Guide to Sisters Doing it For Themselves, features an energetic group of six women tackling everything from Ross and Rachel to the patriarchy. Despite lacking the political edge one may expect in an early 2018 offering, the production is perfectly funny and unabashedly feminine.
Victory Gardens Theater continues its 43rd season with BREACH: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate, written by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Lisa Portes. BREACH runs February 9 – March 11, 2018, with the press performance on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
Multiple Grammy® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall will perform at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, one-night-only, Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces actor and comedian Rainn Wilson, well-known for his role as “Dwight Schrute” on NBC’s award-winning comedy The Office, will play the lead role of Thomas Irdley/Jimmy in the world premiere production of The Doppelgänger (An International Farce). Written by Chicagoland native Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Off-Broadway’sHandbook for an American Revolutionary) and directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (Broadway’s The SpongeBob Musical, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes), this new American farce features Steppenwolf ensemble members Alana Arenas, Audrey Francis, Ora Jones, Sandra Marquez and James Vincent Meredith along with Michael Accardo, Whit K. Lee, Andy Nagraj and Karen Rodriguez. Previously announced ensemble member Gary Cole is no longer in the cast due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict.
Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents A Moon for the Misbegotten, written by Eugene O’Neill and directed by WT Resident Director William Brown. A Moon for the Misbegotten runs February 7 – March 18, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.
Chicago’s Teatro Vista announced today that award-wining Latin film, TV and stage star Ivonne Coll, who plays matriarch Alba Villanueva on TV’sJane The Virgin, will lead the cast of the company’s Spring world premiere, The Madres.