For one night only, Pride Arts Center will host a benefit concert presentation of the 1993 AIDS-themed Musical ALL THAT HE WAS. With music by Cindy O’Connor and book and lyrics by Larry Todd (Johnson) Cousineau, this winner of the National Playwright’s Award and the ACTF Musical Theatre Award is a moving and surprisingly funny account of one man’s struggle with AIDS and the reverberations of his death. The deceased functions as host and narrator, invisible among the friends and family assembled to pay him final respects. Hoping for a day when the shattered pieces of his life can come together, he leads them on a journey of shared reminiscences.
The Gift Theatre is pleased to launch its 18th season with a revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama DOUBT: A PARABLE, presented as a part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series. Directed by Ensemble Member John Gawlik and featuring an all-ensemble cast, DOUBT will play February 27 – March 31, 2019 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at steppenwolf.org through Steppenwolf Audience Services (1650 N. Halsted St.) or by calling (312) 335-1650. The press opening is Sunday, March 3 at 3:30 pm.
With the original run completely sold out, Steep Theatre is extending the run of Ike Holter’s Red Rex through March 16 and adding Wednesday evening performances to the schedule beginning February 6. Tickets are on sale now at steeptheatre.com/redrex, and they’re expected to sell very quickly.
Maria Bamford, star of the hit Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, brings her stand-up tour to The Den Theatre for six performances only March 14 – 17, 2019 on The Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets ($35 general admission, $55 VIP table seating) are currently available at www.thedentheatre.com, in person at the The Den box office or by calling (773) 697-3830. Ages 21+.
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce TAKE FLIGHT SUMMER CAMP 2019, featuring five training sessions in theatre arts for kids ages 6 – 16. Great for beginners looking to learn the basics of performance or more advanced actors looking to hone their skills, Raven’s team of professional teaching artists will help kids feel the confidence to contribute to the artistic process and the courage to try something new.
Maggie's sister, Jordan, has just gotten engaged, and the wedding practically all planned out, from the centerpieces to the napkin colors, to the bridesmaids dresses-the bridesmaids dresses that are only carried up to a size 12. There's just one problem. Maggie is nowhere near a size 12. Determined to not disrupt her sister's big day, Maggie finds guidance in a weight-loss group called The Calorie Counters. As Jordan buries herself in her wedding arrangements and Maggie uproots her life for the chance to fit in, the sisters begin to discover secrets that they had kept hidden from each other and themselves. In a world devoted to Pinterest wedding boards and inspirational fitness blogs, The Calorie Counters looks at the things we try too hard to prove to others and to ourselves, and how we can hide from our bodies or use them to shield us from the things that scare us most.
Black Ensemble Theater’s Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the 43rd Season of Excellence: Legends and Lessons. The 2019 Season includes tributes to the renowned Gospel great Mahalia Jackson, legendary singer and actress Lena Horne, funk legends from James Brown to The Parliaments, and the legendary Motown artist, American icon and musical genius Stevie Wonder. The season culminates with the return of audience favorite The Other Cinderella. All performances will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago.
TUTA Theatre Chicago is pleased to announce five additional weeks of performances of its hit U.S. premiere of RADIO CULTURE. During the show’s third extension, TUTA will offer free reserved seats for students to all performances, thanks to a generous donation underwritten by Light A City Fund. RADIO CULTURE will extend through March 3, 2019 at 4670 N. Manor Ave. in Chicago, where it has enjoyed sell-out performances since opening on October 17, 2018. This intimate depiction of one day in the life of a young Belorussian is written by Maxim Dosko, with a new English translation by Natalia Fedorova and Amber Robinson and direction by Amber Robinson. Reservations for all performances are currently available at www.tutatheatre.org/upcoming-radio-culture/.
Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to announce casting for its Midwest premiere of Emily Schwend's drama UTILITY, an intimate look at an East Texas woman's struggle to make ends meet, directed by Artistic Director Georgette Verdin*. The cast includes ITP Ensemble Member Brynne Barnard* with Kevin D'Ambrosio, Barbara Figgins and Patrick TJ Kelly.
Blue Man Group, continuing its open run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted), will welcome the spring season with a robust performance schedule in March, April and May. The expanded performance calendar also includes shows on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and Easter (April 21).
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