Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2017-18 season with The Beauty Queen of Leenane, written by Martin McDonagh and directed by BJ Jones. The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs March 15 – April 22, 2018 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.
Audiences now have more chances to get in the game: Goodman Theatre adds six performances of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, extending through March 18. The Chicago Tribune gave director Vanessa Stalling’s production four stars (out of four) and hailed, “you don’t want to miss this…a truly beautiful exploration (of) our adolescent years…pulses with energy” while the Chicago Sun-Times called it “a winning production (and) marvelous coming-of-age tale…an excellent example of the exciting work emerging in contemporary American theater” and Newcity raved “positively thrilling…the ensemble is singularly gifted…liable to leave you breathless!” The Wolves, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life's big questions and wage their own tiny battles. The 10 member all-Chicago, all-female cast remains intact for the additional performances. The Wolves appears through March 18 in Goodman Theatre’s Owen Theatre.Tickets ($15 - $60; subject to change) for the extension 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.
Theater Wit is tossing up a crisp Chicago premiere ofWomen Laughing Alone with Salad, Sheila Callaghan’s satirical comedy based on the meta-feminist Internet meme of the same name.
The Greenhouse Theater Center is seeking local theatre companies and artists to partner on co-productions during its 2018-19 Season. Located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, GTC’s theater complex houses four unique stages: two 190-seat main stages and two flexible, 60-seat blackbox studio spaces.
The Den Theatre is pleased to present three-time world champion spoken word artist BUDDY WAKEFIELD for one night only on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm) on The Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Opening the evening is Growing Concerns Poetry Collective, performing selections from their recent book and EP release "We Here: Thank You for Noticing." Tickets, priced at $17, are currently available at thedentheatre.com.
Otherworld Theatre’s next mainstage production, Down the Rocky Road and All the Way to Bedlam, by Chicago playwright D. Matthew Beyer, directed by guest artist Lauren N. Fields plays April 5 - May 13, 2018 at Nox Arca Theatre, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave #405, Chicago, IL 60613.
The 12 cast members of the Promethean Theatre Ensemble sit still on stage as the audience files in. An accordion (or equally old world instrument) covers David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” over the PA before the house lights dim. The entire cast launches into a choral rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Everything Counts,” appropriately foreshadowing the production’s anti-capitalist themes. The musical introduction is deftly executed and succeeded in getting me very excited to see what this cast could do with Giraudoux’s satiric comedy on a smaller scale. While the effort was valiant and the production finds its footing in a few key areas, it is clear that the company bit off more than it can chew when attempting to take on such a large scale production.
There are few topics that can be universally agreed upon in 2018, but perhaps the horrific nature of online bullying is one of them. Whether in the form of ghosting via online dating, trolling through twitter, or personal attacks on Facebook, most of us have felt the painful effects caused by the sense of anonymity and distance that technology creates. But, if this issue is universally accepted as a negative thing, why do we perpetuate this culture? Why do we use online platforms as means of saying what we would not in person?
Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell, announces its 64th season. The company’s 2018/19 season will feature the tenth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, Radio Golf, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson; the World Premiere of an immersive take on the thrilling gothic tale Frankenstein by Manual Cinema, adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley; the story of an often-overlooked scientific revolutionary in Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, directed by Vanessa Stalling; powerful stories from a sisterhood of women in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, directed by original Broadway cast member Seret Scott; and the World Premiere of the epic coming-of-age story The Adventures of Augie March, adapted by David Auburn from the novel by Saul Bellow, directed by Charles Newell.
Jonathan Berry returns this spring to Steep to direct the U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens’ Birdland. Stephens, who won the Tony and Olivier Awards for his The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is Steep’s Associate Playwright, and Birdland will be the fifth of his plays to be produced by the Edgewater ensemble. Steep Ensemble Member and Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry recently directed Steppenwolf Theatre’s You Got Older and The Crucible. Over the years, he has consistently produced some of Steep’s most notable shows, including last year’s sweeping epic Earthquakes in London and Laura Wade’s Posh, which won the Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Ensemble, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Production
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