You may not have heard of Chimera Ensemble - the young company is currently beginning its second year in Chicago, and much of the ensemble is comprised of artists that have recently transplanted from other cities. Their slight production of Cam Baby may be buried amongst the many other productions opening across the city, but the new script by Jessica Moss is one of the most promising I've seen in some time.
Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to announce casting for its revival of Craig Wright's darkly funny and deadly serious Broadway hit GRACE, directed by Co-Artistic Director Georgette Verdin. GRACE will feature Walter Brody as Karl, Evan Linder as Sam, Joe Lino as Steve and ITP ensemble member Laura Berner Taylor* as Sara.
Chicago Jazz Orchestra brings Joshua Redman, Slide Hampton together for Dexter Gordon's SOPHISTICATED GIANT 3/25 @ the Studebaker
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO), under the direction of artistic director Jeff Lindberg, returns to the Studebaker Theater with “Sophisticated Giant”: A Tribute to Dexter Gordon, with special guest Joshua Redman, Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. The Studebaker is located at 410 S. Michigan Avenue on the first floor of Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. Single tickets are $35 (balcony) and $45 (floor). For tickets and information, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.
Chicago's Other Theatre is pleased to announce the line-up for OTHER WAYS TO RESIST, a festival of four world premiere plays exploring the performance of activism, social media protest and acts of unconventional resistance. This festival will be presented in two installments, each followed by a brief talkback, on Wednesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Reservations can be made in advance at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336.
Walkabout Theater Company and Links Hall, in association with the National Performance Network, is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of THE BRINK! or Nobody’s Ever Kissed Me Like That… In a cafe at the edge of the world, on the brink of existence, the Walkabout ensemble is dying to sing and dance, to draw the curtain on our last-ditch desires, and to reveal the transformative beauty of our shadow selves. Fresh from its preview performance at the Cricoteka Centre in Krakow, Poland, THE BRINK! will run for three weekends only at Links Hall before traveling to India for the 8th International Theatre Olympics in Mumbai and New Delhi. With its signature style, Chicago’s premier laboratory ensemble presents an entirely new work that asks with ardor and brass, “What happens now… here on the brink?”
The wildly popular, sell-out hit CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY: Late Night Writers Room returns once again for one night only on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10 pm at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
The Organic is committed to staging bold, relevant productions of classic, contemporary, and adapted works with a permanent group of artists over a sustained period of time. We return to the Greenhouse Theater Center this March for a very special presentation. From March 21 through April 8 we bring to the stage the World Premiere of WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR BLACK? directed by Anna Gelman and devised with an ensemble cast.
On the heels of the world premiere production of Blind Date, Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls is back in the rehearsal room for his new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Nearly 150 years after Ibsen’s masterpiece first thrilled audiences, it “is startling how current the play's ideas feel" (The New York Times) as it examines the complexities of corruption, greed and destruction of the environment and remains “a play so necessary, so exhilarating to experience." (The Village Voice) Falls directs his adaptation, based on a translation by Eleanor Marx-Aveling, with a cast featuring Philip Earl Johnson as Thomas Stockmann, doctor and chief medical officer of the baths; Scott Jaeck as Peter Stockmann, Thomas’ older brother and town mayor; Lanise Antoine Shelley as Katherine, Thomas’ wife; Rebecca Hurd as Thomas’ daughter, Petra. Rounding out the cast are Jesse Bhamrah (Billing), David Darlow (Morten Kiil), Allen Gilmore (Aslaksen), Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Hovstad), Larry Neumann, Jr. (The Drunk) and Carley Cornelius, Arya Daire, Guy Massey, Roderick Peeples and Dustin Whitehead as townspeople. The design team includes Todd Rosenthal (set), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Robert Wierzel (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound and original music). Alden Vasquez is the production stage manager. An Enemy of the People appears in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre March 10 – April 15. Tickets ($25 - $80; subject to change) are now on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).
Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing, conducted by Bienen School director of choral organizations Donald Nally, will visit Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music March 12 to 16. The Crossing will collaborate with conducting and composition students as well as choral ensembles and conclude their residency with a performance featuring the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble (BCE)
A three hour play written in 1943 seems like a tough sell in our current moment, where daily political upheavals and violence perpetuate an intense ‘now more than ever’ feeling. And yet, this play about facing truth, about coming to terms with self-delusion, is so brilliantly written that both my companion and I left the theatre feeling like it was speaking directly to us--like it knew something about each of us that even we did not. For these little unspoken truths dictate how we act and react to the world around us, and it is for that reason that this decades old drama manages to resonate so intensely in 2018.