The two-year-old Refuge Theatre Project, who earned a Jeff Recommendation for their first eligible production, the remounted and extendedHigh Fidelity: The Musical; will continue its 2017 season with Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis, playing May 12 – June 18, 2017.
By Leigh Austin
There are far too many sensitive topics that Americans, as a society, feel uncomfortable acknowledging and discussing: subjects like racial discrimination, gun control, and, as Robin Williams’ death reminded us in 2014, mental illness.
2017 productions to include an eight-week summer run of Hamlet and holiday season perennial Twelfth Night
Midsommer Flight, a professional not-for-profit theatre company that was recently named one of five Finalists for the League of Chicago Theatres Emerging Theatre Award, has announced its sixth season of bringing Shakespeare to Chicagoans for free in selected Chicago parks. The 2017 season includes an eight-week summer schedule of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in four city parks for runs of two weekends per park, and the company’s annual tradition of performing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night during the holiday season. The comedy will also be performed for free in a park, albeit indoors – in the Lincoln Park Conservatory – for three weekends, from November 30 – December 17, 2017. This is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks initiative that provides world-class performances in Chicago's neighborhood parks throughout the year.
BoHo Theatre continues its 2017 season with THREE DAYS OF RAIN by Richard Greenberg at the Heartland Studio beginning May 18th. Full of sharp language, arresting images, and complex characters, THREE DAYS OF RAIN challenges us to consider our own biases and blind spots. The production is directed by Derek Van Barham, who was named one of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30.
Casting has been announced for Pride Films and Plays’ Chicago Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award®-nominated play The Nance. Beane’s play recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of a gay performer, Chauncey Miles, whose role in the burlesque show was to brazenly exploit gay stereotypes of the time in a most suggestive manner. Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage at a time when it was easy to play gay on stage stand in marked contrast to his offstage life, where the “gay lifestyle” had to be lived clandestinely. The New York Times called The Nance “A heartfelt new play set in the twilight of burlesque." It ran on Broadway in 2013 starring Nathan Lane as Chauncey Miles and was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning two.