With so much tremendous interdisciplinary work surrounding our media (the kind that propelled Kendrick Lamar toward winning a Pulitzer, to cite a recent example), it’s no surprise that the Chicago theatre scene has turned toward this propensity to combine mediums--to use theatre as a tool for exploring music, to use music as leverage for exploring social issues and relationships. While A Red Orchid’s latest production choice 33 to Nothing makes sense in this theoretical framework, the play’s reality is one which lacks the stakes it promises; aside from some talented acting, a well-designed set, and solid musicianship, 33 to Nothing is largely forgettable.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2017/18 Multicultural Fellows are proud to present Crafting a Cohort, a free event that aims to unite people of color and members of the queer community (POC/Queer Folx) in various levels of theatre career tracks by providing a space for discussion and connection. This event is curated by the 2017/18 Steppenwolf Multicultural Fellows cohort. The Steppenwolf Professional Leadership Program Fellowship is for early-career people of color working in various theatre disciplines and provides paid professional development opportunities both in and out of Steppenwolf Theatre. Jackie Taylor, Executive Artistic Director of Black Ensemble Theatre, will deliver the keynote address. This event takes place on Monday, April 30th from 7-9pm at the Merle Reskin Garage (1624 N. Halsted St.). Admission is free and snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dx4yebZCY7WgoGlB4tmlY-wGWvx-M7LTn9CPcMwdZJA/viewform?edit_requested=true)
Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, concludes its 2017/18 season with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse production of The Originalist by John Strand,directed by Molly Smith with Associate Director Seema Sueko, and featuring Edward Gero as Antonin Scalia. The Originalist runsMay 10 – June 10, 2018 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8:00pm.
First Floor Theater is thrilled to continue their sixth season with the world premiere of Lucas Baisch’s poetic and poignant drama REFRIGERATOR, directed by artistic director Hutch Pimentel. REFRIGERATOR will play May 13 – June 9, 2018 at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now at firstfloortheater.com. The press opening is Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm.
Drury Lane Theatre announces a one-night-only event with celebrated author Todd S. Purdum, in connection with its acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific. Purdum is the author of the new book SOMETHING WONDERFUL: A Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution. During the evening, Purdum will read excerpts from his new book and answer questions about the famed duo and their works. Guests will receive a signed copy of SOMETHING WONDERFULand enjoy dinner at Lucille Restaurant, followed by a performance of South Pacific. Tickets for the May 4 event begin at $55 and are available through the Drury Lane box office at 630.530.0111, Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000, or online atwww.DruryLaneTheatre.com. Drury Lane Theatre is located at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
The Artistic Home’s production of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, featuring Elizabeth Birnkrant and John Mossman, has been extended an additional two weeks due to audience demand and will now close on Sunday, May 20 rather than the originally announced closing of May 6. Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra made the announcement today. The production opened to raves on March 25. NEW CITY said “this strong production of an important play … has the delicate combination of intimacy, directness and imagination that gives live theater its magic...” The CHICAGO READER called the production “intense and devastating, shocking, and human.”
Due to popular demand, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has extended the world premiere comedy, The Doppelgänger (an international farce) written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Off-Broadway’s Handbook for an American Revolutionary), through June 2 with the original cast.
Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents Buried Child, written by Sam Shepard and directed by WT Resident Director Kimberly Senior. Buried Child runs May 9 – June 17, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
In 2017, a Colorado baker found himself in front of the US Supreme Court after refusing to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. Supporters and opponents of the couple’s lawsuit took to their various media platforms, propelling the suit into a viral national dilemma characterized by polarized opinions and vicious rhetoric, on both sides. It is these dialogues of divide, in an increasingly divided nation, that serves as the setting and theme of Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake--a delectable creation that gets to the ooey gooey center of our nation’s problems, even if its frosting is a little too sweet.
Random Acts has announced several additional artists joining comedian Brittany Meyer at their #SafeSpace event on Sunday, April 22nd at 6pm. The fundraiser, which will be held at Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) is Pay-What-You-Can, with proceeds benefitting Trans Lifeline.