Organic Theater Company of Chicago returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center for the second play of its 2019 season with Václav Havel’s classic play, THE MEMO. 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.
Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 31th anniversary season with W. Somerset Maugham’s classic war drama FOR SERVICES RENDERED, directed by ensemble member Robin Witt*, playing May 19 – July 6, 2019 at The Den Theatre(Upstairs Main Stage), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 1 atwww.griffintheatre.com or by calling (773) 697-3830.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full casting for its revival production of Sam Shepard’s True West. Longtime ensemble member Randall Arney directs Steppenwolf’s first revival of the play that launched the theatre onto the national scene in 1982. Reimagined with a new generation of Steppenwolf artists, the 2019 production stars previously announced ensemble members Jon Michael Hill(CBS’s Elementary; Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, and Spike Lee’s Pass Over) and Namir Smallwood (Lincoln Center’s Pass Over and Pipeline). Joining Hill and Smallwood are ensemble member and original cast member Francis Guinan and celebrated Chicago actor Jacqueline Williams.
TimeLine Theatre Company, in partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation and the Chicago Teachers Union, will present a reading of John Conroy’s play My Kind of Town in support of curriculum that teaches Chicago Public school students about the police torture scandal that plagued Chicago for more than three decades, focusing on learning about abuse of government power and violation of the public trust and empowering students to be agents of change. The reading will take place on Monday, April 29 at 11 a.m. at Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago, for an audience of approximately 300 students from four schools, and their teachers.
(sub)version productions, producers of the hit show The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©, is proud to announce the newest in live game show events, THE CHICAGO PUNTATHLON, the first ever five round pun competition. This game show meets cabaret is a fast paced Dad Joke extravaganza with celebrity judges and performances from some of Chicago’s funniest comics. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, and are available for purchase online at https://www.stage773.com.
Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2018/19 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit) and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. Next to Normal runs May 8 – June 16, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.
Due to popular demand, Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of its critically acclaimed production of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band now runs through May 12, 2019, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
The Second City made a wise decision bringing Annaliese Toft back to direct the newest e.t.c. revue after she helmed the wonderfully orchestrated Gaslight District. Their 43rd revue, Grinning from Fear to Fear, is even more cohesive and hilarious, and much of the infectious energy is due to Toft’s lead. A wonderful ensemble and tonally balanced scenes add to an unforgettable evening of theatre, providing a strong reminder of why The Second City is among the most respected comedic institutions in the world.
Random Acts has announced the full lineup of artists joining comedian Malic White at #SafeSpace on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30pm. The fundraiser, which will be held at Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) asks for a $5 Suggested Donation, with proceeds benefiting The Brady Campaign and Random Acts' upcoming production of columbinus.
Artistic Director Robert Falls reimagines The Winter’s Tale—one of William Shakespeare’s final and most wildly theatrical works—following celebrated revivals of Measure for Measure (2013) and King Lear (2006) at Goodman Theatre. Hailed as “no modern director better at making a play’s iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence” (Chicago Tribune), Falls has cast a 19-member company of Chicago’s new and familiar faces. In The Winter’s Tale, a jealous king accuses his wife of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events. But what begins as tragedy evolves, unexpectedly, into a fantastical journey—from wrath to redemption to reconciliation. The Winter’s Tale appears May 4 – June 9 (opening night is May 13) in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20 - $80; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/WintersTale, by telephone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Support for The Winter’s Tale is provided by Corporate Sponsor Partner Mayer Brown, LLP.