The Other Theatre Company, an equity theatre group in its third year, will hold its annual 50/50 raffle tonight at Park Tavern. Winners don't have to be present, and TOTC states that winners over the past few years have won over $25,000. You can win big and support a company with a mission of social justice.
By Jackson Riley
Fans, friends and critics alike were shocked when the high-profile opening of Pamploma was abruptly cut short at The Goodman Theatre tonight. Celebrity actor Stacy Keach, who is featured in the one man play as Ernest Hemingway, is said to have fallen ill.
The production was troubled from the start. Keach appeared absolutely lost in his script, repeating lines and even mentioning looking for "a beat." The technical cues were muddled without Keach on book, with one especially uncomfortable moment coming when the projections suddenly went backwards, attempting to find their place in Keach's rewritten script.
A stage manager called for a hold. Through the speakers, a voice informed guests that the show was experiencing technical difficulties. Keach left the stage. After a few minutes, the play's director and Artistic Director of the Goodman Theater, Robert Falls, informed the audience that the show would not go on. Opening night would conclude where it had suddenly stopped.
Producers say Keach had informed the team that he was feeling ill but wanted to go on for the performance. No understudy is listed in the program, and it is unclear at this time if the rest of the week's performances will move forward. We certainly hope that Mr. Keach rests up and feels better soon!
Update: The Goodman Theatre posted the following message on their Facebook page shortly after 10pm.
Goodman Theatre had to unexpectedly halt this evening’s performance of PAMPLONA by Jim McGrath. The show’s star, Stacy Keach, had not been feeling well earlier in the day, but made the decision to go on with the performance. When it became clear midway through that Mr. Keach was struggling, Director Robert Falls took the stage and announced that the performance would conclude. Performances are expected to resume as scheduled.
Today, the producers of “Spamilton,” the critically acclaimed parody of “Hamilton,” announced that select tickets to the Chicago production are available for Tuesday and Wednesdayevening performances for $35. The critically hailed production is now playing in an open-ended run at the Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted).
The fourth installment of Pride Films and Plays' His & His.' cabaret series - entitled "Broadway at the Broadway" will be performed on Thursday, June 8 in The Broadway at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. The His and His series follows the development of LGBT characters on Broadway, and celebrates the artists who wrote the great works of musical theater.
A Red Orchid Theatre hosts a benefit reading of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner. Conceived as a response from Chicago theatre artists to the current political climate, the event’s proceeds will benefit A Red Orchid Theatre and the Chicago chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The staged reading is directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray with music direction by Doug Peck and takes place on Sunday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. Tickets are $50 and include both the reading and a post-show reception. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online atwww.aredorchidtheatre.org or by phone at (312) 943-8722.
Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with the Pulitzer-winning play The Gin Game written by D.L. Coburn, featuring Jeff Award winners Paula Scrofano and John Reeger, and directed by Ross Lehman. The Gin Game runs June 22 – August 13, 2017 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Lookingglass Theatre Company concludes its 29th Season with its award-winning production of Moby Dick, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Herman Melville, in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Moby Dick runs June 7 – September 3, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.
The Comrades are pleased to announce casting for their Summer 2017 production, IN THE WAKE by Lisa Kron and directed by Alex Mallory. IN THE WAKE will play the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago) from July 27 through August 26, 2017. Press opening is Saturday, July 29 at 8:00pm.
The Saints, Chicago's Volunteers for the Performing Arts, has announced that it is awarding $121,269 in grants to 26 performing arts groups in the Chicago metropolitan area for 2017.
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Relativity, written by Mark St. Germain, directed by BJ Jones, and featuring Mike Nussbaum as Albert Einstein. Relativity has been extended for an additional six performances and will now run through June 25, 2017 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.