By Jason Berger
The Goodman's revival of Eugene O'Neill's AH, WILDERNESS has been warmly received by audiences and critics alike. The familiar story, set on Independence day in 1906, is considered by many to be timeless. However, despite the impeccable designs and wonderful, diverse casting, one can find very little reason to present this script in 2017.
About Face Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of BRAVE LIKE THEM, a punk-infused exploration of the underground “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s, devised and performed by members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and co-directed by AFT Education and Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel and Education Coordinator Kieran Kredell. BRAVE LIKE THEM will play seven performances only, July 26 – August 6, 2017 at the Pride Arts Center (The Buena), 4147 N. Broadway in Chicago. Tickets for BRAVE LIKE THEM ($20 or Pay-What-You-Can) are currently available at aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565. The press opening is Friday, July 28 at 7 pm.
Theater Oobleck presents ‘Closed Casket: The Complete, Final and Absolutely Last Baudelaire in a Box’
Theater Oobleck’s “Baudelaire in a Box” project, a seven-year adaptation of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous 19th-century classic “Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil)” as an epic illustrated song cycle, culminates this summer with “Closed Casket: The Complete, Final and Absolutely Last Baudelaire in a Box.” The 15-hour festival presentation of the complete cycle is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Baudelaire’s death. “Closed Casket” will be presented Aug. 4 to 6 at Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Avenue in Chicago.
The Comrades are pleased to present their Summer 2017 production, IN THE WAKE by Lisa Kron and directed by Alex Mallory. This Chicago premiere 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.
On July 13, 2017 new creative arts ensemble The Roustabouts will drop the world premiere of Put Your House In Order by Ike Holter in a limited five-show run, in coordination with A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator.
We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Chicago Theatre Awards - a new way to recognize the brilliant artists working in our city. All winners will be chosen by YOU, the Chicago theatre audience. Any production that opened between June 1st, 2016 and May 31st, 2017 was eligible. The first round of voting was open through Friday, June 23, and the final round of voting will conclude July 16. Winners will be announced July 19.
We received almost 1600 votes in the first round! Cast your ballot here.
You do not need to submit responses to every category. You may only vote once per email address. Duplicate submissions will be discarded and will not count towards the voting total.
The full list of nominations is below!
Enchanting stories and colorful characters, both classic and reimagined, will enliven Northwestern University’s Arts Circle this summer during Imagine U’s Block Party July 29. This special event featuring woodland fairy-themed activities for all ages is free and open to the public.
Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. The production is directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway), with book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis, music direction by Matt Deitchman, orchestrations by Greg Pliska and choreography by Josh Prince, by special arrangement with U Rock Theatricals. TREVOR the musical runs August 9 – September 17, 2017 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Victory Gardens Theater announces the lineup for the 2017 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including Tuvalu, or The Saddest Song by Antoinette Nwandu; This Land Was Made by Tori Sampson; Spin Movesby Ken Weitzman; Tell Them I'm Still Young by Julia Doolittle; Wolf Play by Hansol Jung; and Suspension by Kristiana Rae Colón. The 2017 Festival runs August 4-6, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. All readings will be free and open to the public, though a reservation is encouraged. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.victorygardens.org/ignition or call the Victory Gardens Box Office at 773.871.3000.
Thank you for being a friend, indeed! Due to popular demand Hell in a Handbag Productions' campy world premiere THE GOLDEN GIRLS – THE LOST EPISODES is adding six additional weeks of performances, extending through August 26, 2017 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The campy parody of one of TV's most beloved sitcoms is written by David Cerda and directed by Shade Murray. Ticket for all performances are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or by calling (800) 838-3006.
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