Definition Theatre returns with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon, an in-your-face reworking of the 1859 melodrama by Dion Boucicault. In the play, a plantation owner falls in love with a girl who is one-eighth black. This hilarious and shocking production features one of the finest ensembles of the year.
My family loves to tell the story of my childhood obsession with barbecue ribs. It’s a short story, a silly one of stripping me down at the dinner table to spare my clothes from the massacre which can only happen as a two year old eats, but it’s one that stays with me to this day. But it’s, ultimately, a harmless story too.
Sam Shepard has passed away at the age of 73, various outlets are reporting. Shepard, who was ill with ALS, died peacefully in his home in Kentucky amongst his family. He was a highly-respected playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.
Sheppard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.
With most of the original run sold out, Steep Theatre’s production of Lela & Co. has been extended through Saturday, September 2. Called “a flawless piece of work” by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, this powerful U.S. premiere features Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel and Chris Chmelik, directed by Steep Company Member Robin Witt. Lela & Co. continues Steep’s tradition of introducing Chicago to some of today’s most exciting playwrights and drawing crowds from across Chicago to its intimate storefront theatre to share stories that incite conversation
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.
The Neo-Futurists present Ensemble Member Dan Kerr-Hobert’s The Food Show, partnering with Metropolitan Brewing to bring the site-specific world premiere to the brewery’s new Avondale location, 3057 N. Rockwell, July 27 – September 2. Previews are Thursday, July 27 – Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m., with opening night Monday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Performances run Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for previews and Thursdays are pay what you can; for the regular run, tickets are $10-25. Tickets and information are available at neofuturists.org or 773.275.5255.
George Wendt, Jason Sudeikis, Bob Odenkirk & more team up for Gilda's Club & Second City Alumni Fund
The Second City is excited to announce “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt” a night guaranteed to destroy one of the world’s most beloved comedy legends, George Wendt--all in the name of charity.
“Spamilton,” the critically acclaimed parody of “Hamilton,” welcomes Chicago actor Becca Brown to the production as the new female star. Brown has performed with theater companies including The Second City and The Hypocrites, and her TV and film credits include the 2003 feature film “School of Rock” and the second season of “Easy” on Netflix. ”Spamilton” is playing an open-ended run at the Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted).with tickets onsale through October 1 and new tickets added weekly. Tickets ($35 – $99) can be purchased at the Royal George Theatre’s box office online, at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 312.988.9000.
Teatro Vista's LA HAVANA MADRID has enjoyed an especially exciting journey since debuting in May of this year. Following a sold-out run at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, the production moved to The Miracle Center, where tickets went just as quickly. Finally, the talented ensemble has landed at The Goodman Theatre, and the production has never looked better.
In one of the comedy industry’s most anticipated traditions, iconic Chicago comedy institution The Second City is proud to announce the cast of their upcoming 106th Mainstage revue, set to open in October, 2017. The all-new show will be written and performed by second-time cast member Kelsey Kinney and new cast members Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeffrey Murdoch, Tien Tran, and Nate Varrone, Jeff Award winner Ryan Bernier returns to direct his sixth resident show. Vinnie Pillarella will follow up his turn as music director for the current Mainstage production, as will longtime stage managerCraig Taylor, who has been at the technical helm of shows featuring legendary alumni including Chris Farley, Tina Fey, and Stephen Colbert over the course of his storied career at The Second City.
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