Timeline Theatre Company kicks off its 21st season with the Chicago premiere of The Audience by Peter Morgan, one of the foremost experts on the British monarchy and the writer responsible for such acclaimed works as Frost/Nixon and The Queen. As Morgan’s background suggests, the play is incredibly well-researched and detailed, and history buffs in the audience will undoubtedly be enamored with Morgan’s quick-witted, fictitious account of the oft-discussed monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Yet, for all its merit, this play is riddled with intrigue exclusively through the dialogue and the text’s subtleties, and, as such, it’s certainly not a piece that will be universally loved or appreciated; it’s not one that directly relates to/speaks to everyone, and the pacing of the show remains stagnant throughout.
Strawdog Theatre made quite a stir upon announcing the cast for Robert O'Hara's Barbecue, which is now playing at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre. The diverse cast includes some great storefront Chicago names and, with a promising young playwright behind the script (O'Hara also wrote Bootycandy, which played recently at Windy City Playhouse), it seemed that Chicago was sure to see the next At The Table-sized hit. Unfortunately, the production is more frustrating than entertaining due to O'Hara's incoherent text.
Paramount Theatre is proud to announce Artistic Director Jim Corti received the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2017 Award of Honor at the association’s annual Red Carpet Gala last Saturday, August 26, at Harper College’s Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine, Illinois.
Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces the one-night-only special event, An Evening with Tony Award-Winning Composer Jeanine Tesori. The event will be held on Monday, September 25 at 7:30 pm at the Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets, priced at $100, may be purchased at victorygardens.org.
The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University (AMTP) announces the 2017/2018 season of workshop readings written by award-winning music theatre creators, directed by leading regional theater and Broadway directors and performed by students in the AMTP program. The musicals in the 2017/2018 season include: “Marie in Tomorrowland” by 2017 Jonathan Larson Award winners Erato A. Kremmyda and Maggie-Kate Coleman; “The Woman in Question” by Cheryl Coons and Peter Eldridge; and “Picture Perfect” by Ben Roseberry and Chip Klose.
Other Theatre, in association with Chicago Dramatists’ Grafting Project, is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s comedic graphic novel for the stage THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO, directed by Kelly Howe. THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO will feature Aida Delaz, Adelina Feldman-Schultz, Robert N. Isaac, Christopher Meister, Becca Sheehan and Hannah Toriumi.
September is one of the busiest months of the year in Chicago theatre, and this year is no exception. Check out the list below for our recommendations on the most promising productions headed your way.
Northlight Theatre opens its 2017-2018 season withthe Chicago Premiere of THE LEGEND OF GEORGE MCBRIDE
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the Chicago Premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride, written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Lauren Shouse. The Legend of Georgia McBride runs September 14-October 22 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.
Fremont Street Theater Company proudly presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood Street, in Palatine. Opening Friday, September 8, with a catered Gala following the show, through Sunday, September 17. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Coffee & Whiskey Productions is proud to present the world premiere of the original play, anything and always... by Nic Wehrwein. anything and always… opens at the Greenhouse Theater Center October 12, 2017 (running October 12-29, Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm). anything and always... is directed by Matt Diel and features Michelle Alejandra Limon and Wesley James.
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