The fall theatre season is in full swing! Check out the list below for our recommendations on the most promising productions headed your way.
Blue Man Group, the critically hailed theatrical phenomenon with an open run at the Briar Street Theatre, will celebrate 20 years in Chicago Thursday, October 12 with a special birthday performance at 8 p.m. Guests of the celebration will enjoy a few surprises during the show that will coincide with the special milestone as well as receive commemorative cupcakes from Sprinkles Cupcakes after the performance.
The Artistic Home will open its 2017-18 season with a lesser known, but wholly timely piece: WEDDING BAND: A LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE, by eminent African-American playwright and author Alice Childress. It will open to the press Sunday, October 29 at 7:00 pm, following previews from October 25 – 28. Last seen in Chicago in 2003 in a co-production between Steppenwolf and Congo Square Theatre, its first-ever showing here thirty years prior was but one stop in this play’s march toward due recognition.
BoHo Theatre closes out its successful 2017 season with the passionate musical MARIE CHRISTINE by Michael John LaChiusa at the Theater Wit, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Taking inspiration from the life of Marie Laveau, the famed Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, MARIE CHRISTINE is a visceral reimagining of the Greek myth of Medea. LaChiusa is the acclaimed writer and composer of THE WILD PARTY and HELLO AGAIN. Previews begin October 21; opening on October 28.
Random Acts closes out its 2017 season with the United States premiere of The Bone House, playing at The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, November 3 - 11. The Fringe sensation by Marty Chan will be co-directed by Artistic Director Bryan Renaud and Sam Hess. The production will feature Erik Burke, DQ King and Savanna Rae in their Random Acts debuts. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at RandomActsChicago.com or GreenhouseTheater.org.
A truck horn wails. The lights flash out onto the audience. And, in the silence that follows, the woman sitting next to me lets out a emphatic sigh. This powerful reaction was echoed by nearly all audience members in the dramatic, almost-final moments of Victory Gardens’ Fun Home: a chorus of emotional, agony-filled exhales as we took on our narrator’s pain and, ultimately, catharsis. Such a universal reaction can only be testament to the company’s wonderful rendition of Lisa Kron and Jeannine Testori’s heart-wrenching play (based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel). I’ve seen the show before, but I’ve never felt the emotional impact of it so intensely.
Here’s a tasty new treat for Chicago families this Halloween season – the first-ever Frightfully Fit Feast, Saturday, October 28, starting at 4:15 p.m. at Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave. in Chicago’s West Loop.
Collaboraction can’t wait to increase the peace in Chicago by kicking off the fall tour of its second annual PEACEBOOK Festival - a free festival of theater, dance, music and spoken word focused on cultivating peace in Chicago – Friday throughSunday, October 5-7, 2017 at Hamilton Park, 2513 W. 72nd St. in Englewood
Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and Windy City Playhouse Receive International Theatre Award for Gender Equity
The International Centre for Women Playwrights has announced the 2017 recipients of the 50/50 Applause Awards, including three theatres from Chicago. Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and Windy City Playhouse were among 58 international recipients honored for producing 50% or more plays by women playwrights during the 2016/17 season.
Collaboraction, the Chicago-based theater company dedicated to social change, collaboration and original work, announces the appointment ofDr. Marcus Robinson as its new Managing Director.