Random Acts is pleased to present SCARY STORIES: ARE YOU AFRAID?, featuring ten world premiere tales by some of the country’s most exciting playwrights. Performances take place at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N. Clark). Tickets ($15 per performance) are currently available at RandomActsChicago.com. The press performance will be Tuesday, October 8 at 8pm. The ensemble includes Kylie Anderson, Francesca Atian, Samantha Garcia, Gardy Gilbert, Cody Jolly, Dana Macel, Brandon Rodriguez, and Becca Russo.
Haven is pleased to present its fifth DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company’s ever-growing initiative annually showcasing the talents of three rising directors. This season, Lauren Katz directs Caryl Churchill’s ambitious surrealist work THIS IS A CHAIR; Aaron Mays helms Sonia Sanchez’s lyrical drama 2 x 2; and AJ Schwartz directs Dan Giles’ tender yet challenging one-act HOW YOU KISS ME IS NOT HOW I LIKE TO BE KISSED. The three productions, which will have the support of a full production team, will run back-to-back in one program. DIRECTOR’S HAVEN 2019 will play October 14 – 30, 2019 at Haven’s resident home, The Den Theatre (2A) 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets ($10 suggested donation) are currently available at havenchi.org.
Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series is pleased to announce their Fall/Winter 2019/20 lineup. This eclectic season showcases exciting work from many Chicago-based artists and companies working across disciplines. Step out of the cold and into Front Bar for a drink to warm you up, then head into Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre for an unforgettable evening of performance. Since its inception, the LookOut series has featured the work of more than 1,000 artists from across Chicago and beyond in more than 350 performances.
Lyric Opera of Chicago continues the 2019/20 season with a revival of its original, provocative Don Giovanni, marking the return of Tony Award-winning Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls. Set in 1920s Spain, Falls’ ‘jazz age’ Don Giovanni is riveting and bold and won enthusiastic acclaim when it opened Lyric's 60th anniversary season in 2014.
Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 2019-20 season with the non-Equity world premiere of PROXY by Alexander Sage Oyen, Rachel Franco and Austin Regan, a story of journalistic and personal integrity set to a punk rock score, directed by Stephanie Rohr with music direction by T.J. Anderson. PROXY will play October 18 – November 24, 2019 at Underscore’s newly-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at underscoretheatre.org. The press opening is Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 pm.
Court Theatre announces the remount of audience favorite An Iliad as the sixth production in its 2019/20 season. Taking place throughout the Oriental Institute Museum (OI) on the University of Chicago campus, this groundbreaking, site-specific performance not to be missed. Combining promenade-style elements throughout the Oriental Institute Museum, as well as a seated portion performed in the OI’s Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery, this explosive combination of theatre and history brings the epic poem to life in a thrilling new way. As the Center for Classic Theatre, Court will partner with the OI to add exciting environmental and thematic context to Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s one-man adaptation of Homer’s Iliad.
The Gift Theatre will conclude its 2019 Season with the Chicago premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s dark comedy KENTUCKY, directed by ensemble member Chika Ike*, playing October 17 – November 16, 2019 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Single tickets are currently available at theaterwit.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Sunday, October 20 at 2:30 pm.
Hot off its critically acclaimed, sold-out Los Angeles and Off-Broadway engagements, the Chicago premiere of “I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce” will come to the Royal George Cabaret Theatre (1641 N. Halsted) Oct. 23 – Dec. 1, with the press performance scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Directed by multi award-winning actor and director Joe Mantegna and produced in partnership with Lenny Bruce’s daughter Kitty Bruce, “I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce” stars Ronnie Marmo and brilliantly chronicles the life and death of the most controversial comedian of all time. For tickets and more information, please visit LennyBruceOnStage.com.
Sports dramas are never just about sports; before the game-winning shot swishes in at the final buzzer, coming of age lessons must be learned, emotions stifled must be unleashed, and decades of sexism must be unraveled. The Chicago premiere of Lauren Yee’s basketball drama The Great Leap embodies this approach, taking on a range of complex issues with audience members watching court-side. Yee’s dialogue is witty and moving, and the technical elements shine on Steppenwolf’s upstairs theatre turned basketball court. Yet The Great Leap stretches a bit too far in its reach, resulting in a show that’s engaging but slightly muddled.
The Family Crest, The Den Theatre & Jacaranda Collective Present ROMEO AND JULIET: A Spectacular Retelling of The World’s Greatest Love Story
The Family Crest, The Den Theatre and Jacaranda Collective are pleased to present the Chicago premiere of ROMEO AND JULIET: A Spectacular Retelling of The World’s Greatest Love Story, Shakespeare’s timeless tale cinematically reimagined using live music performed by indie rock darlings and NPR music favorites The Family Crest, whose unique and sweeping orchestral sound perfectly scores the most famous love story ever told.
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