Modern take on Greek classic to begin performances January 6
CHICAGO – Director Nicole Hand has announced her cast for Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s January production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a look at the Greek myth of Orpheus through the eyes of his doomed bride, whose voice is typically missing from her own story. Appearing as Eurydice will be Janeane Bowlware (below left),* of Promethean’s Bury the Dead, Linchpin’s King John and Red Tape’s Church/Pullman. Her husband Orpheus will be played by Jordan Golding (below right), a recent graduate of Oberlin College who has also studied at the British American Drama Academy in London.
Headliner for the evening is Broadway’s Capathia Jenkins, and Emcee is WGNs Dean Richards.
Others featured in the cast are Honey West, Kevin Webb, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt and Nancy Hays
Chicago – The entertainment line-up for PFP’s Simply Sensational Benefit gets more and more sensational each day, with American Idol’s Rayvon Owen joining in. Other performers include Nancy Hays, Honey West, Kevin Webb, Michelle McKenzie Voigt, and others from the Pride Films and Plays Company and cast of the upcoming musicalPriscilla: Queen of the Desert. Music Director for the evening is PFP’s Jeff Award-winning Robert Ollis.
Thee Other Theatre Company announced the rest its 2016-17 season Tuesday, following I Do Today's closing earlier this month at the Greenhouse Theatre Center.
Returning for the holidays is "Barney the Elf," a parody of the 2003 film, written by Bryan Renaud, and featuring the directorial debut of choreographer Tommy Rivera-Vega. The production plays Nov. 29-Jan. 1 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. "Barney" returns to Chicago after a sold-out run in 2015.
The second offering of the season is "Threesome," to be directed by Jason Gerace. An Egyptian-American couple invites a stranger into their bedroom for a tense night in Yussef El Guindi's play. "Threesome" stars Sadieh Rifai and Demetrios Troy and runs April 7-May 7 at The Pentagon Theatre at Collaboraction Studios, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
By Leigh Austin
Living in a city that has an entire neighborhood covered in rainbow banners and dedicated to celebrating the gay community, it’s easy to forget that, less than 2 decades ago, the then-President of the United States was arguing against gay people having “special rights” (you know, like having their relationships legally recognized); that the first major political party to endorse a homosexual rights platform spoke out in 1980; that the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a “mental illness” until 1973.
By Jackson Riley
Don't throw away your shot to see one of the finest spectacles of modern times - Hamilton is currently in a sit-down run at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago. Hamilton is everything you want in an evening of entertainment - it makes you laugh, cry, think, discover, understand, and question. Fine performances and impeccable tech are the icing on the theatrical cake.
Citadel Theatre is presenting A Christmas Story: The Musical as the second installment of its 14th Season. Directed by Robert D Estrin this musical is based on the story by Jean Shepherd with book byJoseph Robinette, and words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The show runs November 18 – December 18, 2016 at Citadel’s West Campus Theatre at 300 S Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. The Press Opening is Opening Night, Friday November 18, at 8pm.
Complete casting and creative team have been announced for Pride Films and Plays’ production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, which will open in January as the company’s inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center’s 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. Executive Director David Zak will co-direct the production with Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham. Artistic Associate Robert Ollis will be Music Director, Jon Martinez will choreograph and Jeff Award-winner John Nasca is designing the costumes. The trio of performers – two drag queens and a transgender woman - who traverse the Australian Outback in a beaten-up bus nicknamed “Priscilla” will be played by Honey West, Jordan Phelps and Luke Meierdiercks, with Jill Sesso, Tuesdai Perry and Rebecca Coleman as the three Divas and John Cardone as Bob.
CHICAGO – Blue Man Group, celebrating 25 years of living in full color, will bring louder drummer boys and not so silent nights to audiences this holiday season with the announcement of an enhanced holiday performance schedule at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted). The added performances, including four special New Year’s Eve shows, will provide Chicago visitors and residents with more opportunities to experience the theatrical phenomenon throughout the season.
The Modern Adaptation from COT’s Andreas Mitisek and Culture Clash Features Orchestration by Haymarket Opera Orchestra
CHICAGO – Chicago’s historic Studebaker Theater will become the home of live opera with a contemporary adaptation of Henry Purcell’s 1692 “The Fairy Queen,” a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” presented by Chicago Opera Theater (COT) beginning November 5. The California-based performance troupe Culture Clash and COT’s Andreas Mitisek put a modernized spin on Purcell’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic with an edgy and hilarious examination of the messes mere mortals make of relationships. “The Fairy Queen” will be performed at Chicago’s historicStudebaker Theater (410 S. Michigan Ave). The press performance will be November 5 at 7:30 p.m.Subsequent performances will be November 11 at 7:30 p.m. and November 13 at 3 p.m.
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