Blue Man Group Celebrates The Holiday Season With Added Performances at Chicago's Briar Street Theatre
Blue Man Group, celebrating 20 years in Chicago, will make the holiday season extra bright with the announcement of an expanded holiday performance schedule at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted). The added performances will include some fun holiday-themed surprises and provide Chicago residents and visitors with more opportunities to experience some not so silent nights throughout the season.
World Premiere Musical "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical" Opening in Chicago this December!
Pearl Poet Productions will present the world premiere of the new musical “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Musical”, taking place on the East Stage in the Raven Theatre Complex opening on December 1st, and playing through December 17th, 2017.
You know Las Vegas – spinning wheels, neon lights, slinky dresses. But do you really know the city and its almost two million inhabitants? Poker pro turned playwright Todd Taylor takes you inside the real Sin City in Block St Theatre Co’s darkly comedic new play FLAMINGO & DECATUR, directed by Kevin Christopher Fox. The world premiere production will play January 4 – February 18, 2018 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 15 at theaterwit.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Wednesday, January 10 at 8 pm.
When the “dream freaks” descended from space last night at 1616 N. Wells St, the obscure opening seemed to place the audience in that state of confusion and discomfort reminiscent of watching Tim and Eric Awesome Show for the first time. Sober. Luckily, upon landing, the show became much more down to earth, and the next two hours were filled with a series of well-timed sketches and quick-witted punch lines delivered by an especially talented cast.
Ten directors, eight Ebenezer Scrooges and 34 Tiny Tims later, Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol celebrates 40 years as Chicago’s long-standing holiday tradition, enjoyed by more than 1.5 million people, November 18 – December 31. Now in his fifth year, Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper directs Charles Dickens’ universal tale of hope and redemption with a cast of 25 featuring Larry Yando in his 10th turn as Ebenezer Scrooge, Paris Strickland in her Goodman debut as the theater’s first female Tiny Tim and a line-up of newcomers and returning favorites; a complete cast list appears below. As part of the milestone production, the Goodman partners with Autism Speaks-Chicago to offer its first-ever sensory-friendly performance on December 30 for families with members who have autism or other social, cognitive and physical challenges that create sensory sensitivities. A Christmas Carol appears November 18 – December 31; press/opening is November 27 at 7pm. Tickets ($25 - $112; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Carol, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn).Tickets (starting at $15, with promo code SENSORY) and resource materials, lobby and seating maps for the December 30 performance are now available at GoodmanTheatre.org/SensoryPerformance. Fifth Third Bank is the Major Corporate Sponsor and Allstate Insurance Company and KPMG LLP are the Corporate Sponsor Partners. Macy’s is a Sensory-friendly Performance Sponsor.
Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to announce casting for its inaugural production, the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE – SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters.
He’s Catholic, he’s gay – what could go wrong?
ALTERED BOY follows the life of Garrett, a good little Catholic boy who says his prayers, makes good grades, performs in school plays, and wins participation trophies for recreational sports. As he gains more years and fewer trophies, his connection with the Church grows stronger. And yet the closer he gets to the Church, the further he gets from who he thought he was. Journey with Garrett through storytelling, song, dance, and video in this earnest yet very funny one-man show.
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the Midwest Premiere of The Book of Will, written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Jessica Thebus. The Book of Will runs November 9 – December 17, 2017 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.
At the end of Sunday’s matinee performance of The Black Renaissance (A Musical Against Racism), playwright, director, and founder of Black Ensemble Theatre Jackie Taylor took the stage with such vibrancy and passion that she seemed to reach out to every audience member individually. Her brief but rousing speech called the audience to action, both in terms of tearing down racism and, in a moment of levity, in donating to her theatre company. Yet the two previous hours of theatre, Taylor’s most recent original undertaking, did not have the same impact as its creator; the simplistic structure of The Black Renaissance, coupled with its lofty subject matter undertaking, makes the show more stagnant than dynamic, more of an experience for the audience to watch than to truly take in.
The sell-out hit CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LATE NIGHT WRITERS ROOM has added two new performance dates: Friday, October 27, 2017 and Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10 pm at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
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