Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of the first show of its 43rd season, Fun Home, with music written by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics written by Lisa Kron and directed by Gary Griffin. Fun Home now runs through November 19, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
TimeLine Theatre Company announces a three-week extension of its acclaimed Chicago premiere production of THE AUDIENCE by Peter Morgan, directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling and starring TimeLine Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks as Queen Elizabeth II. Originally scheduled to close on November 12, THE AUDIENCE will now run through December 3, 2017, at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave, Chicago. Tickets to newly added performances go on sale Wednesday, October 18 at 12 p.m.
Chicago Children’s Theatre announced today a two-week extension of its current smash hit musical, A Year with Frog and Toad. Originally scheduled to close October 29, families should jump on this new block of tickets now on sale for new performances added through Sunday, November 12
In the latest installment of their “Escapism” series, Broken Nose Collective presents their first full length production, I’ll Be Seeing You. One man takes the stage to bear his soul. But he holds on to a secret. In an attempt to absolve himself, deny, or forgive, our unnamed hero sings his way through jazz standards and contemporary ballads. Magic fills the air as the cabaret transforms into a field where all of us can explore the ways, reasons, and repercussions of why we open ourselves to others in one moment and push them away in another.
Chicago-based playwright Rohina Malik and director Ann Filmer reunite for the “downtown debut” of Yasmina’s Necklace at Goodman Theatre, beginning October 20 in the Owen Theatre. Malik’s “unique American love story, hilarious yet deeply moving, profound and beautiful” (OakPark.com) explores two disparate Muslim families coming together as their children embark on a romantic relationship. The play, which premiered under Filmer’s direction at 16th Street Theater last year, has been further developed for the Goodman production—and the production’s set features six paintings by Ahmad Abdulrazzaq, an Iraqi refugee living in Chicago, who received his diploma at the Institute of Fine Arts of Baghdad. Additional works by Abdulrazzaq will be displayed in the lobby and available for purchase (while pieces last)—along with selections from Oregon-based photographer Jim Lommasson’s exhibit, "What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization" about Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have fled to the U.S. Yasmina’s Necklace appears October 20 – November 19 in the Goodman’s 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre. Tickets ($10-$40, subject to change) are available by phone at 312.443.4800, online at GoodmanTheatre.org/Necklace or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn).
Everybody’s favorite overgrown elf, Buddy, will be making mischief and Christmas cheer this holiday season when Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora presents Elf The Musical, November 22, 2017-January 7, 2018.
Volo Publius is a complicated character. The masked man stands for classic superhero sensibilities, standing up for the downtrodden and thwarting government corruption at every turn. But vigilante justice raises its own complexities that Volo and his associates have to deal with: how far is too far? Do the ends really justify the means? At what point does heroism become fanaticism? The Making of a Modern Folk Hero by Other Theatre sees the hero narrative applied to modern day social activism but only somewhat capitalizes on its potential. While it gains marks for inventive use of set design and some sharp dialogue, the overall narrative unfortunately feels a tad too disjointed to deliver a completely satisfying performance.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host a public memorial celebrating ensemble member of 24 years Mariann Mayberry. The memorial will take place Monday, November 6 at 1pm in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. To RSVP, email MariannMayberryMemorial@steppenwolf.org or call 312.654.5657. Following the event, all are welcome to gather in Front Bar.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosted a warm and heartfelt public memorial celebrating the remarkable life and legacy of ensemble member and former artistic director Martha Lavey, who passed earlier this year at the age of 60. On October 9, more than 500 ensemble members, friends, family, co-workers, and collaborators gathered in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre to share in a two hour tribute to the legendary Chicago cultural leader with stories, song, laughter and tears, hosted by current Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz. More than 500 people also tuned into the live stream of the event.
Windy City Playhouse’s critically acclaimed production of Gina Gionfriddo’s “Becky Shaw” has extended its run through December 10. Directed by Jeff Award winner Scott Weinstein, the show opened on September 28 to highly favorable reviews, with Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune calling it “wise, complex, and really very moving. Funny, too,” and Buzz Center Stage deeming the show “funny and provocative.” Picture This Post said it was “impeccably directed” and Performink called it “a must see.”
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The Audience ★★★