The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) returns this fall with its 34th match CLLAW XXXIV: Good vs. Evil on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. CLLAW’s benefit match will feature Chicago’s biggest, baddest lady arm wrestlers, live musical entertainment from indie rock band Roxy Swain and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 pm with the first match beginning at 9:30 pm. Tickets, priced at $25, are available in advance at www.cllaw.org or at the door (the ladies will gladly take cash or credit at the door). The event is 21+. All proceeds from CLLAW XXXIV will benefit Sideshow Theatre Company and Girls Rock! Chicago.
Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, and Artists Lounge Live announced today the upcoming Holiday programming in the Venus Cabaret Theater, with An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin, running from December 7 through December 15, and Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter running from December 20 through December 29.
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2019-2020 season with the World Premiere of How a Boy Falls, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Halena Kays. How a Boy Falls runs January 23 – February 29, 2020 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8pm.
A brand new holiday musical for families with teens and tweens, but enough smart humor to keep adults entertained as well, will premiere in Chicago this holiday season. THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS – developed by Chicago-based non-profit company CPA Theatricals and produced in collaboration with Greenhouse Theater Center – is a completely original 90-minute musical about a brilliant young woman just out of high school and her quest to save Christmas. Music is by Dylan MarcAurele, with book and lyrics by Jaclyn Enchin and Jennifer Enchin, based on a story by Larry Little. Additional lyrics by Mike Ross and additional content by Larry Little and James Zager. THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS will play from November 27 - December 29 at the Greenhouse Theater Center - upstairs main stage. The press opening is December 7 at 2:00 pm.
Comedian Maz Jobrani brings his stand-up tour to The Den Theatre for three performances only April 16 – 18, 2020 on The Den’s Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tehran Von Ghasri opens. Tickets ($35 general admission, $45 – $65 VIP seating) are currently available at www.thedentheatre.com, in person at the The Den box office or by calling (773) 697-3830. Ages 18+.
Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to announce its Eighth Season, exploring the theme “Change the Rules,” with two world premieres and one U.S. premiere to be presented at BNT’s resident home, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
When’s the last time you felt that stupidly happy, twirling on a hill, singing in the shower with a shampoo-bottle microphone, kind of joy? For me, it was during Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing at Windy City Playhouse. Touted by many as one of this year’s best productions, I’ll lend my voice to its uproarious praise: this one-of-a-kind show is a joyous experience that unites strangers, makes each audience member feel valued, and inspires a wonderful sense of hope.
In 2019, “to wear the pants” is a common idiom signifying relational dominance. In 1899, when actress Sarah Bernhardt decided to don trousers and play Hamlet, such a phrase could be applied only to men. Theresa Rebeck’s dramedy Bernhardt/Hamlet begins in this “scandalous” moment, as Berhardt prepares to take center stage in the britches of the Bard’s most famous character, but its cultural significance extends well past its setting. Witty, poignant, and dynamic, Goodman Theatre’s Bernhardt/Hamlet is a thought-provoking show that reminds us not only how far we’ve come, but also how much further we have to go.
The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University has announced the 2019-2020 workshop series of projects by award-winning music theater creators, which are directed by regional theater directors and performed by students in the AMTP program.
Prop Thtr is pleased to continue its 2019-20 season with the world premiere of I AM GOING TO DIE ALONE AND I AM NOT AFRAID, a new play exploring modern oppression through the legacy of the Holocaust, devised by The Ensemble, directed by Anna H. Gelman, with music and music direction by Alec Phan, playing October 23 – December 6, 2019 at 3502 N. Elston Ave. (near Kedzie and Addison) in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.propthtr.org. The press opening is Monday, October 28, 2019 at 8 pm.
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