The title of Candace Chong’s Wild Boar describes an interesting phenomena, a curious coexistence of urban development and nature. As dramaturg Carol Ann Tan’s explains, the towering skyscrapers and rapidly increasing population of Hong Kong has somehow yet to drive away the native wild boars, which can still be seen roaming around the city blocks. This intriguing juxtaposition between the natural and artificial, between human order and natural chaos, is one ripe for exploring. And while Chong’s script attempts to unpack these issues, its overreaching and lack of focus ends up muddling any meaning entirely.
Black Ensemble Theater concludes the 2017 Season (The Dance Theater Season) with Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr., written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks, with choreography by Rueben D. Echoles. Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, December 9, 2017 – January 21, 2018.
26 PRESENTS: HAPPY HOLIGAYS is the fourth edition of Pride Films and Plays' popular late night performance series inspired by the horror movie anthology THE ABCS OF DEATH. Our nine actors will present 26 scenes each inspired by a word that begins with a letter of the alphabet. Playwrights from across the Chicagoland area have created the 26 unique scenes. Performances will be Saturday nights at 10:30 pm, December 2, 9 and 16 at The Buena, Pride Arts Center, located at 4147 N Broadway Ave.
American Blues kicks off the Christmas season with their 16th annual production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!. Featuring an amicable ensemble and simple but stunning staging, the holiday hit playing at Stage 773 is pure holiday magic.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO), under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, announced today an exciting three-concert line-up for its 2017-18 season.
Please note: This production opens amid an ongoing investigation into sexual harrassment claims against Michael Halberstam at Writers Theatre. The internal probe has not yet been resolved.
There exists in the theatre world a misguided notion that any script with elevated language, be it Shakespeare, Marlowe, or even Wilde, need be approached in one of two ways: as over the top as possible, with actors shouting and leaping about to educate us poor, illiterate audience members; or, alternatively, as blandly as possible, with actors making little to no choice in “allegiance” to the text itself. I’m not sure what theatrical god imposed this horrible commandment, but it’s one that many a production has suffered via following.
The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy’s Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for four performances only. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy’s as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter’s refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
As a trans male, Jamie Black has had experience living as both a male and a female, making him uniquely qualified to explore the issue of gender norms. His one-man show, IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO has been performed in festivals around North America, including the New Orleans Fringe Festival, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Sideshow Fringe Festival in Nashville, TN, St. Lou Fringe Festival, and in summer 2017, the Toronto Fringe Festival. Locally, IT’S MY PENIS…. Has been performed at the Filet of Solo Festival, the Rhinoceros Festival and the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Festival. His first solo show, Living Inside Myself, was produced by Bailiwick Repertory and played to audiences across the country.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Sarah Paulson as the 2018 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12noon at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N Columbus Dr). VIP Reception begins at 11:30am. Ms. Paulson joins Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro for an exciting conversation about her career both on-stage and on-screen and her impact as a leader in her industry.
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre announces its first annual 24-hour theatre project this December. Six playwrights, six directors, and 24 actors will come together, sequester themselves overnight, and produce six 10-minute plays culminating in a performance the following evening at Laugh Out Loud Chicago. It’s the ultimate test of creativity, dedication, and caffeine.