A small theater company moves into an abandoned Chicago storefront. Led by their adventurously thirsty artistic director, they embark on an explosive new play with the hope of finally breaking it big. When the ensemble realizes their source material might not be as original as once assumed, they are thrust into an intense confrontation with residents of their new community, who not only want them out, but will take their story back by any means necessary. Red Rex is the sixth play in Ike Holter's seven part "Rightlynd Saga,” which also includes Exit Strategy, Prowess, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.
The Chicago theatre community will present a wide variety of festive plays, musicals, dance and comedy offerings this Holiday season. In support, the League of Chicago Theatres will create its annual comprehensive Holiday Theatre Guide that will be available beginning in mid-November at hotels, theaters, events, and destinations across the Chicago area. An updated list of holiday shows with additional details about each production will be available throughout the season at ChicagoPlays.com. Additionally, many holiday shows will be available at Hot Tix, Chicago’s local, half-price ticketing service.
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 eight 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?
Chicago Magic Lounge celebrates the holidays with additional performances, New Year's Eve shows and more!
Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago’s new home for close-up magic, celebrates the holidays with magical performances, specialty cocktails and more. Featured performers in December include Signature Show appearances by TC Tahoe, Francis Menotti feat. Lindsey Noel, Anna DeGuzman, and Nick Diffatte, and a late-night bar set by Frank Everhart Jr. Ring in the new year with The New Year’s Eve Show, a special night of music and magic featuring mind reader Mark Toland, Trent James, Ryan Plunkett and band, The DOT, Monday, December 31, 9pm-2am. A special, child-friendly, The NYE Eve Family Show will be held on Sunday afternoon, December 31 at 3:30pm.
Journey into a near-future dystopia where humans struggle to survive in an increasingly hostile environment as Akvavit Theatre and Dramafronten present RISING TEMPERATURES, four linked, site-specific world premiere Danish plays presented in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The four short works are written by Danish playwrights Rhea Leman, Joan Rang Christensen, Kristian Halken and Jens Kløft and directed by Co-Artistic Director Breahan Pautsch*, Linsey Falls, Lindsay Tornquist and Lee Peters. RISING TEMPERATURES will play November 27 – 30, 2018. The tour begins at 5153 N. Clark St. #306 and travels to the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.) and the Andersonville Galleria (5247 N. Clark St.). Tickets are currently available at chicagonordic.org.
Too often, the first thought that pops into my head upon exiting a production is “why this play?” The question arises not from a lack of merit but one of intent: of all the scripts available, why produce this particular production? What is the company or playwright trying to say? How or does it relate to current events?
Teatro Vista announces the world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker’s The Abuelas, a sequel to her acclaimed play The Madres, February 9-March 17, 2019 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Press opening is Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m. Regular show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $20-$35, go on sale December 17. For tickets and information, visit teatrovista.org, victorygardens.org or call (773) 871-3000.
Victory Gardens Theater presents with Actors Theatre of Louisville the Co-World Premiere of HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF
Victory Gardens Theater, with Actors Theatre of Louisville, to present the Co-World Premiere of How to Defend Yourself, written by Lily Padilla and directed by Marti Lyons. How to Defend Yourself will be presented at the 2019 Humana Festival of New American Plays (March 21 – April 7, 2019) and as part of the Victory Gardens Theater 2019/2020 Season (January 24 – February 23, 2020).
Red Tape Theatre announces the cast of our second show in our 15th Season - IN THE BLOOD by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Chika Ike. In the Blood is the story of the impoverished Hester La Negrita's mission for redemption. She tries to make a way for her and her five children but is instead constantly used, abused, and condemned by everyone around her. Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Park's provocative riff on The Scarlet Letter is an unflinching look at how we judge each other, how we separate from each other and how we determine what is "otherness." The show will star Casey Chapman, Richard Costes, Jyreika Guest, Emilie Modaff, Kiayla Ryann, and Max Thomas.
I KNOW MY OWN HEART by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, was inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister. It details Lister’s affairs with various women in the early 19th Century. Donoghue is best known for her novel and subsequent screenplay and stage play of ROOM. The film version of ROOM was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Brie Larson’s award-winning performance. This will be the US premiere of I KNOW MY OWN HEART and it will be directed by Elizabeth Swanson. Swanson says, “Heart is a colorful chamber drama about a woman who works toward that most elusive end – to know herself. And what she uncovers about her needs and desires challenges every traditional queer narrative.”
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