Hawk writer Ryan Moore celebrates another year with his favorite five productions from 2017. You can also check out Jason Berger's list and Emily Schmidt's list here.
Blue Man Group will kick off 2018 with the announcement of additional performances on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted). The added shows will give audiences additional opportunities to beat the winter blues and experience Chicago’s longest running theatrical production throughout the winter months.
Citadel Theatre will continue its 2017-18 season with Laura Eason’s SEX WITH STRANGERS, in its first area production since its 2009 and 2011 stagings at Steppenwolf Theatre. The play received its World Premiere as part of Steppenwolf’s “First Look Repertory of New Work” in 2009 and was restaged as one of the company’s regular season offerings in 2011. It was produced off -Broadway in 2014 at New York’s Second Stage and was one of the most produced plays in the U.S. in the ’15-’16 and’16-’17 seasons with more than 50 separate productions. SEX WITH STRANGERS has been performed internationally at Hampstead Theatre, London; Sydney Theatre, Sydney, Australia and Blackwing Productions, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Definition Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tyrone Phillips and Managing Director Neel McNeill, announces the final production of its 2017-2018 Season, the Chicago premiere of Moon Man Walk, written by James Ijames and directed by Tyla Abercrumbie. Moon Man Walk runs January 26 - February 25, 2018 in the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, as part of Definition’s tenure in the Victory Gardens Resident Theater Program. The press opening is Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Single tickets are on sale and may be purchased by calling the Victory Gardens box office at 773-781-3000 or at victorygardens.org.
Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for the final production of its 2017/2018 season – the irresistible Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This production is directed by Alan Souza with choreography by Grady M. Bowman. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat runs January 19, 2018 – March 25, 2018 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m.
TimeLine Theatre Company announces casting and other details for the Chicago premiere of BOY by Anna Ziegler, directed by Damon Kiely, January 18 – March 18, 2018 (previews January 10 – 17) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.Press Night is Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, visittimelinetheatre.com or call (773) 281-8463 x6.
The amusing antics of 20-somethings in big cities has become entertainment fodder since the induction of hit shows like Broad City and Girls to cable television, and though poet Aziza Barnes’ first foray into playwriting could easily be compared to either, her work stands on its own. To begin with, her millennial female friends navigating New York are not exclusively (or almost exclusively) white--in fact, it’s the drunken white girl who is the odd-woman-out in this script chock full of hilarious one-liners. This, in itself, is noteworthy. In an industry rampant with white experiences, Barnes’ offers a heartwarming and funny response to the narratives we see everyday.
The Hawk Chicago had its biggest year ever in 2017 - we were thrilled to review 75 productions across the city! Here's my list of favorites for the year.
Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music presents clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Lee Musiker on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, on the Evanston campus. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with a valid ID.
by Jason Berger
2017 was an insane year for everyone, and the Chicago theatre community responded in varying ways. From a surprise horror hit to a gut-wrenching revival, here are my five favorite productions from one of my least favorite years.