Victory Gardens Theater in partnership with The Black Women’s Expo and Black Owned Chicago present the 4th Semi-Annual Black Beauty Festival November 23 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm and November 24 from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. This is the first holiday version of their annual Black Beauty Festival. Featuring a showcase of Black owned businesses specializing in beauty and wellness products, incredible performances, and post-show conversations, Black Beauty Festival: A Soulful Holiday is presented in conjunction with the World Premiere of The First Deep Breath, written by Lee Edward Colston II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tickets to the Black Beauty Festival: A Soulful Holiday are FREE. RSVP preferred but not required.
Grandma is back with holiday classics and new family favorites as PlayMakers Laboratory (formerly Barrel of Monkeys) presents THAT’S WEIRD GRANDMA: Holiday Extravaganza, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd, playing December 9 – 21, 2019 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.playmakerslab.org or by calling (773) 506-7140. The press opening is Friday, December 13 at 8 pm.
Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today two new cast members to lead the production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT beginning November 14, with Jeff Diebold as King Arthur, and Keely Vasquez as the Lady of the Lake. SPAMALOT opened on September 8 to rave reviews, with the original cast members, Jonah D. Winston and Meghan Murphy originally at the helm in the roles of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake. Murphy and Winston will play their final week of SPAMALOT through November 10.
AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to present its 11th annual WRITER’S SERIES, an afternoon of staged readings of new works by local writers. This year’s series will showcase two productions by Jasmine Sharma and Ellen Wiese on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 2 pm – 6 pm at The Edge Theater (Off Broadway stage), 1133 W. Catalpa Ave. in Chicago. Patrons are invited to attend individual readings – or stay for the entire afternoon. Readings are free but donations will be accepted. No reservations required. For additional information, visit www.astonrep.com or call (773) 828-9129.
Strawdog Theatre Company announced it must exit its current home at 1802 W. Berenice Ave. in Chicago’s Northcenter neighborhood at the end of March 2020. The company has leased the space since 2017, after losing its 25-year home at 3829 N. Broadway in Lake View.
Windy City Playhouse is thrilled to announce the extension of Duncan Macmillan’s critically-acclaimed one-person show, “Every Brilliant Thing” at Windy City Playhouse South (2229 S. Michigan Ave.). “Every Brilliant Thing” follows the protagonist as she guides the audience through a story of finding the things that make life worth living in the face of her mother's depression. In keeping with the original production and Windy City Playhouse’s immersive style, the show offers a unique opportunity for audience members to participate in the story. For tickets and more information, please visit www.WindyCityPlayhouse.com or call (773) 891-8985.
Following a sell-out, six-show run earlier this year, comedian Maria Bamford, star of the hit Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, returns to The Den Theatre for six performances April 30 – May 3, 2020 on The Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets ($35 general admission, $55 VIP seating) are currently available at www.thedentheatre.com, in person at the The Den box office or by calling (773) 697-3830. Ages 21+.
The House Theatre of Chicago will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the annual hit production The Nutcracker, an all-original, ballet-free and family-friendly production playing at The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, November 16 – December 29. Company Members Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O’Donnell and Tommy Rapley created the adaptation based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story with original direction and choreography by Rapley. The press opening is Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of Kevin Artigue’s SHEEPDOG, a love story that investigates the blurred lines between duty and passion in the face of police brutality, directed by Wardell Julius Clark. The cast includes Leslie Ann Sheppard and SGT Ensemble Member Drew Schad*.
Raven Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of the heartwarming, family-friendly comedy COLD TOWN/HOTLINE: A Chicago Holiday Story, written and directed by Eli Newell, playing November 30 – December 22, 2019 on Raven’s 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm.
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