8/16/2017 0 Comments
It’s 1984 and Josephine Rosen has a dead-end job, lives in a working-class suburb of Boston with her mother, and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of being single at age 37. When a chance flirtation with an old classmate and a new friendship at work give her hope for the possibility of change, she takes tentative steps towards a new life. A humorous and heartfelt play about the difficulties and joys of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.
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Woody Allen’s stage musical based on his Academy Award-winning film – a hilarious and high stepping homage to both the gangster films and movie musicals of the 1930’s - will be staged for the first time by a Chicago company when NightBlue Performing Arts opens its production of the musical on Monday, September 11, following previews from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10. Press opening is Monday, September 11 at 7:30 pm. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will run through Sunday, October 8 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.
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Blue Man Group, continuing its open run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted), is celebrating 20 years in Chicago with an expanded fall performance schedule. The schedule includes a second autism-friendly performance Sunday, October 1 and a special 20th birthday performance Thursday, October 12.
This summer’s runaway hit is Steep Theatre’s Lela & Co. Called “a flawless piece of work” by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, this powerful U.S. premiere will run through September 16. Steep is adding eight new chances to hear Lela’s passionately told story of resilience and hope in the face of overwhelming adversity, featuring Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel and Chris Chmelik, whose performances have been described as “stunning,” “fantastic,” and “extraordinary empathetic.”
This will be the final extension of Lela & Co., as Steep makes way for their production of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, which will open on October 5.
What's wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? He can't sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can't get him into— or out of—pajamas. His teacher thinks it's Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, "He's just a boy!" And Mama's on a quest for answers. Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they're breaking character! A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned out what really matters?
Idle Muse Theatre Company's season eleven, which features plays exploring women achieving self-definition in a world that tries to define them in relationship to the men around them, opens the Midwest premiere of The Veil written by playwright Conor McPherson directed by guest artist Ann Kreitman this month. The Veil plays August 17 - September 17 at The Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway in Chicago. Tickets are available now through IdleMuse.org. Press performance is Saturday, August 19 at 8:00pm.
Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director, opens its 2017-2018 season with Five Guys Named Moe by Clarke Peters, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal and Associate Director Felicia P. Fields. Five Guys Named Moe, which features Louis Jordan’s greatest hits, runs September 7 – October 8, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is September 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company opens its 42nd Season with the Chicago premiere of The Rembrandt, written by Jessica Dickey and directed by Hallie Gordon. Currently in rehearsals, this subtle and elegant play features ensemble members Francis Guinan as Henry/Rembrandt and John Mahoney as Simon/Homer with Ty Olwin (Dodger/Titus), Karen Rodriguez (Madeline/Henny) and Gabriel Ruiz(Jonny/Martin). Previews begin September 7, opening is September 17 and the show has already been extended through November 5 due to popular demand. The Rembrandt takes place in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. Press performances are September 17 and 19. Single tickets ($20 - $99) are available through Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org.
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A businessman and his prominent family are on a destructive stampede, and recruiting others to join in their annihilation of their own town. Will the town #resist, or fall victim to the crush of a hostile takeover disguised as a social movement? Terrifying isolation meets explosive laughter in this cautionary comedy about the dangers of impending populism, mob mentality, and complacency in the face of a totalitarian takeover. This unfortunately timely dark comedy takes place in a world very similar to our own.
Pulse Theatre stages one of the most well-known works of all time, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Directed by Chris Jackson, the production seeks to put a new spin on Albee's oft-told tale with its diverse casting, but it ultimately does little else to justify yet another revival of this spectacular but perhaps overly produced play.
The Hawk was a common name for the cold, winter wind in Chicago, possibly even predating "the Windy City." Additionally, a hawk can see up to eight times more clearly than the human eye.