Lifelong friendships are messy. They have the gift of strength through formative, shared experiences, but also carry the curse of emotional conflict when personal paths diverge. You grow and feel things with one another, sharing in the joys and frustrations of first loves and in the tragedy of losing a family member. However, in a lot of forms of media, these long friendships are often played as one-note: these two people have been friends for a long time, so they must be the best of friends. This portrayal misses the mark, however, as no life long friendship is stable just because of the large amount of time spent with one another. It is refreshing, then, to see Out of Love take such a raw, emotional look at what it means to be platonically entwined with another person for so long.
Silent Theatre Company presents a brand new, site specific, immersive play, Incomplete Conversations. This play will take place in every room of Tapestry Fellowship Church (3824 W. Irving Park) and explores the emotional shockwaves of an unexpected death within a family and a church community. It wrestles with questions of when we ought to speak up, when we ought to keep quiet and how to love people with whom we disagree. To accomplish this exploration, the audience is invited to enter and immerse themselves in multi-dimensional action that will fill up all the spaces in this real church where the family prepares to bury the young pastor, say their goodbyes and maybe find out who killed him.
The early days of the Chicago-born genre of music that became an international sensation will be brought to life through song and dance in a new stage musical written and directed by house music pioneer Mickey “Mixin” Oliver. Oliver wrote the musical’s book and collaborated with Lidell Townsell on the music and lyrics of its original score. REVOLUTION CHICAGO is the story of how “House Music” came to be when a radio program director, Lee Michaels, sought a way to revitalize the struggling radio station WBMX. Michaels had a vision to bring the art of a DJ’s turntable skills and his music to radio. He hired the five best dance club DJs in the Chicago metro market, named them the Hot Mix 5, led by Mickey Oliver, and soon they became legends in radio.
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce the world premiere of the heartwarming 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. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets are currently available at raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177.
Windy City Playhouse, known for presenting unique and immersive theater pieces that create an intimate audience experience, is thrilled to announce the extension of the smash hit, “The Recommendation” at Windy City Playhouse Flagship (3014 W. Irving Park Road). The psychological thriller follows two friends through the trials and tribulations of life and tests just how far they will go to get what they want. Tickets ($80-$100) are on sale now and can be purchased in-person at the Windy City Playhouse Box Office, by visiting WindyCityPlayhouse.com or by calling (773) 891-8985.
The League of Chicago Theatres announces the Theatre Thursdays line-up for the 2019-2020 Chicago theatre season, featuring one World Premiere per month. The productions include His Shadow (16th Street Theater), Grey House (A Red Orchid Theatre), The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley (Northlight Theatre), Peg (The New Colony and Broken Nose Theatre), Verböten (The House Theatre of Chicago), How to Defend Yourself (Victory Gardens Theater), Her Honor, Jane Byrne (Lookingglass Theatre Company),The Juniors (First Floor Theater), Relentless (TimeLine Theatre Company), Every Waiting Heart (Artemisia Theatre) and The Fig and the Wasp (Haven Chicago). Additional information for each event is available https://chicagoplays.com/theatre-thursdays/.
Silk Road Rising (Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury and Founding Executive Director Malik Gillani) and International Voices Project (Patrizia Acerra, Executive Director and Maggie Carlin, Administrative Manager) are proud to announce the World Premiere of Twice, Thrice, Frice, written by Fouad Teymour and directed by Patrizia Acerra. The production will run from October 1 to November 10, 2019 at Silk Road Rising located at 77 W. Washington St., Lower Level, Chicago, IL, 60602.
Akvavit Theatre is pleased to launch its 2019 season with FAMILY DRAMA: 2 Norwegian Plays appearing in a double bill September 24 – October 13, 2019 at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The two one-acts presented in partnership with the International Voices Project, include the U.S. premiere of GOLIATH by Maria Tryti Vennerød, translated by May-Brit Akerholt and directed by Co-Artistic Director Kirstin Franklin* and THE RETURNING by Fredrik Brattberg, translated by Henning Hegland and directed by Lee Peters. Tickets are currently available at www.chicagonordic.org.
The critically hailed Blue Man Group is proud to announce its sixth annual autism-friendly performance in Chicago Sunday, October 6 at 4 p.m. Slight modifications will be made to the Blue Man Group performance at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted) in order to create a sensory-friendly show that better accommodates individuals and families affected by autism.
A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere of Grey House, written by Ensemble Member Levi Holloway and directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. Grey House runs October 10 – December 1, 2019 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells in Chicago. The press performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Single tickets for Grey House go on sale Monday, September 9, 2019.
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