Celebrate Tax Day with comedian Rebecca O'Neal (Vice, TBS, 2 Dope Queens) as she returns to The Hideout with host Skyler Higley (Laugh Factory Chicago, Clickhole, The Onion). The evening will also feature Ashley Ray (AV Club) and Odinaka Ezeokoli (Netflix, NPR). Tickets are $10 online and at the door (1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago.)
Though film adaptations of popular musicals oftentimes miss the mark, there are a select few whose iconic renditions make bringing them back to the stage challenging. Do you emulate the film’s popular choices? Do you try a completely different approach? Can the Grease finale work without leather pants?!
Strawdog Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of TAKE ME, a musical comic fantasia written by Mark Guarino, with original music and lyrics by Jon Langford (The Mekons, The Waco Brothers). Based on real events, ensemble member Anderson Lawfer* directs this new musical about a woman struggling with trauma who finds solace in the world of alien conspiracy theories. The cast includes ensemble members Nicole Bloomsmith*, Kamille Dawkins*, Carmine Grisolia*, and Michael Reyes* with Kristen Alesia, Megan DeLay, David Gorden-Johnson, Loretta Rezos and Matt Rosin.
The Artistic Home’s Jeff Award-recommended and critically acclaimed production of Rod Serling’s REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT will be extended for two additional weeks due to popular demand. The drama opened to rave reviews on February 17 and will now close on Sunday, April 14 rather than Sunday, March 31. The CHICAGO READER called it “a knockout,” saying Mark Pracht, who plays the aging prizefighter of the title, “ turns in a remarkable performance as the declining ‘punchy’ Mountain McClintock.” Mary Shen Barnidge, writing for TotalTheater.com called Pracht’s work “a star-making performance.” Bill Esler of BuzzCenterStage.com said, “Requiem for a Heavyweight is a great show, and a theatrical event.”
If you’re like me, you might have heard about the Mars One mission in passing back in 2015. The concept was that kind of science-fiction that seemed tantalizingly close to reality; a one-way manned mission to Mars and the promise of being the first humans on the red rock. You might have read the People article interviewing the semi-finalists or potentially heard about the immediate financial troubles of the initiative. More likely, though, you might have asked yourself the more abstract, philosophical, and somewhat obvious question: if given the opportunity, would you give up everything to make history?
Chicago Opera Theater’s Orli and Bill Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya and Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson General Director Ashley Magnus today announced the plans for the company’s 47th season, to include productions of two exciting contemporary operas, a Chicago premiere by Rachmaninov, and the company’s second world premiere commission. Yankovskaya will conduct each of these Chicago Opera Theater (COT) productions.
THE CLOWN SCHOOL, the Los Angeles-based studio devoted to teaching and promoting the art of clowning and related physical theatre disciplines, is expanding its offerings nationwide. Beginning now and running through 2019 and beyond, The Clown School is thrilled to announce the official opening of new branches in Chicago (IL), Annapolis (MD) and Lorton (VA). The classes in Chicago will be taught by Jeremy Aluma. The classes in Annapolis (MD) and Lorton (VA) will be taught by Mike Funt. Additionally, the School is launching an Online Certificate Training in Clown - the first of its kind in the world.
Be a queen of the dance floor this spring at About Face Theatre’s annual gala and Chicago’s hottest party: WONKA BALL: Disco Inferno on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8 pm (VIP cocktail reception and awards ceremony at 7 pm) at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St. in Chicago. Shake your groove thing with Chicago's celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA) theatre as it celebrates its 23rd season on this truly fabulous evening. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full casting for the world premiere of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT, co-written by ensemble members Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, Academy Award). Conceived by Tina Landau, she also directs this true and little-known Chicago story that will star Tarell Alvin McCraney as Ms. Joan Jett Blakk. Joining McCraney in the cast are Patrick Andrews, Molly Brennan, Daniel Kyri, Jon Hudson Odom and Sawyer Smith.
The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) conclude their 38th season with Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, writers/directors of such films as You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. Performances are April 26–May 19, 2019 at SSP’s home in the lower level of St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago.