The Artistic Home's summer late night production of Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS has been extended one week - adding performances Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22. Genet’s subversive drama in which two maids fantasize killing their mistress was inspired by a real-life murder committed by two sisters working as maids who killed their employer and her daughter. In the play, the maids construct elaborate sadomasochistic rituals when their mistress (Madame) is away. The focus of their role-playing is the murder of Madame and they take turns portraying both sides of the power divide.
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce casting for CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Tyrone Phillips. This sharp and boisterous drama about family, faith and revolution will feature Chanell Bell, Brianna Buckley, Brandi Jiminez Lee, Terence Sims and Emily Tate.
Full casting was announced today for City Lit’s season opener, George Bernard Shaw’s comedy ARMS AND THE MAN. Set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian war, it satirizes the folly of armed conflict. City Lit’s production will be directed by Brian Pastor, Artistic Director of Promethean Theatre Ensemble and director of City Lit’s fall 2017 production of J.B.
Football season is over a month away – but fans of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish can get a fix July 20 to Aug. 5 when the American Music Theatre Project and Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University present the rousing musical “Something in the Game: An All-American Musical.”
Victory Gardens Theater presents Town Hall: Reunite!, an event where Chicago artists will respond to the current immigration policies of the United States. Town Hall: Reunite! will be held at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The title of Ellen Farley’s world premiere Support Group for Men at Goodman Theatre is undeniably evocative. Like Steppenwolf’s Straight White Men in 2017, the name alone alludes to the possible derision of that particular sex. Yet instead of relying on laughs from a mocking of masculinity, Farley’s much more accepting play finds humor in the disparities, whether political or social, among its group of men, creating a humorous, heartfelt, and warm-hearted 90 minutes.
After last year's incredible response, we are so thrilled to bring the Chicago Theatre Awards back for a second year! The CTAs were created to give YOU, the Chicago theatre audience, an opportunity to recommend and vote for the artists of your choosing for the past season of theatre in our great city.
Productions that opened between June 1st, 2017, and May 31st, 2018, are eligible. The first round of voting is submission-based and will close on Monday, July 16th. The nominations will be revealed the following week with voting concluding on Tuesday, July 31st. Winners will be announced August 3rd.
You do not need to submit responses to every category. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. As with any award, the Chicago Theatre Awards are subjective. They were created to uplift and celebrate the diverse artists working in Chicago. All votes are counted and verified by computer.
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Lookingglass Theatre Company announces Family Days for 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas. Family Days will be held on July 14, 28 and August 9, 2018 with a 2 p.m. show and 4:30 p.m. meet and greet at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.
As the 2016 election reminded us, outside of our liberal Chicago bubble are small towns, differing ideas, and a plethora of mason jars filled with various canned goods. Such is the setting of Steppenwolf’s latest, The Roommate, as a progressive New Yorker moves in with an Iowan divorcee shocked by the introduction of her vegan, pot-smoking, queer roommate. An amusing series of antics ensue as this odd couple learns to live together, and while Jen Silverman’s play relies on a few too many stereotypes in its latter half to make the conclusion resonate emotionally, the dynamic acting duo of Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez succeed in making the play enjoyable if not entirely memorable.
Random Acts has announced Chicago Fire's Robyn Coffin as the host for #SafeSpace on July 19th at 8pm. The Pay-What-You-Can fundraiser for RAICES Texas, one of the main organizations fighting for families at the border, will be held at Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln).