Chicago Children’s Theatre is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding the company with one of the 2017 National Theatre Company grants.
Have you ever met someone so drab, dull, and talentless that you dread spending time with them? Perhaps you've purposefully left them off an invite list or talked ill of them to other friends. To be passively cruel to others is human nature; we are all somewhat guilty of thinking ourselves objectively superior to others and indulging in a secret, shared disdain from time to time. But what happens when cultural and social exceptionalism becomes public policy? What happens when killing these unremarkable individuals is not only legal, but can be gainful employment? And, most importantly, how can the onlookers justify living in such a society?
Contestants on the reality cooking show Chopped are tasked with making three dishes that together create a full meal, but frequently the challenges of the “mystery baskets” make for mismatched pairings. French onion soup followed by a spicy Asian taco. A waffle sandwich alongside a zesty gumbo…
Such disjointed combinations come to mind halfway through Mónica Hoth and Claudio Valdés Kuri’s creative interpretation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel, currently running at Writers Theatre. Their take, Quixote: On the Conquest of Self, is both an engaging retelling of some of Quixote’s most famous stories and a modern reflection on the importance of taking a role in ‘authoring one’s own book,’ but the presentation of these two ideas never quite comes together: this dish ultimately comes out half-baked.
Goodman Theatre welcomes 11 participants for “Criticism in a Changing America”—a two-part program designed to augment early-career journalists’ understanding of how plays live in the wider context of contemporary issues. Beginning this weekend, conversations center around the development of a new play, with participants engaging with the artists of Goodman’s 14th annual New Stages Festival (concludes October 8).
Goodman Theatre announces the casts for its one-time-only staged readings as part of its free 14th annual New Stages Festival, October 5-8. The four staged readings include: How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson; Eden Prairie, 1971 by Mat Smart; The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona written and directed by José Rivera; We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time by David Cale, music by Matthew Dean Marsh. Plus, a sneak peek at an immersive work-in-progress--POSTNATION conceived by Mikhael Tara Garver, an exploration of immigrants’ roles in the creation of the U.S. Postal Service. Audiences also have the final opportunity to experience the three developmental productions (staged in repertory) during the weekend: Lottery Day by Ike Holter, directed by Lili-Anne Brown; Continuity by Bess Wohl, directed by Annie Tippe; and Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Erica Weiss.
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the first production in the fifth season of Chicago’s “lost” musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, starring Meghan Murphy and Brandon Dahlquist, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Peter Stone, with direction by Porchlight’s Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Florence Walker Harris and musical direction by David Fiorello.
Chicago Opera Theater Presents Gian Carlo Menotti's THE CONSUL in Co-Production with Long Beach Opera
Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents “The Consul,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Gian Carlo Menotti. Hailed by the New York Times as “an opera of eloquence, momentousness, and intensity of expression… written from the heart,” “The Consul” is a modern opera whose subject matter has proven to have lasting relevance since its premiere in 1950. This show features direction by former COT Artistic DirectorAndreas Mitisek, music direction by internationally renowned conductor Kristof van Grysperre, and stars legendary soprano Patricia Racette as Magda Sorel.
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Invictus Theatre, a new theater company with a mission to create theatre that promotes a better understanding of the poetry, rhythm, and resonance of language and its ability to express the breadth of the human condition, is pleased to announce its first production, Othello: the Moor of Venice. A bold production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of love, lust, jealousy and ruthless vengeance, the play will open at the Heartland Studio Theatre in Chicago in November.
Lookingglass Theatre Company opens its 30th Anniversary Season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times, adapted and directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman from the book by Charles Dickens and in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Hard Times runs October 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N Michigan Ave at Pearson.
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