L. Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today that a production of the fun-loving musical comedy PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT will run in the Venus Cabaret Theater from March 20 through June 28. The press opening is Sunday, March 29 at 7:30pm. Adapted from the beloved movie-musical The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, PRISCILLA tells a fabulous story of love, family, and true friendship, following three drag queens on their adventures across the Australian Outback. PRISCILLA will feature the creative talents of L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Music Director), and Breon Arzell (Choreographer).
The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) puts the “win” in winter with its 35th match CLLAW XXXV: Pageant of Champions on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. CLLAW’s benefit match will feature Chicago’s biggest, baddest lady arm wrestlers, live musical entertainment from funk band OD Jo and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 pm with the first match beginning at 9:30 pm. Tickets, priced at $25, are available in advance at www.cllaw.org or $30 at the door (the ladies will gladly take cash or credit at the door). The event is 21+.
This January Otherworld Theatre proudly presents Generation Red, written by Alexander Utz and directed by Bec Willett. The play runs January 17 - February 2, 2020 at Otherworld Theatre. Tickets for all shows are Pay-What-You-Can and are available at www.OtherworldTheatre.org.
The Gift Theatre is pleased to present TEN 2020, the company’s annual season kick-off festival of ten world premiere ten-minute pieces by The Gift and guest artists, curated by Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton and Associate Artistic Directors Paul D'Addario and Emjoy Gavino. TEN will play January 9 – 18, 2020 at 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. Tickets for TEN are free for Gift subscribers and $10 for the general public. Tickets are currently available at thegifttheatre.org or by calling the Gift’s box office at 773-283-7071.
Conceived in a pizza parlor and argued in the highest court in the land, the landmark 1973 case of Roe v. Wade legalized abortion—and is debated still today. Lisa Loomer’s Roe, hailed as a “cleverly illuminating” (The Washington Post) “big play with big ideas” (Mail Tribune), is “a lively and intelligent look at one of the most divisive issues of our time” (The Mercury News). Vanessa Stalling returns to the Goodman to direct the 15-member cast, including emblematic characters of plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) and Sarah Weddington, the young Texan lawyer who argued the case. Roe appears January 18 – February 23 (opening night is Monday, January 27) in the Goodman’s 856-seat Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20-70; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Roe, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).
Trap Door Theatre has announced an extension for THE WHITE PLAGUE, which has been playing since December 5. The production, written by Karel Čapek and directed by Nicole Wiesner, will now play through January 25, 2020 at Trap Door Theatre.
Silk Road Rising (Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury and Founding Executive Director Malik Gillani) and Momentary Theatre (Co-Curators Matthew T. Messina and Jacob C. Shuler) are proud to announce the World Premiere of My Dear Hussein, written by Nahal Navidar, and directed by Tlaloc Rivas. The production will run March 17 to April 19, 2020 at Silk Road Rising located at 77 W. Washington St., Lower Level, Chicago, IL, 60602. The Press Opening is Sunday, March 22 at 4:00pm.
Despite Chicago’s bustling, multiracial theater scene, an unbalanced amount of representation and opportunity has been noticed by many. A 2017 Chicago Tribune study done on the Actors’ Equity Association, specifically on acting jobs in the city, found that contracts were mostly given to men compared to women. These men were largely white men, and women of color were paid lower salaries as well. Perceptions Theatre has formed on the Southeast side of the city, to join forces with their community and help change this narrative.
Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to launch its eighth season, exploring the theme “Change the Rules,” with the U.S. premiere of Beth Steel’s propulsive financial drama LABYRINTH, directed by Spenser Davis, playing January 31 - February 29, 2020 at its resident home, The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.brokennosetheatre.com. Tickets for all Broken Nose Theatre productions are available on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. The press opening is Sunday, February 2 at 3 pm.
The trials and tribulations of adolescence have longed served as fodder for adult comedy--having now (presumably) passed that threshold, it’s amusing to look back and remember how tragic losing that spelling bee trophy was. But there’s so much more to it than pimples and puberty, and Clare Barron’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dance Nation, now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre, understands and celebrates that. From its hilariously dark opening number to its reverberating conclusion, Barron’s exploration of the invincibility and vulnerability of a pre-teen dance troupe serves as a poignant reminder of how the past shapes the present.
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