The Hawk recommends a mix of holiday fare and more serious productions from an eclectic group of Chicago companies.
Wild Boar (Silk Road Rising)
A United States premiere from Candace Chong, one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed playwrights, this 'turbulent thriller' follows an editor and his student as they attempt to expose the truth when a controversial professor goes missing. The new translation by Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith is adapted by David Henry Hwang and directed by Helen Young. More info here.
The Minutes (Steppenwolf)
Described as a "scathing new comedy," the writer behind August: Osage County skewers small-town (and world) politics while examining what some will do in attempt to be on the right side of history. The Minutes is Letts' seventh play to premiere at Steppenwolf and his fifth collaboration with director Anna Shapiro. The cast includes Ian Barford, Francis Guinan and William Peterson. More information here.
The Importance of Being Earnest (Writers Theatre)
If anyone is going to produce yet another production of Oscar Wilde's comedy, it should be Writers Theatre. Michael Halberstam directs a diverse cast including Jennifer Latimore, Alex Goodrich, Aaron Todd Douglas and Shannon Cochran. The production will run at Writers' breathtaking theatre starting November 8. More info here.