The fall theatre season is in full swing! Check out the list below for our recommendations on the most promising productions headed your way.
The Crucible (Steppenwolf for Young Adults)
The American classic by Arthur Miller receives a new production from director Jonathan Berry and featuring an excellent ensemble of performers, including Echaka Agba (fresh off an incredible turn in At the Table from Broken Nose Theatre), Avi Roque, Travis Knight, and Michael Patrick Thornton. Steppenwolf for Young Adults mounts two full-scale productions each year specifically for teens. The production will run October 4-21. More info here.
Evening at the Talk House (A Red Orchid)
A Red Orchid ensemble members Lance Baker, Doug Vickers, Kristen Fitzgerald and Natalie West are joined by an eclectic group of Chicago theatre staples under the direction of Shade Murray. This "ultra-dark comedy" comes from Wallace Shawn and opens on October 8th. More info here.
Marie Christine (BoHo Theatre)
This musical re-imagining of Medea comes from writer Michael John LaChuisa (The Wild Party) and is partially based on the real-life voodoo practicitioner Marie Laveu. BoHo's phenomenal production team is led by director Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction from Aaron Benham, and features a cast that includes Kyrie Courter in the title role, with Nicole Michelle Haskins, Ken Singleton, and Patrick Byrnes supporting. The production will run at Theatre Wit from October 21 - December 10. Info here.
The Making of a Modern Folk Hero (Other Theatre)
Other Theatre follows their electric spring production of Yussef El Guindi's Threesome with a world premiere from Martín Zimmerman (Netflix's Narcos and Ozark). Produced in association with Chicago Dramatists' Grafting Project, the new play follows a washed-up actor hired to portray a superhero as a form of protest. The "graphic novel for the stage" is directed by Kelly Howe and will feature Chris Meister, Robert N. Isaac, Hannah Toriumi and more. Info here.
The Invisible Hand (Steep Theatre Co.)
From Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced), The Invisible Hand is a geo-political thriller that follows an American banker taken hostage by an isolated militant group in Pakistan. The cast includes Basam Abdelfattah, Owais Ahmed, Anand Bhatt, and Joel Reitsma and will be directed by Audrey Francis. The production opens October 5 and will run through November 11. Info here.
1980 [Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson] (Jackalope Theatre Co.)
This world premiere from Patricia Cotter follows an unknown congressman from Illinois and his four young campaign workers' struggle to stop their generation's "Unthinkable Presidency" with a long-shot candidate. Kaiser Ahmed directs Hillary Horvath, Evelyn Gaynor, Bryce Gangel and Sheldon Brown. The production will run October 17 - December 2 at Broadway Armory Park. Info here.
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