September is one of the busiest months of the year in Chicago theatre, and this year is no exception. Check out the list below for our recommendations on the most promising productions headed your way.
The Chicago Fringe Festival
The 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival technically launches on August 30th, but with 47 productions playing through September 10th, we'd be remiss not to include the massive theatrical celebration on our list! Shows that have our interest piqued include With the Weight of her Fate on her Shoulders from the Chicago Iowa Theatre Collective, Mark Toland: Mind Reader and East of the Sun, West of the Moon from The Hnossa Project. Tickets: You'll need a $5 button to enter the festival - once you're in, you can purchase single tickets for $10. More information here.
Bullets Over Broadway
Nighblue Performing Arts opens their newest production on September 11th, and they have assembled a truly fantastic cast. The musical (based on the Woody Allen film) was nominated for six 2014 Tony Awards. The production will play Stage 773 through October 8th. Tickets: Previews: $15, Regular: $27-35. More information here.
Rivendell Ensemble presents a world premiere of Margaret Atwood's novel which takes a look at one of Canada's most notorious murders. Ayssette Munoz and Maura Kidwell star. The production will run through Sunday, October 15th. Tickets: Previews: $18-28, Regular $28-38. More information here.
James Fleming directs Redtwist's upcoming production of the famous Thornton Wilder play with a diverse cast. The Pulitzer Prize winner will be staged from September 9th - October 8th and features Adam Bitterman, Richard Costes, and Nicole Michelle Haskins. Tickets: $35-40. More information here.
Victory Gardens stages the Chicago premiere of the Broadway darling Fun Home, based on the groundbreaking and best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. Gary Griffin directs this intimate musical (which won five Tony Awards) with a cast featuring Danni Smith and Rob Lindley. The production is currently scheduled to run Sept. 19 - November 12. Tickets: Previews: $29-49, Regular: $39-75. More information here.
The Taming of the Shrew
Barbara Gaines brings Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew to the year 1919 with an all-female cast featuring E. Faye Butler, Tina Gluschenko, Heidi Kettenring and more. The production, which will run from September 16 to November 12 in Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater, will feature new scenes written by Ron West. Tickets: $53-68. More information here.
Raven Theatre launches their 35th anniversary season with the Chicago Premiere of Choir Boy, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who recently won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Moonlight. The play, which follows a gay teenager at an all-black prep school, runs Sept. 27-Nov. 12 and is directed by Michael Menendian. Tickets: $15-29. More information here.