CHICAGO – For immediate release. The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy’s Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to be believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for six performances only. Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy’s as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter’s refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
Quest Theatre Ensemble's 15th annual Christmas celebration of Blue Nativity features visually arresting large-scale puppetry, soaring music and the greatest story ever told. Embraced by many as a holiday tradition, Blue Nativity tells the story of Christmas and the birth of Christ with beautiful large-scale puppetry accompanied by live music. Suitable for audiences of all ages and a favorite of families, Blue Nativity breaks the mold of Holiday productions, portraying “the greatest story ever told” with original puppets guaranteed to dazzle and beautiful music to enhance the experience. The ensemble cast, sings folksongs and classic carols as twelve foot blue moon puppets bring the story to life visually.
Richard Greenberg’s Tony-Award nominated play to open January 31
CHICAGO – Raven Theatre Associate Artistic Director Cody Estle has announced a “blended family” of new and familiar Raven faces for the company’s Midwest premiere of The Assembled Parties, which in 2013 earned a 2013 Tony® Award nomination for Best Play. The play by Richard Greenberg, author of Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain and many other plays, will open on Raven Theatre’s East Stage under Estle’s direction on Tuesday, January 31, following previews from January 25 – 30, 2017.
The Other Theatre Company (TOTC) announces the return of the smash hit with a queer twist Barney the Elf, written by company member Bryan Renaud, original direction by Silkaitis, additional direction by Tommy Rivera-Vega and choreographed by Rivera-Vega, November 30 - January 1, 2017 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
By Leigh Austin
One thing is always certain when seeing a Hypocrites’ production: it will be, at the very least, a unique stylistic experience. That doesn’t mean that it will always be a good one--some shows stretch too far and fail to strike the right balance between the absurd and the absurdly enjoyable. Yet this latest foray, Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes, stands out as a production both whimsical and political, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching, funny and serious.
Windy City Playhouse (3014 N. Irving Park Road) announces casting for Robert O’Hara’s “Bootycandy,” the “searing and sensationally funny” (The New York Times) semi-autobiographical play about growing up gay and black. Under the direction of the NAACP, OBIE and Helen Hayes Award winner O’Hara, the cast is led by rising Chicago star Travis Turner (whose recent credits include “Thaddeus & Slocum” at Lookingglass Theatre Company and “The Flick” at Steppenwolf Theatre) as Sutter, the character loosely based on O’Hara himself. Together with Turner, “Bootycandy” features a Chicago ensemble including Krystel McNeil (“Stoop Time,” You & Me Productions), Debrah Neal (“Sanctified,” Congo Square Theatre), Robert Fenton (“Port Authority,” Writers Theatre) and Osiris Khepera (“Tennessee Williams Project,” The Hypocrites). Previews for “Bootycandy” begin January 25and the production runs through April 15 . The Press Night is Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($15 - $55) go on sale November 21 and can be purchased at the Windy City Playhouse Box Office online or by calling (312) 891-8985 .
Random Acts Chicago is thrilled to announce its next theatrical event, an evening of sketch comedy called Awkward Family Gatherings. The world premiere will feature the talents of Colleen DeRosa, Garrett Lutz, Colleen O'Connor, and Random Acts company members Ayssette Muñoz, Bryan Renaud, Tommy Rivera-Vega, and Becca Russo. The two-night event will play at The Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron Ave. in the North Center Theatre District) on December 12th and 13th at 8:30pm. More info after the jump!
Chicago, IL – Pride Films and Plays celebrates its first holiday season in the Pride Arts Center with three special LGBT-themed cabaret/musical variety events in December. All three events will be staged in The Broadway, at 4139 N. Broadway.
The Other Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the cast of the 2016 production of Barney the Elf. Chicago Drag Star Dixie Lynn Cartwright returns in the role of Zooey, joined by playwright and lyricist Bryan Renaud as Barney. Jonathan Parker Jackson makes his TOTC debut in the role of Junior, with Maggie Cain returning in the role of Mrs. Claus. Mariah Furlow, Nik Kmiecik, Molly LeCaptain, Becca Sheehan, Ben F. Locke, Ethan Warren and Cassandra Nelson round out the ensemble, with Bobby Taves and Colleen DeRosa serving as understudies.
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Merrillville, IN – Charlie Blum, president and CEO of Star Productions, today announced that plans to shutter the Star Plaza Theatre have been reversed; the iconic theater with a decades-long history of presenting concerts, comedians and arts programming, will continue operating as it has in the past.
On August 9, 2016, Blum had announced that the theater was slated to close in May 2017 as it would be significantly impacted by the razing of the adjacent Radisson Hotel and the construction of the a new hotel on the property.