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5/28 Opening Night! Tapman Productions to Present LA RAISON D'ETRE at the Athenaeum Theatre, 5/28 - 6/7 5/28 Opening Night! Tapman Productions to Present LA RAISON D'ETRE at the Athenaeum Theatre, 5/28 - 6/7
5/28 Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Co. to Present HAMLET, Begin. 5/28 5/28 Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Co. to Present HAMLET, Begin. 5/28
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Shattered Globe to Stage THE GROWN-UP at Theater Wit, 4/9-5/23 Photos Shattered Globe to Stage THE GROWN-UP at Theater Wit, 4/9-5/23
(5/23/2015) - On the heels of its critically-acclaimed, sold-out production of The Rose Tattoo, Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to conclude its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of Jordan Harrison's hilarious kick in the heart, THE GROWN-UP, directed by Krissy Vanderwarker, playing April 9 - May 23, 2015 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Shattered Globe will stage the second ever production of Harrison's new play, which debuted last year at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival. Tickets for THE GROWN-UP are available at www.theaterwit.org, in person at the Theater Wit Box Office or by calling (773) 975-8150. The press performance is Sunday, April 12 at 3 pm.


The Hypocrites' ALL OUR TRAGIC to Play The Den Theatre, 6/20-8/9 Photos The Hypocrites' ALL OUR TRAGIC to Play The Den Theatre, 6/20-8/9
(5/22/2015) -  The Hypocrites will present a return engagement of its critically acclaimed world premiere ALL OUR TRAGIC, an unparalleled twelve-hour theatrical adaptation that combines all 32 surviving Greek tragedies into a single epic narrative. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Graney and featuring most of the original cast members, this contemporary festival of Dionysus returns June 20 - August 9, 2015 at The Hypocrites' new home, The Den Theatre Mainstage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets are currently on sale at www.the-hypocrites.com.  The press openings are Saturday, June 27 at 11 am and Sunday, June 28 at 11 am.


Photo Flash: JERSEY BOYS Cast Meets Order of Canada Recipient Photos Photo Flash: JERSEY BOYS Cast Meets Order of Canada Recipient
(5/22/2015) - The cast of the JERSEY BOYS tour posed backstage during a post-show meet and greet last night at Broadway In Chicago's Bank of America Theatre with Order of Canada recipient and internationally renowned Famous PEOPLE Players founder Diane Dupuy and her mother, Mary Thornton. Check out a look back below!


Photo Flash: First Look at AstonRep's LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES Photos Photo Flash: First Look at AstonRep's LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
(5/22/2015) - AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with Christopher Hampton's drama LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, based on the classic French novel by Choderlos de Laclos, directed by Charlie Marie McGrath, playing May 21 - June 21, 2015 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129. The press opening is Sunday, May 24 at 3:30 pm.


The Ruckus Sets Cast for MATAWAN World Premiere, 6/26-7/26 at the Athenaeum Photos The Ruckus Sets Cast for MATAWAN World Premiere, 6/26-7/26 at the Athenaeum
(5/21/2015) - On the heels of hit comedy Barbecue Apocalypse, The Ruckus continues its 2014-15 season, dubbed the "season of catastrophe," with the world premiere of MATAWAN, Dan Caffrey's thrilling physical story of terror, coming of age, and the transformative power of total disaster. The Allison Shoemaker-directed production will run June 26th-July 26th at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N Southport Ave) in Chicago.


HEIDI KETTENRING: SOMETHING WONDERFUL Comes to Metropolis, 6/11 Photos HEIDI KETTENRING: SOMETHING WONDERFUL Comes to Metropolis, 6/11
(5/21/2015) - Metropolis and Michael Ingersoll present Chicago's favorite leading lady Heidi Kettenring: Something Wonderful, part of the Artists Lounge Live Series at Metropolis on June 11, 2015.


GRAND CONCOURSE Rounds Out Steppenwolf's 2014-15 Season, Starting 7/2 Photos GRAND CONCOURSE Rounds Out Steppenwolf's 2014-15 Season, Starting 7/2
(5/21/2015) - Steppenwolf Theatre Company completes its 2014/15 Subscription Season with the Chicago premiere production of Grand Concourse, a play full of both humor and heart by Heidi Schreck and directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov. Grand Concourse begins previews July 2, 2015 (Opening night is July 12, 2015; Press performances are July 11 at 3pm and July 14 at 7:30pm) and runs through August 30, 2015 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St).


American Theater Company Artistic Director PJ Paparelli Dies at 40 Photos American Theater Company Artistic Director PJ Paparelli Dies at 40
(5/21/2015) - The Chicago Tribune writes that PJ Paparelli, artistic director of Chicago's American Theater Company for seven years, died today, May 21, 2015 following a car accident while on vacation in Scotland earlier this week. He was 40.


The Brown Paper Box Co. Presents SPRING FORWARD, FAIL BACK: A SUNNY, FUNNY CABARET This Weekend Photos The Brown Paper Box Co. Presents SPRING FORWARD, FAIL BACK: A SUNNY, FUNNY CABARET This Weekend
(5/22/2015) - The Brown Paper Box Co. has announced their next cabaret series, Spring Forward, Fail Back: A Sunny, Funny Cabaret. This show will feature songs and stories about all things spring: the flings, the foibles, and all of the shenanigans that accompany the rising temperatures of the season.


Benevolent Theatre to Present KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 7/2-26 Photos Benevolent Theatre to Present KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 7/2-26
(5/21/2015) - Benevolent Theatre will present the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Terrence McNally, based on the novel by Manuel Puig, as the final production in its 2014/2015 season. The production will run July 2nd through July 26th at Trap Door Theatre in Bucktown. Kiss of the Spider Woman is directed by Benevolent Theatre Founding Member Jessica Harling, director of such previous Benevolent Theatre productions as Spoon River. The production features Parker Guidry as Molina, and Jessica Kingsdale as Aurora the Spider Woman.


Walkabout & Moon Fool to Present STORM, 6/18-28 Photos Walkabout & Moon Fool to Present STORM, 6/18-28
(5/21/2015) - Chicago's Walkabout Theater Company joins forces with the international ensemble of Moon Fool to present the Chicago premiere of STORM, a fierce re-imagining of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, created and directed by Anna-Helena McLean and featuring actors from three continents. STORM will play June 18 - 28, 2015 at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.linkshall.org. The press opening is Thursday, June 18 at 7 pm.


Barrel of Monkeys' Executive Director to Step Down Photos Barrel of Monkeys' Executive Director to Step Down
(5/21/2015) - Barrel of Monkeys' Board of Directors today announced that Amanda Farrar will be stepping down as the company's Executive Director at the end May, after serving nearly six years in the post. Longtime Barrel of Monkeys Company Member Gwen Tulin will serve as Interim Executive Director during the search for a new Executive Director.


American Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZ Photos American Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZ
(5/21/2015) - The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University will workshop and present a staged reading of the new musical "The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz" written by the Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Grant and Lorenz Hart Award-winning team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. 


The House Theatre of Chicago to Host GAME NIGHT WITH PETER SAGAL, 6/27 Photos The House Theatre of Chicago to Host GAME NIGHT WITH PETER SAGAL, 6/27
(5/21/2015) - Due to popular demand, The House Theatre of Chicago is excited to announce the second Game Night with Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's quiz game show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Saturday, June 27 8pm - 11pm at the new Cards Against Humanity Headquarters, at 1917 N. Elston Ave. Event tickets are $50 and include admission, unlimited game play, and plenty of beer. Prize drawing entries are also available for $5 each, with prizes including a tabletop game package and a Wait Wait... prize package. This event is for ages 21+. Space is limited to 100 guests. Tickets are on sale through The House Theatre of Chicago by calling 773.769.3832 or at theHouseTheatre.com.


Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 5/22; Center Stage's MARLEY, MASTER CLASS in New Orleans & More! Photos Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 5/22; Center Stage's MARLEY, MASTER CLASS in New Orleans & More!
(5/22/2015) - This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include MARLEY at Center Stage, MASTER CLASS in New Orleans, and SOLD in Arizona, just to name a few.