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BWW Review: Victory Gardens' World Premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL Pays Loving Homage to Chicago's South Side and Female FriendshipBWW Review: Victory Gardens' World Premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL Pays Loving Homage to Chicago's South Side and Female Friendship
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 22, 2017

In Kurtis Boetcher's set design for Marcus Gardley's world premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL, the backdrop for the South Side beauty shop where the play is set prominently displays the photographs of black female icons ranging from Diana Ross to Beyonce-and all of course have fabulous hair in the photos. And as we learn in the play, Aberdeen "Birdie" Calumet (Greta Oglesby) and Bell Grand Lake's (Jacqueline Williams) fictional beauty shop has played host to a number of these famous black women over the years. But what Gardley's play does so beautifully is take the story of these specific, everyday characters and lend a universality to them. The play takes place primarily in 2008 but shows us flashbacks of young Birdie (Camille Robinson) and young Bell (Donica Lynn) as they make their way from Mississippi to settle in Chicago and start their business. Along the way, Gardley weaves a narrative that is warm and sometimes funny but also ultimately serious and touching. And as one would expect, Johnny Jamison's hair and wig design is just superb. (more...)

UNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the GoodmanUNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls marks his 30th anniversary season with the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's (The Flick) adaptation of Uncle Vanya. Uncle Vanya opens tonight and appears for a now-extended run through March 19 in the Owen Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A WONDER IN MY SOUL at Victory Gardens TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at A WONDER IN MY SOUL at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs now through March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tim Hopper and More in UNCLE VANYA at the GoodmanPhoto Flash: First Look at Tim Hopper and More in UNCLE VANYA at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Annie Baker from a literal translation by Margarita Shalina and the original Russian text, is being directed by Robert Falls in its Chicago premiere, now through March 12, 2017 in the Goodman's Owen Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: LOVE'S, LABOR'S, LOST at Chicago Shakespeare's 30th Anniversary SeasonPhoto Flash: LOVE'S, LABOR'S, LOST at Chicago Shakespeare's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Shakespeare's playful romantic comedy Love's Labor's Lost, staged by acclaimed director Marti Maraden as part of the Theater's 30th Anniversary Season. Four gentlemen foreswear love and worldly pleasures for scholarly pursuits, only to be put to the test by the arrival of four beautiful ladies from the French Court-and the ensuing hysterical misadventures. (more...)

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA Bursts onto the Marriott Theatre StagePhoto Flash: MAMMA MIA Bursts onto the Marriott Theatre Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

The global phenomenon seen by over 60 million people all around the world and one of Broadway's longest running hits, MAMMA MIA!, kicks off Marriott Theatre's 2017 Season, running February 8 through April 2, 2017 with a press opening on February 15 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)

BWW Review: Thrilling Production of MOBY DICK Swims into South Coast RepertoryBWW Review: Thrilling Production of MOBY DICK Swims into South Coast Repertory
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 13, 2017

Hands down, this incredibly absorbing stage adaptation of MOBY DICK is one of the most stunning and enthralling pieces of theater I have had the privilege of experiencing from a Southern California stage. Continuing through February 19 at Orange County's Tony Award-winning regional theater in Costa Mesa, this highly creative and mesmerizing play---adapted and directed by David Catlin---is a production from Chicago's highly regarded Lookingglass Theatre Company, who also produced similar successful runs of this adaptation at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. (more...)

Photo Flash: Paramount Theatre's Bold New Production of SWEENEY TODDPhoto Flash: Paramount Theatre's Bold New Production of SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Some call Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim's most perfect score, filled with ravishing beauty. Others describe this Victorian melodrama as a pitch-black comedy, filled with thrills and terrors.  (more...)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's GLORIA Adds Two Performances at the Goodman TheatreBranden Jacobs-Jenkins's GLORIA Adds Two Performances at the Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Audiences have two more opportunities to see the Chicago premiere of Gloria - a 'shocking, hilarious and spectacularly honest play' (Chicago Tribune) and 'tantalizing, darkly comic expose of ambition and egoism' (Daily Herald) by MacArthur Foundation Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents World Premiere CommissionChicago Shakespeare Theatre presents World Premiere Commission
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare presents the world premiere of The Book of Joseph, a new play by award-winning playwright Karen Hartman that chronicles three generations of the Hollander family. Richard Hollander was devastated when his parents were killed in an accident. While cleaning out their attic, he discovered a suitcase of letters written in Polish and German during World War II by a family he never knew-his father's mother, three sisters, and their husbands and children-depicting day-to-day life under the most painful of circumstances in occupied Poland. Richard went on to discover that at the time the letters were written, his own father, Joseph, was fighting the United States government to avoid deportation and death. (more...)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' GLORIA Opens Tonight at Goodman TheatreBranden Jacobs-Jenkins' GLORIA Opens Tonight at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

What is newsworthy? What lives have value? Does ambition compromise morals? MacArthur Foundation Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins explores these questions and more in Gloria. Directed by Evan Cabnet, Gloria made its Off-Broadway debut in 2015 at the Vineyard Theater. The complete cast and creative team reunite for the Chicago premiere at the Goodman. (more...)

BWW Review: A Magical MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTHBWW Review: A Magical MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH
by Misha Davenport - Dec 23, 2016

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Photo Flash: First Look at MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH World Premiere at Lookingglass Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look at MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH World Premiere at Lookingglass Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its Season with Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth, written and directed by Ensemble Member Doug Hara. Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth now through February 19, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

NEA Awards Lookingglass Theatre Company $20,000 Art Works Grant for MOBY DICKNEA Awards Lookingglass Theatre Company $20,000 Art Works Grant for MOBY DICK
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company has been awarded a 2017 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Second City's TWIST YOUR DICKENS at Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: The Second City's TWIST YOUR DICKENS at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The Second City's irreverent and interactive seasonal satire, Twist Your Dickens returns to Goodman Theatre for its third year with new yuletide yuks and favorite faces. (more...)

BWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to RememberBWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to Remember
by Charles Shubow - Dec 6, 2016

Herman Melville's classic noved written in 1851 is transformed into an astonishing production. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Paramount Theatre Makes a Big SplashPhoto Flash: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Paramount Theatre Makes a Big Splash
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Due to record advance sales, Aurora's Paramount Theatre has announced a one-week extension of its upcoming, holiday-season production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Check out photos below! (more...)

BWW Review:  Creativity Abounds in MOBY DICK at Arena StageBWW Review: Creativity Abounds in MOBY DICK at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 27, 2016

As presented at Arena Stage, Lookingglass Theatre Company's 'Moby Dick' offers many theatrical surprises that are sure to enthrall nearly any theatergoer looking for something a little different this holiday season. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at ROZ AND RAY at Victory Gardens TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at ROZ AND RAY at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42st season with the world premiere of Roz and Ray, written by Karen Hartman and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. Roz and Ray features Mary Beth Fisher (Roz) and James Vincent Meredith (Ray). This World Premiere runs November 11 - December 11, 2016, with the press performance on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below! (more...)

First Look at Robert Bathurst in KING CHARLES III at Chicago ShakespeareFirst Look at Robert Bathurst in KING CHARLES III at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Charles. Camilla. William. Kate. Harry. One family holds the future of Great Britain in its hands. But what will it be? In King Charles III, the Queen is dead. (more...)

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