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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Extends Through June 18 at Chicago ShakespeareSHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Extends Through June 18 at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces today the extension of Shakespeare in Love staged by acclaimed director Rachel Rockwell-now playing through June 18, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: First-Look at OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR World Premiere at the GoodmanPhoto Flash: First-Look at OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR World Premiere at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

'It was in the 'hell' of a refugee camp in the African republic of Guinea that Shedrick Yarkpai first dreamed about a career as an actor' (The Australian) - a path that eventually acquainted him with Chicago native playwright Charles Smith, who has now chronicled the Liberian refugee's gripping story in his newest play, Objects in the Mirror. The world premiere of Objects in the Mirror, which was developed through the Goodman's New Stages Festival, appears now through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SHE LOVES ME at Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at SHE LOVES ME at Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Set against the lavish backdrop of a 1930s Hungarian perfume shop, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy gem, SHE LOVES ME, continues The Marriott Theatre's 2017 Season, running April 26 through June 18, 2017 with a press opening on Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)

Photo Flash: Paramount Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARPhoto Flash: Paramount Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

What began as a 1970s rock opera concept album became a global stage phenomenon that captured seven Tony Award nominations and countless awards overseas in its 40-plus years. (more...)

 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theater SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings to the stage one of the most popular romantic films of all time, Shakespeare in Love-in an enchanting, music-filled theatrical event staged by acclaimed director Rachel Rockwell. Based on the Academy Award-winner for Best Picture with screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love is adapted for the stage by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Lee Hall. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at QUEEN World Premiere at Victory GardensPhoto Flash: First Look at QUEEN World Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. Queen runs now through May 14, 2017, with the press performance tonight, April 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stephenie Soohyun Park and More in KING OF YEES World Premiere at the GoodmanPhoto Flash: First Look at Stephenie Soohyun Park and More in KING OF YEES World Premiere at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Explore the vivid history of America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee's King of the Yees - a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere that was developed in the 2015 New Stages Festival. Yee's longtime collaborator Joshua Kahan Brody directs her offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one's rich ancestral heritage - and the conflict that ensues. The production will debut at A Contemporary Theatre and Canada's National Arts Centre later this year. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!  (more...)

Photo Flash: BEYOND CARING Comes to Lookingglass Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: BEYOND CARING Comes to Lookingglass Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company, in association with Dark Harbor Stories, present the U.S. Premiere of Beyond Caring, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin. Beyond Caring runs March 22 - May 7, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for KING OF THE YEES at Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: Inside Rehearsal for KING OF THE YEES at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Explore the vivid history of America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee's King of the Yees - a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere that was developed in the 2015 New Stages Festival. Yee's longtime collaborator Joshua Kahan Brody directs her offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one's rich ancestral heritage-and the conflict that ensues. The production will debut at A Contemporary Theatre and Canada's National Arts Centre later this year. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's Chicago Premiere of DESTINY OF DESIREPhoto Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's Chicago Premiere of DESTINY OF DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The plot twists, outrageous circumstances and fast-paced narrative style of the telenovela arrive on the Goodman stage this spring in Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarias. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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...)

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