Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/25/2015

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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
COLUMBIA COLLEGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT
10/21-10/31/2015

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SWEENEY TODD
UNIV OF ILLINOIS - ILLINI UNION BOARD
10/30-10/31/2015

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SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
10/30-10/31/2015

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FLORENCE LARUE AND THE 5TH DIMENSION
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
10/30-10/31/2015
One of America's most celebrated vocal groups, known for their high-energy and unmatched stage presence. This outstanding group has garnered 7 Grammy's, over 25 million in sales, 22 Top 40 hits, and 5 No.1 songs. Celebrating 50 years of entertainment, this winning group will perform their timeless hits including “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,” “Up, Up and Away,” "One Less Bell to Answer" and more. October 30, 2015, 8pm October 31, 2015, 7pm Tickets $50, Stage Tables $60 www.metropolisarts.com Box Office: 847-577-2121
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CAPTAIN LOUIE JR
VERO VOCE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
10/24-11/1/2015

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THE BLACK WHITE PLAY (HONORING THE MEMORY OF ROGER EBERT THROUGH MUSIC)
Black Ensemble Theater
9/19-11/1/2015
Jackie Taylor; dir: Jackie Taylor.World Premiere
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LEAP OF FAITH
PROVIDENCE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
10/29-11/1/2015

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THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY
First Folio Theatre
9/23-11/1/2015
adapt: David Rice from David Rice; dir: Alison C. Vesely.
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ZANNA, DON'T
Mayne Stage
10/22-11/1/2015

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Sycamore High School
10/30-11/1/2015

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NEXT TO NORMAL
GATEWAY COMMUNITY CHURCH
10/30-11/1/2015

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MISS BUNCLE'S BOOK
Lifeline Theatre
9/11-11/1/2015
CHICAGO– Lifeline Theatre presents a world premiere adaptation of D.E. Stevenson’s Miss Buncle’s Book, by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christina Calvit (four-time Jeff Award winner), and directed by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne (Jeff Award and After Dark Award winner). Barbara Buncle is just an ordinary, unassuming spinster passing an unremarkable existence in the sleepy village of Silverstream. But when the Great Depression wipes out her nest egg, she tries her hand at writing and publishes a novel – under an assumed name – about her quaint hometown and the oddball characters that inhabit it. When the book becomes a surprise bestseller and her neighbors’ foibles are thrust into the national spotlight, Miss Buncle must navigate a madcap storm of accusations, rivalries, and romances. A rollicking look at life imitating art and art imitating life, in a world premiere adaptation of the 1934 novel by D.E. Stevenson. The production runs approximately two hours with one intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby. Miss Buncle’s Book runs September 11 – November 1 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Press opening is Sunday, September 20 at 4 p.m. Opening night is Monday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Previews are Fridays, September 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, September 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 13 at 4 p.m.) Regular performance times (September 24 – November 1) are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (No performances Halloween, Saturday, October 31.) Ticket prices are $40 for regular single tickets, $30 for seniors, $20 for students (with I.D.), $20 for rush tickets (available half hour before show time, subject to availability), and $20 for previews. Group rate for 12 or more is available upon request. Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com. Accessible Performances: The Sunday, September 27, 4 p.m. performance will feature open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The Saturday, October 10, 4 p.m. performance will feature a pre-show touch tour of the set at 2:30 p.m. and live audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For more information about Lifeline’s accessibility services, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Erica Foster at 773.761.4477 x703 or at access@lifelinetheatre.com. The complete cast and production team for Miss Buncle’s Book includes: CAST: Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Peter Greenberg (Mr. Abbott/Mr. Durnet), Elise Kauzlaric (Mrs. Greensleeves/Miss King), Katie McLean Hainsworth (Mrs. Featherstone Hogg), and Jenifer Tyler (Barbara Buncle); with guest artists Mark-Anthony Gonzalez (Ernest Hathaway/Mr. Fortunum), Kate Hildreth (Mrs. Carter/Mrs. Walker), Kristina Loy (Sally/Margaret), Martel Manning (Stephen Bulmer/Dr. Walker), Tiffany Oglesby (Sarah Walker/Dorothea Bold), Sean Siniski (Col. Weatherhead/Mr. Featherstone Hogg). With understudies Shelby Lynn Bias, Caroll Furlough Jr, Jhenai Mootz, and Linsey Falls. PRODUCTION TEAM: Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Christina Calvit (Adaptor), Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer), Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer), and Dorothy Milne (Director); with guest artists Becky Bishop (Stage Manager), Benjamin W. Dawson (Production Manager), Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer), Anthony Ingram (Sound Designer), Lavina Jadhwani (Casting Director), Annaliese McSweeney (Dramaturg), Sam Moryoussef (Master Electrician & A/V Supervisor), Kate Reed (Assistant Stage Manager), Joe Schermoly (Technical Director), and Kendra Thulin (Dialect Coach). Lifeline Theatre presents Miss Buncle’s Book, running September 11 – November 1 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Press opening is Sunday, September 20 at 4 p.m. Opening night is Monday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Previews are Fridays, September 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, September 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 13 at 4 p.m.) Regular performance times (September 24 – November 1) are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (No performances Halloween, Saturday, October 31.) Ticket prices are $40 for regular single tickets, $30 for seniors, $20 for students (with I.D.), $20 for rush tickets (available half hour before show time, subject to availability), and $20 for previews. Group rate for 12 or more is available upon request. Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com. Free parking is available at the designated lot west of the theatre (NE corner of Morse and Ravenswood) with free shuttle service before and after the show. Street parking is also available and Lifeline Theatre is handicapped and CTA accessible (Red Line Morse stop/busses). # # # Now in its 33rd season, Lifeline Theatre is driven by a passion for story. Our ensemble process supports writers in the development of literary adaptations and new work, and our theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, we are committed to deepening our connection to an ever-growing family of artists and audiences, both near and far. Lifeline Theatre – Big Stories, Up Close. Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by Alphawood Foundation; The Arts Work Fund; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Common Cup; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; Flex Print , Inc.; The Grover Hermann Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; Netrix LLC; The Polk Bros. Foundation; S&C Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.
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ZANNA DON'T! A MUSICAL FAIRY TALE
Mayne Stage
10/22-11/1/2015
Cult Camp Productions presents Zanna Don't! a musical fairytale. Welcome to Heartsville High, set in a world where everyone is gay--well, almost everyone! The big-man-on-campus is the chess champion, and the captain of the football team is made cool by being cast as the lead in the school musical. The students write a controversial show called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" about heterosexuals serving in the military, which becomes the catalyst for a young man and woman to fall in love. Enter Zanna, a magician who, with a wave of his wand, brings true love to one and all! Book, Music, and Lyrics by TIM ACITO Additional Book and Lyrics by ALEXANDER DINELARIS
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NEW FACES SING BROADWAY
Porchlight Music Theatre
11/3-11/3/2015
CHICAGO – Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first production in a new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. The first edition with Director Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik, Music Director Kory Danielson and Emcee Meghan Murphy is New Faces Sing Broadway 1991, Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. Future performances are scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and Tuesday, June 7, 2016. From 1934 – 1968, New Faces, a series of musical revues on Broadway in New York City was instrumental in introducing the public to emerging talent with names like June Carrol, Robert Clary, Imogene Coca, Jane Connell, “Professor” Irwin Corey, Henry Fonda, Alice Ghostley, Ronny Graham, Billy Hayes, Tiger Haynes, Van Johnson, Madeline Kahn, Eartha Kitt, Robert Klein, Carol Lawrence, Paul Lynde, Virginia Martin, Bill McCutcheon, John Reardon, Maggie Smith, Inga Swenson and many, many more. In tribute, Porchlight Music Theatre announces a new Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. The first production in the series shines a spotlight on the year 1991 and is hosted by Meghan Murphy and features a company of Porchlight’s hottest up-and-coming talent. The evening is a journey from the start to the finish of the 1991 musical season on Broadway, peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation. Songs featured from include numbers from Once on this Island, Shogun: The Musical, Miss Saigon, The Secret Garden, The Will Rogers Follies and more. In addition to the performances on stage, Murphy engages the audience to sing along as the chorus of some of the best-known production numbers from that classic Broadway season and challenges them to “Name that Show Tune,” a fun and fast-moving music theatre game where participants win prizes. ABOUT PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE Porchlight Music Theatre, now in its 21st season, is nationally recognized for developing innovative new works, reimagining classic productions and showcasing musical theatre’s noted veterans and rising stars. Porchlight elevates the genre in Chicago by providing intimate and powerful theatrical experiences for its growing and diverse audience. With the vision of Artistic Director Michael Weber, Porchlight builds on its role as Chicago’s only Equity not-for-profit company exclusively specializing in music theatre. Porchlight’s rich history includes the staging of more than 60 productions with 13 Chicago premieres and five world premieres. Through Porchlight’s “Off the Porch” new works program, the musicals of the next generation are developed and given a first audience. The School at Porchlight is Chicago’s new center for music theatre training in the areas of performance, writing and appreciation. The company’s many accolades include 11 Black Theatre Alliance nominations and two awards, as well as a total of 103 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations resulting in 31 Jeff Awards, recently garnering back to back Best Production awards for A Class Act (2103) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2014). Porchlight Music Theatre’s New Faces Sing Broadway 1991, Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. Future performances are scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and Tuesday, June 7, 2016. # # # Porchlight Music Theatre is partially supported by generous contributions from the Arts Work Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Association of Realtors, Peoples Gas, and The Saints. The season program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
VERNON HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
10/30-11/7/2015

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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
LEYDEN HIGH SCHOOL
10/30-11/7/2015

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THE CHEATS
Steep Theatre Company
10/1-11/7/2015
Hamish Linklater; dir: Joanie Schultz.
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DISNEY'S CAMP ROCK THE MUSICAL
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
10/29-11/8/2015

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LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
10/30-11/8/2015

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JEST A SECOND
Oil Lamp Theater
9/24-11/8/2015
James Sherman; dir: Keith Gerth.
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THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE
The Hypocrites
10/30-11/8/2015
Sean Graney; dir: Joel Ewing, Mechelle Moe.
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MY MA??ANA COMES
Teatro Vista, Theatre With A View
10/5-11/8/2015
Elizabeth Irwin; dir: Sandra Marquez.
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I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Village Theatre Guild
10/16-11/8/2015

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MY MAÑANA COMES
Teatro Vista
10/3-11/8/2015
CHICAGO – Teatro Vista presents Elizabeth Irwin’s My Mañana Comes, directed by Ensemble Member Sandra Márquez, at The Richard Christiansen Theater at The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., October 3 – November 8. Preview performances are Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. NOTE: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. there will be a 25th Anniversary Celebration to honor Eddie Torres and Henry Godinez, founders of Teatro Vista as well as Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Mexican Museum in Pilsen. Preview performances are $20, regular run weeknight and matinee performances are $25 and Saturday night performances are $30. Students and seniors (65+) with valid I.D. are $15. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the Victory Gardens box office at 773.871.3000 or by visiting www.teatrovista.org. For more information on My Mañana Comes and Teatro Vista, please visit www.teatrovista.org. My Mañana Comes is a fun and high-energy production that exposes the travails of immigrant workers and how their quest for the American Dream often clashes with society’s views on immigration. Within the kitchen of an elegant New York restaurant as its background, this play is a snapshot of the lives of four busboys from different social backgrounds that cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind while juggling delicate entrees, serving fussy customers, and facing an opportunistic manager. My Mañana Comes was a Lucille Lortel Outstanding Play nominee, Drama Desk Outstanding Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award nominee and received its critically acclaimed off Broadway debut by the Playwrights Realm in 2014. In addition to Teatro Vista, the production is also slated to be performed at San Diego REPertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and ArtsWest Seattle. The cast of My Mañana Comes includes Dennis García, Cameron Knight, Víctor Maraña and Johnathan Nieves. ABOUT ELIZABETH IRWIN, playwright Elizabeth Irwin was born in Worcester, raised by Brooklyn and finished by el D.F. (aka Mexico City). Before becoming a playwright she was a high school English teacher followed by a very long stint as a wanderer. She was selected as a member of the 2012-13 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab while living shoe-free on a Mexican beach so she came back to New York. She then became a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in 2013, followed by Playwrights Realm’s Page One Resident Playwright in 2014-15. ABOUT SANDRA MÁRQUEZ, director Sandra Márquez is an actor, director and educator, as well as a longtime ensemble member of Teatro Vista, serving as the company’s Associate Artistic Director from 1998 – 2006. Venues worked as an actor include Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and off-Broadway at Second Stage Uptown. Last season she received a Jeff Award for Best Actress for her work in Teatro Vista’s A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. Most recently she directed the well-received Pride Films and Plays production of Men on the Verge of a Hispanic Breakdown. This fall she will be playing Clytemnestra in Agamemnon at Court Theater and later in the season she will be in Mary Page Marlow at Steppenwolf. Some of her on-camera credits include Boss and Timer as well as many national commercials. Sandra has been a member of the Northwestern University theater faculty since 1995 where she very much enjoys teaching and mentoring young people. ABOUT TEATRO VISTA Teatro Vista, Theatre with a View (Ricardo Gutiérrez, Executive Artistic Director; José Antonio Cruz, Managing Director), is firmly committed to sharing and celebrating the riches of Latino culture with Chicago theater audiences and beyond. This commitment stems from the belief that there are as many similarities between people as there are differences, and perhaps the answer to breaking down the walls of prejudice and stereotypes lies in understanding these similarities and differences. Ultimately, it is through this “view” that Teatro Vista intends to bridge the gap between Latino and non-Latino cultures in Chicago. The company believes in the transformative power of theater, inclusiveness through the idea that everyone is intricately connected to each other and that sharing stories through performance is an exceptionally potent way to bring people together. Teatro Vista is the vanguard of Latino theatre in the United States, a place where Latino and non-Latino artists can expressively flourish and excel to the highest level of theatrical professionalism. It is dedicated to sharing new work by new playwrights in cutting-edge productions and presenting classic plays featuring artists of color. Teatro Vista presents Elizabeth Irwin’s My Mañana Comes, directed by Ensemble Member Sandra Márquez, at The Richard Christiansen Theater at The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., October 3 – November 8. Preview performances are Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. NOTE: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. there will be a 25th Anniversary Celebration to honor Eddie Torres and Henry Godinez, founders of Teatro Vista as well as Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Mexican Museum in Pilsen. Preview performances are $20, regular run weeknight and matinee performances are $25 and Saturday night performances are $30. Students and seniors (65+) with valid I.D. are $15. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the Victory Gardens box office at 773.871.3000 or by visiting www.teatrovista.org. For more information on My Mañana Comes and Teatro Vista, please visit www.teatrovista.org. # # #
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AMERICAN IDIOT
GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY
9/26-11/15/2015

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JOHN STEINBECK'S EAST OF EDEN
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
9/17-11/15/2015
adapt: Ensemble member Frank Galati; dir: Ensemble member Terry Kinney.World Premiere
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SHREK THE MUSICAL
PM & L THEATER
10/30-11/15/2015

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STEPPENWOLF FOR YOUNG ADULTS: GEORGE ORWELL'S 1984
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
10/21-11/15/2015
adapt: Andrew White; dir: Hallie Gordon.
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BLOOD BROTHERS
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
9/26-11/15/2015
Blood Brothers, the megahit British musical by Willy Russell is the story of twin brothers separated at birth – one raised by a rich family, the other by the impoverished birth mother of the boys.Though the mothers try to keep the boys apart, the two become close friends in spite of their very different social circumstances.
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NEW KID
Adventure Stage Chicago
10/27-11/21/2015
Dennis Foon; dir: Julie Ritchey.
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DOGFIGHT
BOHEMIAN THEATRE ENSEMBLE
10/23-11/22/2015

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THE PRICE
Timeline Theatre Company
8/18-11/22/2015
Arthur Miller; dir: Louis Contey.
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MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
Lifeline Theatre
10/24-11/29/2015
CHICAGO – Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a world premiere musical adaptation with script by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: New Adaptation, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Neverwhere), music and lyrics by George Howe (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Work-Musical, Queen Lucia), and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production-Play, The Island of Dr. Moreau; Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Director-Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, Griffin Theatre), based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. Mr. Popper’s Penguins runs Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 29 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Press opening is Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added relaxed/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.
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LETTERS HOME
Griffin Theatre Company
10/16-12/7/2015
William Massolia; dir: William Massolia.
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THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME
Strawdog Theatre Company
10/30-12/12/2015
CHICAGO - Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the second main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home, October 30 - December 12, directed by Josh Sobel, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Preview performance tickets are $15 with performances Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to a post-performance reception. Opening Night performance is Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.* Single Tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. Past, present and future collide for a troubled family on a snowy Christmas Eve when their car spins out of control after a disastrous holiday dinner. This hauntingly beautiful and poetic play by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel is told with actors and the centuries-old form of Japanese puppetry, Bunraku. The Long Christmas Ride Home deftly navigates the lasting impact of a moment in the lives of three siblings Stephen (Sam Hubbard), Claire (Kristen Johnson) and Rebecca (Sarah Gitenstein) that sets the rest of their lives in motion. Additional cast includes Ensemble Member John Taflan with guest artists Ed Dzialo and Lorretta Rezos. The production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members Sarah Goeden, assistant director; Mike Mroch, scenic designer; John Kelly, lighting designer; with guest artists Raquel Adorno, costume designer; Alexa Berkowitz, stage manager; Peter Carpenter, choreographer; Stephanie Diaz, puppet designer; Jamie Karas, properties designer; Jeffrey Levin, sound designer, and Michelle Underwood, projection designer. *FULLY ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE Strawdog Theatre Company continues its partnership with the Access Project at Victory Gardens to present The Long Christmas Ride Home at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, in the Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., with a touch tour at 6:45 p.m. The performance is fully wheelchair accessible with audio description and open captioning. ABOUT PAULA VOGEL, PLAYWRIGHT Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. A proficient playwright since the 1970s, Vogel first gained national attention for her play The Baltimore Waltzthat won the Obie Award for “Best Play.” Not just a renowned playwright Vogel has taught a menagerie of esteemed playwrights including, Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz, Lynn Nottage and Quiara Algeria Hundes. ABOUT JOSH SOBEL, DIRECTOR Josh Sobel is an ensemble member and literary manager of Strawdog Theatre Company, where he directed the world premieres of The Hunting of the Snark(subsequently remounted with Chicago’s “Night Out In The Parks” and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper in Hugen Hall. Directing credits include work at Victory Gardens, Steep Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction, The Ruckus, LiveWire, WildClaw, Tympanic, Polarity Ensemble, Fine Print Theatre, Citadel, the side project and New Leaf. He is also currently the artistic director at Haven Theatre and the former associate director of the National Theater Institute summer program at the O’Neill Theater Center. Sobel is currently an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. ABOUT STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected. Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the second main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home, October 30 - December 12, directed by Josh Sobel, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Preview performance tickets are $15 with performances Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to a post-performance reception. Opening Night performance is Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.* Single Tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. RUSH TICKETS Strawdog Theatre Company offers six tickets at a 50% discount one hour before every production. The rush ticket must be purchased in person, exclusively at the Strawdog Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person, not applicable with other discounts, offers or on previously purchased tickets, first come, first served. The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses). # # # Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, The Saints, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the annual support of businesses and individuals.
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SPILL
Timeline Theatre Company
10/24-12/19/2015
Leigh Fondakowski; dir: Leigh Fondakowski.
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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
EMERALD CITY THEATRE COMPANY
10/3-1/3/2016

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ELF-THE MUSICAL
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
10/21-1/3/2016

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