Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 11/15/2015

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Millikin University
11/14-11/16/2015

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DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
LITTLE THEATRE ON THE SQUARE YOUTH GROUP
11/13-11/17/2015

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MARY POPPINS
ARTSTARTS
11/20-11/21/2015

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
WASHINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
11/19-11/21/2015

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MARY POPPINS
WAUCONDA HIGH SCHOOL
11/19-11/21/2015

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GUYS & DOLLS
PRINCIPIA COLLEGE
11/19-11/21/2015

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INTO THE WOODS JR
LAKE ZURICH MIDDLE SCHOOL SOUTH
11/19-11/21/2015

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NEW KID
Adventure Stage Chicago
10/27-11/21/2015
Dennis Foon; dir: Julie Ritchey.
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Martinsville High School
11/13-11/21/2015

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OKLAHOMA!
Beech Grove High School
11/19-11/21/2015

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Elkhart Civic Theatre
11/5-11/21/2015

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Zion-Benton Township High School
11/19-11/21/2015

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Standing Ovation Theatre Academy
11/20-11/21/2015

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
WEST CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
11/19-11/21/2015

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DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
ALL ABOUT MUSIC AND CHILDRENS THEATRE
11/20-11/21/2015

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HAIRSPRAY
BLOOM TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
11/19-11/21/2015

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AVENUE Q
33RD STREET PRODUCTION
11/13-11/21/2015

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
MORGAN PARK ACADEMY
11/19-11/21/2015

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PETER PAN
RIDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
11/19-11/21/2015

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DISNEY'S CINDERELLA KIDS
MUSIC INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
11/20-11/21/2015

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DEAR EDWINA JR
STACEY DE & COMPANY
11/13-11/21/2015

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DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
ROUND LAKE AREA PARK DISTRICT COMMUNITY THEATRE
11/20-11/21/2015

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DOGFIGHT
BOHEMIAN THEATRE ENSEMBLE
10/23-11/22/2015

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MARY POPPINS
DEERFIELD PARK DISTRICT
11/13-11/22/2015

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
YOUNG PEOPLES THEATRE
11/19-11/22/2015

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ANNIE
NASHVILLE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
11/13-11/22/2015

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MARY POPPINS
CHILDRENS THEATRE OF WINNETKA
11/19-11/22/2015

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MARY POPPINS
CASEY-WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
11/19-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S THE LION KING JR
ARTSTARTS
11/20-11/22/2015

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LEGALLY BLONDE
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF BLOOMINGTON
11/6-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
SCHAUMBURG PARK DISTRICT
11/20-11/22/2015

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MARY POPPINS
WAUCONDA HIGH SCHOOL
11/19-11/22/2015

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SHE LOVES ME
EDGE OF THE WOOD THEATRE
11/13-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
MOTHER MCAULEY HIGH SCHOOL
11/18-11/22/2015

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SILK ROAD SOLOS: MY AMERICAN COUSIN
Silk Road Rising
11/19-11/22/2015
Jameeleh Shelo.
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THE PRICE
Timeline Theatre Company
8/18-11/22/2015
Arthur Miller; dir: Louis Contey.
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WHITE CHRISTMAS
TownSquare Players, Inc
11/6-11/22/2015

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Skokie Park District
11/7-11/22/2015

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CINDERELLA (ENCHANTED EDITION)
Peoria Players Theatre
11/13-11/22/2015

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
New Albany High School Theatre
11/13-11/22/2015

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SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
Oak Lawn Park District Theatre
11/13-11/22/2015

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WHITE CHRISTMAS
Soundstage Productions/ Decatur Underground Theatre
11/13-11/22/2015

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GIANT
Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts
11/17-11/22/2015

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CINDERELLA (BROADWAY VERSION)
Grayslake Comm. High School
11/19-11/22/2015

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OKLAHOMA!
Theatre Company of Sun City
11/19-11/22/2015

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WHITE CHRISTMAS
Civic Memorial High School
11/20-11/22/2015

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BIG FISH
University of Evansville
11/13-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND ART
11/21-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS
NAZARETH ACADEMY
11/22-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
ACADEMY OF OUR LADY SCHOOL
11/20-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S THE LION KING JR
ARTSTARTS
11/19-11/22/2015

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
HYDE PARK COMMUNITY PLAYERS
11/13-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
CARMI LEAGUE OF ARTS
11/20-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
RESURRECTION COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL
11/19-11/22/2015

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD- TYA
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
11/6-11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND ART
11/20-11/22/2015

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GIANT
Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall
11/17-11/22/2015
GIANT is a new American musical that spans generations (1920s-1950s) in an epic chronicle of the state that’s like no place else on earth: Texas. Amid a turbulent culture of greed, bigotry and money, a powerful cattleman, his new Virginia bride, their family and friends – not to mention their enemies – embrace and confront the joys and sorrows that loom as large as the state they call home. This is the first production of GIANT after its NYC premiere.
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THE LION IN WINTER
Skokie Theatre
11/6-11/22/2015
An epic and humorous tale of family dynamics and political strategy, with some of the sharpest and wittiest dialog ever written for the stage. It’s Christmas, 1183, and King Henry II of England must choose an heir to the throne from his three sons. His wife, Eleanor, is on hand for the holidays after being in prison for conspiring with the kids to overthrow him. Part comedy, part drama, the sibling rivalries and marital sparing take on new heights with the crown of England at stake. Starring Wayne Mell and Debra Criche Mell, featuring Michael Dalberg, Shawn Hansen, Kelley Holcomb, Ben Isabel, and David Towne November 6 - 22. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 2:00 pm. Special Wednesday matinee at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $34, Seniors $29, Students $24. Part of a three-show subscription package for only $57. At Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Avenue in downtown Skokie. Call 847-677-7761 or order online at SkokieTheatre.org
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GYPSY
Harper Ensemble Theatre Company
11/13-11/22/2015
DIRECTED BY KEVIN LONG “You’ll be swell…You’ll be great…Gonna have the whole world on a plate…Starting here, starting now, everything’s coming up roses!” Immortal lyrics from the Broadway hit often saluted as the greatest musical of our time! Let us entertain you with the rags to riches story of ugly-duckling, Louise, the tomboy who rose to national fame as Gypsy Rose Lee: the entertainment queen who put class into Burlesque. You’ll share the joy and heartbreak of Mama Rose, the pushy backstage mother who lived through her daughters, but paid a high price. This thrilling musical brought together three greats of the American Theatre - Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim - who created unforgettable characters and a musical score that includes “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some People,” “Together Wherever We Go,” “If Mama Was Married.” Don’t miss this jewel of the American musical theater.
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SWEENEY TODD
BEECHER COMMUNITY PART TIME PLAYERS
11/15-11/22/2015

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
MUSIC ON STAGE INC
11/14-11/29/2015

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SHERLOCK HOLMES
Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts
11/23-11/29/2015
The opium wars have ended. The Ripper has wreaked his havoc. Electricity is on the rise and Scotland Yard is in its infancy. Lord Neville St. John gives a moving speech in the House of Lords to ban opium and a vote on the matter is imminent. Meanwhile, Professor James Moriarty, notorious criminal kingpin, plots to thwart the upcoming opium vote. When a drowned body is discovered, and Lord Neville goes missing, Scotland Yard turns to "the world's only consulting detective" and newest resident of 221-B Baker Street: a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
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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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HOLMES VS. HOLMES
E.D.G.E. Theatre
11/5-11/29/2015
CHICAGO - E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce the world premiere of Holmes vs Holmes, conceived by Orion Couling and Angela Davis Couling, written by Bill Daniel and directed by Orion Couling, November 5 - 29 at Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N Glenwood. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased at www.edgeoforion.com. It is 1893 and all of the world waits and watches in anticipation as Chicago opens the gates to its great World’s Fair, the Columbia Exposition. For a city that has literally risen from the ashes, it is an achievement that is at once magnificent and unparalleled. However, a darkness has begun to stir and prowl through the streets of the beautiful White City, consuming innocence and anything that stands in its way. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, England continues to mourn the loss of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, after his supposed death over the falls of Reinchenbach. But not everything is as it seems and very soon the famous detective will find himself being swept up in the midst of a case unlike any he has known before. The cast of Holmes vs Holmes includes Alexandra Boroff (Elizabeth Holton,) Alexandra Cross (Julia Smythe-Connor,) Bill Daniel (H.H. Holmes,) Richard Eisloeffel (Ned Connor/Marion Hedgepeth/George Bowman/Professor Moriarty,) Sarah Franzel (Emeline Cigrand,) Erin Gordon (Minnie Williams,) Allison Reinke (Anna Williams,) T Issac Sherman (Sherlock Holmes,) RoK Teasley, (Pitezel/Jonathan Belknap,) Lucas Thatcher (Detective Frank Geyer,) Lisa Tosti (Myrta Belknap) and Sarah Wisterman, (Clara Loverling). The Holmes vs Holmes production team includes Angela Davis Couling, assistant director; Becca Goldberg, stage manager; Emma Cullimore, costumes; Peter McManus, set designer and Benjamin Dionysis, lighting designer. ABOUT E.D.G.E. THEATRE E.D.G.E.’s anachronism stands for “Esteem Development through Greater Expectations”. Using the theatre arts, they educate and entertain to foster the tools of social change. E.D.G.E has a goal of finding every participant’s personal best and holding them accountable to it. E.D.G.E. main thrust is developing theatre for marginalized communities and to bring a message of non-violence, civic and social change through exploration of the theatre arts. E.D.G.E.’s four sectors are: E.D.G.E Core, company produced classes offered on a select curriculum in theatre, social skills, history and stage combat; E.D.G.E. Satellite, E.D.G.E programs produced, collaborated or sub contracted by an outside produced program; E.D.G.E Troupe, a professional actor program providing a training ground for interns from our marginalized community to observe the highest standards of professionalism and be part of the process and E.D.G.E Workshops, limited time commitment programs are meant to harness their educational and entertainment abilities in a workshop environment. These programs are targeted for school assemblies, conventions, and camps. E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce the world premiere of Holmes vs Holmes,, November 5 – 29, at Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N Glenwood. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased at www.edgeoforion.com. # # #
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HAIRSPRAY
WHEATON DRAMA INC
11/13-12/6/2015

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AGAMEMNON
Court Theatre
11/5-12/6/2015
Aeschylus ; trans: Nicholas Rudall; dir: Charles Newell.
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NEVER THE SINNER
Victory Gardens Theater
11/6-12/6/2015
John Logan; dir: Gary Griffin.
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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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HAIRSPRAY
WHEATON DRAMA INC
11/20-12/13/2015

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POCATELLO
Griffin Theatre Company
11/7-12/13/2015
Samuel Hunter; dir: Jonathan Berry.
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YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
Northlight Theatre
11/6-12/13/2015
Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman; dir: Devon de Mayo.
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SPILL
Timeline Theatre Company
10/24-12/19/2015
Leigh Fondakowski; dir: Leigh Fondakowski.
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SEUSSICAL-THEATRE YOUNG AUDIENCES
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
11/6-12/20/2015

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE- A LIVE RADIO PLAY
Oil Lamp Theater
11/19-12/20/2015
Joe Landry; dir: Keith Gerth.
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AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
11/14-12/20/2015

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Quest Theatre Ensemble
11/20-12/20/2015
Quest Theatre Ensemble will bring its visual artistry and immersive theatricality to the Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This version with music by Menken, the multiple Oscar winning composer of Disney musicals Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Newsies; and lyrics by the Tony award-winning lyricist of Ragtime, Seussical and Once on this Island, was a hit for ten consecutive seasons at New York’s Madison Square Garden and was later filmed by television in a production starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge. Quest’s production will be directed by Quest Ensemble Director Andrew Park.
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PLAID TIDINGS
STEEL BEAM THEATRE
11/20-12/27/2015

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38TH ANNUAL A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Goodman Theatre
11/14-12/27/2015
adapt: Tom Creamer from Charles Dickens; music: Andrew Hansen; dir: Henry Wishcamper.
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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
American Blues Theater
11/20-12/27/2015
CHICAGO—Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago’s second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the return of the critically acclaimed It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, on the main stage of the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., November 20 – December 27. “Pink Previews,” where tickets sales benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research, play November 20 – November 22 following the regular schedule. The press/opening night performance is Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30p.m. The running time is approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $19 - $49 and are on sale now through the box office 773.404.7336 or online at AmericanBluesTheater.com. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. with additional holiday performances to be announced. For more information visit www.AmericanBluesTheater.com. From the original Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday classic—It’s a Wonderful Life (based on the short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production that has been called “perfect Christmas theater” and “first-class holiday fare” returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center this season. From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be transported back to the “Golden Age of Radio” and experience the story of George Bailey like never before. In addition to the heart-warming story performed, the production includes 1940s-style commercials from actual local sponsors, holiday carols, telegrams from the audience read live on the stage, the “Soldier Spotlight;” when American Blues Theater honors one serviceman or servicewoman per performance; and after the show, the entire audience is invited to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies. The 2015 production includes a new George and Mary Bailey, Artistic Affiliate Zach Kenney and Amanda Tanguay. Gwendolyn Whiteside, who played Mary Bailey for six years, updates the pre-show entertainment and the production and directs Kenney and Tanguay in the tradition of American Blues’ award-winning ensemble acting. The performance also includes musical additions by Music Director Michael Mahler and Austin Cook’s original score for the production. Returning are American Blues Theater Ensemble Members John Mohrlein (Mr. Potter/Clarence) and Michael Mahler(pianist/announcer). Also returning this year are American Blues Theater Artistic Affiliates James Joseph (Uncle Billy), Ian Paul Custer (Harry) and Shawn Goudie (Foley artist) with guest artist Denice Mahler (Violet). The production crew includes American Blues Theater artists Marty Higginbotham (original direction); Gwendolyn Whiteside (direction); Michael Mahler (music direction); Samantha Jones (co-costume design), Christopher Neville (co-costume design), Austin Cook (underscore composer), Grant Sabin (scenic design), Kathryn Lochert (stage manager), Arianna Soloway (props), Paul Deziel (video) and guest artist Katy Peterson (lighting design). COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! American Blues Theater is proud to continue “Pink Previews” for this production. Proceeds from preview performances are donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research. They also partner with Misericordia, USO and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. SPECIAL EVENTS Select performances also include special events: Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m., American Blues Theater and It’s a Wonderful Life celebrates Hanukkah, with all children 12 years old and younger in attendance receiving a commemorative keepsake. And Sunday, Dec. 20, following the 2:30 p.m. performance, Santa Claus swings by to meet with guests and distribute keepsakes to all children 12 years old and younger. ABOUT AMERICAN BLUES THEATER American Blues Theater is the premier American theater producing visceral theatrical works while engaging its audience in missions of local service agencies. American Blues Theater illuminates the American ideas of freedom, equality, and opportunity in the plays produced and communities served. The multi-generational and interdisciplined artists have established the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago. The 39-member Ensemble has 539 combined years of collaboration on stage. As of 2015, they’ve individually received nearly 150 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater including the 2014 Jeff Awards for Production-Musical-Midsize, Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Actor in a Principal Role – Musical, Matthew Brumlow, Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Solo Performance, Gwendolyn Whiteside, Grounded; Music Direction, Malcolm Ruhl, Hank Williams: Lost Highway and Sound Design, Lindsay Jones, Grounded and over 22 Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The artists are honored with Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. Photo credit: Jaclyn Holsey. (L to R) Amanda Tanguay and Zach Kenney as “Mary and George Bailey”.
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A WONDERFUL LIFE
Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
11/13-12/30/2015

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STRIKING 12
Bailiwick Chicago
11/20-12/31/2015

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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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ANGINA PECTORIS
ShPIeL
11/19-1/3/2016
CHICAGO – ShPIeL-Performing Identity proudly announces the world premiere of Angina Pectoris, written by Michal Aharoni and directed by ShPIeL Producing Artistic Director David Y. Chack, November 18 – January 3, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. The performance schedule includes preview performances Thursday, Nov.19 and Friday Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. with opening/press nights Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Nov 22 at 2 p.m. The regular schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving schedule is as follows: no performance Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. The Thanksgiving weekend performances take place Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. The Christmas week schedule is as follows: no performances Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25. Christmas week performances are Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. The New Year’s schedule has no performances Thursday, Dec. 31 or Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. There are performances Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday Jan, 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
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BURNING BLUEBEARD
The Hypocrites
11/19-1/10/2016
Jay Torrence; dir: Halena Kays.
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