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WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
COLUMBIA COLLEGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT
2/17-2/26/2016

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SHOUT SECTION BIG BAND
Skokie Theatre
2/26-2/26/2016
Celebrate the holidays with one of Chicagoland's more exciting big bands. Shout Section Big Band is a full-sized jazz orchestra comprised of up-and-coming performers and renowned veteran musicians. This band has all the elegance you demand of a big band while still being intense and crackling with energy. They are constantly seeking to push jazz into new directions while maintaining a connection to the great classics of the past. Shout Section Big Band performs the best examples of jazz, rock, latin and swing. Tickets: $25. $10 for students 21 and under. At Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Downtown Skokie. Call 847-677-7761 or visit SkokieTheatre.org
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JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL
NORTHBROOK PARK DISTRICT
1/23-2/27/2016

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
SOUTH ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL
2/25-2/27/2016

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY
2/26-2/27/2016

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DISNEY'S THE LION KING KIDS
GLACIER RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2/26-2/27/2016

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DISNEY'S ARISTOCATS KIDS
THOMAS JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2/26-2/27/2016

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WEST SIDE STORY
OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
2/25-2/27/2016

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LITTLE WOMEN
MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL
2/26-2/27/2016

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YASMINA'S NECKLACE
16th Street Theater
1/21-2/27/2016
Rohina Malik; dir: Ann Filmer.
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POSH
Steep Theatre Company
1/21-2/27/2016
Laura Wade; dir: Jonathan Berry.
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THE INTERNET ATE MY BRAIN
Skokie Theatre
2/27-2/27/2016
An innovative evening of hilarious topical songs lampooning how crazy we’ve all become because about gadgets and gizmos. Starring and written by Bill Dyszel, the author of “Microsoft Outlook for Dummies” and more than 20 books in the popular book series, this one-man “Forbidden Broadway of the Internet” combines live music, multimedia, and audience activities, and skewers topics as varied as our obsession with online shopping, addiction to selfies, online romance, and more. Tickets: $20 At Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Downtown Skokie. Call 847-677-7761 or visit SkokieTheatre.org
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A FUNNY THING...FORUM
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
2/12-2/28/2016

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PETER PAN
THE STUDIO
2/25-2/28/2016

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MARY POPPINS
HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL
2/18-2/28/2016

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LEGALLY BLONDE JR.
BRIGHTSIDE THEATRE
2/20-2/28/2016

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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR
WMC PRODUCTIONS
2/19-2/28/2016

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ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA
BARRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
2/25-2/28/2016

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE
2/25-2/28/2016

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DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
TRILOGY SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
2/28-2/28/2016

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
FROST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2/26-2/28/2016

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INTO THE WOODS JR
CHAMPAIGN URBANA THEATRE COMPANY
2/27-2/28/2016

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THE PAJAMA GAME
ROXANA HIGH SCHOOL
2/26-2/28/2016

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
H.D. Jacobs High School
2/25-2/28/2016

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SPAMALOT
Elgin Community College
2/20-2/28/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Central High School
2/26-2/28/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Sterling High School
2/26-2/28/2016

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JEEVES AT SEA
First Folio Theatre
1/27-2/28/2016
Margaret Raether; dir: Alison C. Vesely.
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MOTHERS AND SONS
Northlight Theatre
1/22-2/28/2016
Terrence McNally; dir: Steve Scott.
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FIFTY SHADES OF SHAKESPEARE
Fizz Bar
2/5-2/28/2016
Join us for an orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender roles, sexuality, kink and relationships all told through the bard's sexiest scenes: stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes and 23 roles. The only question is: How do you want it? Every night the audience picks which actor plays each role. The possibilities are endless and every show is a salacious surprise. Grab your BFFF, your f*ck buddy, your Bae, your Swipe Right, and prepare to get your drink on. Must be 21+ to attend.
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ZIRYAB, THE SONGBIRD OF ANDALUSIA
Silk Road Rising
2/18-2/28/2016
Impresario Ronnie Malley guides us on an enchanting journey back to 9th century Islamic Spain where we meet Ziryab, a former slave who rose to extraordinary fame in the court of Abd ar-Rahman II to become a polymath in a pluralistic society. This celebration of Ziryab the musician and his worldly contributions are brought to life by lively Arabic melodies, on guitar and oud, strumming a story that will make you want to dance!
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OTHER LETTERS
The Other Theatre Company [nid:220520]
2/7-2/29/2016
CHICAGO – The Other Theatre Company (TOTC) and Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis are proud to present the next show in the company’s 2015-2016 season Other Letters, written by Bryan Renaud and Carin Silkaitis, and directed by Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis, February 7 – 29, with opening night Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at Side Project, 1439 W Jarvis Ave. The regular run schedule is Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. $25 tickets. Tickets may be purchased at www.buzzonstage.com/theatres/other-theatre-company. For more information, please visit theothertheatrecompany.com. Inspired by A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, Other Letters will tell parallel stories of gay and lesbian couples. TOTC wants to replace phrases such as “normalizing gay relationships ” and “normalizing queerness” with “queering normal.” Queer relationships are just as flawed, just as messy, and just as wonderful as straight relationships. They aren’t interested in re-creating Love Letters with gay couples; they’re interested in showing a beautiful relationship, maintained through letters, that happens to be queer. People who are friends, lovers, and confidantes. People who come together, and drift apart, remember,, and forget. People who cannot be together, but cannot be apart. Other Letters will feature two separate scripts performed in reperatory by new cast members every night. The Cast for Love Letters include: February 7 – Emma Smith (actor 1) and Colleen DeRosa (actor 2) February 8 – Alex Weisman (actor 1) and Will Allan (actor 2) February 14 – Grant Stokes (actor 1) and Evan Michalic (actor 2) February 15 – Patti Lavery (actor 1) and Sarah Charipar (actor 2) February 21 – Robyn Coffin (actor 1) and Kristin Collins (actor 2) February 22 – Jake Szczepaniak (actor 1) and Bryan Renaud (actor 2) February 28 – Madrid St. Angelo (actor 1) and Mark David Kaplan (actor 2) February 29 – Janet Ulrich Brooks (actor 1) and Carin Silkaitis (actor 2) ABOUT CARIN SILKAITIS A director and actor, Silkaitis has directed plays at North Central College, Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University, XIII Pocket, Stage 773, Music By The Lake, and Echo Theatre Co. Recent Chicago acting credits include: Chloe in Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Eclipse), Doctor Manor/Physician’s Assistant/Board Member 1 in Sons of the Prophet (American Theater Company), Dean Wreen in Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (u/s with 2 full weeks of performance, Theater Wit), Clem in Raggedy And (Stage Left Theatre - Leapfest), Queen Margaret in Richard III (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Mama (and other roles) in Distracted (u/s American Theater Company), and Izzy in Rabbit Hole (u/s Goodman Theatre). Her favorite regional credits include: Love Letters, Dangerous Liaisons, and A Comedy of Errors. She will appear in the upcoming TOTC production of The Realm and in the 2017 production of Visiting with Artemisia Theatre. Silkaitis recently appeared in the SAG Feature Film Unexpected, and has been busy acting in commercials, industrials, and voiceovers. She is the current Department Chair of Art and Theatre at North Central College. ABOUT THE OTHER THEATRE COMPANY The Other Theatre Company is a collective of artists dedicated to telling the stories of those who are “othered” by systems of oppression. Comprised of activists who openly express their opinion on the various issues presented in the media and beyond, The Company engages their audience in a dialogue through performance and educational outreach. The Other Theatre Company believes in and fights for equality and rejects cultural hegemony. The Other Theatre Company (TOTC) and Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis are proud to present the next show in the company’s 2015-2016 season Other Letters, written by Bryan Renaud and Carin Silkaitis, and directed by Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis, February 7 – 29, with opening night Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at Side Project, 1439 W Jarvis Ave. The regular run schedule is Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. $25 tickets. Tickets may be purchased at www.buzzonstage.com/theatres/other-theatre-company. For more information, please visit theothertheatrecompany.com.
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BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICALS
Peoria Civic Center
3/1-3/2/2016
Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY brings the talents of Woody Allen and Tony-Winning director Susan Stroman together for the first time. Hailed by Time Magazine as, "Musical Theatre Gold!", BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. It's the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. The original Broadway production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY played the St. James Theatre. The production received six Tony-Award nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. Don't miss what the New Yorker exclaims as, "a Fun Machine from Start to Finish!" with "zingers and puns, slapstick and visual gags, and tap-dancing chorus girls" (New York Post). Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the 20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway is bringing musical comedy back with a bang. Casting for the national tour of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is yet to be announced.
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APPLAUSE
Porchlight Music Theatre [nid:197588]
3/1-3/3/2016
CHICAGO – Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second production in the third smash season of Chicago’s “lost” musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits…Applause, featuring book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, with direction and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik, music direction by Nick Sula and starring Heidi Kettenring as “Margo Channing,” the role created by Bette Davis on film and Lauren Bacall on stage, Applause is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 3 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight’s Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven (February 5 – March 13) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Applause are $30 and include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber, that discusses that evening’s production including the show’s creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Applause are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. Two-show season subscriptions to Porchlight Revisits… include Applause and Chess are also available at porchlightmusictheatre.org. Based on the Academy Award winning film All About Eve starring Bette Davis, and the short story The Wisdom of Eve on which it is based, Applause tells the iconic story of Broadway legend “Margo Channing” (Kettenring) and her overzealous “fan” “Eve Harrington” (Lauren Roesner, a new Porchlight discovery making her Chicago debut). Harrington insinuates herself into the company of Channing and her circle of theater friends, playing the ingénue while plotting to steal Channing’s career and her man, “Bill Sampson” (David Schlumpf, also making his Porchlight debut.) Applause, opened on Broadway in 1970 and won two Tony’s including Best Musical and Best Actress for star, Lauren Bacall. It features the hits songs “Backstage Babble,” “But Alive,” “Fasten Your Seat Belts ” and “Welcome to the Theatre.” The cast of Applause also includes: Michael Kingston (Howard Benedict), Jason Richards (Buzz Richards), Ryan Lanning (Duane Fox), Khaki Pixley (Karen Richards), Kyrie Courter (Bonnie), Elya Bottiger (Gypsy Girl), James Nedrud (Danny), Jacob Gilchrist (The Bartender) Janelle Villas (Carol) and Jake Ganzer (The Piano Player). The production team includes: Keegan Bradac (sound design/board operator) and Aaron Shapiro (production manager). ABOUT HEIDI KETTENRING (Margo Channing) Heidi Kettenring, one of Chicago’s most popular leading ladies, makes her Porchlight Music Theatre debut with this production having recently received the Jeff Award for her performance in The King and I at Marriott Theatre. Recent credits include Elf (Emily Hobbs) at The Fulton Theatre, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly) at Maine State Music Theatre, The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Mistress Ford) at Chicago Shakespeare, To Master The Art (Jane) at The Broadway Playhouse and Oliver (Nancy--Jeff Nomination) at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Kettenring originated the role of “Nessa Rose” in Chicago’s sit down production of Wicked and has also appeared at Northlight Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Theatre at the Center, American Theatre Company, Peninsula Players, Goodspeed Opera, Ravinia and has toured with Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. She is the recipient of The Sarah Siddons’ Leading Lady Award, an After Dark Award and 6 Jeff Nominations. Kettenring can be heard singing on a Disney Princess book, can be seen in the film Man of Steel and is a proud member of AEA. She is married to Porchlight Artistic Associate David Girolmo. ABOUT Lauren Roesner (Eve Harrington) Lauren Roesner, making her Chicago debut, was recently seen at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Northern California in The Music Man and Mary Poppins, STAGES St. Louis in My Fair Lady, How to Succeed... and Fiddler on the Roof and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, IN in The Sound of Music, 9 to 5, Hello, Dolly! and Lend Me A Tenor. ABOUT David Schlumpf (Bill Sampson) David Schlumpf was last seen at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Sense and Sensibility where his previous credits include Timon of Athens and As You Like It. Other Chicago credits include: The Who’s Tommy (Paramount Theatre); Days Like Today (Writers Theatre); Dartmoor Prison (Goodman Theatre); Sweet Smell of Success (Jeff Award - Best Actor, Kokandy Productions); Dessa Rose (Jeff Award nomination - Best Supporting Actor, Bailiwick Chicago); Cabaret, Gershwin’s Greatest Hits (Light Opera Works); A Christmas Carol, Sleeping Beauty (Drury Lane Theatre). Regional credits include: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Christmas Memory (Theatre at the Center). Schlumpf received his MFA in acting from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. ABOUT PORCHLIGHT REVISITS… Continuing to forge its role as “Chicago’s Music Theatre,” Porchlight launched the exciting new series, Porchlight Revisits… in 2013 especially created for the die-hard music theatre aficionado. Each season, Porchlight Music Theatre shares with audiences the rare opportunity to visit three musicals that opened on the Great White Way but have since gone “unsung.” The finest music theatre artists in Chicago dust off these neglected treasures and, with script in hand and minimal staging, escort audiences to a world of Broadway long past. Previous Porchlight Revisits… productions include: (2015/16) Babes in Arms, (2014/15) Bells Are Ringing, City of Angels, Mack & Mabel, (2013/14) Anyone Can Whistle, Golden Boy, Fade Out-Fade In. 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 audiences. 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 115 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations resulting in 31 Jeff Awards, garnering three consecutive Best Production awards for Sondheim on Sondheim (2015) Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2014), and A Class Act (2013). Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second production in the third season of Chicago’s smash “lost” musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits… Applause, featuring book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, with direction by Chris Pazdernik, music direction by Linda Madonia and starring Heidi Kettenring* as “Margo Channing.” Applause is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 3 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight’s Far From Heaven (February 5 – March 13) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Applause are $30 and include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber, that discusses that evening’s production including the show’s creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Applause are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. Season subscriptions to Porchlight Revisits… include Applause and Chess are also available at porchlightmusictheatre.org. # # # Porchlight Music Theatre is partially supported by generous contributions from the Actors’ Equity Foundation, 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 Prince Foundation, the National Association of Realtors, the Bloomberg Philanthropies, James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation, Cooper’s: A Neighborhood Eatery 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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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
JAMES B CONANT HIGH SCHOOL
2/26-3/5/2016

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INTO THE WOODS
OAK PARK RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
2/27-3/5/2016

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GUYS & DOLLS
WHEATON ACADEMY
2/26-3/5/2016

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE
The Hypocrites
1/22-3/5/2016
adapt: Hans Fleischmann from Tennessee Williams; dir: Hans Fleischmann.
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IF/THEN
Cadillac Palace Theatre
2/23-3/6/2016
If/Then is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct story lines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth's life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. If/Then is an original musical written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, and starring Idina Menzel in select cities.
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ANNIE JR
VERO VOCE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
2/26-3/6/2016

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ELF-THE MUSICAL JR.
ANDREW COOKE MAGNET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2/26-3/6/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Crystal Lake South High School
2/26-3/6/2016

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LOOKING OVER THE PRESIDENT'S SHOULDER
American Blues Theater
2/5-3/6/2016
James Still; dir: Timothy Douglas.
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STEPPENWOLF FOR YOUNG ADULTS: THE COMPASS
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
2/24-3/12/2016
dir: Michael Rohd.
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FAR FROM HEAVEN
Porchlight Theatre
2/5-3/13/2016

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2666
Goodman Theatre
2/6-3/13/2016
adapt: Seth Bockley, Robert Falls from Roberto Bolano; dir: Seth Bockley, Robert Falls.
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COCKED
Victory Gardens Theater
2/12-3/13/2016
Sarah Gubbins; dir: Joanie Schultz.
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IN A WORD
Strawdog Theatre Company
2/5-3/19/2016
Lauren Yee; dir: Jess McLeod.
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IN A WORD
Strawdog Theatre Company [nid:132852]
2/5-3/19/2016
CHICAGO - Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the third main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Lauren Yee’s In A Word, February 5 – March 19, directed by Jess McLeod, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 and 12, Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 and 14 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m.* Preview tickets are $15, regular run 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. A gripping and poetic new work from the author of Victory Gardens’ acclaimed production Samsara. Fiona (Mary Winn Heider) must sort through what’s left of her life and sanity when her son (guest artist Gabe Franken) mysteriously vanishes. The director of The House Theatre of Chicago’s hit Season on the Line, Jess McLeod, makes her Strawdog debut directing this production with Ensemble Member John Ferrick as “Guy.” In A Word is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. The Network strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. The production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members John Kelly, lighting designer; Heath Hays, sound designer; with guest artists Izumi Inaba, costume designer; Jamie Karas, properties designer; Emmaline Keddy-Hector, production manager; Melanie Kulas, stage manager; Jacob Palmer, technical director; Cameron Petti, master electrician; Casey Schissler, assistant stage manager; Abhi Shrestha, assistant director and Sarah JHP Watkins, scenic designer. *FULLY ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE Strawdog Theatre Company continues its partnership with the Access Project at Victory Gardens to present In A Word at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, in the Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday, March 3 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 LAUREN YEE, PLAYWRIGHT Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and her MFA in playwriting from UCSD, where she studied under Naomi Iizuka. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a She has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and the Wasserstein Prize. Her play Samsara has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. She is MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, and the Page One resident playwright at Playwrights Realm. Yee’s full-length work has been produced throughout the United States. Her play The Hatmaker’s Wife was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. Ching Chong Chinaman was picked as a top 10 play of the year by City Pages and the East Bay Express, and Crevice was a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee for Best Play. Other honors include three Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival playwriting awards, Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Pacific Rim Prize, and writing fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the El Gouna Writers’ Residency, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, and the New York Mills Cultural Center. She has also received funding from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Theatre Bay Area, and UCSD’s Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies, as well as an award from PlayGround’s New Play Production Fund. ABOUT JESS MCLEOD, DIRECTOR Recent Chicago credits for McLeod include Blu Rhythm (Lyric Unlimited/Lyric Opera), Shawn Pfautsch’s Season on the Line (The House Theatre of Chicago); Babes In Arms (Porchlight Music Theatre “Porchlight Revisits.. series); Kevin Coval’s L-vis Live! (Victory Gardens); Emily Schwartz’s Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree Group); Bathsheba Doran’s Kin (Griffin Theatre); Venus (Steppenwolf Next Up!); The Wedding Singer (Haven Theatre); The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore!, The Pajama Game, and Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen’s Fugitive Songs (The Music Theatre Company). As well as workshops with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Steep Theatre, American Music Theatre Project. McLeod has served as the assistant/associate director with Gary Griffin (Dallas Theater Center, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, City Center Encores!), Anna D. Shapiro (Steppenwolf) and Michael Rohd (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). She was the co-artistic director of The Music Theatre Company (2014-15); director of programming with The New York Musical Theatre Festival (2005-08) and has an MFA. from Northwestern University. She is currently also working on Samantha Beach and Diana Lawrence’s Mill Girls. 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 third main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Lauren Yee’s In A Word, February 5 – March 19, directed by Jess McLeod, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 and 12, Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 and 14 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m.* Preview tickets are $15, regular run 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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SISTER ACT
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
1/27-3/20/2016

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THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES
Mercury Theater Chicago
1/20-3/20/2016
Sherlock Holmes confronts his creator and his killer in this new musical by John Reeger, Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler. The production is directed by Warner Crocker who will lead a cast of award-winning actors including Nick Sandys and Michael Lindner to bring this tale to life. Inspired by actual events, with a little fantasy thrown in, “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing "The Final Problem," in which his famous detective is killed off. When it is revealed that the beloved character of Sherlock Holmes has been done in, everyone from Churchill to Doyle's own family is up-in-arms. Besieged by telephone calls and angry mobs outside his home, Doyle flees London to escape the harassment. Surprisingly, he finds a much more challenging problem awaiting him when out of the evening mist steps Sherlock Holmes. And so begins a battle of wits between the author -- who wants his character dead -- and character -- who demands to be revived to preserve his legacy. Next thing you know, the writer and his creation are off together solving the real-life crime of “The Wyrley Ripper”. The development of “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” began twenty years ago, when actor/writer John Reeger came across a book by Peter Costello in the local library called “The Real World of Sherlock Holmes” which chronicled the investigation of actual criminal cases by Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Reeger realized the dramatic possibilities of this concept and shared his partially completed script with composer and lyricist Julie Shannon. By spring of 2005, John had completed the first draft and in June 2006, Julie felt ready to record the score. With the generous help of many talented actors and singers Julie and her husband/sound engineer Bill Geller held recording sessions before hosting the first reading of the show at Julie and Bill’s home. Unfortunately, Julie became too ill to continue working after that. After a long and brave struggle, she passed away in 2012. The musical “sat in the drawer” until spring of 2014 when Walter Stearns at the Mercury Theater Chicago organized a third reading of the show. Realizing the musical’s potential, he offered to produce the show at the Mercury. Michael Mahler, composer and lyricist of Hero and October Sky was enlisted as the show’s new collaborator. Much of Julie’s original score remains with exciting new music and lyrics from Michael. “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” is written by John Reeger with music and lyrics by Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler and will be brought to life by an award-winning cast including Nick Sandys as “Sherlock Holmes” and Michael Lindner as “Arthur Conan Doyle”. Rounding out the cast for this adventurous tale will be McKinley Carter, Mary Ernster, Johann George, David Girolmo, Jason Grimm, Christina Hall, Ron Keaton, Matthew Keffer, Russell Mernaugh, and Colette Todd. The scenic design is by Scott Davis, with costume design by Bob Kuhn, lighting design Yael Lubetsky and sound design by Mike Ross and Joe Court. Director Warner Crocker has been working on the development of new musicals, as well as authoring new works, for over 20 years and returns to Chicago after leading a regional theater for the past 15 years. The team of John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics) worked together on numerous projects including Mercury Theater Chicago’s annual holiday musical The Christmas Schooner, Stones (starring Felicia P. Fields), and Let the Eagle Fly: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Michael Mahler, composer and lyricist, is praised for his work on Marriott Theatre’s October Sky, and Hero (Jeff Award – Best New Work: Musical), Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, The 9/11 Report, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, Knute Rockne: All-American, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and others. He contributed additional lyrics to Cameron Mackintosh’s West End revival of Miss Saigon which has set its sights on a Broadway return in spring 2017. His songs have been featured in various songwriter showcases around the world, including the National Alliance for Musical Theatre New Works Summit, the MAC/ASCAP Songwriter Showcase, and an evening at the Kennedy Center. The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is an intimate jewel box of a theater in the heart of the Southport Corridor, a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful theater destination, Mercury Theater Chicago takes care of its guests from the moment they arrive with valet service and dining at its adjoining restaurant, Deleece. Under the leadership of Executive Director L. Walter Stearns, Mercury Theater Chicago will follow “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” with a revival of the madcap musical by Mel Brooks, “The Producers.”
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MARC SALEM’S MIND OVER CHICAGO
Apollo Theater Chicago
2/7-3/27/2016
The newly designed and renovated Apollo Theater Chicago, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, is excited to present a special limited engagement of Marc Salem’s Mind Over Chicago, the latest interactive show in Marc Salem’s Mind Over… series, created with tasty local flavor specifically for the Windy City. Amazing and amusing, Marc’s theatrical creations have been hailed as “NOT TO BE MISSED!” by ABC News and “A SUREFIRE ‘you-gotta-see-this-show’ SHOW!” by Variety. Both fascinating and psychological, his performances have been enjoyed by millions around the world from Broadway and the West End to the Sydney Opera House and Singapore, earning him the name “The King of the Mind-Readers” by Time Out. Marc’s mystifying techniques and quick wit “break the lock” on the minds of randomly selected audience members. He has had the pleasure of outwitting such well-known celebrities as Sting, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, Prince Andrew, Judi Dench, Ronald Reagan, Michael Strahan, Bruce Willis, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Mayors Koch, Giuliani & Bloomberg, Chicago’s own Oprah Winfrey, and many more.
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SISTER ACT
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
2/10-4/3/2016

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THE 39 STEPS
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
2/18-4/3/2016
Hitchcock’s classic reimagined as a whodunnit farce. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and called an “absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film,” by The New York Times. A simple man happens upon a woman who reveals she is a spy in desperate need of help. Suddenly, she is murdered and the saga begins as he flees and is subsequently followed throughout Europe: a fugitive on the run. Watch as 4 actors seamlessly transition to play over 100 characters in this imaginative comedy. Preview Performances: February 18-21, 2016 Tickets: $30 Regular Run: February 24 - April 3, 2016 Tickets: $38 Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, February 20, 2016, 3:00 & 7:00 P.M. Sunday, February 21, 2016, 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00 P.M. Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 4, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, March 6, 2016, 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 11, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, March 13, 2016 , 3:00 P.M. Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 18, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 19, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, March 20, 2016 , 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 26, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 P.M.
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OTHELLO
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2/18-4/10/2016
William Shakespeare; dir: Jonathan Munby.
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SUNSET BABY
Timeline Theatre Company
1/12-4/10/2016
Dominique Morisseau; dir: Ron OJ Parson.
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THE NEW SINCERITY
Theater Wit
2/25-4/17/2016
Alena Smith; dir: Jeremy Wechsler.
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THE FLICK
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
2/4-5/8/2016
Annie Baker; dir: Dexter Bullard.
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