Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/20/2015

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FOREVER PLAID in Broadway FOREVER PLAID
WINNESHIEK PLAYERS
9/18-9/26/2015

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH-TYA in Broadway JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH-TYA
HOMEWOOD FLOSSMOOR HIGH SCHOOL
9/24-9/26/2015

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DISNEY'S ALADDIN KIDS in Broadway DISNEY'S ALADDIN KIDS
CHAMPAIGN PARK DISTRICT
9/24-9/26/2015

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I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Hinsdale South High School
9/24-9/26/2015

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NEXT TO NORMAL in Broadway NEXT TO NORMAL
MADKAP PRODUCTIONS INC.
9/11-9/27/2015

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SECRETS EVERY SMART TRAVELER.. in Broadway SECRETS EVERY SMART TRAVELER..
TRI COUNTY PLAYERS
9/18-9/27/2015

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SHREK THE MUSICAL-TYA VERSION in Broadway SHREK THE MUSICAL-TYA VERSION
MUSIC ON STAGE INC
9/19-9/27/2015

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GUYS & DOLLS in Broadway GUYS & DOLLS
MONROE ACTORS STAGE COMPANY
9/18-9/27/2015

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Kinky Boots in Broadway KINKY BOOTS
Peoria Civic Center
9/22-9/27/2015
Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Actor (Billy Porter), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus), and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades. In Kinky Boots,Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Polo Area Community Theatre
9/25-9/27/2015

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MARY POPPINS in Broadway MARY POPPINS
HUNTLEY HIGH SCHOOL
9/24-9/27/2015

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DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR in Broadway DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
BYRON CIVIC THEATRE
9/26-9/27/2015

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The Rainmaker in Broadway THE RAINMAKER
American Blues Theater
8/28-9/27/2015
CHICAGO – Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago’s second oldest Equity ensemble celebrating 30 years of presenting visceral theatrical works while engaging its audience in missions of local service agencies, are proud to announce The Rainmaker, by N. Richard Nash and directed by American Blues Theater Co-Founding Member Ed Blatchford, August 28 – September 27 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. “Pink Previews”, where tickets sales benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research, are August 28 – August 30 following the regular schedule. Opening night is Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with additional Saturday matinees, September 19 and 26 at 3 p.m. Tickets for “Pink Preview” performances are $19. Regular run performances tickets are $29 Thursdays and Fridays and $39 Saturdays and Sundays. Opening night tickets are $49 and include access to the post-show reception. All tickets are currently on sale at 773.404.7336 or AmericanBluesTheater.com. N. Richard Nash’s unabashedly optimistic play became a Broadway hit telling the story of plain and hardworking Lizzie Curry (Linsey Page Morton) as she finds herself falling in love, against her better judgment, with a traveler (Steve Key*) who promises to bring rain to her family’s ever-dry Texas town. “After nearly half a century, The Rainmaker still makes a handsome case for miracles,” said the Los Angeles Times. The Rainmaker also features guest artists Danny Goldring, Vince Teninty, Robert Brueler, Matt Pratt and Howie Johnson. The production team includes Sarah E. Ross* (scenic), Sarah Hughey* (lights), Christopher Neville* (costumes), Joe Cerqua (sound), Jamie Karas (props), Kathryn Lochert* (stage manager), Kathy Logelin (dialect coach) and Lauri Dahl* (dramaturg).
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Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández in Broadway BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MÉXICO DE AMALIA HERNÁNDEZ
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
9/26-9/27/2015
CHICAGO – The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University presents the return of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández September 26 and 27. Known as “The Cultural Representative of Mexico to the World,” the troupe lights up the historic Auditorium Theatre stage with spirited dances rooted in live traditional folk music. Full of movement, rhythm and technical perfection, the company, who has been presenting cultural dance throughout the world for the past six decades, will take audiences on a journey through Mexico’s history, Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30-$73, and are currently on sale online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by phone (312.341.2300) or in-person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E. Congress Parkway). Subscriptions for the Auditorium Theatre’s 2015 - 2016 season and discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are also on sale. For more information visit AuditoriumTheatre.org. “A Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández performance is a visual manifestation of the beauty of the Mexican culture. Their energy fills not only our historic stage, but all of the Auditorium Theatre. From their precise movements to the intricate costumes to the sumptuous music, this company transports the audience to a world filled with music, color and dance. This celebration of centuries-old traditions reminds us of the rich history and passion of the Mexican people, and we are proud to share those traditions in dance with our audience,” said Executive Director Brett Batterson. From the heart of Mexico City, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández has presented dances that are reflective of the culture in Mexico for the past five decades. Founded in 1952 by Amalia Hernández, the ballet has historically celebrated traditional dance and musical pieces from various regions and folk music genres native to Mexico. A Chicago favorite, many of the ensemble’s works depict the traditions of indigenous Meso-American culture that delight audiences with their authentic, spirited movement.
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After Miss Julie in Broadway AFTER MISS JULIE
Strawdog Theatre Company
8/14-9/28/2015
CHICAGO - Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the first main stage production in its 2015 – 2016 season, Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie, August 14 – September 28, directed by Elly Green, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Previews are $15 with performances Thursday, Aug. 20, Friday, Aug. 14 and 21, Saturday, Aug. 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 23 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to the post-performance reception. The opening night performance is Monday, Aug. 24 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, Aug. 31 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. After Miss Julie is Marber’s modern reimaging of August Strindberg’s classic play now set in 1945 the night of England’s Labour Party’s landslide election victory over Winston Churchill’s Conservative Party. The wealthy Julie (Maggie Scranton) and the servant John (John Henry Roberts) navigate the complexity and sexual politics of master and servant relations, all while under the watchful eye of John’s former fiancée and fellow servant Christine (Anita Deely). Director Green (Jeff Award-nominee for Stage Left’s Rabbit) makes her Strawdog debut directing what The Telegraph (London) calls “[an] unforgettable night of white-hot theatrical intensity.” The After Miss Julie production team includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members Mike Mroch, scenic designer; Heath Hays, sound design; Brittany Dee Bodley, costume designer and guest artists Claire Chrzan, light designer, Jamie Karas, props designer; Adam Goldstein, dialect coach, Emmaline Keddy-Hector, production manager; Emily Dillard, stage manager and Cassandra Rose, dramaturg. As recently, announced, Strawdog Theatre Company will be leaving its home at 3829 North Broadway Ave. at the conclusion of its 2015 – 2016 28th Season in June 2016. Real estate developments on the block have caused the move for the Company. Strawdog has been at the current location, both its administrative offices and theatre spaces, for 25 years, since its third production Temptation by Vaclav Havel in 1990. The company’s final show in the Broadway space will be their 110th production, Kaufman and Hart’s 1930 classic, Once in a Lifetime, directed by Damon Kiely and opening in April 2016. ABOUT PATRICK MARBER, playwright Patrick Marber is a playwright and screenwriter who burst onto the London scene with his debut play Dealer’s Choice, which garnered him the “Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy” and the Writer’s Guild award for “Best West End Play.” His other works include the plays Closer, which also received the “Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy,” as well as the Critics’ Circle Theatre and Laurence Olivier awards for “Best New Play” and has been translated into thirty languages, Howard Katz and Don Juan in Soho. Marber’s work also includes a number of adaptations for the screen including Closer, Patrick McGrath’s Asylum and Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal for which Marber received his first Academy Award nomination. ABOUT ELLY GREEN, director Elly Green is a freelance, Jeff-nominated director. Her upcoming productions include No More Sad Things by Hansol Jung for Sideshow Theatre and The Distance by Deborah Bruce for Haven Theatre. Her directing credits in Chicago include: The Woman Before (Trap Door); Happy (Redtwist); Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Theatre Seven); Rabbit (Stage Left); The Tomkat Project (Playground Theatre and NYFringe). Green was assistant director on Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and Proof (Court Theatre). Her UK directing credits include: Our Country’s Good, My Balloon Beats Your Astronaut, Beyond Therapy, About Tommy, Copenhagen, Skylight, The Beach and The Zoo Story. She also spent a year at the Royal National Theatre as a staff-director on Oedipus, Mrs. Affleck and Her Naked Skin. Green has an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College, University of London. 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 first main stage production in its 2015 – 2016 season, Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie, August 14 – September 28, directed by Elly Green, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Preview tickets are $15 with performances Thursday, Aug. 20, Friday, Aug. 14 and 21, Saturday, Aug. 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 23 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to the post-performance reception. The opening night performance is Monday, Aug. 24 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, Aug. 31 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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THE MUSIC MAN in Broadway THE MUSIC MAN
LOOKING GLASS PLAYHOUSE
9/24-10/4/2015

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THE PRODUCERS in Broadway THE PRODUCERS
NIGHT BLUE THEATER
9/2-10/10/2015

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder in Broadway A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER
Bank Of America Theatre
9/29-10/11/2015
Getting away with murder can be so much fun... and there's no better proof than the knock-'em-dead hit show that's earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award for BEST MUSICAL—A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, "I'VE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL!" GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, "GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE RESTORES OUR FAITH IN MUSICAL COMEDY" and The New York Times cheers, "IT WILL LIFT THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE WHO’VE BEEN PINING FOR WHAT SOMETIMES SEEMS A LOST ART FORM." Kindly get your tickets now for the new musical that will have you dying with laughter!
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GEM OF THE OCEAN
Court Theatre
9/10-10/11/2015
August Wilson; dir: Ron OJ Parson.
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With Love and a Major Organ in Broadway WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN
Strawdog Theatre Company
9/12-10/14/2015
CHICAGO-Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the first production in its 2015–2016 Hugen Hall season, the United States premiere of Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ, September 12 – October 14, directed by Thrisa Hodits at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Opening night performance is Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. with an added performance Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8p.m. Preview tickets are $10, single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Based on availability, a limited number of rush tickets are available at 50% off one hour prior to curtain and must be purchased in person at the box office. Subscriptions, group, 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 young woman finds she’s given her heart, the actual, beating muscle, to a boy she’s just met on the subway. With Love and a Major Organ was first produced at the Toronto Fringe and Next Stage Theatre Festivals, where it was awarded “Patron’s Pick,” “Best of Fringe” and named “Outstanding New Play” by NOW Magazine. Thrisa Hodtis, the assistant director of The Hypocrites’ epic All Our Tragic helms this edgy tale of love in the age of social media. The cast includes Tom Murphy, Melissa Riemer, and Abby Pierce with understudy Jill Karrenbrock. The production team includes Strawdog Company members John Kelly, light designer; Heath Hays, sound designer; with guest artists Ashley Ann Woods, scenic design; Delia Baseman, costume design; Jamie Karas, properties designer and Jen Poulin, assistant director. ABOUT JULIA LEDERER, playwright Lederer is a Toronto-based writer and performer. Her work has been seen in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and now Chicago. Recent other projects include Spooning (Midtown International Short Play Festival: NY), Frame (Seven Collective: NY), Emotional Self-Mutilation (Gi60: NY), Reality Theatre (Driftwood Theatre Jury Prize Winner, 2014), and developing her first play for young audiences, It’s Nothing, with Roseneath Theatre in Toronto. Film/Television include Upstaged (Great Lake Productions, LA Comedy Festival Selection, 2013), Self-Esteem On Pizza (rorbi web short). Lederer’s new play, The Best Plan for Living Happily, will be produced with Birdtown & Swanville Theatre in Toronto next April. ABOUT THRISA HODITS, director With Love marks Hodits directing debut with Strawdog Theatre. This summer, she was the second director on the 12-hour All Our Tragic and is currently assistant directing Second Nature, a new children’s opera at Lyric Opera. This fall, Hodits will direct for The Inconvenience’s Citizens Anthology as well as co-direct alongside Sean Graney for The Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan regional tour to Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre and The Olney Theatre. In spring 2016, she will direct a world premiere play for The New Colony. Hodits has worked with The Strange Tree Group, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, 2nd Story, Jackalope Theatre Company, The Inconvenience, First Floor Theatre and is a proud member of The Hypocrites and The New Colony. 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. ABOUT HUGEN HALL Under Hugen Hall’s Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer, Hugen Hall has grown from a cabaret space and Chicago’s “Best Theater Bar” (Chicago Reader) to a fully functional performance and gallery space. Over the past two seasons of presenting productions, Lawfer has overseen, and often directed, various premieres and new productions varying from superheroes in conflict to zombie world domination to family fare with many of Chicago’s leading talents. In addition, Hugen Hall has also displayed artwork from David Csicsko and other Chicago artists that reflect the action onstage. 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, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the first production in its 2015 – 2016 Hugen Hall season, the United States Premiere of Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ, September 12 – October 13, directed by Thrisa Hodits at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St.. Opening night performance is Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m, with an added performance on Wednesday, October 14 at 8p.m.. Preview tickets are $10, single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Based on availability, a limited number of rush tickets are available at 50% off one hour prior to curtain and must be purchased in person at the box office.Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix tollfree: 866.811.4111. # # # Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the annual support of businesses and individuals. Photo features Abby Pierce. Credit to Jon Cole Media.
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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER in Broadway PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
8/27-10/18/2015

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DOGFIGHT in Broadway DOGFIGHT
BOHEMIAN THEATRE ENSEMBLE
9/5-10/18/2015

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DISGRACED
Goodman Theatre
9/12-10/18/2015
Ayad Akhtar; dir: Kimberly Senior.
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FEATHERS AND TEETH
Goodman Theatre
9/19-10/18/2015
Charise Castro Smith; dir: Henry Godinez.
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FUNNYMAN
Northlight Theatre
9/11-10/18/2015
Bruce Graham; dir: BJ Jones.
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SUCKER PUNCH
Victory Gardens Theater
9/18-10/18/2015
Roy Williams; dir: Dexter Bullard.
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Side Show in Broadway SIDE SHOW
Porchlight Music Theatre
9/11-10/18/2015
The recipient of Tony Award-nominations for both “Best Score” and “Book of a Musical,” Side Show is inspired by the true-life story of the legendary conjoined twin circus, vaudeville and movie stars The Hilton Sisters, Daisy and Violet, and their search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny while under the spotlight of public opinion. Set against the backdrop of 1930’s show business, Side Show seamlessly blends the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour in a haunting and sympathetic story of extraordinary humanity. Porchlight Music Theatre was personally contacted and invited by the authors to present the exclusive first post-Broadway production of their newly revised version that debuted in 2014 here in Chicago. Featuring news songs, characters and additional details of the Hilton twins' true-life story, this presentation will be still further refined through the intimate vision of the Porchlight lens to create a newly conceived experience in the telling of the lives of these two astonishing women.
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Ordinary People in Broadway ORDINARY PEOPLE
Citadel Theatre
9/18-10/18/2015
Ordinary People tells the story of a Lake Forest High School student, Conrad Jarrett (Matt Ronzani). Conrad had an older brother named Buck, and now Buck is gone. What’s left of young Conrad’s family, with his successful, well-intentioned father (Jeff Gamlin) and his beautiful, organized and remote mother (Julie Stevens), is in terrible jeopardy, as is Conrad himself. They are all “ordinary people” and each is fighting a hard battle.
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MERCHILD
16th Street Theater
9/17-10/24/2015
Aline Lathrop; dir: Ann Filmer.World Premiere
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AMERICAN IDIOT
The Hypocrites
8/28-10/24/2015
Billie Joe Armstrong; lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong; music: Green Day; dir: Steven Wilson.
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BUTCHER
Signal Ensemble Theatre
9/17-10/24/2015
CHICAGO – Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the United States premiere of Butcher by Nicolas Billon and directed by Signal Ensemble Member Bries Vannon at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., September 17 – October 24. Previews are Thursday, Sept.17 and Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $23 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $12 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com. NOTE: An Industry Night Performance will be Monday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. There is no Sunday, Sept. 20 matinee performance. On Christmas Eve, an old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the front door of a police station. Around his neck hangs a meat hook with a simple note attached: “arrest me.” As the night progresses, a lawyer, a police officer and a translator find themselves deep in a snare of secrets, lies and sins buried but not forgotten. Fresh off its critically acclaimed premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects, Nicolas Billon’s taut thriller confronts with questions of justice, revenge and humanity’s darkest capacities. The cast and production team for Butcher includes: CAST: Todd Frugia (Inspector Lamb), Vincent Lonergan* (Josef Dzibrilovo), Simone Roos* (Elena), Joseph Stearns* (Hamilton Barnes), and Lauren Viteri (Young Girl). *Indicates Signal Ensemble Theatre Member CREW: Jon Beal (Violence Coach), Matthwq Chapman (Sound Design), Carla Hamilton* (Costume Design), Stephanie Ingram* (Stage Manager), Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach), Christopher Neville (Props Design), Michael C. Smith (Lighting Design), Bries Vannon* (Director), and Ian Zywica (Scenic Design). *Indicates Signal Ensemble Theatre Member ABOUT NICOLAS BILLON, playwright Nicolas Billon’s work has been produced in Toronto, Stratford, New York and Paris. His triptych Fault Lines garnered the 2013 Governor-General’s Award for Drama. He recently adapted his first play, The Elephant Song, into a feature film starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, Carrie-Anne Moss and Catherine Keener. ABOUT BRIES VANNON, director Bries Vannon is in his sixth year as an ensemble member at Signal Ensemble Theatre, where he serves as the company’s literary manager.. Previously, he directed Signal’s Plainsong and Princes of Waco and served as assistant director on Hostage Song and The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie. As a performer he has been seen in Red Bud, Successors, Motion, Aftermath, Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Hamlet, and She Stoops to Conquer. Vannon is also the creator and director of The Nine, an independent project focusing on free experimental performance. Vannon has also worked as an actor/director with Mary-Arrchie Theatre, The Right Brain Project, the side project, The Building Stage,and WNEP Theater. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the United States premiere of Butcher by Nicolas Billon and directed by Signal Ensemble Member Bries Vannon at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., September 17 – October 24. Previews are Thursday, Sept.17 and Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. There is no Sunday, Sept. 20 matinee performance. Ticket prices are $23 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $12 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com. Street parking available on Ravenswood and Berenice (runs one way going west) CTA Brown line EL stops Irving Park and Addison. CTA busses #80-Irving Park, #152-Addison, #50-Damen, #11-Lincoln. The theatre is handicapped accessible.
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AMERICAN IDIOT in Broadway AMERICAN IDIOT
HYPOCRITES
9/4-10/25/2015

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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
9/10-10/25/2015

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The Revel in Broadway THE REVEL
The House Theatre of Chicago
9/4-10/25/2015
CHICAGO – The House Theatre of Chicago presents the The Revel at the Chopin Theatre Upstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Friday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Oct. 25. The play was adapted by returning guest artist Damon Kiely, with music by Chicago composer Jess McIntosh, and will be directed and choreographed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig of 500 Clown and dance-theatre company Lucky Plush Productions in her House Theatre debut. Previews begin Friday, Sept. 4 through Saturday, Sept.12 on Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Press opening is Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets range from $30 - $35, and $10 Student and Industry same-day discounted tickets available, based on availability. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.thehousetheatre.com or call 773.769.3832. Daddy died, the coal ran out, and the town went bust. His son’s new factory promises riches but when Deacon rolls in preaching salvation through song, spirit, and moonshine all the workers hightail it up the mountain. Foot-stomping, heart-shaping mountain music fills the air. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone? Damon Kiely (Thieves Like Us) pens a probing look at how music ignites a spiritual spark even in non-believers. Chicago composer and fiddler Jess McIntosh creates an all-new, old-time country gospel score for a unique chorus of women’s voices. Helmed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig (500 Clown, Lucky Plush Productions) dynamic and percussive choral movement fuels the world created for this powerful ensemble of actresses. With the driving forces of Greek tragedy at play, Kiely’s story races toward its bloody end. The cast for The Revel includes: Chris Mathews+, Christine Mayland Perkins+, and Michael E. Smith+, with guest artists Jeanne Arrigo, Sarah Charipar*, Kamille Dawkins, Courtney Jones, Andy Lutz, Casey Morris, Bridget Rue, Alex Stage, and Eunice Woods. The design team for The Revel includes: Damon Kiely (writer, co-lyricist), Jess McIntosh (composer, co-lyricist), Leslie Danzig (director), Grant Sabin (scenic designer), Lee Keenan+^ (lighting designer), Izumi Inaba (costume designer), Dan Carlyon (sound designer), Matt Hawkins+ (fight choreographer), and Brian DesGranges*+ (stage manager). The Revel was commissioned and developed by The House Theatre of Chicago and the Chicago Performance Lab through the Theatre and Performance Studies Program at the University of Chicago. Photograph is of Company Member Mayland Perkins by Michael Brosilow.
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Monty Python's Spamalot in Broadway MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
9/10-10/25/2015
Winner of three Tony awards, this highly irreverent comedy combines all your favorite moments from the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the added flair of musical Vegas glitz. See King Arthur, Lancelot and the rest on their quest to find the Holy Grail, complete with Frenchmen, Knights that say “Ni”, and of course a killer rabbit. New York Times calls Spamalot, “a resplendently silly new musical.” Full of fun musical numbers like Find Your Grail, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and more. Preview Performances: September 10-13, 2015 Tickets: $30 Regular Run: September 16 - October 25, 2015 Tickets: $38 www.metropolisarts.com Box Office: 847-577-2121
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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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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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Miss Buncle's Book in Broadway 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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Oil Lamp Theater
9/24-11/8/2015
James Sherman; dir: Keith Gerth.
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GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY
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Steppenwolf Theatre Co
9/17-11/15/2015
adapt: Ensemble member Frank Galati; dir: Ensemble member Terry Kinney.World Premiere
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Timeline Theatre Company
8/18-11/22/2015
Arthur Miller; dir: Louis Contey.
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