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Pride Films and Plays December PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL Titles Announced Pride Films and Plays December PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL Titles Announced
by BWW News Desk on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

Pride Films and Plays' monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films, which was launched in October, will continue with its third monthly festival on Tuesday, December 12. The four films to be screened all reflect on the theme The Families of the LGBT Community. Understanding our family members, revealing who we are as individuals and who we are as families. (more...)
First Home Built Under American Lung Association's Revised Health House Guidelines Opens in January First Home Built Under American Lung Association's Revised Health House Guidelines Opens in January
by BWW News Desk on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

Consistently on the forefront of providing healthier indoor living environments, Dior Builders announced today the official plans for Healthy Home 2018, 1055 Glencrest Drive, Inverness, in partnership with the American Lung Association Health House program. Constructed by Dior Builders and the next home in a series of real-life, interactive and educational models for cleaner, greener, safer living, Healthy Home 2018 will be the very first in the country to be built under the American Lung Association's revised Health House guidelines, featuring everything from energy efficient products and innovative technologies, to green building materials and nontoxic furniture and accessories. Created to showcase some of the highest standards of human health and environmental integrity, Healthy Home 2018 opens to the public when completed on January 25, 2018, and is available for tours from January 26 through February 4, 2018. Tour tickets are $20 and tour proceeds will be donated to American Lung Association. (more...)
VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with BLKS Playwright Aziza Barnes VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with BLKS Playwright Aziza Barnes
by Stage Tube on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. An uproarious and frank play, the acclaimed Chicago-based cast features ensemble member Namir Smallwood (Justin /Sosa/Dominican Dude) with Leea Ayers (June), Nora Carroll (Octavia), Celeste Cooper (Imani), Danielle Davis (Ry) and Kelly O'Sullivan (That Bitch on the Couch/White Woman). Below, check out an interview with playwright Aziza Barnes as she talks about BLKS! (more...)
Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. An uproarious and frank play, the acclaimed Chicago-based cast features ensemble member Namir Smallwood (Justin /Sosa/Dominican Dude) with Leea Ayers (June), Nora Carroll (Octavia), Celeste Cooper (Imani), Danielle Davis (Ry) and Kelly O'Sullivan (That Bitch on the Couch/White Woman). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)
WEFEST to Showcase Female, Non-Binary and Trans Artists at Pride Arts Center WEFEST to Showcase Female, Non-Binary and Trans Artists at Pride Arts Center
by BWW News Desk on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

WeFest (formerly SheFest and LezFest) is Pride Arts Center's' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans artists. (more...)
BWW Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company BWW Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

Tracy Letts's world premiere THE MINUTES, now making its debut at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, unfolds in an unsuspecting manner. Both because the play has a smart structure that shifts over the course of the 100-minute runtime and also because the content left me contemplative for days after seeing it. Here Letts uses the framework of a small town's council meeting as a microcosm of a larger discussion on the current political climate (though this play is not overtly about Trump's presidency) and the desire to cling to certain ideologies in the name of order and group preservation, though those long-held beliefs may not be true. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's 40th Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's 40th Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

Over four decades, 1.5 million people have delighted in the spectacular storytelling, glorious music and Scrooge's unforgettable discovery of kindness, generosity and love. Ten directors, eight Ebenezer Scrooges and 29 Tiny Tims later, Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol celebrates 40 years, now through December 31. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)
First Female Tiny Tim May Fit the Role More Than Most First Female Tiny Tim May Fit the Role More Than Most
by Stephanie Wild on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

According to Chicago Tribune, Paris Strickland became the first female to play Tiny Tim when she took the stage in the Goodman Theatre's latest production of the Christmas classic. But that's not all that makes her special. Strickland is a bit of a miracle herself. (more...)
Photo Flash: Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS Begins Tonight At Chicago Shakespeare Photo Flash: Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS Begins Tonight At Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

Back by popular demand, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents the highly anticipated return of the cheeky holiday classic Q Brothers Christmas Carol, from hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective and developed with CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton. After three wildly successful runs in 2013, 2014, and 2015 to sold-out houses, the raucous and irreverent musical event now takes the stage of the Theater's innovative third venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare through December 31, 2017. (more...)
Lifeline Theatre Announces 21st Annual FILLET OF SOLO Storytelling Festival Lifeline Theatre Announces 21st Annual FILLET OF SOLO Storytelling Festival
by BWW News Desk on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne and former Live Bait Theater Artistic Director Sharon Evans are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, running January 12 28, 2018. Celebrating the breadth of Chicago's enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline brings 12 storytelling collectives and seven solo performers together for a three-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories. (more...)
CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LATE NIGHT WRITERS ROOM to Return to Greenhouse Theater Center CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LATE NIGHT WRITERS ROOM to Return to Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

Following four sell-out performances, CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LATE NIGHT WRITERS ROOM returns for one-night-only on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10 pm at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)
Stories About Disco Moms, Googling Yourself, Crumbling Walls, and Frightening Moments Stories About Disco Moms, Googling Yourself, Crumbling Walls, and Frightening Moments
by BWW News Desk on November 22, 2017 in Chicago

Short Story Theatre presents an evening of warm, wise and wonderful true stories today, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. at Miramar Bistro, 301 Waukegan Ave. in Highwood. Tickets are $10 at the door. For pre-show dinner reservations (mention Short Story Theatre): 847-433-1078. Drinks are available during the show. (more...)
WTTW to Premiere CHICAGO RIVER TOUR WITH GEOFFREY BAER WTTW to Premiere CHICAGO RIVER TOUR WITH GEOFFREY BAER
by TV News Desk on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

If you had told a Chicagoan 100 years ago that a tour of the Chicago River would top every visitor's list, you would have been laughed out of town. What was once a meandering weed-choked stream turned smelly industrial channel is now lined with soaring skyscrapers and jammed with tour boats jockeying for position with kayakers and water taxis. Today the Chicago River is more popular than ever, with a new Riverwalk, dramatic new towers and boathouses, and entire new neighborhoods rising along the river's edge. (more...)
10 on Tuesday with WHITE CHRISTMAS' Kristyn Pope 10 on Tuesday with WHITE CHRISTMAS' Kristyn Pope
by Misha Davenport on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

10 on Tuesday with WHITE CHRISTMAS' Kristyn Pope (more...)
Black Ensemble Theater Presents THE STORY OF SAMMY DAVIS, JR. Black Ensemble Theater Presents THE STORY OF SAMMY DAVIS, JR.
by BWW News Desk on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

Black Ensemble Theater concludes the 2017 Season (The Dance Theater Season) with Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr., written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks, with choreography by Rueben D. Echoles. Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, December 9, 2017 January 21, 2018. (more...)
Prop Thtr Presents A RENAISSANCE HOLIDAY Prop Thtr Presents A RENAISSANCE HOLIDAY
by BWW News Desk on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

In celebration of the winter solstice, Prop Thtr presents A Renaissance Holiday a holiday-themed variety show on Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 pm. Perfect for the family, and all ages, A Renaissance Holiday features live music performance; juggling; folk, belly, and Russian gypsy dance; and Shakespeare. Included in the line-up: choir music by The Court and Country Singers, Juggler Brad French, belly dance with swords by Piper, Russian gypsy dance (The Snow Queen) by Viktoria, folk-inspired dance performed by the Prop Thtr dancers, Shakespearean banter by Paul Brennan, dance by Clara Bell, singing minstrels Kyle-Ann Greer and Sharon Waltham, and a Special Theatrical Tribute to Krakus. (more...)
Late Night Comedy Show 26 PRESENTS HAPPY HOLIDAYS Opens 12/2 Late Night Comedy Show 26 PRESENTS HAPPY HOLIDAYS Opens 12/2
by BWW News Desk on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

26 PRESENTS: HAPPY HOLIGAYS is the fourth edition of Pride Films and Plays' popular late night performance series inspired by the horror movie anthology THE ABCS OF DEATH. Our nine actors will present 26 scenes each inspired by a word that begins with a letter of the alphabet. Playwrights from across the Chicagoland area have created the 26 unique scenes. Performances will be Saturday nights at 10:30 pm, December 2, 9 and 16 at The Buena, Pride Arts Center, located at 4147 N Broadway Ave. (more...)
VIDEO: Marriott Theatre presents SLEEPING BEAUTY VIDEO: Marriott Theatre presents SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Stage Tube on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

Experience one prince's journey to save his beautiful princess with Marc Robin's musical adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, SLEEPING BEAUTY, brought to life for children of all ages at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, from November 10 through December 30, 2017, with a press opening on Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. Filled with unconventional personalities, broken rules, and quests aplenty, this colorful, musical fairy tale will be directed and choreographed by Scott Weinstein. (more...)
December Events Announced at the Revival December Events Announced at the Revival
by BWW News Desk on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

The Revival, Hyde Park's comedy theater, announces its lineup of shows and events playing in December 2017. Inspired by the legacy of the Compass Players, The Revival brings improvisational comedy back to the same corner where it was invented in 1955! Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.the-revival.com. The Revival is located at 1160 E. 55th St. in Hyde Park. (more...)
Photo Flash: A WONDERFUL LIFE Celebrates Opening Night at Theatre At The Center Photo Flash: A WONDERFUL LIFE Celebrates Opening Night at Theatre At The Center
by BWW News Desk on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

Actors David Sajewich, in the role of George Bailey, and Allison Sill in the role of his wife Mary, lead the cast of Theatre at the Center's A Wonderful Life: The Musical with James Harms as Mr. Potter, David Perkovich as Clarence, Jim Heatherly as Uncle Billy and Jason Richards as Mr. Martini. Previews began November 16 with an Opening Night on November 19 and a run through December 23. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)
Review Roundup: Critics Weigh in on Tracy Letts' THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre Review Roundup: Critics Weigh in on Tracy Letts' THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre
by Review Roundups on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated world premiere of The Minutes by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning ensemble member Tracy Letts. (more...)
Second City's Annual 24-Hour Marathon to Benefit Onward Neighborhood House Second City's Annual 24-Hour Marathon to Benefit Onward Neighborhood House
by BWW News Desk on November 21, 2017 in Chicago

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Tortured Soul, Brad Williams, John Waite and More Coming Up at City Winery Chicago Tortured Soul, Brad Williams, John Waite and More Coming Up at City Winery Chicago
by BWW News Desk on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces International touring act Tortured Soul, high energy comedian Brad Williams, English musician John Waite (1984's 'Missing You') and more. (more...)
Fear Comes Crawling Out of the Toy Box in Ghostlight's GINGERBREAD GRINDHOUSE Fear Comes Crawling Out of the Toy Box in Ghostlight's GINGERBREAD GRINDHOUSE
by BWW News Desk on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

Ghostlight Ensemble continues its holiday horror tradition this season, bringing Gingerbread Grindhouse to the Greenhouse Theater Center after-hours in December. (more...)
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to Bring FORMOSA to The Dance Center Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to Bring FORMOSA to The Dance Center
by BWW News Desk on November 20, 2017 in Chicago

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, performing Formosa, March 2 and 3 at the Harris Theater of Music and Dance. (more...)