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BWW Review: RASHEEDA SPEAKING IS A POWERFUL, ANXIETY DRIVEN RESTROSPECTIVE at OFF-CEN Photo BWW Review: RASHEEDA SPEAKING IS A POWERFUL, ANXIETY DRIVEN RESTROSPECTIVE at OFF-CENTRAL PLAYERS
by Drew Eberhard - Aug 30, 2021

Our central characters Ileen and Jaclyn work togther a meer desk apart in a small and conservative Medical Office in Chicago. As the story opens we find out that Ileen has recently been made office manager by Dr. Williams, and over coffee and sweet rolls they discuss the days upcomings. By a watch unlike any-other Jacklyn arrives to work, finding her desk askew and walking into the room as if someone was just talking about her. After a five day leave Jacklyn returns to an office that may or may not have been turned on its head so to speak. What happens in the progressingly swift 95 minutes is nothing short of magical. The twist and turns, the wonder about what could possibly happen next, keeps you on the edge of your seat and filled with anxiety at its best. Somehow a story so real, so human, and so down-right current even in an unfortunate way makes this a piece you absolutely can’t steal your eyes away from. With baited breath we hang on every word.

Victory Gardens To Honor Original Ensemble And S. Epatha Merkerson Photo Victory Gardens To Honor Original Ensemble And S. Epatha Merkerson
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 26, 2021

Victory Gardens Theater announces plans for its annual premier fundraising event, Making A Scene: Gala 2021, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in the Ivy Room at Tree Studios, 12 E. Ohio Street.

Victory Gardens Announces New Playwrights Ensemble Members Photo Victory Gardens Announces New Playwrights Ensemble Members
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 26, 2021

Victory Gardens Theater will welcome Marisa Carr, Keelay Gipson, Isaac Gómez and Stacey Rose as the new members of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble. The Ensemble will be members for a three-year term, through 2024.

Adult Education Theatre Appreciation Seminars Go Virtual Photo Adult Education Theatre Appreciation Seminars Go Virtual
by Stephi Wild - Sep 12, 2020

Theatre 40 is launching a shortened season of its long standing Adult Education Theatre Appreciation Seminars this month. This Semester's theme is 'THE OTHER: plays concerning the relationships with those different from ourselves'. The presentations are virtual, online.

Rogue Machine Opens MISS LILY GETS BONED Photo Rogue Machine Opens MISS LILY GETS BONED
by Stephi Wild - Aug 28, 2019

Rogue Machine presents the West Coast Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's a?oeMISS LILLY GETS BONEDa?? directed by Robin Larsen.

Shattered Globe Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season Photo Shattered Globe Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season
by Julie Musbach - Jul 31, 2019

Shattered Globe Theatre announces its 2019-20 Season, featuring two Chicago premieres: BE HERE NOW by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner* a?" a bittersweet comedy about searching for happiness; and SHEEPDOG by Kevin Artigue, directed by Wardell Julius Clark a?" a love story colliding with today's headlines; followed by WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING by Andrew Bovell, directed by Elizabeth Margolius a?" a stunning mystery of love and loss that reverberates through four generations.

The Den Theatre's FOUR PLACES Extends Through July 7 Photo The Den Theatre's FOUR PLACES Extends Through July 7
by Julie Musbach - Jun 26, 2019

Due to popular demand, The Den Theatre announces its hit revival of Joel Drake Johnson's true-to-life drama FOUR PLACES, directed by ensemble member Lia Mortensen, will extend through Sunday, July 7

Photo Flash: Inside The Den Theatre's FOUR PLACES Photo Photo Flash: Inside The Den Theatre's FOUR PLACES
by Julie Musbach - May 29, 2019

The Den Theatre presents a revival of Joel Drake Johnson's true-to-life drama FOUR PLACES, directed by ensemble member Lia Mortensen, playing May 24 - June 30, 2019 at 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The Den Theatre Presents FOUR PLACES Photo The Den Theatre Presents FOUR PLACES
by A.A. Cristi - May 7, 2019

The Den Theatre is pleased to present a revival of Joel Drake Johnson's true-to-life drama FOUR PLACES, directed by ensemble member Lia Mortensen, playing May 24 - June 30, 2019 at 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. (2B) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.thedentheatre.com, in person at the The Den box office or by calling (773) 697-3830. The press opening is Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 pm.

Ally Theatre Company Announces Third Season Photo Ally Theatre Company Announces Third Season
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 24, 2019

Today Ally Theatre Company announced its third season of production with a slate of three shows all of which will play at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

BWW Review:  Well-conceived THE END OF THE TOUR introduces CLE to Seat of the Pants P Photo BWW Review: Well-conceived THE END OF THE TOUR introduces CLE to Seat of the Pants Productions
by Roy Berko - Apr 8, 2019

Since 2012, Seat of the Pants, self-referred to as a 'band of storytellers,' has been traversing the countryside in various locations around Northeast Ohio, focusing their actions on 'sharing compelling narratives in unique spaces and developing an aesthetic rooted in imaginative staging and human connection.'

THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING Transfers To Wilton's Music Hall Photo THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING Transfers To Wilton's Music Hall
by Stephi Wild - Jan 10, 2019

Troupe today announces the transfer of the Off West End Award-nominated The Sweet Science of Bruising to Wilton's Music Hall, following its sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse last year. As a Victorian music hall, Wilton's offers a new authenticity to the play which follows four female boxers in 1869. The production opens on 7 June, with previews from 5 June, and runs until 29 June.

Victory Gardens Theater Announces Tanuja Jagernauth As 2019 Marcelle McVay Management Photo Victory Gardens Theater Announces Tanuja Jagernauth As 2019 Marcelle McVay Management Fellow
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 13, 2018

Victory Gardens Theater announces Tanuja Jagernauth as the 2019 Marcelle McVay Management Fellow for 2019. Victory Gardens Next Generation Fellowships provide comprehensive mentorship, requisite training, and experience for these future leaders of color, preparing them to helm arts institutions or departments on the national and local level. The 2019 Macelle McVay Management Fellowship is made possible by support from the Weiss Grosshandler Charitable Fund.

Troupe Announces The World Premiere Of Joy Wilkinson's THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING  Photo Troupe Announces The World Premiere Of Joy Wilkinson's THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING At Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Troupe today announces the World Premiere of Joy Wilkinson's The Sweet Science of Bruising. Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, the production opens at Southwark Playhouse on 5 October, with previews from 3 October, and runs until 27 October.

Troupe Announces Full Cast For The World Premiere Of Joy Wilkinson's THE SWEET SCIENC Photo Troupe Announces Full Cast For The World Premiere Of Joy Wilkinson's THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING At Southwark Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Aug 21, 2018

Troupe today announces the full cast for the World Premiere of Joy Wilkinson's The Sweet Science of Bruising. Kirsty Patrick Ward directs Bruce Alexander (Professor Charlie Sharp), James Baxter (Paul Stokes), Sophie Bleasdale (Violet Hunter), Joe Coen (Gabriel Lamb), Ashley Cook (Doctor James Bell), Caroline Harker (Aunt George), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Anna Lamb), Alice Kerrigan (Emily), Jessica Regan (Matilda 'Matty' Blackwell) and Fiona Skinner (Polly Stokes). The production opens at Southwark Playhouse on 5 October, with previews from 3 October, and runs until 27 October.

Victory Gardens Announces 2018-19 Directors Inclusion Initiative Fellows Photo Victory Gardens Announces 2018-19 Directors Inclusion Initiative Fellows
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 7, 2018

Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce the 2018/19 Season Directors Inclusion Initiates, to include Lauren Katz (Indecent), Mikael Burke (Rightlynd), N. Emil Thomas (Pipeline), Denise Yvette Serna (Cambodian Rock Band) and Ruby Des Jardins (Miriam for President).

Troupe Announces The World Premiere Of Joy Wilkinson's THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING  Photo Troupe Announces The World Premiere Of Joy Wilkinson's THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING At Southwark Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Jun 12, 2018

Troupe today announces the World Premiere of Joy Wilkinson's The Sweet Science of Bruising. Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, the production opens at Southwark Playhouse on 5 October, with previews from 3 October, and runs until 27 October.

Aurora Theatre Company Announces Artistic Director Tom Ross To Step Down End Of July  Photo Aurora Theatre Company Announces Artistic Director Tom Ross To Step Down End Of July 2019
by Stephi Wild - May 8, 2018

Aurora Theatre Company today announced that long-time artistic director Tom Ross will step down at the end of the company's 27th season in July 2019. When Ross departs, he will have been on staff at Aurora for 27 years, 15 of which he will have served as artistic director.

BWW Review: RASHEEDA SPEAKING, Trafalgar Studios Photo BWW Review: RASHEEDA SPEAKING, Trafalgar Studios
by Charlie Wilks - Apr 22, 2018

When Rasheeda Speaking first premiered in the US, it was met with critical divide on all ends. It's the second play I've seen this week that's theatrically dissected race, culture and class. What makes this play different is that it throws office politics into the mix, placing focus on racism in a more isolated setting.

The New Group And LIU Brooklyn Launch New B.F.A. Program In Acting For Theatre, Film, Photo The New Group And LIU Brooklyn Launch New B.F.A. Program In Acting For Theatre, Film, And Television
by Julie Musbach - Apr 13, 2018

Two powerful New York institutions, Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn and the renowned theater company The New Group, have announced a new partnership to help train the next generation of great actors. A new B.F.A program in Acting for Theatre, Film and Television, starting in Fall 2018, will be founded on the studio model, where students will study stage acting, voice, and movement under the supervision and guidance of faculty in collaboration with the award-winning The New Group. 

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