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Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf Photo Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
by Julie Musbach - Sep 20, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2019/20 season of complex, beautiful and maddening theater kicks off with a thrilling Chicago premiere by in-demand playwright, Lauren Yee, directed by Jesca Prudencio.

BWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg - Sep 17, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's season opening production of Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP combines the energy of the final moments of a major sporting event alongside moments of great intimacy and intensity for which the company is largely known.

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's THE GREAT LEAP Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's THE GREAT LEAP
by Julie Musbach - Sep 10, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2019/20 season kicks off with a Chicago premiere by Lauren Yee, directed by Jesca Prudencio. Set in 1989, The Great Leap tells the story of Manford Lum, a local star of the sidewalk basketball courts of San Francisco's Chinatown who strongarms his way onto an American college team travelling to Beijing for a ‚Äúfriendship‚ÄĚ game. Set amidst the friction of the post-Cultural Revolution era, The Great Leap keeps tensions high right up to the final buzzer.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Steppenwolf's THE GREAT LEAP Photo Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Steppenwolf's THE GREAT LEAP
by Julie Musbach - Aug 22, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2019/20 season of complex, beautiful and maddening theater kicks off with a thrilling Chicago premiere by in-demand playwright, Lauren Yee, directed by Jesca Prudencio.

Steppenwolf Announces Casting for First Half of 2019/20 Season Photo Steppenwolf Announces Casting for First Half of 2019/20 Season
by Julie Musbach - Jul 23, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces casting for the first four productions of the 2019/20 season featuring previously announced ensemble members Audrey Francis, Tim Hopper, Caroline Neff, Yasen Peyankov and Karen Rodriguez, and the return of Steppenwolf regulars including Michael Patrick Thornton, Cedric Young and Keith Kupferer, along with dozens of Chicago-based actors and an exciting debut by South African stage and screen star Nondumiso Tembe.

BWW Review: IF I FORGET at Victory Gardens Theater Photo BWW Review: IF I FORGET at Victory Gardens Theater
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 16, 2019

In IF I FORGET, Steven Levenson provides a close study of the kitchen sink family drama. At its center, the play addresses fundamental questions about what it means to be Jewish in America at the turn of the 21st century (the first act of the play takes place in July of 2000, while the second jumps to the post 9-11 moment of February 2001). IF I FORGET centers on the Fischer family as a means to pose those questions in a specific context through the family's three generations. In each individual scene, Levenson displays a knack for realistic and specific dialogue. Devon de Mayo's direction and the tight-knit ensemble also portray family tensions that feel altogether too real.

Photo Flash: First Look At IF I FORGET At Victory Gardens Photo Photo Flash: First Look At IF I FORGET At Victory Gardens
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2019

Tonight, Victory Gardens Theater opens If I Forget, a play by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen), directed by Devon de Mayo.

Victory Gardens Theater Presents The Chicago Premiere Of IF I FORGET Photo Victory Gardens Theater Presents The Chicago Premiere Of IF I FORGET
by A.A. Cristi - May 10, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of If I Forget, written by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) and directed by Devon de Mayo. If I Forget runs June 7 July 7, 2019, with press performance on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

The Goodman Extends SWEAT Through April 21st Photo The Goodman Extends SWEAT Through April 21st
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2019

By popular demand, Goodman Theatre adds five performances of Sweat by Lynn Nottage, directed by Ron OJ Parson-on stage through April 21.

BWW Review: SWEAT at Goodman Theatre Photo BWW Review: SWEAT at Goodman Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - Mar 20, 2019

Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning SWEAT, now in its Chicago premiere at Goodman Theatre under the direction of Ron OJ Parson, focuses on a group of blue-collar factory workers in Reading, Pennsylvania. Bound together by the toils of working-class life in the town's steel-tubing factory, these friends and family members gather at a local bar to let off steam and celebrate special occasions. And though the work at the factory may not be fulfilling, Nottage makes clear this work is vital for the characters' livelihoods. For many of them, a life of working at the factory dates back generations. As the play toggles between 2000 and 2008, Nottage also reflects how her characters' lives intersect with current events and questions of race, class, and success in America.

SWEAT Opens Tonight At Goodman Theatre Photo SWEAT Opens Tonight At Goodman Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 18, 2019

Powerful drama: still made in America. Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat opens tonight in its Chicago premiere at Goodman Theatre. Ron OJ Parson directs the collision of race, class and friendship at a pivotal moment in America-hailed as 'extraordinarily moving' (The New York Times) and 'passionate and necessary...a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us' (Time Out New York). Sweat marks the fourth Nottage play to be produced at the Goodman, following Crumbs from the Table of Joy (2006), Ruined (a 2008 world-premiere Goodman commission that earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (2013). Sweat appears through April 14 in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20 - $80; subject to change) are available at Goodmantheatre.org/Sweat, by telephone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn).

Victory Gardens Theater Presents The Chicago Premiere Of IF I FORGET By Steven Larsen Photo Victory Gardens Theater Presents The Chicago Premiere Of IF I FORGET By Steven Larsen
by Julie Musbach - Mar 14, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of If I Forget, written by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) and directed by Devon de Mayo. If I Forget runs June 7 July 7, 2019, with press performance on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Photo Flash: First Look At the Chicago Premiere of SWEAT At Goodman Theatre Photo Photo Flash: First Look At the Chicago Premiere of SWEAT At Goodman Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 13, 2019

Goodman Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Lynn Nottage's Sweat, directed by Ron OJ Parson. An acclaimed Broadway hit and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, the production follows a group of friends in a Rust Belt town who have spent their lives sharing secrets and laughs on the factory floor. But when layoffs begin to chip away at their trust, they're pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight in this collision of race, class and friendship at a pivotal moment in America.  

Casting Announced For Lynn Nottage's SWEAT And Ike Holter's LOTTERY DAY At Goodman Th Photo Casting Announced For Lynn Nottage's SWEAT And Ike Holter's LOTTERY DAY At Goodman Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 7, 2019

Goodman Theatre proudly announces the casts for its Chicago premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat by Lynn Nottage, directed by Ron OJ Parson, as well as its world premiere of Lottery Day-Ike Holter's final work in his seven-play "The Rightlynd Saga," directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Tickets are now available for both productions at GoodmanTheatre.org, by telephone 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn).

BWW Review: DADA WOOF PAPA HOT at About Face Theatre Photo BWW Review: DADA WOOF PAPA HOT at About Face Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - Jan 20, 2019

In DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, now in its Chicago premiere at About Face Theatre, playwright Peter Parnell explores that nagging question of what it means to have it all. The play centers on a gay couple and their circle of friends. Though Alan (Bruch Reed) and Rob (Benjamin Sprunger) have been together for fifteen years, they've been married for a much shorter period of time and must navigate their shifting identities as partners and as parents of their three-year-old daughter, Nicola. (The play's seemingly nonsensical title refers to her first words and attempt at her parents' names.) The characters in DADA WOOF PAPA HOT are clearly well-off, but that doesn't make the ways in which they struggle with the challenges of daily life and parenthood any less human.

Photo Flash: First Look at About Face Theatre's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT Photo Photo Flash: First Look at About Face Theatre's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT
by Stephi Wild - Jan 18, 2019

About Face Theatre will continue its 2018-19 season with DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, a sexy comedy about gay parenting and modern families from Peter Parnell (The Cider House Rules), directed by Jeff Award-nominated AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm*. DADA WOOF PAPA HOT will play January 10 - February 16, 2019 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at aboutfacetheatre.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

About Face Theatre Presents Chicago Premiere of DADA WOOF PAPA HOT Photo About Face Theatre Presents Chicago Premiere of DADA WOOF PAPA HOT
by Julie Musbach - Dec 17, 2018

About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 2018-19 season with DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, a sexy comedy about gay parenting and modern families from Peter Parnell (The Cider House Rules), directed by Jeff Award-nominated AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm*. DADA WOOF PAPA HOT will play January 10 - February 16, 2019 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.

Casting Announced For About Face Theatre's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT Photo Casting Announced For About Face Theatre's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 6, 2018

About Face Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of DADA WOOF PAPA by Peter Parnell (The Cider House Rules) and directed by Jeff Award-nominated AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm*.

American Blues Theater and Goodman Theatre Lead 50th Annual Jeff Awards Photo American Blues Theater and Goodman Theatre Lead 50th Annual Jeff Awards
by Julie Musbach - Oct 23, 2018

The Jeff Awards celebrated their 50th anniversary on Monday, October 22,2018 during a spirited and nostalgic ceremony at Drury Lane Oakbrook.

The Goodman Theatre Leads the Equity Jeff Award Nominations - Check Out The Full List Photo The Goodman Theatre Leads the Equity Jeff Award Nominations - Check Out The Full List!
by Stephi Wild - Aug 28, 2018

The nominations have been announced for the 2018 Equity Joseph Jefferson ('Jeff') Awards.

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