BWW Review: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND: Feel the Beat at Merrimack Repertory TheatreBWW Review: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND: Feel the Beat at Merrimack Repertory Theatre
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 23, 2019

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, in a co-production with Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago and City Theatre in Pittsburgh, presents Lauren Yee's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, a play that fuses history, family legacy, and rock concert to illustrate the power and importance of music. It focuses on a daughter's attempt to unearth family history by journeying to Cambodia, her father's homeland, and searching for a survivor from a brutal Khmer Rouge prison whose testimony could seal the fate of its tyrannical overseer. (more...)

Court Theatre Announces Limited Return Engagement Of AN ILIAD, In Partnership With The Oriental InstituteCourt Theatre Announces Limited Return Engagement Of AN ILIAD, In Partnership With The Oriental Institute
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2019

Court Theatre announces the remount of audience favorite An Iliad as the sixth production in its 2019/20 season. Taking place throughout the Oriental Institute Museum (OI) on the University of Chicago campus, this groundbreaking, site-specific performance not to be missed. Combining promenade-style elements throughout the Oriental Institute Museum, as well as a seated portion performed in the OI's Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery, this explosive combination of theatre and history brings the epic poem to life in a thrilling new way. As the Center for Classic Theatre, Court will partner with the OI to add exciting environmental and thematic context to Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's one-man adaptation of Homer's Iliad. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, September 16 at noon. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW 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. (more...)

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Arrives At Merrimack Repertory Theatre October 16CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Arrives At Merrimack Repertory Theatre October 16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2019

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) will present the East Coast Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, directed by Marti Lyons and featuring the songs of Dengue Fever, Sinn Sisamouth, Voy Ho, and Rose Serey Sothea, from October 16 to November 10 at the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, according to Executive Director Bonnie J. Butkas and Interim Artistic Director Terry Berliner. Cambodian Rock Band is a co-production with Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago and City Theatre in Pittsburgh. (more...)

Review: West Coast Premiere of WITCH Shares a Devilish Tale Aimed at Modern FoiblesReview: West Coast Premiere of WITCH Shares a Devilish Tale Aimed at Modern Foibles
by Shari Barrett - Aug 31, 2019

Staged on a brilliantly creative two-setting, split-level scenic design by Dane Laffrey which includes a scene-dividing projected face on a screen on which the most extraordinary, ever-changing, light-flashing and color-changing eyes appear, this inventive retelling of a sharp, subversive fable debates how much our souls are worth when hope is hard to come by beginning when a charming Devil (Evan Jonigkeit, a black-clad, roguishly perfect scene stealer) arrives in the quiet village of Edmonton to bargain for the souls of its residents in exchange for their darkest wishes. But which of the five inhabitants will agree to sell their soul to attain whatever it is they think will make them happiest? (more...)

Court Theatre Announces Cast And Creatives For OEDIPUS REXCourt Theatre Announces Cast And Creatives For OEDIPUS REX
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2019

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, continues its 2019/20 season with Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, translated by Nicholas Rudall and directed by Charles Newell. Oedipus Rex runs November 7 a?" December 8, 2019 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm. (more...)

City Theatre Presents the East Coast Premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BANDCity Theatre Presents the East Coast Premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2019

City Theatre begins its 45th season with Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee.  Cambodian Rock Band is an epic tale of family, love, and heritage featuring the Cambodian surf rock music of Dengue Fever.  (more...)

Writers Theatre NEXT TO NORMAL Extends Again, Must Close June 30Writers Theatre NEXT TO NORMAL Extends Again, Must Close June 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2019

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces an additional one-week extension of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit), music directed by Andra Velis Simon and choreographed by Eamon Foley. Next to Normal now runs through June 30, 2019, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

David Cromer Directed NEXT TO NORMAL Extended At Writers TheatreDavid Cromer Directed NEXT TO NORMAL Extended At Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit), music directed by Andra Velis Simon and choreographed by Eamon Foley. Next to Normal runs through June 23, 2019, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh in On David Cromer Helmed NEXT TO NORMALReview Roundup: Critics Weigh in On David Cromer Helmed NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2019

Writers Theatre concludes its 201819 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (more...)

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Writers TheatreBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Writers Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - May 17, 2019

Under the direction of David Cromer, Writers Theatre presents a NEXT TO NORMAL that is raw and electric. Tom Kitt's music and Brian Yorkey's book and lyrics have an utter immediacy to them in this production (and each note sounds great thanks to the music direction of Andra Velis Simon and the six-piece band.) It's beautifully cast and even more beautifully delivered. Each member of the cast rises to the dual challenge of conveying the messy, deeply personal experience of emotional pain while also hitting the notes of Kitt's complex score with precision. (more...)

Victory Gardens Theater Extends CAMBODIAN ROCK BANDVictory Gardens Theater Extends CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2019

Due to popular demand, Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of its critically acclaimed production of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band now runs through May 12, 2019, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

The Goodman Extends SWEAT Through April 21stThe Goodman Extends SWEAT Through April 21st
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

SWEAT Opens Tonight At Goodman TheatreSWEAT Opens Tonight At Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - 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). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At the Chicago Premiere of SWEAT At Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look At the Chicago Premiere of SWEAT At Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - 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.   (more...)

Writers Theatre Presents NEXT TO NORMALWriters Theatre Presents NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2018/19 Season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit) and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. Next to Normal runs May 8 - June 16, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Victory Gardens Theater Presents Chicago Premiere Of CAMBODIAN ROCK BANDVictory Gardens Theater Presents Chicago Premiere Of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band runs April 5 - May 5, 2010, with press performance on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Victory Gardens is also pleased to announce a partnership with Lincoln Hall to present Dengue Fever in concert on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (more...)

Casting Announced For Lynn Nottage's SWEAT And Ike Holter's LOTTERY DAY At Goodman TheatreCasting Announced For Lynn Nottage's SWEAT And Ike Holter's LOTTERY DAY At Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - 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). (more...)

Due To Demand Court Theatre To Extend PHOTOGRAPH 51Due To Demand Court Theatre To Extend PHOTOGRAPH 51
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2019

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces additional performances of Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler and directed by Vanessa Stalling. Photograph 51 now runs through February 23, 2019, at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. (more...)

TUTA Theatre's Hit RADIO CULTURE Extends Through March 3 Plus Free Student ReservationsTUTA Theatre's Hit RADIO CULTURE Extends Through March 3 Plus Free Student Reservations
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019

TUTA Theatre Chicago is pleased to announce five additional weeks of performances of its hit U.S. premiere of RADIO CULTURE. (more...)

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