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THE NIGHT HERON Joins Chicago Children's Theatre's Walkie Talkies Play Series Photo THE NIGHT HERON Joins Chicago Children's Theatre's Walkie Talkies Play Series
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 30, 2021

Pop in your ear buds and lace up your sneakers, because Chicago Children's Theatre is adding three new episodes to its Walkie Talkies podcast series of self-guided, story-based audio-tours of different Chicago neighborhoods for kids and families.

The House Theatre Hosts Virtual Watch Part Of THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY OF PETER PAN Photo The House Theatre Hosts Virtual Watch Part Of THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY OF PETER PAN
by Stephi Wild - Mar 30, 2020

The House Theatre of Chicago offers a watch-party-style viewing of their break-out hit, The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan, recorded in 2002 at the Viaduct Theatre on The House's YouTube Channel, youtube.com/user/housetheatreofchi on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 PM.

Chicago Children's Theatre's FREDERICK Adds Three More Weeks Photo Chicago Children's Theatre's FREDERICK Adds Three More Weeks
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 29, 2018

Chicago Children's Theatre's announced today a three-week extension of its current smash hit musical, Leo Lionni's Frederick.

BWW Review: H.M.S. PINAFORE at Olney Theatre Center - Bring the Kids and Enjoy This S Photo BWW Review: H.M.S. PINAFORE at Olney Theatre Center - Bring the Kids and Enjoy This Spoof of the Famous Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta
by Charles Shubow - Aug 2, 2018

I do not believe I have ever seen a more 'kid-friendly' theatrical event than the Olney Theatre Company's H.M.S. PINAFORE. Olney has welcomed back 'The Hypocrites' Chicago based troupe (they last appeared during the summer of 2016) who have taken their productions of both PINAFORE and PIRATES OF PENZANCE previously to the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Skirball Center in New York. 'The Hypocrites', founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Sean Graney have taken their repertories all over the country. 'The House Theatre of Chicago' has become the fiscal agent of 'The Hypocrites' and now serves as a co-producer.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Attend PIRATES OF PENZANCE At Pasadena Playhouse Photo Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Attend PIRATES OF PENZANCE At Pasadena Playhouse
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 6, 2018

 The wackiest beach party in town continues! Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, announces a one-week extension of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as reimagined by the Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites, now through February 25, due to high demand.  Tickets are now on sale at pasadenaplayhouse.org or by calling 626-356-7529.

Review: Gilbert and Sullivan's PIRATES OF PENZANCE Reimagined as an Interactive Beach Photo Review: Gilbert and Sullivan's PIRATES OF PENZANCE Reimagined as an Interactive Beach Party at the Pasadena Playhouse
by Shari Barrett - Jan 29, 2018

Back in the late 60s, groups of people would meet up at an agreed-upon place to attend a "happening," defined as a partly improvised or spontaneous piece of theatrical or other artistic performance, typically involving audience participation. This description is exactly how I would describe what is taking place at the Pasadena Playhouse through February 25, 2018, with Gilbert and Sullivan's PIRATES OF PENZANCE as reimagined by the Chicago-based Hypocrites acting troupe who turns the classic on its head, surprising audiences with a raucous 80-minute beach party that blends the original operetta with modern day attire, a central stage area from which the tossing of beach balls is encouraged, kiddie wading pools are available for seats, and lots of audience participation is expected during every moment the 10 energetic actor-musicians are in the house.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE Extends At Pasadena Playhouse Photo PIRATES OF PENZANCE Extends At Pasadena Playhouse
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 26, 2018

 The wackiest beach party in town continues! Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, announces a one-week extension of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as reimagined by the Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites, now through February 25, due to high demand.  Tickets are now on sale at pasadenaplayhouse.org or by calling 626-356-7529.

Photo Flash: The House Theatre of Chicago presents HATFIELD & MCCOY Photo Photo Flash: The House Theatre of Chicago presents HATFIELD & MCCOY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 12, 2018

The House Theatre of Chicago announces an all-new production of Hatfield & McCoy, written by The House's Company Member Shawn Pfautsch and directed by

Wacky Beach Party PIRATES OF PENZANCE Comes to Pasadena Playhouse Photo Wacky Beach Party PIRATES OF PENZANCE Comes to Pasadena Playhouse
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 21, 2017

Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, reinvents its theatre to present Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as reimagined by the Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites. This wacky beach party with flying beach balls, rubber duckies, ukuleles, banjos, plastic swimming pools, and a tiki bar brings the audience on stage for a night they won't forget.

The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces All-New Production Of HATFIELD AND MCCOY Photo The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces All-New Production Of HATFIELD AND MCCOY
by Stephi Wild - Dec 13, 2017

The House Theatre of Chicago announces an all-new production of Hatfield & McCoy, written by The House's Company Member Shawn Pfautsch and directed by The House's Company Member Matt Hawkinsplaying at the Chopin Upstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., January 19 - March 11, 2018.

The House Theatre to Feature Selections from HATFIELD & MCCOY and More at Free Open H Photo The House Theatre to Feature Selections from HATFIELD & MCCOY and More at Free Open House
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2017

The House Theatre of Chicago, in partnership with University of Chicago's Theatre and Performance Studies Program and their Logan Center for the Arts, presents an afternoon Open House touring new works in development. Guests will have the opportunity to see short selections from five projects, and meet the creative artists spearheading them. The audience in attendance will break into small groups and tour each project in various creative spaces in the state-of-the-art Logan Center.

Photo Flash: First Look at JULIUS CAESAR at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, presents Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR, directed by MSF Producing Artistic Director Janice L Blixt. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

The House Theatre to Feature Selections from HATFIELD & MCCOY and More at Free Open House
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

The House Theatre of Chicago, in partnership with University of Chicago's Theatre and Performance Studies Program and their Logan Center for the Arts, presents an afternoon Open House touring new works in development. Guests will have the opportunity to see short selections from five projects, and meet the creative artists spearheading them. The audience in attendance will break into small groups and tour each project in various creative spaces in the state-of-the-art Logan Center.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival Opens JULIUS CAESAR And World Premiere Translation of Chekhov's THE SEAGULL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, opened their final two productions of the 2017 Season.  Saturday night was the opening of Shakespeare's political tragedy JULIUS CAESAR starring MSF Artistic Associates Robert Kauzlaric as Brutus and Brandon St. Clair Saunders as Cassius and directed by Producing Artistic Director Janice L Blixt. 

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opens 2017 Michigan Shakespeare Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, opened their 2017 MSF Season Saturday night with an hilarious and romantic performance of Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

Married Couple to Return for 20th Anniversary TAMING OF THE SHREW at Michigan Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Twenty years ago the fledgling Jackson Shakespeare Festival mounted a production of The Taming Of The Shrew. In the director's chair was internationally-renowned actor/director/playwright John Neville-Andrews. On stage was the first pairing of Janice Waldron and David Blixt, playing opposite each other as Kate and Petruchio. Waldron had just graduated from the Hilberry conservatory program in Detroit, while Ann Arbor native Blixt had performed as Mercutio at the festival the previous year. The results were electric.

Married Couple to Return for 20th Anniversary TAMING OF THE SHREW at Michigan Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Twenty years ago the fledgling Jackson Shakespeare Festival mounted a production of The Taming Of The Shrew. In the director's chair was internationally-renowned actor/director/playwright John Neville-Andrews. On stage was the first pairing of Janice Waldron and David Blixt, playing opposite each other as Kate and Petruchio. Waldron had just graduated from the Hilberry conservatory program in Detroit, while Ann Arbor native Blixt had performed as Mercutio at the festival the previous year. The results were electric.

2017 Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced!
by Alan Henry - May 15, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a full list of the Helen Hayes Awards winners updating LIVE below! Named for actor Helen Hayes - a Washington native and legendary First Lady of the American Theatre - the Helen Hayes Awards celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington region and has become a hallmark recognized by theatre makers and theatre lovers far beyond Washington D.C.

The Hypocrites Go Non-Profit, Open Ticket Pledges for ARISTOPHANESATHON
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Today, The Hypocrites announced an exciting phase of maturation for the organization. A whole new non-profit business model leading to a stronger connection with our audiences and therefore more successful art being brought into the world.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Concludes Season with MARRY ME A LITTLE
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 19, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. Previews are Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an added matinee performance Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE There are no 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday, April 20 and  May 11 and no 4 p.m. performance  Saturday, April 22. Tickets to Marry Me a Little are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. 

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