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TheatreSquared Returns to Live Performance with Seven Full Productions For 2021 Photo TheatreSquared Returns to Live Performance with Seven Full Productions For 2021
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 27, 2021

Arkansas's largest professional theatre returns to in-person performances following a year of successful streaming offerings and national critical acclaim.

Season of Concern Announces All-Women Cast of FEFU AND HER FRIENDS Photo Season of Concern Announces All-Women Cast of FEFU AND HER FRIENDS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 21, 2020

Season of Concern, the emergency fund for Chicago theater artists, is thrilled to announce it will co-produce a virtual production of Fefu and Her Friends, Cuban-American playwright María Irene Fornés' feminist masterwork, in partnership with much-admired Chicago theater artist Mary Beth Fisher.

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Photo Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards
by BWW - Dec 16, 2019

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

First Standings - Voting Opens for the BWW Chicago Awards!  Photo First Standings - Voting Opens for the BWW Chicago Awards!
by BWW - Nov 25, 2019

Voting is NOW OPEN and the first votes are in for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The nominees are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized!

Steppenwolf, SIX, and More Take Home Equity Jeff Awards; Full List! Photo Steppenwolf, SIX, and More Take Home Equity Jeff Awards; Full List!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 22, 2019

The 51st Annual Jeff Awards Ceremony took place on October 21, 2019, during a spirited evening at Drury Lane Oakbrook. 'Frankenstein,' produced by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, took home five awards, including Best Production a?' Play in the Midsize category. Court Theatre also took home five awards, including the coveted Ensemble Award for 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf' and four awards for a?oePhotograph 51.a?? Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of 'Downstate' received the Jeff Award for Best Production - Play in the Large category. The award for Best Production - Musical in the Large category went to 'Six' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the award for Best Production - Musical in the Midsize category went to 'Caroline, or Change,' produced by Firebrand Theatre in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company.

Chicago Premiere of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Extends Photo Chicago Premiere of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Extends
by Julie Musbach - Oct 1, 2019

Due to popular demand, Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of its critically acclaimed production of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, Nia Vardalos and directed by Vanessa Stalling. Tiny Beautiful Things now runs through October 20, 2019, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at Victory Gardens Theater Photo BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at Victory Gardens Theater
by Rachel Weinberg - Sep 21, 2019

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS lives in that unique space between the everyday and the extraordinary.

Photo Flash: First Look At TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Victory Gardens Photo Photo Flash: First Look At TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Victory Gardens
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 13, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater kicks-off its 45th Anniversary season with the Chicago Premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos and co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos and directed by Vanessa Stalling. Tiny Beautiful Things runs September 6 - October 13, 2019, with press performance on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards Photo Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards
by Stephi Wild - Sep 3, 2019

Eleven world premiere plays and musicals seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by the Jeff Awards, announced today. A total of 192 nominations were made in 34 categories that honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. During the 2018-19 season, Jeff Awards judges attended opening nights of 132 Equity productions offered by 43 producing organizations and from these openings, 112 productions were a?oeJeff Recommendeda?? and eligible for award nominations.

Victory Gardens Announces Casting For First Three Productions Photo Victory Gardens Announces Casting For First Three Productions
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 8, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater under the direction of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Executive Director Erica Daniels, announces casting for its upcoming productions of Tiny Beautiful Things based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted by Nia Vardalos, directed by Vanessa Stalling, The First Deep Breath by Lee Edward Colston II, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, and How to Defend Yourself by liliana padilla, directed by Marti Lyons.

Victory Gardens Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Photo Victory Gardens Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
by Julie Musbach - Aug 6, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater kicks-off its 45th Anniversary season with the Chicago Premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos and co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos and directed by Vanessa Stalling. Tiny Beautiful Things runs September 6 a?" October 13, 2019, with press performance on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Photo Flash: OVER THE TAVERN Opens At Theatre At The Center Photo Photo Flash: OVER THE TAVERN Opens At Theatre At The Center
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 16, 2019

Over the Tavern opened to a full house Sunday at Theatre at the Center in Munster. The play by Tom Dudzick is directed by Ericka Mac with Janet Ulrich Brooks as Sister Clarissa, Logan Baffico as Rudy, Cory Goodrich as Ellen, Isabelle Roberts as Annie, Eric Slater as Chet, Julian Solis as Georgie and Seth Steinberg as Eddie. Over the Tavern offers a hilarious look at family life in the 1950s.  Over the Tavern continues its run through August 11.

Victory Gardens Announces Cast of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Photo Victory Gardens Announces Cast of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
by Julie Musbach - Jun 11, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater kicks-off its 45th season with the Chicago Premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book byCheryl Strayed, adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos and directed byVanessa Stalling. Tiny Beautiful Things runs September 6 - October 13, 2019, with press performance on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

BWW Review: THE CHILDREN at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: THE CHILDREN at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg - May 2, 2019

Lucy Kirkwood's aptly titled THE CHILDREN, now in its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, poses thought-provoking questions about the responsibilities that humankind has to future generations. Kirkwood's intentionally crafted play filters these broad themes through the specific narrative of her three characters, all nuclear scientists. The larger repercussions of the characters' careerss means that Kirkwood can dive into the meaty content of the play with both a particular emotional arc and also with a universality that should resonate with all audience members. Because of this, THE CHILDREN comes across as rather pointed in certain moments, but the weight of the issues that Kirkwood presents allows it to resonate deeply.

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's THE CHILDREN Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's THE CHILDREN
by Julie Musbach - Apr 24, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere ofThe Children written by acclaimed British playwright Lucy Kirkwood and helmed by celebrated Chicago director Jonathan Berry.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Steppenwolf's THE CHILDREN Photo Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Steppenwolf's THE CHILDREN
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of The Children written by acclaimed British playwright Lucy Kirkwood and helmed by celebrated Chicago director Jonathan Berry

THE CHILDREN, A Chilling Chicago Premiere Begins April 18 Photo THE CHILDREN, A Chilling Chicago Premiere Begins April 18
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 14, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of The Children written by acclaimed British playwright Lucy Kirkwood and helmed by celebrated Chicago director Jonathan Berry. Filled with dark humor, this thought-provoking and haunting play features three of Chicago's top actors tackling complex roles: ensemble members Ora Jones (Rose) and Yasen Peyankov (Robin) with Janet Ulrich Brooks (Hazel). Following sold-out runs in London and New York, Steppenwolf proudly presents this brave and profound work that confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves the world.

BWW Review: PIPELINE at Victory Gardens Theater Photo BWW Review: PIPELINE at Victory Gardens Theater
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 11, 2019

In PIPELINE, playwright Dominique Morisseau reflects on the cracks in the inner-city public-school system, and the ways in which it often functions as a school to prison pipeline for young black men, without vilifying the system's participants. It's a skillfully crafted balance that demonstrates how the brokenness of the system is disheartening for teachers and students alike. And under the direction of Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Victory Gardens Theater's ensemble makes this a very human struggle.

Photo Flash: First Look At Chicago Premiere Of Dominique Morisseau's PIPELINE Photo Photo Flash: First Look At Chicago Premiere Of Dominique Morisseau's PIPELINE
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 8, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of Pipeline, written by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Dominique Morisseau and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce. Pipeline runs February 1 March 3, 2019, with press performance on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Black Beauty Festival Announced In Conjunction With Pipeline At Victory Gardens Photo Black Beauty Festival Announced In Conjunction With Pipeline At Victory Gardens
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 24, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater in partnership with The Black Women's Expo and Black Owned Chicago present the Black Beauty Festival February 9 from 2:00pm 10:00pm and February 10 from 1:00pm 6:00pm. Featuring a showcase of Black owned businesses specializing in beauty and wellness products, incredible performances, and post-show conversations, Black Beauty Festival is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Premiere of Pipeline, written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tickets to the Black Beauty Festival are FREE, RSVP preferred but not required.

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