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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chicago Theatre Week returns just in time to kickstart the Year of Chicago Theatre by Kt Hawbaker

Chicago is such a drama queen. On Wednesday, the League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, announced the return of Chicago Theatre Week. The annual celebration will kic…

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The Agency Theater Collective casts the return of 'Hellcab' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Agency Theater Collective announced casting for Will Kern’s “Hellcab.” Directed by Cordie Nelson, the production will feature Regina Linn with George Ellzey Jr., Tyle…

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Factory Theater announces production and cast of 'The Darkness After Dawn' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Factory Theater announced its production of “The Darkness After Dawn,” the first show of its 2018-19 season. Written by co-artistic director Manny Tamayo and directed b…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Broadway in Chicago announces 10 additional off-season special shows by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broadway in Chicago announced an additional line-up of 10 off-season special shows taking to the stage during the 2018-19 theater season. These productions will join the previousl…

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Are you ready for the Gift's 2019 season? 'Doubt' it. by Kt Hawbaker

The Gift Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2019 season, along with a handful of leadership updates. The company’s year begins in January with “Ten” (Jan. 10 – 20), an annual r…

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Underscore Theatre Company announces 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

Underscore Theatre Company will produce two musicals and the 5th annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival during its 2018-19 season. The season kicks off this fall with Jamie Shriner’s one-…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Chad T. Bay leads cast of 'Love's Labour's Lost' at Invictus Theatre by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Invictus Theatre announced the cast of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” its second show of the 2018-19 season. In this Shakespearean comedy, the King of Navarre and his trio of f…

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Broken Nose Theatre announces seventh season by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Broken Nose Theatre announced its seventh season, featuring a world premiere and two Midwest premieres. The 2018-19 season kicks off with the world premiere of company member Sp…

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Sideshow Theatre Company announces 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Sideshow Theatre Company announced its 2018-19 Season, including two Midwest premieres. The season will kick off with the world premiere of “HeLa,” co-produced with Greenhou…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Steppenwolf to stage 'Ms. Blakk for President,' all about the U.S.'s first Black drag queen presidential candidate by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Steppenwolf announced that it produce “Ms. Blakk for President,” written by ensemble members Tina Landau and Tarell Alvin McCraney, as the sixth show of its upcoming season…

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After casting E. Faye Butler as 'Mama Rose,' Porchlight announces complete lineup for 'Gypsy' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Porchlight Music Theatre announced the remaining cast for its season opener, “Gypsy.” As Tribune critic Chris Jones writes, the company already announced the casting of E. …

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'The Book of Merman' — as in Ethel Merman — to return to Chicago by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Flying Elephant Productions announced the return of musical comedy “The Book of Merman,” featuring a book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz. C…

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Boho announces cast for '110 in the Shade' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Boho Theatre announced casting for the classical musical romance “110 in the Shade,” its final show of its 2018 season. In a drought-stricken ranching community during the …

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Uptown Underground suddenly closes, citing issues with landlord by Kt Hawbaker

Uptown Underground abruptly shut its doors yesterday — or, rather, the building’s landlord shut the doors on the club, its management and its performers. “Yesterday, I was served with …

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nick Rudall memorial to be held Sept. 17 by Kt Hawbaker

The Court Theatre will host a memorial program for its founding director, Nicholas Rudall, at 6 p.m. on September 17. Rudall passed away in June at the age of 78. “Court Theatre had begun …

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First Floor Theater casts 'Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, First Floor Theater announced casting for the Chicago premiere of “Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies” by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. The show will feature company member And…

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Rivendell casts world premiere of Jenny Connell Davis' 'Scientific Method' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble announced casting for “Scientific Method” by Jenny Connell Davis, with direction by Devon de Mayo. The cast of Scientific Method includes Ashley Ne…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

'Stomp' to return to Chicago just in time for the holidays by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broadway in Chicago announced that “Stomp” will return to Chicago for a special run during the holiday season. A combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, “Stom…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Second City announces cast for its 107th mainstage revue by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, the Second City announced the cast for its 107th mainstage revue. Under the direction of Matt Hovde and with music direction by Vinnie Pillarella, the show will feature current ma…

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With Cassandro headlining, 'MEX Talks' wrestles with Mexican identities and the transformative power of art by Kt Hawbaker

When Jorge Silva, Producing Coordinator at the Goodman Theatre, returned to Chicago after college, he began keeping notes on how the city engaged with Mexican culture. One really good zinger…

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Pride Films and Plays announces cast of 'It's Only a Play' by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Pride Films and Plays announced casting for the second show of its 2018-19 season, “It’s Only a Play” by Terrence McNally. In the show, it’s the opening night on Broadway …

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Broadway in Chicago announces 'Tootsie' ticket lottery by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Broadway In Chicago and Scott Sanders Productions announced that a digital lottery will begin September 10 at 9 a.m. for “Tootsie.” Twenty-six tickets will be sold for every p…

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With 'Oliver!' and 'Something Rotten!', the Marriott's 2019 season is loaded with song, exclamation points by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, the Marriott Theatre announced its 2019 season. First will be “Million Dollar Quartet,” beginning Jan.16. The jukebox show chronicles the chance moment when Johnny Cash, Jer…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pegasus Theatre to kick off 2018-19 season with Danai Gurira's 'Eclipsed' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Pegasus Theatre announced its upcoming production of “Eclipsed,” the first play to premiere on Broadway with an all female and black cast and creative team. Written by Danai…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Drury Lane announces 2019-2020 season, with plenty of mystery and 'Matilda' to go around by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Drury Lane Theatre announced its roster of shows for the 2019-20 season, featuring two regional theater premieres and three directors new to its stage. “Matilda,” a musical…

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TUTA Theatre casts U.S. premiere of "Radio Culture" by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, TUTA Theatre Chicago announced casting for its U.S. Premiere of “Radio Culture,” which follows one day in the life of a young Belorussian. Written by artist Maxim Dosko, wi…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Jackalope casts season opener "In the Canyon" by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Jackalope Theatre Company announced casting for the world premiere production of “In the Canyon,” its season opener. Written by Calamity West and directed by Elly Green, the …

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Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards to open applications Sept. 6 by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Broadway In Chicago announced open applications for the Eighth Annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards, inviting all public and private high schools from across the st…

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Refuge Theatre Project announces a two-musical season for 2018-19 by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Refuge Theatre Project announced the two-musical lineup for its 2018-19 season, all under the direction of artistic director Christopher Pazdernik. Kicking things off in the fall…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

About Face casts Chicago premiere of 'This Bitter Earth' by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, About Face Theatre announced casting for its Chicago premiere of “This Bitter Earth” by Harrison David Rivers, with direction by Mikael Burke. “This Bitter Earth” will fea…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Steep Theatre to stage an Ike Holter world premiere during 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Steep Theatre announced programming for its upcoming 2018-19 season, including a world premiere from Chicago playwright Ike Holter. Kicking things off in the Fall will be the Mi…

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