Monday, June 18, 2018

Griffin Theatre Company sets casting for "The Harvest," the closing show of its 30th season by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Griffin Theatre Company announced casting for the Chicago premiere of “The Harvest,” a drama by Samuel D. Hunter that follows a group of religious neophytes as they plan a mis…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ensemble Espanol pushing Spanish dance into the 21st century by Lauren Warnecke

Ensemble Espanol ends each season — of which there have now been 42 — with “Flamenco Passion,” the main attraction of the annual American Spanish Dance & Music Festival at Skokie’s…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Harris Theater, evolving in the Tribune's new neighborhood by Chris Jones

Here’s something no one anticipated when the Harris Theater for Music and Dance was built in 2003: it would begin to function as a neighborhood venue. Here’s something I never anticipate…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jacob Harvey to exit Greenhouse Theater Center by Chris Jones

Jacob Harvey, artistic director of the Greenhouse Theater Center since 2016, is exiting the position, effective on Friday. William Spatz, who owns the producing and presenting operation, loc…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

At Gift, a 'Hamlet' with all kinds of ambition by Chris Jones

At one point in Monty Cole’s uber-contemporary “Hamlet” — at the Gift Theatre in Jefferson Park — the title character turns his back on the audience, picks up a can of red spray pa…

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Victory Gardens sets lineup for 10th Ignition Festival of New Plays by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Victory Gardens Theater announced the lineup for this year’s Ignition Festival of New Plays, which marks the series’ tenth anniversary. The fest’s six featured plays will…

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The Joffrey Ballet calls 2017-18 season the highest grossing in company history by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Joffrey Ballet said that it set an attendance record in 2017-2018, breaking a previous record claimed by the 2016-2017 season. According to the company, total attendance in…

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You watched all the Tony winners, but when are they coming to Chicago? by Chris Jones

“The Band’s Visit” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” dominated Sunday’s Tony Awards. But when will we see these shows — and the other Tony winners — in Chicago? Very li…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Casting set for Drury Lane's 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' directed by Tony-nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge by Kt Hawbaker

Drury Lane Theatre has announced casting for its remount of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The show will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who received a Tony nominati…

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'Guards at the Taj,' staring at beauty, pondering atrocities by Chris Jones

Of the many myths surrounding the building of the Taj Mahal — the wondrous mausoleum in the Indian city of Agra — one of the most persistent is that its creator, the Mughal emperor, Shah…

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Chicago theater openings June 15-21

Saturday “Don’t Smoke in Bed”: Chimera Ensemble presents a show about interracial couple Richard and Sheryl, who open up about their relationship and efforts to start a family with an …

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Monday, June 11, 2018

At non-Equity Jeff Awards, Griffin's 'Ragtime,' Theo Ubique's 'Sweeney Todd' and Steep's 'Lela & Co.' among winners by Chris Jones

Steep Theatre Company's shattering production of "Lela & Co.," a haunting play about sex-trafficking and abuse, emerged triumphant at Chicago's non-Equity Jeff Awards Monday night at the Ath…

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A modern 'Cinderella' tale debuts in Hyde Park by Lauren Warnecke

This weekend, the Hyde Park School of Dance celebrates its 25th anniversary with four performances of “Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story.” This world premiere, a modern, abbreviated take…

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Chicago and Buffalo Grove children chosen for Cadillac Theatre's engagement of 'Waitress' national tour by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broadway In Chicago announced that two young local actresses have been cast in the role of “Lulu” during the Chicago engagement of “Waitress.” Camryn Cavaliero, 5, of Chic…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tony Awards honor Chicago's David Cromer and Laurie Metcalf by Chris Jones

“The Band’s Visit,” the wry, sad and moving new musical helmed by David Cromer of Skokie — unarguably the leading auteur stage director to emerge from the Chicago theater in a genera…

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2018 Tony Award Winners

Best Play “The Children” by Lucy Kirkwood “Farinelli and The King” by Claire van Kampen Winner: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” by Jack Thorne “Junk” b…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Janet Ulrich Brooks to star in Theatre at the Center’s 'The Lady with all the Answers' by Kt Hawbaker

Janet Ulrich Brooks will make her Theatre at the Center debut when she takes to the stage as Ann Landers in “The Lady with All the Answers.” The show opens on July 15 and will run until …

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Hubbard Street Dance goes Gaga with its thrilling night of Ohad Naharin work by Chris Jones

For risk-loving contemporary dancers, Gaga needs no Lady. It’s the name of a technique pioneered by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dan…

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Clever greatest-hit connections between Shakes and song in Len Cariou's 'Broadway & the Bard' by Kerry Reid

Combining Shakespeare and songcraft is a Broadway tradition — whether it be “Kiss Me, Kate” or “Something Rotten!” But Len Cariou’s “Broadway & the Bard” brings the two toget…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

What are we doing here? Gentrification issues and real scares in 'The Displaced' by Kerry Reid

Smart horror is turning out to be the piquant flavor of the season in smaller theater offerings. On the heels of Ike Holter’s “The Light Fantastic” at Jackalope (running through June 1…

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Northlight Theatre announces casting for its 44th season, including two world premieres by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Northlight Theatre announced casting for its 2018-19 season, with a lineup of five shows that includes the music of Nina Simone and the world premiere of a Jane Austen-adaptation.…

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Chris Jones recommends

"20,000 Leagues Under the Seas" ??? 1/2 Say Nemo and most kids now think of the Disney clown fish. But in 1870, the great Jules Verne imagined Captain Nemo as a misanthropic, Homeric wand…

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First Folio casts the jazzy world premiere of 'Shrew'd' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, First Folio Theatre announced casting for its world premiere of “Shrew’d,” a jazz musical that places “The Taming of the Shrew” in 1930’s Chicago. The show will open…

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David Cromer a Tonys favorite for 'Band's Visit' — could you call this a giddy moment? by Chris Jones

David Cromer — Skokie-hatched, Columbia College-trained, fed and watered in the Chicago theater, the current odds-on favorite to win the Tony Award on Sunday for best direction of a musica…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ohad Naharin brings Gaga choreography back to Hubbard Street — just don't try to define it by Kt Hawbaker

Gaga is not a style. Get it right, dilettante. “It’s very important for me to stay away from thinking of my work or my research as being a part of a particular style,” says Ohad Nahari…

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2018 Tony Award predictions: Who will win, who should win on Sunday by Chris Jones

With “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” likely to do to its rivals nominated for best play what the Dementors do to Ron and Hermione — in one narrative, anyway — most of the tension…

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'Burnham's Dream: The White City' shows it's hard to make a musical from dancing architects by Chris Jones

Have you craved the opportunity to see a musical about dead Chicago architects? Did you always hope to catch Daniel Burnham and John Root doing a soft-shoe together? When staring, say, at th…

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Eddie Clendening to revive his portrayal of Elvis for "Heartbreak Hotel" by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, full casting for the Chicago premiere of “Heartbreak Hotel” was announced, with Eddie Clendening returning as Elvis, the role he originated at the Ogunquit Playhouse. It’…

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Theo Ubique will inaugurate new home with season that includes 'Hedwig' and 'The Full Monty' by Kt Hawbaker

A trans rocker, an Iowa housewife and a troupe of male strippers walk into an Evanston theater — so begins the story of Theo Ubique’s upcoming 2018-19 season. After 13 years at No Exit C…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Marriott announces casting for 'Murder for Two' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, the Marriott Theatre announced casting for its upcoming production of ‘Murder for Two,’ in which a duo takes on 13 roles in less than 90 minutes, remaining on stage for the e…

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It'll take more than the Civil War, says Suzan-Lori Parks in her brilliant 'Father Comes Home' by Chris Jones

At one point in “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” — Suzan-Lori Parks’ brilliant and riveting Civil War triptych in the Homeric vein — a slave named Hero, fighting …

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