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Opening This Week: May 2-8, 2016

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Sarah Goeden, Justine C Turner, Nicole Bloomsmith/Photo: Tom McGrath

Sarah Goeden, Justine C Turner and Nicole Bloomsmith in Strawdog Theatre Company’s “Once in a Lifetime”/Photo: Tom McGrath

Monday

“Once in a Lifetime” at Strawdog Theatre Company. Kaufman and Hart’s classic comedy marks Strawdog’s final show at their Broadway home before their move to Rogers Park in the fall. Through June 4. For tickets and more information visit strawdog.org

“Mike Mother” at The Neo-Futurists. A two-person, one woman show that explores theater’s reliability as a vessel for truth. Through June 4. For tickets and more information visit neofuturists.org

“The Art of Losing” at the Den Theatre. A world premiere family drama set in Boston at the height of the 2004 American League Championship Series. Through May 14. For tickets and more information visit facebook.com/artoflosingplay Read the rest of this entry »

Stage Top 5: May 1-May 15, 2016

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Carrie Coons and Gary Wilmes in "Mary Page Marlowe" at Steppenwolf Theatre Company/Photo: Michael Brosilow

Carrie Coon and Gary Wilmes in “Mary Page Marlowe” at Steppenwolf Theatre Company/Photo: Michael Brosilow

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Mary Page Marlowe
(Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
An extraordinary look at an ordinary life
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Creating Windows When Doors Are Shut: An Interview with Melissa DuPrey, Free Street Theater’s New General Manager

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By Loy Webb

Actor and comic Melissa DuPrey has a passion for arts, activism and community building that is as large and deep as the Pacific Ocean. Her story is one of terror and triumph. From surviving a horrific violent home invasion to rising through the theatrical ranks to become the new general manager of Free Street Theater, Melissa is living proof that women of color will make windows where doors have historically been shut in their faces. Read the rest of this entry »

Opening This Week: April 18-24, 2016

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The cast of "Bullets Over Broadway"/Photo: Matthew Murphy

The cast of “Bullets Over Broadway”/Photo: Matthew Murphy

Monday

“Sender” at A Red Orchid Theatre. Local playwright Ike Holter examines whether growing up is even worth it. Through May 29. For tickets and more information visit aredorchidtheatre.org

“Even Longer and Farther Away” at The New Colony. A soul-searching exploration of family. Through May 15. For tickets and more information visit thenewcolony.org Read the rest of this entry »

Opening This Week: April 11-17, 2016

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Levenix Riddle and James Earl Jones II in "Carlyle" at Goodman Theatre/Photo: Liz Lauren

Levenix Riddle and James Earl Jones II/Photo: Liz Lauren

Monday

“Carlyle” at Goodman Theatre. Playwright Thomas Bradshaw takes aim at both sides of the political establishment. Through May 1. For tickets and more information visit goodmantheatre.org

“Trash” at New American Folk Theatre. The “Glass Menagerie” meets Anna Nicole Smith. Through May 15. For tickets and more information visit newamericanfolktheatre.org

Tuesday

“Dreamgirls” at Porchlight Music Theatre. Drift away on a cloud of sweet melodies. Through May 15. For tickets and more information visit porchlightmusictheatre.org

“Heels Over Head: A Physical Variety Show at iO. A monthly variety show with new physical works by Chicago’s best theater, improv and circus artists. For tickets and more information visit ioimprovolympic.com

Gary Alexander, Hannah Gomez and Brad Harbough in "The Book Club Play" at 16th Street Theater/Photo: Joe Mazza

Gary Alexander, Hannah Gomez and Brad Harbough in “The Book Club Play” at 16th Street Theater/Photo: Joe Mazza

Thursday

“The Few” at Steep Theatre Company. Samuel D. Hunter’s long distance play is guaranteed to take you places. Through May 21. For tickets and more information visit steeptheatre.com

“The Book Club Play” at 16th Street Theater. Bibliophilia meets reality TV. Through May 14. For tickets and more information visit 16thstreettheater.org

“Pygmalion” at Rogue Theater. A stripped down version of Shaw’s classic. Through May 7. For tickets and more information facebook.com/roguetheaterchicago

“Strip Joker” at Gorilla Tango Theater. Baring it all for laughs. For tickets and more information visit gorillatango.com

“Buzzed Broadway” at Laugh Out Loud Theater. Full throated, totally improvised, a little bit tipsy. Thursdays through May 26. For tickets and more information visit laughoutloudtheater.com

Friday

Mia Vivens and Ryan Alan Jones in "The Big Funk" at Wild Atlas Theatre Company/Photo: Matthew Freer

Mia Vivens and Ryan Alan Jones in “The Big Funk” at Wild Atlas Theatre Company/Photo: Matthew Freer

“Paper City Phoenix” at Tympanic Theatre Company. Ever wonder what would happen if the universe hit the delete key? Through May 8. For tickets and more information visit tympanictheatre.org

“The Realm” at The Other Theatre Company. A war of words. Through May 8. For tickets and more information visit theothertheatrecompany.com

“The Big Funk” at Wild Atlas Theatre Company. John Patrick Shanley’s incendiary drama gets a shake up with this young theatre troupe. Through April 24. For tickets and more information visit facebook.com/wildatlastheatreco

“The Misanthrope” at The Theatre School at DePaul University. A fresh take on Moliere’s classic comedy of manners. Through April 24. For tickets and more information visit theatre.depaul.edu

Saturday

“Dead Man Walking” at Piven Theatre Workshop. Tim Robbins’ best-selling book adapted by none other than Robbins himself. Through May 15. For tickets and more information visit piventheatre.org

“A Swarm of Spoilers” at Under the Gun Theater. Get “recapitated” with this “Game of Thrones” parody. Saturdays through July 9. For tickets and more information visit undertheguntheater.com

Sunday

“Don’t Make Me Over” at Black Ensemble Theater. Don’t walk on by this musical tribute to Dionne Warwick. Through May 15. For tickets and more information visit blackensembletheater.org

“Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” at Eclipse Theatre Company. Kick off an entire season dedicated to Stephen Adley Guirgis. Through May 22. For tickets and more information visit eclipsetheatre.com

Opening This Week: March 28-April 3, 2016

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(front) John Taflan, Patrick Du Laney and Bear Bellinger, (back) Tyler Brown, Jonah D. Winston, Laura McClain and Kelli Harrington/Photo: Matthew Gregory Hollis

(front) John Taflan, Patrick Du Laney and Bear Bellinger. (back) Tyler Brown, Jonah D. Winston, Laura McClain and Kelli Harrington in The Hypocrites production of “Adding Machine: A Musical”/Photo: Matthew Gregory Hollis

Monday

“Adding Machine: A Musical” at The Hypocrites. An expressionistic take on the play of the same name. Love, murder and key changes. Through May 15. For tickets and more information visit the-hypocrites.com

“The Diary of Anne Frank” at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. The most iconic tale of WWII returns to Metropolis. Through April 11. For tickets and more information visit metropolisarts.com

Tuesday

“Kill Floor” at American Theater Company. A meaty Midwest premiere about lean times and second chances. Through May 1. For tickets and more information visit atcweb.org

“That Maxwell Bitch” at The Annoyance Theatre. Finding empowerment with Annoyance vet Megan Johns. Tuesdays. For tickets and more information visit theannoyance.com

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Opening This Week: March 21-27, 2016

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The cast of "Matilda"/Photo: Joan Marcus

The cast of “Matilda”/Photo: Joan Marcus

Monday

“That’s Weird, Grandma: The Musical” at Barrel of Monkeys. A clever and funny, touching and poignant collection of songs based on the writings of CPS students. Through April 11. For tickets and more information visit barrelofmonkeys.org

Wednesday

“Arcadia” at Writers Theatre. The inaugural production at Writers Theatre’s elegant new home. Through May 1. For tickets and more information visit writerstheatre.org Read the rest of this entry »

Opening This Week: March 14-20, 2016

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Kristine Nielsen/Photo: Liz Lauren

Kristine Nielsen in Goodman Theatre’s “The Matchmaker”/Photo: Liz Lauren

Monday

“The Matchmaker” at Goodman Theatre. Thornton Wilder’s madcap romance and the inspiration for “Hello, Dolly!” returns to the city of its creation. Through April 10. For tickets and more information visit goodmantheatre.org

“Rent” at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. A vicacious young cast tackles this Tony Award-winning musical in an intimate setting. Through May 1. For tickets and more information visit theo-u.com

“An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences” at Theatre Y. A one night only, flash mob performance of one librarian’s quest to discover who returned a book 113 years overdue. For tickets and more information visit theatre-y.com Read the rest of this entry »

Opening This Week: February 22-28, 2016

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Sam Hubbard and Antonio Zhiurinskas/Photo: Dean La Prarie

Sam Hubbard and Antonio Zhiurinskas/Photo: Dean La Prarie

Monday

“A Loss of Roses” at Raven Theatre. The “nearly-lost classic” from William Inge returns to Chicago. Through April 2. For tickets and more information visit raventheatre.com

“Romeo and Juliet” at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The new to Chicago take on Shakespeare’s infamous tale of love and death closes Lyric’s memorable season. Through March 19. For tickets and more information visit lyricopera.org
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Opening This Week: February 15-21, 2016

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Mary Winn Heider, John Ferrick and Gabe Franken/Photo: Tom McGrath

Monday February 15

“In A Word” at Strawdog Theatre Company. A world premiere from celebrated playwright Lauren Yee following the success of “Samsara” at Victory Gardens. Through March 19. For tickets and more information visit strawdog.org

“Awkward Phase Live!” at The Annoyance Theatre. To celebrate the release of their new book, The Awkward Phase will take to the stage for a one-night-only Valentine’s-themed live show. For tickets and more information visit theannoyance.com

“Origins of Love: A Shakespeare Cabaret” at Random Acts Theatre. A one night tribute to that fickle and fortuitous feeling called love. For tickets and more information visit davenportspianobar.com Read the rest of this entry »