Theater, Dance, Comedy and Performance in Chicago

Opening This Week: May 23-29, 2016

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Layne Manzer and Abigail Boucher in Haven Theatre's "The Distance"/Photo: Austin D. Oie

Layne Manzer and Abigail Boucher in Haven Theatre’s “The Distance”/Photo: Austin D. Oie

Monday

“The Distance” at Haven Theatre. A show that explores the outer limits of “no matter what.” Through June 26. For tickets and more information visit haventheatrechicago.com

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Stage Top 5: May 16-May 31, 2016

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Bryce Gangel, Jessica Ervin and Charlotte Thomas in "Dry Land" at Rivendell Ensemble Theatre/Photo: Michael Brosilow

Bryce Gangel, Jessica Ervin and Charlotte Thomas in “Dry Land” at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble/Photo: Michael Brosilow

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Dry Land
(Rivendell Theatre Ensemble)
Take a deep breath, dive in and don’t stop till you reach the other side
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Opening This Week: May 9-15, 2016

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Chris Stack/Photo: Liz Lauren

Chris Stack in “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” at Goodman Theatre/Photo: Liz Lauren

Monday

“The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” at Goodman Theatre. The political and the personal collide in Lorraine Hansberry’s prescient mid-century drama. Through June 5. For tickets and more information visit goodmantheatre.org

Tuesday

“Chicago” at Broadway In Chicago. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Through May 15. For tickets and more information visit broadwayinchicago.com

Wednesday

“Chimerica” at TimeLine Theatre Company. The Laurence Olivier Award-winning play calculates the real cost of truth. Through July 31. For tickets and more information visit timelinetheatre.com

Thursday

Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly in "Chicago"/ Photo: Jeremy Daniel.

Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly in “Chicago”/
Photo: Jeremy Daniel.

“The Secretaries” at About Face Theatre. This gory new comedy is equal parts “Twin Peaks” and “Stepford Wives.” Through June 12. For tickets and more information visit aboutfacetheatre.com

“No Matter How Hard We Try, Or We Can Exist on the Best Terms We Can” at Trap Door Theatre. A scathing satire about the decaying Polish national identity in the aftermath of WWII. Through June 25. For tickets and more information visit trapdoortheatre.com

“Public Access Live: Season 3” at The Public House Theatre. The irreverent, behind-the-scenes talk show returns. Thursdays through June 30. For tickets and more information visit thepubtheatre.com

“Action Jackson” at The Second City Training Center. Flipping the script on your favorite pop-culture icons. Through June 2. For tickets and more information visit secondcity.com

“The Matter at Dead Oak Hollow” at The Public House Theatre. A vibrant musical comedy in the spirit of “The X Files.” Thursdays through June 2. For tickets and more information visit thepubtheatre.com

Friday

“Discord” at Northlight Theatre. Ever wonder what a Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary have in common? Through June 12. For tickets and more information visit northlight.org

“Finishing the Hat: Sunday in the Park with George, Recreated!” at Improvised Sondheim Project. The final show in the fully improvised inaugural season. Through May 27. For tickets and more information visit improvisedsondheim.com

“Tournament of Shows” at Under the Gun Theater. A single-elimination tournament to discover who is Best in Show. Fridays through June 17. For tickets and more information visit undertheguntheater.com

Dan Lin and Norman Yap/Photo: Lara Goetsch

Dan Lin and Norman Yap in TimeLine Theatre Company’s “Chimerica”/Photo: Lara Goetsch

Saturday

“Clued In” at The Second City’s Beat Lounge. Agatha Christie, Second City-style. Saturdays, open run. For tickets and more information visit secondcity.com

“Porn Minus Porn” at Under the Gun Theater. The 2015 Tournament of Shows winner returns for a limited run. Saturdays through June 25. For tickets and more information visit undertheguntheater.com

“Twisted Knots” at TTKD Productions. Auld acquaintance may be forgot but there will surely be plenty to remember in this New Year’s Eve-set drama. Through June 12. For tickets and more information visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

“Chicago Doo-Wop Dreams” at MCL Chicago. Join four Chicago boys on their journey to fame and back. Through May 29. For tickets and more information visit mclchicago.com

Sunday

“Disenchanted” at Broadway In Chicago. The hit musical is anything but Grimm. Through June 5. For tickets and more information visit broadwayinchicago.com

“The Princess and Her Evil Twin” at The Second City Beat Lounge. A deliciously villainous dive into the story of two sisters. Sundays through May 29. For tickets and more information visit secondcity.com

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

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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 »