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The Astronaut’s Birthday
Inspired by Golden Age comics and fifties sci-fi, Redmoon teams up with MCA in a performance spectacle in the museum’s windows, with the audience seated on the plaza outside watching live performers, shadow puppets and eighty-foot tall comic-book-style frames on the façade.
Begins September 9 at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Steppenwolf rolls out a heavy-hitting lineup of ensemble members—Kevin Anderson, Kate Arrington, Ian Barford, Robert Breuler and Laurie Metcalf, plus director Austin Pendleton—to bring this Lisa D’Amour world premiere to life.
Begins September 9 at Steppenwolf
Hotshot new playwright Jason Grote gets his first Chicago production, with his postmodern retelling of “The Arabian Nights” helmed by Seth Bockley.
Begins September 9 at Collaboraction’s Chopin Theatre home
Those Sensational Soulful ’60s (and a sensational new theater)
September 10 ought to be Jackie Taylor Day in Chicago. Not only will her Black Ensemble Theater—which she founded thirty-four years ago—open a remount of “Sensational” on the South Side, but up north, she’ll break ground on the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, a $16 million project.
Begins September 10 at Kennedy-King College
The DIALogue Series
Experimentalist Dexter Bullard curates off a nine-week improvised series wherein two well-known Chicago performers, unknown to each other, speak intimately on the phone while the audience listens in.
Begins September 13 at Links Hall
Resident genius Mary Zimmerman tackles Voltaire for her first go at musical theater, with a seminal score by Leonard Bernstein, in one of the fall’s most anticipated shows.
Begins September 17 at the Goodman
Aiming For Sainthood
Arlene Malinowski premieres the second installment in her autobiographical solo trilogy, combining sign language and voice, to tell the story of a hearing daughter of deaf parents.
Begins September 20 at Victory Gardens
Rock of Ages
The first national tour of the Tony-nominated hair metal hit sweeps through town, complete with Constantine Maroulis reprising his Broadway role.
Begins September 21 at Bank of America Theatre
Chicago Shakespeare founder Barbara Gaines directs on the opera stage for the first time, with this new production of the Verdi classic.
Begins October 1 at Lyric Opera
While artistic director Sean Graney’s jumping on Chicago’s Shakespeare bandwagon this fall up at Court, his pal Greg Allen’s taking The Hypocrites for a Kafkaesque ride in an original adaptation of “The Trial.”
Begins October 21 at The Hypocrites Chopin Theatre home