Set in 1986 in the Aburi Girls Boarding School in Ghana, five teenagers gossip and primp as they prepare for beauty pageant auditions the following day. The social hierarchy of “mean girls” is quickly established, as Paulina, the prettiest and best singer, alternately boasts about her superiority and denigrates her classmates for what she considers their inferiority.
“It felt like a black hole and I was slowly maneuvering my way inch by inch. But it allowed me to have space to learn what happened in the past. We’ve been here twenty-five years and it’s not built on sinking sand. I also saw this was an opportunity to create anything I desired. There were no rules.”
Chicago theaters throw open their doors this month. Here’s what to catch indoors and out.
Journalist Eddie Arruza’s hard-boiled radio drama is a well-crafted love-letter to the genre, but feels out of touch with the times.
The outdoor performance promises to make up for a year-plus of constrained and isolated living with larger-than-life pomp and spectacle.
“This is a partnership which we hope will have an indefinite future. For this house to be able to offer the city a regular diet of opera and ballet changes the feel of what the opera house represents and how the city can perceive it.”
Dance and drama in July.
The festival is a testament to the resourcefulness and survival skills of the theater community at a tough moment.
A new show that blends surrealist poetry, improvisatory opera techniques, new music and dance.
Medina Theater Collective’s inaugural production about daily life in Palestine is smart, tender, at times funny and a consistently compassionate script.