From Nick Flynn, the author of acclaimed memoirs Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City and The Ticking is the Bomb, comes an enigmatic and haunting stage play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins. In the wake of a natural disaster in their city, four strangers find themselves locked out of their homes, abandoned on the sidewalk. Day by day, they become friends, enemies, and everything else in between. Now Ben Kaye directs this tale of desperation, dreaming and donuts for the Forget Me Not Theatre Company.
Miller's play masterfully combines a postwar setting with themes that date back to Greek tragedies into a drama that remains timeless. Joe Keller is a 60-year-old businessman who, knowingly or unknowingly, sold faulty parts for fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force, resulting in 21 crashes and the deaths of dozens of airmen during the war. The son of Joe's former business partner, who was convicted of negligence for those actions while Joe was exonerated, accuses Joe of falsely shifting blame to his partner. The accusation creates a rift between Joe and his son Chris, who is engaged to the partner's daughter.
From the most popular titles to the most rarely produced, experience the 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in one breathtaking and unforgettable theatrical event. ALL OUR TRAGIC builds on the success of The Hypocrites’ 2011 production of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, which received critical praise and earned multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Director. ALL OUR TRAGIC is designed to create a contemporary Festival of Dionysus, the ancient gatherings for which these tragedies were originally crafted – to bring together a daily community to bond, eat food, drink wine and discuss complicated topics of society that we have been wrestling with since the creation of civilization.
Angela Ostrowski.is a typical high school girl. She's getting ready to graduate and move on to her "real life." The only problem is, she has a dark secret. Whenever she ends a romantic relationship, the other party ends up dying in some strange, circumstantial fashion. Naturally this doesn't help her reputation at school, as rumors and tensions start to swirl around here. This dark musical comedy features several different genres of music, including traditional theater scores, rap, Latin rhythm, blues, country and dubstep.
Marie is a 9/11 widow who lost her fireman husband in the tragedy. Five years later, she is remarried to a fine man, and her teenage son is doing well. That's when the bones start coming--and keep coming--via Fedex from the NYC authorities. Then a mysterious woman appears, telling Marie she's getting the wrong bones. The world-premiere of Another Bone asks the question: how do you move forward after total devastation, and all the debris that goes with it? Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, along with Redtwist company members, Jan Ellen Graves and Michael Sherwin.
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
Strawdog Theatre Company presents The Arsonists, written by popular British comedy writer Alistair Beaton. This elegant, witty translation of Max Frisch's 1958 absurdist comedy, The Firebugs, is part moral fable, part black farce. Mild-mannered Mr. Biederman, a respected member of the community, tries to live a blameless life, refusing to acknowledge evil of any kind. The facade comes crashing down around him, though, when he allows two smooth-talking arsonists to move in. Inspired by the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948, this absurdist parable satirizes the way in which people can be manipulated into accommodating their own destruction.
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-
somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff
Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a
Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has
remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the
audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and
soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where
puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
Beast Women is an All-Female Performance Variety Revue serving as a platform to showcase the best female talent in Chicago.A diverse assortment of genres are presented that highlight female strength through performance including music, poetry, dance, performance art, spoken word, burlesque, etc. This is not your typical show. The artists presented, display their passion, strength, freedom, and sensuality to reveal the very things that make them the women they are today. The only demands placed on them are to be original and be bold. The show is an invigorating and stimulating experience that operates on a concept of revolving individual performances, so every night is different offering a new and personal experience.
Widely recognized as a driving force in Chicago's 21st Century burlesque revival, The Belmont Burlesque Revue is the longest consecutively-running burlesque show in town. Featuring a classic revue format, a cast of outstanding burlesque artists and special guests, and variety acts including music, magic, and comedy, Belmont Burlesque is a touchstone for the local burlesque scene. A great show for first-time burlesque audiences and seasoned connoisseurs alike.
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
Hell in a Handbag's The Birds receives the full parody/homage treatment audiences have come to expect. In addition, the audience is playfully immersed in the show as " invited guests of Mr. Hitchcock" to watch filming on location near Bodega Bay (our own Lake Michigan). As filming progresses, the audience experiences Tippi's difficulty in distinguishing the film's reality from her own.
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
Family life in 1937 was tough for 15-year-old Eugene Jerome: War was on the way, money was tight, liver was always for dinner, and as Eugene's father would point out, "If you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't live in this house." Living with six other Jewish-American family members under one roof doesn't afford him much privacy, but it does provide him with plenty of ammunition for his budding career as a writer. His journal excerpts are a true recipe for hilarity, as he introduces his over-worked father, his under-appreciated mother, his worldy older brother Stanley, his pampered cousins Nora and Laurie, and his widowed, asthmatic Aunt Blanche. This bittersweet memoir is an affectionate, entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth and humor. His memoirs about baseball, girls, and life in Brooklyn remind us all that love and laughter prevails.
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
Provision Company member Brad Armacost returns with his one-man show about the life of C.S. Lewis, the famous author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis on Stage places the audience before the author as he portrays various characters from his books, recites poetry and reveals details of his personality through his correspondence. By the end of this engaging performance, the audience will feel as if they know C.S. Lewis the person and will also know his writing and characters better.
Packed with heart-pounding musical numbers including the show-stopping "Memory," CATS is a dance-driven extravaganza entirely based on T.S. Eliot's collection of poetry, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The action takes place on the most sacred night of the year as a tribe of felines prepare for the Jellicle Ball. Every member of the tribe tries to prove they're worthy enough to be "the one" selected to be reborn in the afterlife and live for eternity in the glorious "Heaviside Layer."