When Rick Stone (Cooley High) first performed as Howlin Wolf, Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "It's Rick Stone who consistently knocks your socks off in his terrifically sustained performance. And as he moves through Wolf's hits-Red Rooster, Goin' Down Slow, I Ain't Superstitious, Baby Please Don't Go and more-it's the audience that begins howlin' loudest." Now Rick Stone returns to do it again in this new story reflecting the life and times of one of the greatest blues singers the world has ever known - Howlin Wolf.
The winner of both the Drama Desk and Tony awards for Best Play when it was produced on Broadway in 1981, Amadeus tells the story of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as told through the eyes of his confessed murderer, Court Composer Antonio Salieri.
The Chicago Reader has called Jeremy Menekseoglu "one of the most ambitious, prolific, original and gifted playwrights in Chicago." Now you can get a double helping of Menekseoglu's fierce and inspiring vision with The Ballad of Little Duck (a world premiere) and The Samaritan Syndrome. In The Ballad of Little Duck, a broken man faces his past and his conscience after his baby is taken away and his girlfriend leaves him. The possibilities -- and perils -- of redemption haunt The Samaritan Syndrome as well, as the protagonist arrives at a mental hospital determined to "save" a girl whom he believes can deliver him from his own demons. Catch both plays in one powerful night of cutting-edge drama at the Dream Theatre.
As Corn's long running, hit BYOB drinking game sketch show comes to an end, the theater is running a "best of" performance. "The Best of The Variety Show: A Drinking Game Performance" takes the favorite acts and sketches from the show's last four years of previous performances into an original, comedy performance with new drinking games in every sketch. In addition, each show has a different, weekly variety act, which ranges from magicians to stand-up and fire-eaters to bands.
Detective Bass can't catch a break: his boss is a hard-ass, his partner's a knucklehead, his wife's a cheat, and now he has to chase down a perp who has a screwdriver in his head. An eclectic set of shady characters-crooked coroners, a TV-personality doctor, a femme fatale, and one extraordinarily valuable sculpture-run roughshod through a hilarious maze of double-crosses and double-identities. 2011 Writers Guild Award-winner Keith Huff lampoons the Windy City with a menacing smirk and tongue in cheek in this gritty modern noir directed by David Schwimmer.
Chicago rivalries, sports fanaticism and the good, old-fashioned American bar bet come together with two brothers and 10 years in Black and Blue. Written by Anthony Tournis and Nick Digilio, this comedy examines the consequences over 10 years that ensue from a bar bet made between two brothers, one who roots for the Chicago Cubs, the other for the Cubs' cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox. Digilio directs this Vault 13 and Raven Theatre production at Raven Theatre West Stage.
Two female African-American scholars break down ideas while breaking bread, celebrating black history month in their favorite bistro. They become deeply engrossed in spirited discourse, weaving personal and political, academic and pop culture, and boasts and criticisms. This metaphysical comedy dramatizes one of our longest running debates: what does it mean to be a Black in America?
This spy thriller-named one of the Top 10 plays of 2011 by The New York Times - goes deep inside the secret United States intrigue that powered the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. A CIA operative struggles against conditions on the ground and politics in the halls of Washington to stop the Soviet Army's destruction of Afghanistan. As alliances shift and the outcome of the Cold War appears to hang in the balance, he and an Afghan warlord find that the only one they can trust is each other. This bold new play unmasks the actions of men behind one of recent history's greatest events - the repercussions of which still shape our lives.
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.
Set in Paris in the 1960's, this comedy follows the the flighty tale of Bernard, a jet-setting architect who is juggling three flight attendant fiancees with the help of his reluctant housekeeper. When his old pal, Robert, arrives at his swanky bachelor pad, Bernard proudly unveils his ingenious scheme. Despite his clever arrangement, Bernard's life starts to unravel when a new turbo-charged Boeing is introduced. In a hysterical whirlwind of mayhem, Bernard finds out that one woman is all he can handle. Boeing Boeing stars Saturday Night Live's Nora Dunn.
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
A coming-of-age comedy about Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times - and sometimes each other - with laughter, tears, and love. Based on Simon's memories of growing up in Brooklyn in the years just before World War II.
Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones ever played a note, Rock 'n' Roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy's meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when "That'll Be the Day" hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features more than 20 hits including "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," and "Oh, Boy!" Buddy will have you on your feet and "send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high" (The Boston Globe)!
Considered Albert Camus' greatest and most enduring play, Caligula marches into the Greenhouse Theater Center. After the death of his sister (and possible lover) Drusilla, the young emperor Caligula sinks into a nihilistic funk that seemingly has no bottom. Determined to operate in "permanent" freedom, Caligula lives to legendary excess before discovering he must pay an equally permanent price. Nearly 2,000 years after the events that inspired it took place, Camus' Caligula manages to be both harrowing and unexpected, not to mention deeply prophetic. Thrilling, frightening, absurdly funny, Caligula pushes logic and power to their extremes and beyond in this brilliantly provocative production from the Organic Theater Company.
Emerald City Theatre's production of THE CAT IN THE HAT, based on the book by Dr. Seuss and adaptation by Katie Mitchell, is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day- but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this adaptation from the National Theatre in London. Best suited for ages 3+.
"Cirque Shanghai: Dragon's Thunder" is a spectacle for audiences of all ages, featuring performers direct from China who are leaders in their craft of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more. With a total of 36 troupe members, "Dragon's Thunder" is the largest Cirque Shanghai cast to ever visit the U.S. This year's production features an incredible line up of awe-inspiring acts, including "The Chinese Flex Bar," the heart stopping "Gravity Swings," and the awesome sounds of the traditional Chinese "Dragon Drums." For the first time in Cirque Shanghai's North American engagement, the traditional Chinese drums will be an integral part of the production.