Anna, in the Darkness, returns to the stage with scares to spare. Megan Merrill stars as Anna, a young teacher barricaded in her house while outside angry townfolk gather howling for blood. Writer-director Jeremy Menekseoglu has crafted a tale where the menace is far scarier -- and far more profound -- than brainless zombies or creeping vampires. Filled with jump scares and deeper, more lasting disturbances, Anna, in the Darkness is a powerful psychological thriller that keeps you in the dark as to what is real and what is imagined until the very end. Prepare yourself for what the Chicago Reader raved was a "devilish torture on the imagination."
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.
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.
Jazz meets Operetta in the exciting American Premiere of Paul Abraham's 1932 hit, "Ball at the Savoy." This sexy, danced-infused operetta embodies the best of Weimar-era Berlin as a clever wife serves up a tasty dish of revenge to her unfaithful husband. The show set Berlin on fire in 1932 with its infectious music, dancing and ravishing star, Gitta Alpar, until it was shut down by the Nazis. Chicago Folks Operetta's production will feature a 17 piece orchestra, singers, dancers and a new English translation.
The Clampett’s trials and tribulations start to unravel when two crafty con artists cook up a scheme to fool overnight millionaire Jed Clampett (Jeff Award-Winner James Harms) out of his not-so-hard-earned millions. The chaos continues as nephew Jethro faces relationship problems, daughter Elly May (Jeff Award-Winner Summer Smart) has growing-up pains, and Granny (Kelly Anne Clark) just wants to go back to the simple, butter-churnin’ life she knows and loves. Despite watching his “black gold” turn into blackmail, Jed remains calm because, in the end, he knows that a country boy is always quicker than a city slicker. The Clampetts stay true to their roots as they face out-of-place encounters and hilarious antics, showcasing their genuine charm.
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."
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the popular 2003 film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH is the fantastical musical tale of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest... and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him - most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to discover the truth behind his father's epic tales.
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.
When American tourists Tommy and Jeff get lost on vacation in Scotland they stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for only one day every 100 years. No outsider can stay in Brigadoon unless they fall in love, and no resident can ever leave or the village will vanish forever. But when Tommy falls for a village girl, he is forced to choose between returning to the world that he knows-or taking a chance on life and love in the mysterious Brigadoon. Big, beautiful and beguiling, Brigadoon is a "ravishing" (The New Yorker) musical delight.
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 27th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not -- there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, both alcoholic and non, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafrass.
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.
"Catch the Fish" is a funny and smart comedy about
three ambitious and confused LA twenty-one-year-olds: Jordan, Grant, and Lindsay. Its a typical
Friday night and they're out late looking for fun when they meet Alison, a divorced, mid-thirties
reporter for Vanity Fair writing about Hollywood-wannabe life. Everyone seems to stand to gain
when Alison chooses to write a story about their lives. But quickly sexual attraction burns down
the professional wall and the kids expose more than they may mean to. Who's catching who? The
reporter or the twenty-one-year-olds?
Join Wilbur, Charlotte, and Templeton the Rat at the State Fair this summer! When Wilbur is saved and sent to live on the farm, he finds a new, unexpected family. Follow our piggy hero as he grows from being the runt of the litter to "Some Pig" with the help of one remarkable spider. Bring your family to the Fair to experience one of the most beloved children's books of all time brought to life on stage.
Sing along with Chicken Little, and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Loosey Goosey, and Foxy Loxy as they journey to tell the king the news. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
This summer's production of "Cirque Shanghai: Warriors" brings an extraordinary line-up of thrilling acts to the stage, including The Kinetic Poles, the powerful Water Meteor and the heart-pounding Pageant of Arms. Returning to the production from last year is the fate-tempting "Wheel of Destiny," and China's premier daredevil steel-globe motorcycle troupe, "Imperial Thunder".
A doctor, a photographer, an exotic dancer, and a writer become entangled in a complicated romance. Set in contemporary London, this detailed and elaborate character study soon becomes an intimate drama following a pair of couples as they navigate the unsteady terrain of love, desire, honesty and deceit. Under the direction of Artistic Director Patrick Belics, this award winning play looks unflinchingly at how and why we love and lie.
Come Blow Your Horn tells the story of Alan (Chris Lysy), a young man who lives the plush life of a swinging bachelor in New York City in the early 1960s. He enjoys a merry-go-round of women and shows up only occasionally at work, where his father (Rob Weinstein) is the boss. But Alan's life changes when his inexperienced 21-year-old brother Buddy (Grant Terzakis) "runs away from home" to move in so he can get a taste of his brother's freewheeling lifestyle. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Alan's girlfriend, Connie (Amanda Meyer), who hopes to transform him from a playboy into a loving and responsible adult. But of course, there's Peggy (Marisa Lerman), the voluptuous upstairs neighbor to think about, too, so....