The Joffrey's fall program marks a triumphant return to the stage with three world premiere performances from today's rising stars and the remount of a ballet classic by Joffrey co-founder Gerald Arpino.
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In the Blake family, it's not what's said out loud that hurts the most. When Eric, Deirdre and grandma Momo join the family at their youngest daughter's run-down New York apartment for Thanksgiving, the holiday folks songs and family stories quickly unravel into tantrums and unspoken family secrets. To top it off, the unsettling sounds of the building mirror the unsettling news that one of these humans has to share...
After two years away, Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) returns home to the Harris Theater with a dynamic and joyous program of classic and contemporary jazz works featuring the Company premiere of Adam Houston's All For You, and the newly reimagined Take A Gambol by Joshua Blake Carter featuring the entire 13 member ensemble. The program features works by Marinda Davis, Autumn Eckman, Ray Mercer and more. GDC celebrates dancer Zachary Heller in his final performances after an illustrious 14 seasons with the organization! Lauded as "one of our city's foremost cultural treasures" by See Chicago Dance, GDC's performances promise to astound even the most seasoned of dance enthusiasts.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
This production brings us to the remote Swiss Alps, where noted scientist Maria von Moos excavates a ruined castle deep in the Geneva woods and finds a young woman, Justine, asleep in the rubble. The young woman has no memory of who she was before waking up amongst the ruins of the castle; the only clues to her previous life lie in the scars that crisscross her body and the two mis-matched eyes staring back at her in the mirror. As the two women begin to piece together Justine's memories, Maria's old friend, the mysterious Janos, comes to visit. This conniving owner of the travelling circus Vystario's Menagerie of the Macabre reveals secrets that Maria would rather stay hidden, leading Justine to wonder just whom she can trust in Salenegg Castle, and if she might just have been safer amongst the rubble of Castle Frankenstein.
After the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry, partners of fifty years, come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander finds himself wading through some rough new waters of his own. Kingdom is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando's magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic. Critically acclaimed when it was originally staged by Broken Nose in 2018, Kingdom received the 2018 BTAA Lorraine Hansberry Award.
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 28th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It's simply an evening of fun and laughter.
A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, and scandal. When the ultimate Delta Nu sorority girl is dumped by her Harvard bound boyfriend in pursuit of someone more "serious" Elle sets out to prove herself. With a little ingenuity and charm she follows suit enrolling in the prestigious law school herself. The former fashion major is soon in over her head as this new challenge is more difficult than she had ever imagined. With help from a few new friends, the misguided attempt to get her boyfriend back leads to a much different journey, proving that self-discovery never goes out of style. Bursting with memorable songs, dynamic dances, and hilarity - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal.
"Looped" is loosely based on a true story. During the Summer of 1965, film and stage star Tallulah Bankhead. in a somewhat inebriated state, entered a Los Angeles recording studio to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue from her final film Die! Die! My Darling! It would take her eight hours to record one line -- much to the frustration and irritation of the film's editor editor. What happened during those eight hours will make you laugh, maybe cry a bit, and appreciate the gumption of an unconventional star who wasn't afraid to live life to the fullest and who refused to apologize for breaking the rules.
On the night of his legendary and mysterious death, Edgar Allan Poe relives the torment of his life and loved ones through his famous, blood-curdling stories that haunt him after his beloved wife's early death. Audiences will be fully immersed within the prose and poetry of Poe as they travel through the historic landmark Cheney Mansion. Our tremendous cast will reprise their roles to bring to life Poe's most famous and chilling tales, literally tap, tap, tapping at the chamber door...
Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
Mothers and Sons deals with a woman who unexpectedly visits the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son.
What's left when everything is taken away? That's the question Mr. Burns asks...the same question on everyone's mind the past 16 months. Mr. Burns begins after life as we know it has ended. Small bands of survivors have banded together in pods to keep the pilot light of civilization burning. But their path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable.
A fast-paced, music-filled romp with a cast that includes Matt Gall, Doug MacKechnie, Kate Young, musical accompaniment by Tom Bachtell, and sound effects/audio editing by George Zahora. In it, an inept politician is unwittingly engulfed in a financial scandal, a weary doctor attempts to help his anxiety-prone patient, and a world-renowned concert pianist is called to the rescue. Shaw himself stated that THE MUSIC CURE was "a piece of utter nonsense" and "not a serious play." Nonetheless, it is filled with Shaw's biting wit, brilliant language, and keen-eyed critical characterization of the privileged British ruling class. There is no charge to listen to THE MUSIC CURE (though donations are gladly accepted) and no end date has been set.
First adapted for the stage by Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in 2014 to sold-out audiences, Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother's tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.