There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi and librettist Francesco Maria Piave have given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
Self-made landlord Marti and her new tenant Christine strike up a complicated relationship in this compelling world premiere. Despite a tentative friendship, neither can afford the luxury of forgetting her own best interests. Faced with impossible dilemmas of fairness versus kindness, honesty or eviction, these two women reveal the vulnerability as well as the ingenuity of people who know the value of having a home, and the threat of losing one.
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 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
Assistant at Mushnik's flower shop, orphan Seymour Krelborn is in search of an escape from his poverty-stricken life on an urban skid-row, and in love with his co-worker, Audrey. After obtaining a mysterious carnivorous plant, whom he names Audrey II, he discovers that it survives only by blood, and it quickly blossoms into a fully-fledged local attraction that propels the flower shop to success. But as the shop's popularity grows, so does Audrey II's hunger for blood, along with Audrey's love for Seymour. Before long, Seymour discovers Audrey II's extra-terrestrial roots and her ultimate desire for world domination.
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The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
Mahalia Jackson was considered the greatest gospel singer in the world. Her deep rich voice made her an international star. We learn through this riveting tribute to her life that she not only sang the Gospel, she lived the Gospel. This musical tribute will feature many of her classics including "Precious Lord," "How Great Thou Art," "Move on up a Little Higher," and "I Believe," to name a few.
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit Mamma Mia! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
A shadowy cabal of anarchists has risen in London, and Scotland Yard is determined to bring them down. When Gabriel Syme joins the undercover detail tasked with infiltrating the anarchists' operations, he soon finds himself sitting on their Supreme Council with the code name "Thursday." But as Syme unearths the Council's true nature, it becomes clear that no one in this battle between law and chaos is as they seem - and that Scotland Yard may have created the very problem they're trying to solve. Challenge all assumptions and uncover the truth in this absorbing adaptation of the 1908 satire by G. K. Chesterton at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.
Ten years ago, the Murphys suffered a terrible tragedy. In a town this small, everyone
knows what happened, even if no one (including the family) talks about it. Not Danny, the
Irish ex-boxer whose sixty-fifth birthday party is steadily approaching. Not his daughter
Patty, a nurse on the graveyard shift who is kindling a new romance in secret. Nor her
son Michael, who mysteriously left town three years ago and has returned with little more
than the clothes on his back. On the eve of what should be a momentous occasion,
friends and family members come to realize that the past they buried has been festering
beneath the surface... and if they don't act quickly, the wounds may never heal.
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.
Contrary to its title, this bubbly, whimsical comedy from the acclaimed playwright of The Clean House and Dead Man's Cell Phone will make you fall in love with love. Bank teller Tilly is consumed by a melancholy so exquisite that everyone she meets becomes infatuated with her: her tailor, her hairdresser and even her therapist succumb to the allure of her perpetual sadness. But when Tilly inexplicably discovers happiness, her joy wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours. Get swept away by whimsy when Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center brings Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play to the stage.
Million Dollar Quartet is the hit musical with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux based on the true events of a night in rock 'n' roll history. It dramatizes an actual recording session on Dec. 4, 1956 at the Sun Records recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley assembled for an impromptu jam session. The story explains Perkins was there to record songs with a new performer, Jerry Lee Lewis. Elvis happened to visit the studio with his girlfriend at the time, just as Johnny Cash stopped in to speak with recording impresario Sam Phillips, who is eager to re-sign Cash to a new contract, unaware he has already signed with Columbia Records.
When a young writer's growing knowledge of world events leads her to nonviolent activism and human rights observation in the Gaza Strip, she witnesses first hand the personal experiences of the people behind the news headlines. Taken from the real-life intense and poetic journals of Rachel Corrie and adapted by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner, My Name is Rachel Corrie boldly poses the question: What do we owe to the rest of humanity? See this solo show, directed by Sam Bianchini and starring Halie Robinson, at the Den Theatre in Chicago.
With just hours until opening night of the comic farce, Nothing On, an amateur theater troupe still has plenty of work to be performance-ready. Between mistaken props, forgotten lines, inner-cast discord, and a torrent of awful acting, one can't help but wonder if these eager thespians can successfully make it to the stage, or will they end up running around with their pants (quite literally) at their ankles? Presented in three acts, Noises Off typically features a revolving stage that rotates to show audiences the front and back of a theater. For our production, to bring our guests closer to the humor onstage (and off), we'll be inviting the audience to move around and see the action from all angles. Returning to the Playhouse to create this experience is the duo behind the uniquely intimate setup of 2017's Becky Shaw: Director Scott Weinstein and Scenic Designer Jeffrey D. Kmiec.
Not for Sale, which received its World Premiere last year as part of Destinos, the second annual Chicago International Latino Theater Festival (CLATA), revolves around Reynaldo, whose store has been a fixture of Division Street long before it was designated Paseo Boricua. The neighborhood around him is changing, though: property taxes are going up and so are property values. Reynaldo, like most of his neighbors and fellow business owners, is working hard to make ends meet but that hasn't stopped real estate agents from circling around his business. And now that the young owners of a recently opened wellness store next to his have started a campaign against Humboldt Park's traditional Fiestas Puertorriqueñas, Reynaldo's store has become the center of a larger debate: who has the right to shape a community's history and future? Who gets to lay claim to a neighborhood?
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
Play On! is a play-within-a-play comedy where everything that can go wrong does. This is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play (Murder Most Foul) in spite of maddening interference from a haughty authoress who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show; Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. Don't miss Oil Lamp Theater's production in Glenview.