Peter Oyloe Stars in REVERB at Redtwist Theatre, Opening Today
(5/18/2013) - Reverb by Leslye Headland, will be directed by Jonathan Berry at Redtwist Theatre. The show opens today, May 18, at 3pm. This will be the Chicago premiere of Reverb, a darkly comic, brutal dissection of the deadly force of wrath in the playwright's cycle of the Seven Deadly Sins, featuring Redtwist company member and two-time, Jeff Award-winner, Peter Oyloe.
Photo Flash: First Look at InFusion Theatre's FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD, Opening Tonight
(5/17/2013) - InFusion Theatre Company has announced its second collaboration with award-winning playwright Qui Nguyen with the Midwest premiere of Fight Girl Battle World, directed by InFusion Artistic Director Mitch Golob, now through June 16, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Opening night is tonight, May 17 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE Features Post-Show Talkback, 5/19
(5/17/2013) - THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE, starring internationally-acclaimed storyteller and pianist, Mona Golabek, will feature a special talkback discussion on Sunday, May 19 with Alison Pure-Slovin, Midwest Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center following the 3 p.m. performance at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street. The production is adapted and directed byHershey Felder and based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen. The Chicago premiere has received rave reviews and follows successful productions in Los Angeles and Boston.
SAFETY LAST Begins 5/24 at the Music Box Theatre
(5/17/2013) - Hailed as one of the great film comedies of all time, the 1923 romantic comedy Safety Last includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Harold Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. For four days only, the Music Box Theatre gives audiences the rare opportunity to experience this comedy classic in celebration of its 90th anniversary. Lloyd was crowned the king of daredevil comedy thanks to Safety Last and - after decades of chases, explosions and CGI - the film's death-defying stunts still have the power to send audiences reeling. Safety Last will be screened in a new digital restoration made from the original nitrate camera negative, Friday-Monday, May 24-27 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue.
Chicago's Lady Arm Wrestlers Return for CLLAW 16, 6/7
(5/17/2013) - The ladies of CLLAW are celebrating their 'Sweet 16' - but there's nothing sweet about these gals! The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers are flexing their forearms once again at CLLAW XVI on Friday, June 7 at 10 pm with a return to the super colossal Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. Brought to you by Sideshow Theatre Company, CLLAW's 16th match will feature fearsome lady arm wrestlers decked out in over-the-top outfits, a cash bar, shady referees and audience participation all wrapped into one wild, crazy, theatrical event. Chicago bands The Black Laces and The Lucky Shiners will take the stage to rock out the evening. All proceeds from CLLAW XVI will benefit Sideshow Theatre and this match's partner charity, C4 - Community Counseling Centers of Chicago.
Buddy Guy to Headline Aurora's Blues on the Fox
(5/17/2013) - It's official...Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy will headline Aurora's 17th Annual Blues on the Fox festival on June 14 and 15, the grand opening event for downtown Aurora's beautiful new RiverEdge Park Music Garden.
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season
(5/17/2013) - Artistic Director/co-Founder Fred Anzevino has announced the 2013-2014 season of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. The schedule of five productions will include an exciting mix of musical theatre, cabaret, and drama with music. In addition, the company has added a 'student rush' policy where all unsold tickets will be $15 at the door with student ID.
ROOMS: A ROCK ROMANCE Begins 7/6 at Broken Nose Theatre
(5/17/2013) - Broken Nose Theatre (BNT) will present the Chicago premiere of ROOMS: a rock romance, a new musical by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon, in Collaboraction's Pentagon space in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, July 6 -August 11. Directed by Broken Nose Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson (My First Time) and with music direction by Austin Cook (Putting it Together, Some Enchanted Evening), ROOMS a rock romance runs Thursdays-Sundays at 8 p.m. Preview performances are from July 6 to July 13, with Opening Night on Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15-$30 and are available online at www.brokennosetheatre.com.
The Wilmette Theatre Announces Summer Children's Concert Series
(5/17/2013) - The Wilmette Theatre,1122 Central Ave., announces an exciting Spring/Summer 2013 Children's Theater and Concert Series including whimsical concerts by kid-friendly artists Future Hits, The Dreamtree Shakers, Mindy Hester & The Time Outs, and Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies.
TBS Just For Laughs Announces Digital Comedy Hub at Stage 773
(5/17/2013) - TBS Just For Laughs Chicago presented by State Farm, America's largest comedy festival, will break new boundaries by providing comedy fans around the country with an all-access pass to a digital comedy hub "@ Stage 773". Throughout the festival - which takes place Tuesday, June 11 to Sunday, June 16 - performances "@ Stage 773"" will be presented across multiple platforms through such high-profile digital outlets as Team Coco, Dailymotion, Yahoo!, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, The Nerdist, Broadway Video's Above Average, Instagram, Pandora, SiriusXM, Chill.com, Set List as well as the festival's website:www.justforlaughschicago.com. A digital comedy hub "@ Stage 773" will play host to solo shows by some of the hottest names in comedy, plus breakthrough performances by emerging talent. In addition, Stage 773 will feature exclusive live presentations from today's most popular podcasts, including You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, Doug Loves Movies, Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank, and The Team Coco Podcast. Comedy fans will be able to enjoy a selection of the performances online for free around the clock.
Steppenwolf's NEXT UP 2013 Begins 5/28
(5/17/2013) - Performances begin in just five weeks for the third annual Next Up, continuing Steppenwolf Theatre Company's commitment to Chicago's next generation of theater artists. Next Up features three productions presented in rotating repertory, in collaboration with Northwestern University's MFA programs in Direction and Design. Next Up 2013 showcases the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors-including nine alumni of the School at Steppenwolf: Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, directed by David Prete; The Drunken City by Adam Bock, directed by Johnny Michael DiResta; and The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, directed by Erin Murray.
Chicago Opera Theater Announces 2014 Season
(5/17/2013) - Chicago Opera Theater (COT) General Director Andreas Mitisek today announces programming for COT's 2014 season, including two operas and a double-bill of one-acts. Mitisek comments, "It's a season that is 100% 20th century and 150% COT. New, rare and with contemporary relevance for a curious audience that is hungry for new theatrical experiences." The season opens with the Chicago Premiere of Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie, February 15 - 23, 2014. In the spring, COT presents a double-bill of Carl Orff's Die Kluge and Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis, May 31 - June 8, 2014. The season wraps in the fall with the Chicago Premiere of Ernest Bloch's Macbeth, September 13 - 21, 2014. Mitisek also comments "We increased our subscriber family by 18.5% in 2013. COT is THE place for adventure and discovery. We invite our audience on a journey into the good and evil of ambition."