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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Chicago theater openings April 26 to May 2 by Doug George

FRIDAY “Sentimental Journey”: Chicago stage veteran Ross Lehman premieres his own solo show with music about his parents. Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest; 847-735-8554…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

'Hamilton' timeline: From Miranda's 'joke' to Obama's White House to Broadway to Chicago by Doug George

Sept. 1789: Alexander Hamilton is first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, serving until 1795. March 2008: "In the Heights" opens on Broadway, a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Chicago theater openings for April 19-25 by Doug George

Saturday "Othello": Shakespeare through a nontraditional-casting lens. Babes With Blades Theatre Company at Factory Theater, 1623 Howard St.; www.babeswithblades.org Monday "Language Rooms":…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Tickets on sale Friday for Chicago's new Teatro ZinZanni dinner-and-a-circus by Doug George

Tickets for Teatro ZinZanni's "Love, Chaos, & Dinner" go on sale Friday, with first performances beginning July 18 in the newly opened Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop-Theatre District (32 W. …

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fall 2019 lineup announced for Greenhouse Theater Center by Doug George

The Greenhouse Theater Center has announced the fall 2019 season for its history-filled space at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. There's a "Sons and Lovers" U.…

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Millennium Park Summer Film Series includes 'Black Panther,' 'Music Man' and Chicago theater partnerships by Doug George

The movie titles are in for this summer’s Millennium Park Summer Film Series: "Black Panther," classics such as "Music Man," 14 movies in all according to the announcement Thursday from DC…

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Chicago theater openings for April 12-18 by Doug George

FRIDAY "Cambodian Rock Band": A play by Lauren Yee with songs by Dengue Fever. A young woman tries to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled Cambodia. Victory Garde…

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For 'Self-Accusation,' Theatre Y puts its stage in the window — watch a show about confessions become very public by Doug George

What do you do if you're a Chicago storefront theater and want to stage a 1967 play about confessions? Especially now, when accusations and confessions have become, shall we say, topical? Yo…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Factory Theater announces 2019-20 season in Rogers Park by Doug George

The Factory Theater has announced its 2019-2020 season, the 27th for the fun-loving Chicago theater company, which also welcomes Timothy C. Amos as managing director and Anthony Tournis as c…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

TimeLine Theatre announces next season, from 'Oslo' to a world premiere by Doug George

TimeLine Theatre Company on Thursday announced its 2019-2020 season, the 23rd for the North Side company — and beginning with J.T. Rogers’ Tony Award-winning "Oslo" at the Broadway Playh…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Chicago playwright wins national award for his Broken Nose play 'Plainclothes' by Doug George

Chicago playwright Spenser Davis, a company member of Broken Nose Theatre, is the winner of the American Theatre Critics Association's 2019 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

'Simon & Garfunkel Story' is coming to Chicago in the fall by Doug George

"The Simon & Garfunkel Story" is coming to Chicago in the fall, a touring jukebox musical about the singer-songwriter duo that hails from London’s West End. It will be at the Broadway …

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A dance couple departs — and Dance for Life and See Chicago Dance lose executive directors by Doug George

The Chicago dance community is losing a power couple, according to separate announcements Thursday by Dance for Life and See Chicago Dance. Dance for Life Chicago executive director Phil Rey…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Auditorium Theatre announces 2019-20 season, including Bolshoi Ballet's 'Swan Lake' by Doug George

The Auditorium Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season in Chicago's Loop, including a visit from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet with "Swan Lake" and a live Chicago Sinfonietta presentation of Jo…

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Chicago Theater Openings for March 29 to April 4 by Doug George

SATURDAY “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963”: New adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis’ book about a family of five from Flint, Mich., who heads to Birmingham, Ala., during the ci…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lifeline Theatre 2019-20 season includes 'Middle Passage' and a rock musical based on Norse mythology by Doug George

Lifeline Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season in Rodgers Park, a season of stories including a classic whodunit, an adaptation of National Book Award winner “Middle Passage” and a wo…

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Dance for Life 2019 announces lineup, will honor late Hubbard and Ensemble Espanol founders by Doug George

Dance for Life Chicago on Thursday announces the lineup for its 2019 performance at the Auditorium Theatre, including returning companies Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Victory Gardens announces 2019-20 season of premieres by Doug George

Victory Gardens Theater has released its upcoming 2019-20 season, the 45th for the Chicago theater and a lineup including the Chicago premiere of “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Nia Vardalos …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

North Shore Center adds off-Broadway play series for this summer by Doug George

The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie has added a lineup of three plays for June and July. The plays, all coming to the northern suburbs via off-Broadway, were announced T…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The wrestlers are ready, the Greenhouse crowd is waiting, the ring hasn't shown — a Chicago theater story by Doug George

As the story of a night of Chicago theater, this one’s got everything: Heroics, villains, wrestling, cheap drinks and an audience that won't give up on the players. Last weekend on Lincoln…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

'Pride & Joy — The Marvin Gaye Musical' is coming to the Chicago Theatre by Doug George

“Pride & Joy — The Marvin Gaye Musical” is coming to the Chicago Theatre in June for nearly a week’s worth of performances. “Pride & Joy” is described as a jukebox musica…

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Chicago theater openings March 15-21 by Doug George

SATURDAY "Herland": A young high-school grad helps her neighbor create a D.I.Y. retirement home in her garage. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.; 773-728-7529 and www.redtwist.org SU…

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Pivot Arts Festival announces lineup for summer 2019 by Doug George

The Pivot Arts Festival in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods has announced its lineup of music, theater and dance for this summer's fest, running May 31 to June 9 in various ven…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Porchlight's 25th anniversary season includes 'Sunset Boulevard' and 'Freaky Friday' by Doug George

The Porchlight Music Theatre of Chicago has announced its 25th anniversary season, kicking off with Hollis Resnik in "Sunset Boulevard" and concluding with the local premiere of "Freaky Frid…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Here's a first look at Millennium Park’s 2019 summer season: Concerts, festivals and the Year of Chicago Theatre by Doug George

Summer is coming: The first draft of a calendar of events for Millennium Park’s 2019 summer season is out now, including concerts, festivals and the Year of Chicago Theatre. The announceme…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘Into the Woods’ and Manual Cinema at Writers Theatre next season by Doug George

A Gary Griffin-directed musical (Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”), a new “Doll’s House,” Lydia R. Diamond’s “Stick Fly” and a work by Chicago’s Manual Cinema are among the si…

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Presidents play by Rick Cleveland and Green Day's 'American Idiot' for American Blues next season by Doug George

American Blues Theater has announced its 2019-20 season, including "Five Presidents" by "West Wing" writer Rick Cleveland, a Nambi E. Kelley world premiere and the Green Day musical "America…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Tickets for 'Rent' in Chicago go on sale March 6 by Doug George

Tickets for the coming 20th anniversary touring production of "Rent" go on sale next week. According to a Friday announcement from Broadway in Chicago, tickets for the two-week run (May 10-1…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

David Cale's 'We're Only Alive For a Short Amount of Time' heads to NYC by Doug George

Performance artist David Cale's solo memoir play "We're Only Alive For a Short Amount of Time" will have a production at the Public Theater in New York this summer. According to an announcem…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

'Mean Girls' the musical is coming to Chicago in December by Doug George

“Mean Girls,” the Broadway musical from last spring adapted from Tina Fey’s 2004 teen movie, is coming to Chicago at the end of this year. The first national tour will play the Nederla…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Joffrey Ballet announces 2019-20 season, with return of 'Don Quixote' and Chicago premiere of 'Jane Eyre' by Doug George

The Joffrey Ballet announced its 2019-20 season Tuesday, with the Chicago premieres of Cathy Marston’s “Jane Eyre” and a work by Justin Peck, as well as the returns of “Don Quixote…

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