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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Hubbard Street Dance announces ‘RE/CHARGE’ season, with live dance returning in November by Doug George

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has announced its 2021-22 season, titled “RE/CHARGE,” the 44th for the company and the first under the artistic direction of Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Congo Square Theatre appoints Ericka Ratcliff as new artistic director by Doug George

Women now hold both top leadership roles at the Equity-affiliated African American theater.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Victory Gardens Theater announces season at the Biograph by Doug George

Victory Gardens Theater has announced its upcoming season at the Biograph in Lincoln Park. The slate will feature three mainstage productions including a world premiere and will begin with …

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Friday, September 10, 2021

‘When Harry Met Rehab’ will debut in Chicago starring Dan Butler, Ora Jones by Doug George

“When Harry Met Rehab,” a new comedy about sobriety, has been announced for the Greenhouse Theater Center starring Dan Butler of “Frasier” fame.

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

House Theatre announces 2021-22 season, back on stage with ‘Snow Queen’ by Doug George

The House Theatre of Chicago has announced its upcoming season, its first under new artistic director Lanise Antoine Shelley.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Writers Theatre announces lineup of 4 live plays for 2021-22 season by Doug George

Writers Theatre has announced its 2021-2022 season, with four plays for live audiences at the theater in Glencoe for its 30th anniversary.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Raven Theatre is a smaller Chicago theater reopening with a world premiere this fall. ‘We’ve been away from our audiences so long’ by Doug George

To get back on stage in front of live audiences, or not? That remains the pressing question for many of Chicago’s smaller and midsized nonprofit theaters. Raven Theatre in the Edgewater ne…

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Chicago Shakes in the Parks launches ‘Dream’ tour this weekend by Doug George

Shakes in the Parks has always prized entertainment over iambic pentameter, and with that in mind, this year’s “Dream: A Community Reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be l…

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Comedians Cameron Esposito and Nick Kroll are coming to Chicago’s Den Theatre by Doug George

Chicago’s Den Theatre has announced some big comedic names for fall 2021, including Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll and Cameron Esposito.

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Coalition of Chicago theaters, CSO and Lyric Opera will require vaccinations and other COVID precautions this fall by Doug George

A large number of Chicago-area theaters and performing arts companies, led by the League of Chicago Theatres, announced Tuesday morning they will require COVID-19 precautions including proof…

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre announces 2021-22 season in Evanston by Doug George

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre has announced titles for the company’s 2021-22 season, with the opening production, Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs For a New World,” directed by artistic dir…

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Improv legends TJ and Dave are announced for one night only at Annoyance Theater by Doug George

Tickets go on sale at noon Aug. 11 for a special appearance by TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Porchlight Music Theatre announces ‘Spring Awakening’ and a Felicia P. Fields blues musical for 2021-22 season by Doug George

Porchlight Music Theatre returns to live performances in late October at the Ruth Page Center for Arts with “Pump Boys & Dinettes.”

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Hot Tix reopens soon with 48-hour sale for upcoming Broadway in Chicago shows by Doug George

Hot Tix, that Chicago answer to discounted theater tickets, will reopen Aug. 11, according to the League of Chicago Theatres. On sale: Select performances of Broadway In Chicago’s upcoming…

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Neo-Futurists 2021-22 season will bring back ‘Infinite Wrench,’ plus a world premiere by Doug George

Its late-night show “The Infinite Wrench" is back soon. The season also includes a planned collaboration with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and the world premiere of a …

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

About Face Theatre announces 2022 plays by Doug George

About Face Theatre, dedicated to stories about gender and sexuality, is planning to return to live, in-person theater in March 2022 at the Den Theatre.

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Hell in a Handbag Productions announces 20th anniversary season by Doug George

Hell in a Handbag Productions is back on stage with its unduplicated, uncopiable theatrical celebration of camp and parody, including a murder mystery, “Christmas Dearest” and a whole ne…

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TimeLine Theatre announces design and leadership changes as it works toward new Uptown home by Doug George

TimeLine Theatre Company is making progress on its new home in the Uptown neighborhood and the theater’s managing director Elizabeth K. Auman will step away from her current role to focus …

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Theo Ubique hires Christopher Pazdernik as managing director by Doug George

Pazdernik has previously been producing associate and company manager with Porchlight Music Theatre.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Dance for Life announces full lineup for August 2021 in Millennium Park by Doug George

Chicago Dancers United announced the full lineup on Thursday for the 30th anniversary of Dance for Life, coming to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in late August.

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Teatro Vista has new co-artistic director team: ‘Lolo and Wendy’ by Doug George

Chicago Latinx theater company Teatro Vista announced Thursday that Lorena Diaz and Wendy Mateo are the company’s new co-artistic directors.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Patton Oswalt, Hasan Minhaj and other comics coming to Chicago Theatre by Doug George

Comedians Hasan Minhaj, Randy Rainbow, Brian Regan and Patton Oswalt are all coming to the Chicago Theatre in the upcoming season.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Paramount Theatre will reopen with live shows this summer by Doug George

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora has set a reopening date — it will be back in front of live audiences in August and the welcoming show on its stages will be the postponed “Kinky Boots.”

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Under the Trees’ Voices’ will have streaming world premiere by Doug George

The work was created by Joffrey artist Nicolas Blanc with both cameras and possible future live audiences in mind.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Common will help Chicago Shakespeare celebrate the Bard’s birthday with ‘TO BE 4/23′ by Doug George

The theater is celebrating Shakespeare's birthday with a video Friday and inviting the Chicago rapper.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

10 spots live standup comedy is back on stage around Chicago by Doug George

If you’re looking to get out and see a live show, may we suggest Chicago’s comedy clubs.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Porchlight sings Broadway 1979 in outdoor concert in June — the theater’s return to live shows by Doug George

Alexis J Roston will host the latest edition of the popular series that tackles a particular year and Broadway season, with songs sung by a cast of new faces and up-and-coming talent.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Pivot Arts announces a live + video lineup for 2021 festival by Doug George

Pivot Arts on Friday announces the lineup for its ninth annual Pivot Arts Festival. Titled “Reimagining Utopia,” it will be May 21 to June 6, 2021 at indoor and outdoor performance space…

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Milwaukee Rep announces 2021-22 shows, including the Beatles ‘As You Like It’ by Doug George

Beginning with a musical about Green Bay Packers fandom and including a Beatles-Shakespeare mashup also bound for Chicago, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has posted its upcoming 2021-22 sea…

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Youth musical ‘Plane That Took a Train’ becomes a podcast, and a reminder of the times we all could use a little help by Doug George

Writing team Bob Druker and Steve Dawson have created a new musical with messages about mental health, to be released as a 6-episode podcast soon.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

How to win Tom Hanks’ typewriter, donated by him for a raffle by Shattered Globe Theatre by Doug George

Actor and typewriter enthusiast Tom Hanks donated an autographed vintage Corona for Shattered Globe Theater’s 30th birthday. It was his idea.

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