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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Chicago theater openings for May 24-30 by Doug George

SUNDAY "For Services Rendered": Unearthing W. Somerset Maugham’s 1933 play about the aftermath of war and its effect on survivors. Griffin Theatre Company at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwa…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announces 2019-20 season by Doug George

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Wednesday announced its 2019-20 season, including world premieres by Kyle Abraham and Robyn Mineko Williams and a return of "Decadance." Subscriptions to the …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Comedian Patton Oswalt is coming to the Den, tickets on sale now by Doug George

Comedian Patton Oswalt is coming to the Den Theatre in Wicker Park for three performances Aug. 15-16. According to the announcement Tuesday, tickets ($35 general admission, $55 VIP table sea…

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Chicagoans fill Broadway cast of Tracy Letts' 'Linda Vista' by Doug George

The New York cast has been announced for Tracy Letts' "Linda Vista," and it's a lot of Chicago faces. The Broadway production of the play, which premiered at Letts’ home stage at Steppenwo…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mercury Theater Chicago will stage 'Spamalot' this fall by Doug George

Newly announced for the Mercury Theater Chicago on Southport, the musical “Spamalot,” coming this fall to the theater’s mainstage from Aug. 30 to Nov. 3, 2019. ‘Tis but a scratch. Th…

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Chicago theater openings May 17-23 by Doug George

FRIDAY "La Havana Madrid": Sandra Delgado's play with music about a legendary Chicago nightclub in the 1960s is back for another run. Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.; www.thedentheatre.c…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Chicago SummerDance is coming — here's the full 2019 lineup by Doug George

Cut a rug, hit the floor, dance like nobody's watching — never mind that you're on an open-air dance floor in downtown Chicago, surrounded by a gazillion people on a summer night in Grant …

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Chicago theater openings May 10-16 by Doug George

FRIDAY “Rent”: The non-Equity cast has changed, but this 20th anniversary touring production of Jonathan Larson’s musical was last in Chicago at the then-Oriental Theatre in 2017. Nede…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What's that thing with lights? It's a temporary Chicago installation by Cirque du Soleil by Doug George

Call it advertising or call it art. Three Chicago installations with nighttime projections are coming this month to three different city locations, thanks to the new Cirque du Soleil show "V…

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Windy City Playhouse announces 2019-20 season, including 'Boys in the Band' by Doug George

Windy City Playhouse on Wednesday announced its 2019-2020 season, including Mart Crowley’s just-on-Broadway play, “The Boys in the Band” in the winter of 2020. The three-play season un…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series announces summer 2019 lineup by Doug George

Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series on Monday announced its summer 2019 lineup, including a reunion reading of The Inconvenience’s “Hit the Wall” by Chicago playwright Ike Holter. Tickets a…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble announces 'Naperville' as part of 2019-20 season by Doug George

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the Equity theater company in residence at the College of DuPage, has announced its 2019-20 season of three plays, including the close-to-home "Naperville." Subscri…

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Chicago theater openings for May 3-9 by Doug George

Friday "Miracle on South Division Street": Faith and a family legend are called into question in this Chicago-set comedy. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPag…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Chicago Children’s Theatre announces 2019-20 season by Doug George

Chicago Children’s Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season in the West Loop, including the Chicago premieres of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Me ... Jane: The Dreams & Adventures…

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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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