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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Milly's Orchid Show is back this Saturday: 'Summer Musical Spectacular Extravaganza' welcomes David Cale to its glittering stage by Kt Hawbaker

For Brigid Murphy, “Milly’s Orchid Show” was never about bringing New York to Chicago — it was about giving Chicago the kind of radical vastness that New York’s girth allows. That…

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Broken Nose Theatre announces new artistic director, managing director by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Broken Nose Theatre announced two new leadership appointments. Associate artistic director Elise Marie Davis has been named the company’s new artistic director, succeeding fo…

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'Haymarket' from Underscore Theatre Company moves to Theater Wit for extended run by Kt Hawbaker

The movement just keeps building: On Wednesday, it was announced that “Haymarket,” Underscore’s folk musical about the 1886 Chicago battle between cops and labor organizers, will go on…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

'The Band's Visit' to float in for Chicago premiere September 2019 by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Broadway In Chicago announced the Chicago premiere of 10-time Tony Award-winner “The Band’s Visit.” The show will run for a limited two-week engagement at Cadillac Palace T…

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Drew Schad to lead cast of Shattered Globe's 'Crime and Punishment' by Kt Hawbaker

Crime, Russia, sexual depravity — before 2016, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was the cultural figure most associated with this triptych, especially because of his novel “Crime and Punishment.” On…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Theatre at the Center, Northwest Indiana's only professional theater company, announces 2019 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Theatre at the Center announced the lineup for its 2019 season, with artistic director Linda Fortunato at the helm. The season will kick off with a revival of “Million Dollar Qu…

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Chill out — Cirque Dreams Holidaze will return to the Chicago Theatre this December by Kt Hawbaker

It’s mid-July, the air is heavy with humidity and the best a/c in town is on the CTA — there’s no time like the present to fantasize about the winter holidays. On Monday, Cirque Dreams…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Victory Gardens announces casting for four of its upcoming productions by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Victory Gardens Theater announced casting for several of its upcoming productions. In the fall, Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” will be directed by Gary Griffin and will feature …

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Red Clay Dance Company announces 10th anniversary season by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Red Clay Dance Company announced the lineup for its 2018-19 season, marking its tenth anniversary. The company, which creates and performs Afro-contemporary dance, will feature …

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Full cast announced for City Lit's season opener, 'Arms and the Man' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, full casting was announced for “Arms and the Man,” the George Bernard Shaw comedy opening City Lit’s 2018-19 season. Set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian war, the show ribs…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Raven Theatre casts 'Crumbs From the Table of Joy' by Lynn Nottage by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Raven Theatre announced casting for 'Crumbs From the Table of Joy,' written by two-time Pulitzer-winner Lynn Nottage. Tyrone Phillips is slated to direct the family drama. The …

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

With 2018-19 season, Jackalope Theatre Company to stage two world premieres by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, ​Jackalope Theatre Company​ announced its 2018-19 season, featuring two world premieres and a Midwest premiere. Things kick off with​ “In The Canyon” written by ensembl…

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About Face Theatre sets 2018-19 season with two Chicago premieres and a world premiere by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, About Face Theatre announced the lineup for its 2018-19 season, a trio of shows new to the city’s stage. Starting things up in the fall will be the Chicago premiere of “This …

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Timothy Edward Kane and Scarlett Strallen lead cast for North American premiere of 'Nell Gwynn' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced casting for the North American premiere of “Nell Gwynn” by Jessica Swale, which arrives in the city this fall after debuting at the Glob…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Lifeline Theatre casts the world premiere of its gendered update on 'Frankenstein' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Lifeline Theatre announced casting for “Frankenstein,” adapted from the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley novel by ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric and directed by ensemble member P…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Shattered Globe will take on 'Crime and Punishment' and Will Eno in 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Shattered Globe Theatre announced its 2018-19 season. The fall will start things up with Chris Hannan’s new stage adaptation of “Crime and Punishment” (Sept. 6–Oct. 20). E…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

House Theatre sets casting for world premiere of 'Borealis' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, the House Theatre of Chicago announced casting for its world premiere of “Borealis” by Bennett Fisher. The company’s season opener, the show marks House-debuts for the play…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

"Silent NO MORE" to bring wry and moving stories from folks with hearing loss to the Goodman by Kt Hawbaker

"Silent NO MORE," a theatrical documentary featuring stories written and performed by folks with hearing loss, will have a special screening at the Goodman this summer. Along with the film, …

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'Tootsie' individual tickets to go on sale July 6 by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broadway in Chicago announced that individual tickets for the world premiere of the new comedy musical, “Tootsie” will go on-sale Friday, July 6. Tickets will range from $35-$…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

"Something in the Game" drafts its Equity players for Northwestern production by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, the American Music Theatre Project and the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University announced the equity cast for their upcoming production of “Something …

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Interrobang, now in residence at Rivendell Theatre, announces 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Interrobang Theatre Project announced its ninth season, which will include the Chicago premiere of “I Call My Brothers” and the Midwest Premiere of “Utility.” The three ma…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rashada Dawan leads cast of "Caroline, or Change" remount from Firebrand and Timeline by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with Timeline Theatre Company, announced casting for its revival of “Caroline, or Change,” directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Featuring music by …

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Glenda Jackson to star on Broadway in title role of 'King Lear' by Kt Hawbaker

With two Oscars, two Emmys, and a Tony under her belt, it’s high time someone gave Glenda Jackson, 82, a crown. On Thursday, it was announced that the actress will return to Broadway in 20…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Steppenwolf for Young Adults casts 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Steppenwolf for Young Adults announced the full casting for its first show of the 2018-19 season, Tony-winner “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Directed …

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E. Faye Butler to make her turn as Rose in Porchlight's 'Gypsy' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Porchlight Music Theatre announced casting for its 2018-19 season opener, “Gypsy.” The Sondheim classic, directed by Michael Weber, will star E. Faye Butler as Rose, Daryn …

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Nelson A. Rodriguez and Niko Kourtis to star in Chicago premiere of 'Homos, or Everyone in America' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, casting was announced for the Chicago premiere of “Homos, or Everyone in America,” the dramedy written by Jordan Seavey that opens Pride Films and Play’s next season. PFP…

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Nearly two years into its second run, 'Tony n' Tina's Wedding' to close in Chicago by Kt Hawbaker

The wedding’s off! “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding,” the immersive comedy staged as a wedding ceremony and reception between two Italian-American families, will end its second Chicago run …

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Joffrey receives $5 million endowment for new Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director position by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, the Joffrey Ballet announced that it received a $5 million endowment gift from the Paul Galvin Memorial Foundation Trust in honor of Mary B. Galvin, one of the ballet’s founding…

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Lifeline's 'Neverwhere' extended through August 12 by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Lifeline Theatre announced twenty added performances of its production of Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” adapted by ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric and directed by artistic di…

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Boho Theatre announces its new home and its lineup for the 2019 season, including a revival of 'Big Fish' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, BoHo Theatre announced the lineup for its 2019 season, the first under incoming artistic director Stephen Schellhardt. The company also announced that it will become a permanent r…

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'Tootsie' announces full casting for pre-Broadway world premiere by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Scott Sanders Productions and Broadway In Chicago announced complete casting for the world premiere of “Tootsie.” Tony Award-nominee and “Frozen” star Santino Fontana was …

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