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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Practical Theatre returns with 'Theatre on the Air' this December by Kt Hawbaker

The Practical Theatre will return to the Chicagoland area with a two-night classic radio show featuring comedy, live music and handmade sound effects. The comedy troupe was founded in the 19…

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Gary Sinise to make a Steppenwolf stop on new book tour by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Steppenwolf announced that co-founder Gary Sinise will make a stop at the theater to promote his new book, “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.” Sinise will be …

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Marriott Theatre announces cast for 'Million Dollar Quartet' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Marriott Theatre announced casting for “Million Dollar Quartet,” directed by James Moye, with music direction by Ryan T. Nelson. The musical revue stars Christopher J. Essex…

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City Lit sets cast for 'Fuente Ovejuna' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, City Lit Theater artistic director Terry McCabe announced the cast for “Fuente Ovejuna,” a classic Spanish drama published 400 years ago by Lope de Vega. McCabe will direct …

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Raven Theatre casts 'How I Learned to Drive' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Raven Theatre announced casting for its production of Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive.” Under the direction of artistic director Cody Estle, the show will feature Je…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Randall Arney returns to Steppenwolf's 'True West', this time as director by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that longtime ensemble member Randall Arney will direct its upcoming revival of Sam Shepard’s “True West,” the production that first…

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30th annual Rhinofest lineup announced by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Curious Theatre Branch and Prop Thtr announced the 30th annual Rhinoceros Festival. The lineup will include six weeks of new plays, dance, devised works, variety shows, comedy, l…

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Paramount names cast for 2019 revival of "The Producers" by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, the Paramount Theatre announced casting for its revival of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Helmed by artistic director Jim Corti, music direction will be led by Tom Vendafredd…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

'Les Mis' to hit Chicago in 2019 for one tour more by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broadway in Chicago announced the return of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical “Les Miserables” — direct from a two-and-a-half year ru…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

About Face Theatre casts Peter Parnell's 'Dada Woof Papa Hot' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, About Face Theatre announced casting for its Chicago premiere of “Dada Woof Papa Hot,” written by Peter Parnell and directed by Jeff Award-nominated AFT artistic associate K…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

'Act(s) of God' from Lookingglass sets its cast by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Lookingglass Theatre Company set casting for the world premiere of “Act(s) of God” written by ensemble member Kareem Bandealy and directed by ensemble member Heidi Stillman…

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The Goodman casts world premiere of 'How to Catch Creation' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Goodman Theatre announced its cast for the world premiere of “How to Catch Creation” by Christina Anderson. The show will be directed by Niegel Smith, who most recently…

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Porchlight announces cast for 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Porchlight Music Theatre’s announced its cast for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” its staging of Broadway’s 2014 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical. With musi…

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Lili-Anne Brown to direct cast of Haven's 'The Total Bent' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, announced casting for its Midwest premiere of “The Total Bent,” featuring text by Stew and music and lyrics by Stew a…

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Mercury's revival of 'Avenue Q' will end run on Dec. 30 by Kt Hawbaker

L. Walter Stearns, executive director of Mercury Theater, announced that the company’s production of “Avenue Q” will conclude on Dec. 30. “It has been a joy ride and a success that w…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Broken Nose sets cast for 'Girl in the Red Corner' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broken Nose Theatre announced casting for its Midwest premiere of Stephen Spotswood’s “Girl in the Red Corner,” directed by Elizabeth Laidlaw. The cast includes BNT company …

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Sandra Delgado's 'La Havana Madrid' to return to Chicago by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Teatro Vista and Collaboraction announced a co-production of Sandra Delgado’s “La Havana Madrid,” an immersive theatrical experience. The show is based on the true story of …

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Shattered Globe brings in new ensemble members and artistic associates by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Shattered Globe Theatre announced the addition of four new ensemble members, along with four new artistic associates. Joining the ensemble will be Colin David, Daria Harper, De…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Oh, night Divine: 12 Christmas questions with John Waters by Kt Hawbaker

With a film career reeking of a grease trap and hairspray, iconic troublemaker John Waters would make the top of any holiday party list. This time around, however, the hellion is inviting ev…

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Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival announces 2019 lineup by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival announced its roster for 2019, culling artists from around the world. Now in its third biennial run, the fest aims to turn the c…

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Barbara E. Robertson to lead Chicago premiere of 'Queen of the Mist' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Firebrand Theatre announced that award-winning actress Barbara E. Robertson will star as Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor in its Chicago premiere of “Queen of the Mist.” Robertson i…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Derek Van Barham steps in as Kokandy's artistic director by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Kokandy Productions announced the appointment of Derek Van Barham as the company’s new producing artistic director. He will succeed Allison Hendrix, who served in the position s…

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All's Del that ends Del: Chicago Improv Fest folds after 20 years by Kt Hawbaker

Chicago Improv Festival, once billed as the biggest sketch and improv fest on the planet, has announced its end after a 20 year run. “Over the past 20 years we have achieved all we set out…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pride Films and Plays sets cast for U.S. premiere of 'I Know My Own Heart' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Pride Films and Plays announced casting for “I Know My Own Heart,” penned by by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue and inspired by the secret diaries of Yorkshire gentlewom…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Contemporary art by people of color will explore beauty and inequality at Driehaus Museum by Kt Hawbaker

Richard Townsend, the Driehaus Museum’s new executive director, has vivid memories of his first trip to an art museum. “I was five years old, but I can still see it clearly,” he said i…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

First Floor announces cast of 'Mike Pence Sex Dream' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, First Floor Theater set casting for its world premiere of Dan Giles’ “Mike Pence Sex Dream,” directed by artistic director Hutch Pimentel. The cast will feature Collin Quin…

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Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival announces lineup for 2019 fest by Kt Hawbaker

The official lineup of the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has been announced, and its organizers call it the largest fest of its kind. The 2019 line-up will boast 120 shows in 8 …

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stage 773 acquires Li’l Buds Theatre Company by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Stage 773 announced its acquisition of Li’l Buds Theatre Company, a not-for-profit children’s theater organization based in the city. The change will be effective January 1, 2…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Steppenwolf announces new equity initiative and drama resource, 'The Mix' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the release of a new play resource called “The Mix,” a list of new and underproduced plays that feature intersectional casts. The shows…

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Disney Theatrical Productions to hold open auditions in Chicago this weekend by Kt Hawbaker

Disney Theatrical Productions announced that it will hold open auditions for its current and future productions of the musicals “Aladdin,” “Frozen” and “The Lion King” in Chicago…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Pegasus sets authors and plays for 32nd Young Playwrights Festival by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Pegasus Theatre Chicago announced the authors and plays being presented at the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival at Pegasus’s resident home Chicago Dramatists. The lineup inclu…

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