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  • Still no bad ideas: Barrel of Monkeys celebrates 20 years of schoolkids' stories on stage
    Chicago Tribune

    At the beginning of an afternoon class at Dewey School of Excellence in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, an adult wearing a crayon-colored T-shirt emblazoned with a lanky monkey says to a room of students filled with end-of-the-year energy: "Every i

  • First Floor Theater announces 2017-18 season
    Chicago Tribune

    First Floor Theater announced its 2017-18 season featuring three new-to-Chicago plays Thursday. Opening the company's sixth season is Leah Nanako Winkler’s "Two Mile Hollow" (Oct. 8-Nov. 4), a satirical take on dramas about affluent white familie

  • Montego Glover and Gregory Treco to join Chicago 'Hamilton' cast
    Chicago Tribune

    Montego Glover and Gregory Treco are heading in to the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton," and Daniel Breaker and Karen Olivo are heading out, producer Jeffrey Seller announced Thursday. Breaker has played the antagonis

  • Strawdog sets 2017-18 season
    Chicago Tribune

    Strawdog Theatre Company announced its 30th season Thursday, the first to take place at the company's new home on Berenice Avenue.  First up is the previously announced Chicago premiere of Robert O'Hara's "Barbecue" (Aug. 17-Sept. 30), about a famil

  • 'Luzia' and ' Something Rotten,' a pair not to miss
    Chicago Tribune

    For the first time in its history, the Cirque du Soleil has a touring production under its signature grand chapiteau that doesn't dwell in an abstract conceit. "Luzia," which opens in Chicago on Friday night for a summerlong engagement, is a show abo

  • Theater openings July 21-27
    Chicago Tribune

    Friday "Fight City": Women dominate a dystopian future in this Factory Theater production. Through Aug. 26 at Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St.; thefactorytheater.com "Luzia": Cirque du Soleil presents a dream-world spectacle inspired by Mexican cu

  • 'Ghost the Musical,' 'Steel Magnolias' in Theatre at the Center's 2018 season
    Chicago Tribune

    Theatre at the Center, Northwest Indiana's Equity theater company, announced its 2018 mainstage season Wednesday.  Artistic director Linda Fortunato will direct the season opener "Steel Magnolias" (Feb. 22-March 25), inspired by the 1989 film about

  • Kate Baldwin, Kate Shindle win Sarah Siddons Society awards
    Chicago Tribune

    Kate Baldwin and Kate Shindle, Broadway stars and alumni of Northwestern University, are both 2017 winners of the The Sarah Siddons Society of Chicago's Actor of the Year Award. Baldwin recently garnered a Tony nomination for "Hello, Dolly!" on Bro

  • New ensemble members join Neo-Futurists
    Chicago Tribune

    The Neo-Futurists are adding five new members to the ensemble, the first to join since the company launched its new late-night show "The Infinite Wrench," it was announced Wednesday.  The new writer-director-performers include Neil Bhandari, Trent C

  • 'Little Fish' adapts New York stories for the stage
    Chicago Tribune

    Deborah Eisenberg, whose short stories have been popping up in the New Yorker and in acclaimed collections since the 1980s, began writing when she stopped smoking. She stopped because her longtime partner, playwright/actor Wallace Shawn, has asthma.

  • 'Pushcart Tony' tells the all-too-forgotten Chicago story of Anton Cermak
    Chicago Tribune

    Rahm Emanuel needed a desk. His predecessor, Richard M. Daley, took his desk with him when he left office after his 22-year tenure, and the new mayor's fifth-floor office at City Hall was deskless. So one of the very first things Emanuel did when ele

  • Raven Theatre's longtime leaders are stepping down
    Chicago Tribune

    One of the longest-running double acts in Chicago theater history is coming to a close: artistic directors and co-founders Michael Menendian and JoAnn Montemurro are "retiring" from Chicago's long-lived Raven Theatre, according to an announcement, af