THE KINGSTON TRIO Perform Their Folk Classics at Metropolis

KT Photo 5With a concert full of folk classics, The Kingston Trio comes to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre for two performances on November 22, 2014. In 1957 The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition...
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Finalists Named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Events for Gay Film Week include Queer Bits Film Festival and enhanced staged readings of the screenplays of the five finalists

Chicago, IL – This fall, Pride Films and Plays developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists- Chris Halligan, James...

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Marvelous ‘Sweeney Todd’ @ Porchlight Music Theatre

Theater Review by Angela Allyn, October 10, 2014

 3.5 stars out of 4

NOW EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 16!

Sweeney 2Before there was Walter White of Breaking Bad, Stephen Sondheim gave us Benjamin Barker, the ordinary Joe who turns into a monster, the personification of...
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Why Subscribing to a Brand New Theater is A Grand Idea

Introducing Windy City Playhouse

WCP_RenderingA new theater has plenty of challenges. Besides the usual tasks of deciding on a season, finding passionate directors, casting appropriately, and publicizing productions in the best way possible, a new theater has a nearly insurmountable task: getting people to believe in...
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The Velveteen Rabbit @ Lifeline Theatre

Theater Review Sally Jo Osborne, October 19, 2014

4 Stars Out Of 4

Ok, so I was told to bring tissues with me and sure enough I forgot. Sad, happy, thought provoking for all ages (over the age of 5), Lifeline Theatre presents The Velveteen Rabbit based on the children’s novel written by...
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All Girl Edgar Allan Poe @ The Chicago Mammals

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, October 18, 2014

2 ½ stars out of 4

All Girl Edgar Allan Poe - Raven 4 (2)The Chicago Mammals return just in time for Halloween with another installment of their “All Girl” series with All Girl Edgar Allan Poe....
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PARADE @ BOHO THEATRE

Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg, October 20, 2014 3 out of 4 stars I  am a big fan of the 1999 Tony Award winning musical Parade. I find Jason Robert Brown’s music and lyrics mesmerizing and Alfred Urhy’s book engaging storytelling. So, I was filled with high hopes and...
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River – Mouth – Ocean @ Links Hall

 Dance Review by Hiba Ali, October 19, 2014

4 Stars Out Of 4

IMG_7635RAMeyerIntertwined with supernatural myth and an ecological concern, RIVER – MOUTH – OCEAN employs syncretic formulations of Afro-Asian Futurism. Afrofuturism is an arts movement coined in 1993 headed by the likes of...
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Winners of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Competitions Announced

Films from Georgia, Argentina, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Israel and the United States, Among Other Countries, Receive the Gold and Silver Hugo in the Festival’s Competitions Michael Keaton Receives the Founder’s Award for His Electrifying Performance in “Birdman”; Jorge Pérez Solano’s “La Tirisia” wins the Festival’s First Roger Ebert Award CHICAGO, IL (October 17, 2014) – Michael Kutza,...
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Whatever We Want @ Vivarium Theatre

Theatre Review by Ben Cherkasky, October 18, 2014

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

WhateverWeWant3Whatever We Want is a show of intimate vignettes which delve into the complex sisterhood of Bug and Della, whose parents’ divorce separates them at an early age. We follow the...
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The 5th Anniversary Collision: October 20th at Links Hall

unnamedOn Monday, October 20th at 7:30pm, we will commemorate collision_theory's 5th anniversary at Links Hall/Constellation with our third Supercollider. Curators Rachel Damon and Dan Mohr have each assembled an all-star group of c_t veterans (plus a fresh face... Read more

Too Much Fright Makes The Baby Go Blind

TOOMUCHFRIGHT2Get the pants creeped off of you at Too Much Fright Makes the Baby Go Blind!

Spend Halloween with the weird and the wicked of The Neo-Futurists at 5153 N. Ashland.

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Steep Theatre Announces New Executive Director

Artistic Director Peter Moore and Board President Ted Lowitz are pleased to announce that Kate Piatt-Eckert, who has been serving as Steep Theatre's Business Manger for over a year, will be stepping into the role of Executive Director of Steep Theatre Company. The company and the board could not be more thrilled to welcome Kate into...
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Tony Winner Duncan Sheik At City Winery

THE SPRING AWAKENING COMPOSER MAKES A RARE, LONG-AWAITED CONCERT APPEARANCE AT CITY WINERY ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 duncan sheik Grammy and Tony Award-winning songwriter and composer Duncan Sheik makes his long-awaited return to singing stand-alone pop songs in his City Winery debut. Sheik has released seven albums,...
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New Theater Space Opens on Newport

UTGstreetsignsOwners Angie McMahon (founding director at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, and current faculty member at The Second  City) and Kevin Mullaney (first Artistic Director at UCB Theater NYC, and current Artistic Director of Chicago Improv Festival) are ever excited to announce the soft opening of their theater. Under The...
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The Albright Theatre Presents “The Memory of Water”

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BATAVIA, Ill. (October 14, 2014) – The Albright Theatre is proud to present “The Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stephenson.
“The Memory of Water” is a poignant play about the homecoming of three sisters who all come home to plan the funeral for their mother, who has...
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Effective ‘Take Me Out’ @ Eclectic

Theater Review by David Zak, October 14, 2014

3 Stars Out Of 4

DSC_0250-LThere are many things to like about Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s new production of Take Me Out. The set is handsome, and the ensemble enthusiastic. Best of all is the chance to...
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La Chunga @ Aguijón Theater

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, October 10, 2014

2 ½ stars out of 4

Rosario-Vargas-as-La-Chunga-in-Aguijon-Theaters-production-of-Mario-Vargas-Llosas-LA-CHUNGA-directed-by-Marcela-Munoz_-Photo-by-Oliver-Aldape_-200x300Aguijón Theater is launching their 25th Anniversary Season, for which they are revisiting previously produced work, with Mario Vargas Llosa’s 1986 play La Chunga. Though they could be faulted for taking...
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Exceptional ‘Both Your Houses’ @ Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Theater Review by Julie S. Halpern

 3.5 stars out of 4

Both Your Houses 1Congressional gridlock, reproductive issues, farm subsidies, backroom deals, pet projects, an economy spiraling downward at a dizzying pace...Welcome to the last gasp of the Hoover administration. While Americans continue to suffer...
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Dead Accounts @ StepUp Productions

 Theatre Review by Ben Cherkasky, October 10, 2014

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

When a big-shot manhattan accountant steals $27 million worth of a bank’s forgotten money, the last thing he wants to do is give it to his soon to be ex-wife when she tracks him back home to Cincinnati. Dead Accounts...
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Rosas danst Rosas @ the MCA

Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, October 9, 2014 Rating 4 Stars Out of 4

As the lights dim, four women dressed in baggy shades of grey enter one by one and stand in a line facing the back; a backdrop of shimmery black folds. A bellicose...
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Lush ‘Capriccio’ @ Lyric Opera of Chicago

Opera Review by Angela Allyn, October 6, 2014

Rating 4 stars out of 4

ARichard Strauss’ 1942 “conversation piece for Music” known as Capriccio, which received a lush opening at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, is more of a manifesto than an...
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Urban Theater To Produce Midwest Premiere of JULIA DE BURGOS: CHILD OF WATER

UrbanTheater Company (UTC) is excited to announce the opening of its Season 9 with the Midwest Premiere of Puerto Rican playwright, Carmen Rivera’s, Julia De Burgos: Child of Water, directed by Juan Castañeda (First Class, Devil Land, Hermanas Padilla). Last February, UTC was honored to participate in a unified event spanning four major cities, in...
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Powerful “Watch on the Rhine” @ Artistic Home

Theatre Review by David Zak, October 7, 2014

Rating 3.5 Stars Out Of 4

Watch 3The first act of Artistic Home's production of Watch on the Rhine is perfect. Lillian Hellman’s classic drama is best when it combines politics and family. And as the...
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The Wild Party @ Bailiwick Chicago

Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg, October 6, 2014

3 out of 4 stars

You might not be familiar with the LaChiusa/Wolfe musical version of The Wild Party based on a jazz age poem, but you should make sure you get invited to this party. It is indeed a wild ride from beginning to...
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The Gravedigger @ First Folio

Theatre Review by Luke Simone, October 5th, 2014

3.5 out of 4 stars

Gravedigger 1Since Halloween is just around the corner, there's no better way to kick off the spookiest time of the year, along with the opening of First Folio's 19th season with the world...
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Mesmerizing “Smokefall” @ The Goodman

Theater Review by David Zak, Oct 6 2014

4 Stars Out of 4

Smokefall 3I was mesmerized by every moment of Smokefall at the Goodman. Noah Haidle’s script is one of the best I have seen in years. The ensemble is terrific and the...
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‘Floating Skyscrapers’ from TLA Releasing

DVD Review by David Zak, October 5, 2014

Rating 3.5 Stars Out Of 4

We may be familiar with stories like this, but this Polish film is handsome, sexy, and worth a look. Floating 2Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) is swimmer and devoted boyfriend to Slwia (Marta Nieradkiewcz) a...
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after all the terrible things I do, a World Premiere at Milwaukee Rep

after all the terrible things I do, A HEART-WRENCHING, DEEPLY PERSONAL LOOK AT SHARED PASTS AND SECOND CHANCES, OPENS IN MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S STIEMKE STUDIO Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 Stiemke Studio Season opens with the World Premiere of after all the terrible things I do. This gripping drama, a provocative piece from award-winning playwright A. Rey...
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Erasing the Distance is an arts organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre

Erasing the Distance, an arts organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre, continues work in the veterans community with three Fall 2014 engagements Erasing the Distance (ETD), a Chicago-based arts organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre, is continuing to explore veterans’ issues with three Fall 2014 engagements. In November 2013,...
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DEFIBRILLATOR is – unexpectedly – on the move

Popular Chicago performance art venue, DEFIBRILLATOR, has unexpectedly lost their lease at 1136 N. Milwaukee Avenue in the Noble Square neighborhood. The sudden news was a tremendous shock to the organization who had been presenting a rigorous series of exhibitions for four years at this location. Programming will continue throughout October but events scheduled from...
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“Surreal for Dinner” at Public House Theater

Andrew and Bill don’t want to grow up. As the pressures of adulthood weigh heavier on them, they retreat further into the comfortable worlds they inhabit with the only people who understand them- their imaginary friends. The Adultescents present “Surreal For Dinner,” a narrative sketch show that takes place in the dissociative universe of these...
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THE ORIGINAL IMPROV GLADIATORS – SEASON TWENTY-THREE @ Corn Productions

Corn Productions hit improv-aganza, THE ORIGINAL IMPROV GLADIATORS – SEASON TWENTY-THREE is back!  Teams from all over Chicago-land compete against each other and the revered home team, “The Improv Gladiators” to win the coveted prize of a 4 week run at Cornservatory.  Eight teams, five weeks, three judges, and only one winner…the stakes are high,...
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s World’s Stage presents U.S. Debut from Paris Théâtre de le Ville’s ‘Ionesco Suite’

September 22, 2014Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) continues the dynamic World’s Stage Series with the U.S. debut of Théâtre de la Ville’s Ionesco Suite from Paris, France. Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, this absurdist masterpiece celebrates the work of maverick avant-garde playwright Eugène Ionesco with a whirlwind montage encapsulating seven of his...
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