For “Travesties,” Tom Stoppard’s fabulously fanciful and altogether brilliant 1974 play — now receiving a …
On stage at the Royal George Theatre recently, the guys in the band were warming up, stepping around as they played a brassy riff from “Louis and Keely, ‘Live’ at the Sahara,” the new “play with music” co-written by film director Taylor Hackford, actress Vanessa Claire Stewart and actor Jake Broder, and produced by Hershey Felder.
For those with a literal turn of mind, a play called “Title and Deed” might suggest issues of ownership and the transfer of real estate. But while groundedin the more primal realities of man’s existence — particularly the inescapable fact of his mortality — playwright Will Eno is very much a poet as opposed to a literalist. And the “property” at the center of his hour-long one-man show — now receiving its Midwest premiere at Lookingglass Theatre, where it is being performed by Michael Patrick Thornton — is nothing more or less than one man’s life.
“The Good Book,” the play by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson now receiving a supremely artful world premiere at Court Theatre, is so full of complexity, ambition, contradiction, humor, satire, intellectual history, political manipulation, questions about translation, ancient and contemporary references and characters, and profound matters of faith (as well as skepticism), that it should come as no surprise to learn that the book that inspired it was the Bible.
Good news for Chicago dance fans: The Miami City Ballet, which hasn’t visited here in …
Windy City Playhouse, Chicago’s newest Equity theater — a grand-scale storefront with an elaborate lobby bar located at 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. — has made an intriguing choice for its opening production. Deborah Zoe Laufer’s “End Days,” is a post-Sept. 11, 2001 play that trades in many of the subjects people prefer to dance around, from religion, bullying and depression, to doomsday prognostications and death. It also happens to be super smart and laugh-out-loud funny.
Now, more than three decades after Steppenwolf’s fabled production of Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead,” director Jonathan Berry has gathered a cast of 30 actors for the Griffin Theatre production of the play — a work that is primarily a crazy cacophony of the voices of heroin addicts, drug dealers, prostitutes, lesbians, transvestites, criminals and a slew of other desperate and deluded souls who gather in a greasy spoon restaurant in New York.
Where can you possibly go after “An Iliad,” an adaptation of Homer’s ancient Greek epic? Well, if you are actor Denis O’Hare and director Lisa Peterson you head straight to the Bible.
In addition to the previously announced world premiere adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” …
In what is surely a coup for Kokandy Productions, which is devoted to producing topnotch musicals on an intimate scale, the company has announced it has secured the rights to the Chicago premiere of “Heathers: The Musical.” A hit Off Broadway production in 2014, the show will be part of Kokandy’s 2016 season.