“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.
Just call it “the ongoing miracle on Galena Boulevard.” Once again, Aurora’s Paramount Theatre has pulled out all the stops for one of its Broadway Series shows— this time with a lavish production of “Les Miserables” that could hold its own in any major opera house in terms of its vocal and orchestral power, the sweep of its storytelling and its grand-scale design.
John Patrick Shanley’s masterful play, “Outside Mullingar,” is a tale of thwarted possession of hearts, of land and of self. A superbly acted 90-minute wonder, it is far more comic than tragic as it spins around what might just be the loopiest and most contentious courtship since that of Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing.”
“Genius” is so New York. And that is not just because Kate Walbert’s 75-minute play, now in its world premiere by Profiles Theatre, shifts between the upscale Soho loft of a successful and impossibly smug couple (one a painter/museum director and the other a writer), and the railroad flat in the newly gentrified but still shabby Bushwick section of Brooklyn that is home to a couple of younger, still struggling, but already recognized filmmakers whose marriage is anything but ideal.