There is news from Griffin Theatre, the company that received a total of 14 Non-Equity Jeff Awards nominations (for the musical “Titanic, ” as well as “Balm in Gilead,” and “Men Should Weep”) has announced it will present the Chicago premiere of “The Birds,” Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier short story that served as the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s chilling 1963 film thriller of the same name.
Who would have guessed that a little 19th century English girl by the name of …
The ever-scrupulous Jeff Awards Committee was confronted with a highly unusual situation Friday — the very morning after they had announced the list of Non-Equity Jeff nominations in which The Hypocrites received the largest number of nominations (a total of 12). Here is the statement from the Committee, as well as a statement by Sean Graney, the recently returned artistic director of The Hypocrites. A fully revised list of nominations follows those statements.
If both you and your kids start to feel a bit hyperactive during the 2015-2016 season you might want to blame it on the Chicago Children’s Theater (CCT). The company plans to produce seven different shows (as opposed to the four of this season), with three consecutive presentations with shorter runs in the middle of the season embracing the theme of “snow.” A new play by Nambi E. Kelly dealing with the Civil Rights Movement will be part of the mix.
While enjoying a brief bit of down time between her Tony Award-winning turn in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” and her next project, the world premiere of the musical “Waitress,” Jessie Mueller arrived for an interview in a chic turquoise lace dress and high heels, which she quickly removed in favor of gym shoes. On Monday night at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire she will receive the Sarah Siddons Society’s 2015 Actress of the Year Award.
The Joffrey Ballet’s spring program of “New Works” has come with a rare change of venue (with the NFL draft being staged at the Auditorium Theatre, the company has had to move to the Cadillac Palace Theatre). What has not changed at all in the process is artistic director Ashley Wheater’s ongoing efforts to bring the troupe’s repertoire catapulting into the 21st century — challenging both his dancers and his audiences with the work of a wide range of contemporary choreographers.
They are the hardest working, most resourceful, and most poorly paid people in Chicago show business. And that just might be why the annual list of nominations for Non-Equity Jeff Awards is so highly prized. The 42nd annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards — honoring excellence in productions by Chicago theaters that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, and did not operate under a union contract — were just announced. The Hypocrites, Griffin Theatre Company and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre garnered the most nominations, but read through the entire list and you will be reminded of how this city’s theater scene continues to flourish from the grass roots up.
Nominations for the 2015 annual Drama Desk Awards (which includes Broadway, Off Broadway and ‘Off Off Broadway” productions) were announced Thursday afternoon at New York’s 54 Below by previous Drama Desk winners Judith Light and Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”). Beyond the presence of Evanston-bred Mueller, a number of shows with Chicago connections made the list.
The Art Institute of Chicago has just received a huge windfall — a gift of 42 major works of American and European art created between 1953 and 2011. A mix of paintings, sculpture and photographs —by the likes of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Eric Fischl, Brice Marden, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, John Currin, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince — the work has been donated by Chicago collectors Stefan Edlis, 90, and his wife, Gael Neeson, 71, in what is being described as the largest gift in the museum’s history, estimated to be worth $400 million.
Porchlight Music Theatre’s all-Sondheim season began with tragedy (“Sweeney Todd”), moved on to autobiography (“Sondheim …