The title of Steven Dietz’s play, “Yankee Tavern,” is a bit of a red herring, subtly calling to mind the communal bar scene of television’s “Cheers.” But Dietz, whose play is receiving a zesty Chicago premiere by American Blues Theater, is on to something considerably more intriguing as he homes in on the twisted web of lies, conspiracy theories, denial and walk-on-the-wild-side black comedy that ensnares his four characters.
Those doorbells are ringing again at the Bank of America Theatre, and that can mean only one thing: “The Book of Mormon,” the raucously irreverent Tony Award-winning musical is back in Chicago.
Enter The Den Theatre, where director Halena Kays has staged a unique and wonderful production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” and you really have to wonder just what she and her uncannily gifted cohorts are up to.
Marco Ramirez ‘s astonishing 75 minute play is a tightly laced glove of a drama about race, success and boxing that delivers a power punch to the soul.
In Lifeline Theatre’s stage adaptation of Amy Timberlake’s young adult novel, both the birds and the young women seem to have been in a state of profound upheaval in the town of Placid, Wisconsin, circa 1871.
What do you do as an encore to a marathon of Greek tragedies and a re-envisioned take on Gilbert & Sullivan operettas? Well, if you are The Hypocrites, you try your hand at a rock musical.
It is desperation as much as passion that drives the characters in “Therese Raquin,” the opera based on the 19th century novel of adultery and murder by Emile Zola. But guilt is the dominant emotion.
Unquestionably it is a trend. Just as AIDS became the defining disease inspiring playwrights in the final two decades of the 20th century, dementia has become the signal sickness of the early 21st century.
Adam Gwon’s “Ordinary Days,” a theatrical song cycle now receiving an intimate, heartfelt Chicago debut by BoHo Theatre, captures the lives of four characters somewhat adrift in New York City.
TimeLine Theatre is devoted to presenting plays that are inspired by history and that connect to today’s social and political issues. The 2015-2016 season will feature an Arthur Miller play starring Mike Nussbaum, plus three plays new to Chicago.