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Jackalope Theatre wins 2015 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theater Award

Jackalope Theatre wins 2015 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theater Award

May 1, 2015 / Stage

The League of Chicago Theatres has announced that Jackalope Theatre Company is the recipient of the 2015 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award. This is the ninth year of the award, which provides $5,000, consultation with Broadway In Chicago staff members, and a marketing package that includes advertising support.

Irish Theatre of Chicago announces 2015-2016 season

Irish Theatre of Chicago announces 2015-2016 season

April 30, 2015 / Stage

Irish Theatre of Chicago (formerly Seanachaí Theatre Company) has announced its 2015-16 season, featuring a U.S premiere and two Midwest premieres. The company’s first-ever three-show season kicks off this fall with the Midwest premiere of Geraldine Aron’s comedic one-woman show, “My Brilliant Divorce,” continues with the Midwest premiere of Gary Mitchell’s thriller, “In a Little World of Our Own,” and concludes with the U.S. premiere of Deirdre Kinahan’s drama, “Spinning.”

New musical based on Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ winningly transcends its source

New musical based on Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ winningly transcends its source

April 30, 2015 / Books, Music, Stage, Stage Reviews

The classic rule about a musical is that the characters should begin to sing when their emotions can no longer be contained by mere words. Words (as well as the loss of them) are crucial in Jane Austen’s early 19th century novel, “Sense and Sensibility.” And now, in Paul Gordon’s musical, which is receiving a flawless world premiere by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Austen’s prose has been so seamlessly expanded into song that often it is difficult to know where language ends and music begins. And that is only one of the charms of this beguiling new show that bursts with both wit & heart,

The Scottish Ballet  dances its way into ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The Scottish Ballet dances its way into ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

April 29, 2015 / Dance, Stage

Since its debut in 1947, Tennessee Williams’ scorcher of a play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” has been made into an iconic film starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, received countless stage incarnations around the world, been the source of an opera by Andre Previn and even inspired a couple of ballets. But when it comes to dance interpretations, it is the Scottish Ballet’s 2012 production — choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and conceptualized by Nancy Meckler (the American theater and film director best known for her work with Britain’s Shared Experience company) — that has grabbed hold of the imagination most fiercely. It will have its Chicago debut May 7-9 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

Griffin Theatre to stage “The Birds” (as well as a benefit)

Griffin Theatre to stage “The Birds” (as well as a benefit)

April 27, 2015 / Stage

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.