First, a toast to many things: To Queen Victoria, cigars and brandy, the arrested development …
Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2007, will replace Maestro Riccardo Muti for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts slated for Feb. 18, 19 and 20. Honeck has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra.
The fourth annual edition of Chicago Theatre Week – a program presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, that was designed to boost theater-going during the traditional doldrums period – will Feb. 11 – 21, with tickets to more than 100 area productions (including ballet and opera) available for $15-$30, and, in some cases, even less.
I don’t often dig back into the archives, but when I first heard the news of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new exhibit, “Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions,” which will be on view in the museum’s Modern Wing through May 3, I recalled writing about my thrilling first encounter with the artist’s work more than three decades ago.
“The Ben Hecht Show,” written and performed by James Sherman, will have its premiere here in a Grippo Stage Company production set to run June 10-July 17 at Evanston’s Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes. It will be directed by Dennis Zacek.
Writers Theatre, which has called the leafy, upscale, North Shore town of Glencoe its home since its founding in 1992 by reigning artistic director Michael Halberstam, is about to open the doors of its first permanent home. And the $34 million project, the first theatee to be designed by Chicago starchitect Jeanne Gang, is as eloquent and dramatically beautiful as the 100 productions the company has staged in far more modest surroundings for nearly a quarter of a century.
Rarely has a new musical (“Broadway-bound” or otherwise) arrived on a local stage with the sort of superb, highly polished gloss that marks every aspect of “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes,” now in a verbally bristling, stunningly sung, ideally realized world premiere at Mercury Theater Chicago.
Horton Foote, the Texas-born playwright who died in 2009, at the age of 92, was often called “the Chekhov of the American South.” His melodrama-farce, “The Old Friends,” now at Raven Theatre was in the works from the mid 1960s on, but was never produced in the playwright’s lifetime. There might well be a reason for that.
For “Bold Moves,” the Joffrey Ballet’s winter program of three works, artistic director Ashley Wheater has tapped British choreographer Ashley Page to create a world premiere piece. Page’s “Tipping Point” will be the centerpiece of a lineup that also includes favorites by Jiri Kylian and Yuri Possokhov.
Chicago actor Jim Sherman was on stage playing the role of Gustav Stossel in the Mercury Theater production of “The Christmas Schooner” until just less than a month ago – the tenth time he had appeared in that holiday musical. He died…., at the age of ….