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Theater events: Haven Theatre remounts 'We're Gonna Die' at Steppenwolf

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  • Isa Arciniegas appears in Haven Theatre's "We're Gonna Die," remounted at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre as part of its LookOut series.

    Isa Arciniegas appears in Haven Theatre's "We're Gonna Die," remounted at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre as part of its LookOut series.
    Courtesy of Austin D. Oie

 
 

• Previews begin Friday, March 23, for Refuge Theatre Project's revival of "The Spitfire Grill," the 2001 musical by James Valcq and Fred Alley based on the 1996 film of the same name about a parolee who winds up in a small Wisconsin town. Lauren Paris plays the ex-con, who discovers she's not the only person who needs a second chance. Refuge artistic director Christopher Pazdernik directs and choreographs the show, which opens Sunday, March 25, at Windy City Cafe, 1062 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago. See refugetheatre.com.

• Red Tape Theatre revives Bertolt Brecht's "Round Heads and Pointed Heads" beginning Friday, March 23, at The Ready, 4546 N. Western Ave., Chicago. The anti-Nazi parable play is set in the fictional country of Yahoo where the leaders maintain power by setting people with round heads against people with pointed heads, which distracts citizens from the poverty and oppression they're forced to endure. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. See redtapetheatre.org.

• Elgin native and magician TJ Regul shares the Steel Beam Theatre stage with former Las Vegas magician David Casas at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. One Magical Evening is a family-friendly, interactive show combining comedy, magic and illusion. Tickets are $20. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com.

• Trap Door Theatre hosts a benefit starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The $10 admission includes food, a raffle, a silent auction, live performances and a DJ dance party. Proceeds will help the theater company attend the International Theatre Festival later this year in the Republic of Moldova. See trapdoortheatre.com.

• Haven Theatre remounts its 2017 production of Young Jean Lee's "We're Gonna Die" as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut Series. The play with music runs at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, from Monday, March 26, through April 16. (312) 335-1650 or steppenwolf.org.

Amy Kasper, front left, Georgette Verdin, front right, Heather Branham Green, back left, and Dana Anderson are the directors of AstonRep Theatre's showcase of Tennessee Williams' one-acts.
Amy Kasper, front left, Georgette Verdin, front right, Heather Branham Green, back left, and Dana Anderson are the directors of AstonRep Theatre's showcase of Tennessee Williams' one-acts. - Courtesy of AstonRep Theatre Company

• Four by Tenn, AstonRep Theatre Company's Tennessee Williams one-act festival, begins Monday, March 26, (Williams' birthday), at Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice, Chicago. The plays include "Fat Man's Wife," about a woman who must choose between her husband and an admirer; "At Liberty," about a fading actress who dreams of reviving her career; "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen," about a down-at-heel couple living in a crumbling flat; and "I Can't Imagine Tomorrow," about two people who are each other's only friend. (773) 828-9129 or astonrep.com.

• Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz, a faculty member at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, remounts his one-man show "The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician," at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Previews of the cabaret-style magic show begin Tuesday, March 27. The show opens April 3. (312) 988-9000 or theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

• A free, staged reading of Kevin Wiczer's new play, "Daddy's Little Girl," takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Loosely based on a real crime from 2005, it centers on a newly married gay couple who move to a suburban neighborhood where they encounter dangerous resistance to their union. (847) 5777-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

• Previews begin Thursday, March 29, for 16th Street Theater's production of Ike Holter's "The Wolf at the End of the Block," at 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Directed by Lili-Anne Brown (who helmed "Starcatcher" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), "Wolf" is about how a Chicago neighborhood responds to a crime at a boarded-up bar. (708) 795-6704 or 16thstreettheater.org.

• The Second City has extended its latest review, "She the People: Girlfriends' Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves," a show created, designed and performed entirely by the women of Second City. Performances run through May 27 at Up Comedy Club, Piper's Alley, 230 W. North Ave., Chicago. (312) 337-3992 or secondcity.com.

• Hail and farewell. Quest Theatre Ensemble, one of the Chicago area's last surviving free theaters, closed last week after 16 years. Founded by Indiana State University alumni, Quest incorporated puppetry and masks in its original productions and revivals. Within days of Quest's closing, American Theater Company's board of directors announced in an unsigned statement that the theater had closed as well and cited financial reasons. Founded more than 30 years ago as American Blues Theater, the company later changed its name to American Theater Company. Following a 2009 rift with then-incoming artistic director PJ Paparelli, most of the ensemble members left and reconstituted American Blues. Paparelli's tenure, cut short by his 2015 death, was marked by the premiere of Stephen Karam's Tony Award-winning "The Humans" and Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Disgraced."

• The Second City announced a partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the company to bring original sketch comedy shows to the center's theater lab through 2020. Additionally, Second City instructors will teach workshops at the center.

• Citadel Theatre announced its 2018-2019 season will begin Sept. 28 with a revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes," a portrait of unquenchable greed and cutthroat capitalism. A revival of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" runs Nov. 16 through Dec. 23. That's followed on Feb. 1, 2019, by a play to be determined. The season concludes with Ross Lehman's homage to his parents' love story, "Sentimental Journey" (April 26-March 26, 2019). Performances take place at 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. Subscriptions start at $65 and are available at (847) 735-8554 or citadeltheatre.org.

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