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  • Theater events: Drury Lane stages comedy whodunit ‘Game’s Afoot’ Aug 29, 2014 7:00 AM
    Drury Lane Theatre presents the Chicago-area premiere of the comedy whodunit "The Game's Afoot" and Writers stages the Midwest premiere of Lucas Hnath's "Isaac's Eye" about a young Isaac Newton this week in suburban Chicago theater.

  • Fringe Fest gives Arlington Heights' theater troupe chance to shine Aug 27, 2014 10:07 AM
    The annual Chicago Fringe Festival celebrates the "untried and weird." In fact, the performance arts festival prides itself on being different, on offering “boundary-pushing performing artists paired with daring audiences,” organizers say. Rally Theatre Production of Arlington Heights is premiering a new show during the fest, which runs Aug. 28-Sept. 7 in Chicago's Jefferson Square neighborhood.

  • Steel Beam Theatre announces 2014-2015 season Aug 26, 2014 7:06 PM
    Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles begins its season Sept. 12 with "Almost, Maine." Also on tap: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," "Veronica's Room" and more.

  • BrightSide brings professional theater to downtown Naperville Aug 25, 2014 9:12 AM
    BrightSide Theatre, the only professional theater performing in downtown Naperville, will perform three shows during its 2014-15 season including a radio broadcast-style production of "It's a Wonderful Life."

  • Arlington Hts. girl who beat leukemia blossoms into comic Aug 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    In 1997, 8-year-old Lisa Mongillo of Arlington Heights took a Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii to see the periwinkle flower used to make one of the leukemia drugs doctors hoped would save her life. Now, she's a comedy writer and performer appearing in a two-woman show.

  • Theater events: Profiles gives us ‘Reasons to be Happy’ Aug 22, 2014 6:15 AM
    Fox Valley Repertory revives the Neil Simon classic "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre brings the Neo-Futurists' show "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" to Arlington Heights this week in suburban theater. Plus, Profiles Theatre opens its 26th season with “Reasons to be Happy,” its 11th premiere by resident playwright Neil LaBute.

  • Marriott has a fine day 'On the Town' Aug 22, 2014 3:10 PM
    The 1944 Broadway musical “On The Town” sails into the Chicago area with a magnificently danced revival at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre. The story is pure fluff. But thanks to its aggressive, independent female characters and its subtle sexual innuendo, it's also a bit ahead of its time. Frankly, that is one of its charms.

  • Evolution of an epic: Graney, cast discuss ‘All Our Tragic’ Aug 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    “All Our Tragic” is a labor of love. At least it is for adapter/director Sean Graney, whose ambitious adaptation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies opened earlier this month at a Chicago storefront theater. Graney, founding artistic director of The Hypocrites, knew what awaited him. “My goal was to make an event that would be satisfying to an audience,” he said. “If I got bogged down in my own cleverness, it wasn’t helpful to the whole.” The result unfolds over 12 hours — with breaks. Audiences can see it in a day or spread it out over four weeks.

  • 2014 Equity Jeff Award nominees Aug 21, 2014 4:46 PM
    The complete list of equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for 2013-2014.

  • Drury Lane leads suburban theaters with 21 Jeff Award nominations Aug 21, 2014 4:34 PM
    Drury Lane Theate in Oak Brook, received 21 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations Thursday, second only to Goodman Theatre which had 23. Most of Drury Lane's nominations came for its acclaimed revival of "Les Miserables."

  • The Hypocrites’ epic theatrical event ‘All Our Tragic’ triumphs Aug 20, 2014 5:46 PM
    “All Our Tragic” is many things. A bold, galvanizing effort from adapter/director Sean Graney, this compilation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies — in its world premiere at The Hypocrites — is an epic event in every sense of the word. Years in the making, Graney’s four-part theatrical marathon unfolds over nearly 12 hours (including intermissions and dinner breaks) in a loft-like storefront in Chicago’s Wicker Park. A fresh retelling of oft-told tales of love and betrayal, war and vengeance, duty and pride, “All Our Tragic” is contemporary, conversational and cannily crafted. It’s also hugely entertaining. But more than anything, “All Our Tragic” is a labor of love.

  • Rajskub returns to comedy roots for Zanies shows in Rosemont Aug 18, 2014 6:18 AM
    While taking her dog's for a walk, "24" star Mary Lynn Rajskub ruminates on parenthood, creating an iconic television character and gets a little grossed out by the results of a Google search. Rajskub takes the stage at Zanies in Rosemont for three shows Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22.

  • On stage: Strawdog presents 'Arsonist'; Ronald Funches plays Zanies Aug 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    StrawdogTheatre opens its 27th season with Max Frisch's "The Arsonists," one of this week's happenings in theater. Chicago-born comedian Ronald Funches headlines Zanies in Rosemont, Mary-Arrchie Theatre hosts its annual "Abbie Fest" and Sideshow Theatre opens its season with a "sort of" adaptation of Chekhov this week in Chicago area theater.

  • Northlight Theatre has been a beacon in the 'burbs for 40 years Aug 15, 2014 6:30 AM
    John Mahoney has some advice for actors working at Northlight Theatre for the first time. “Don't try any shortcuts. Don't try to fool anybody. Be as honest as you possibly can,” says the Tony Award winner and "Frasier" star, who appeared there earlier this year in the world premiere of Christian O'Reilly's two-hander, “Chapatti.” “They know good theater,” he said. They should. They've had 40 years of it.

  • Daily Herald subscribers treated to special visit from ‘Othello’ villain Aug 13, 2014 3:30 PM
    Daily Herald readers attending the Gift Theatre’s modern take on “Othello” last weekend as part of a special subscriber event in Chicago were treated to a surprise when actor and theater co-founder Michael Patrick Thornton stopped by for an impromptu question-and-answer session.

  • Jane Lynch tapped to announce 2014 Jeff nominees Aug 12, 2014 2:08 PM
    Emmy Award-winning actress and Dolton native Jane Lynch will preside over the announcement of the equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominations Thursday, Aug. 21, in Chicago

  • Theater events: Tour Janus’ Walkabout fest in Elgin Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Janus Theater Company hosts its seventh annual short play festival, Walkabout: Theater on your Feet, this weekend in Elgin. Plays will be performed at the Elgin Public House, Side Street Studio Arts, Al’s Cafe and Blue Box Cafe, all within walking distance of each other. Also, Light Opera Works revives "Fiddler on the Roof" this week in suburban theater.

  • Marriott to stage new ‘October Sky’ musical, ‘Elf’ Aug 5, 2014 6:13 PM
    Season subscriptions are now on sale for the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire's 2015 season, which includes the musicals "La Cage aux Folles," "Anything Goes," "City of Angels," "October Sky" and "Elf."

  • Sherri Shepherd to make her Broadway debut Aug 5, 2014 11:55 AM
    A wicked stepmother has been picked for Cinderella on Broadway — Sherri Shepherd. “The View” co-host said on the daytime talk show Tuesday that she will make her Broadway debut in the musical opposite Keke Palmer in the title role on Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre.

  • Updated dinosaurs stalk America in arena show Aug 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    What does a man who spends his work days creating animatronic dinosaurs do on his day off? If you’re Sonny Tilders, you go see the real thing in person at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. “I wanted them to move. Just one of them,” Tilders says. In his day job, they do: Tilders is the driving force behind the “Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular,” which has returned for a North American tour with 20 updated lifelike dinosaurs, including many sporting feathers, the ability to reach up and eat leaves, and three new babies.

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