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  • Oak Park theater marks 40 years with fun, flawed 'Earnest' Jul 31, 2014 12:04 PM
    To celebrate Oak Park Festival Theatre's 40th anniversary, the company is staging “The Importance of Being Earnest” for the first time. Oscar Wilde's classic 1895 comedy promises theatergoers a fabulously fizzy and fun time. And since the second act of “The Importance of Being Earnest” takes place in a garden of an English grand estate in Hertfordshire, the show certainly feels at home outdoors in Oak Park's Austin Gardens. While the casting might not always be ideal, it still makes for a fun night under the stars.

  • Arlington Hts. man moved by Andrews Sisters musical at Pheasant Run Jul 29, 2014 2:29 PM
    When Alice K. Sylvester of Arlington Heights was looking for a show to attend with her 89-year-old father, Robert Sylvester, she booked tickets to “Sisters of Swing,” hoping that that the musical at Pheasant Run in St. Charles celebrating the lives and music of the famed Andrews Sisters would bring him some much-needed cheer. “After sitting in the front row and enjoying the performance, my father asked me to get tickets for other members of my family. He wanted everyone to see it with him!”

  • ‘Sound of Music’ part of Naperville theater’s next season Jul 29, 2014 6:29 PM
    BrightSide Theatre, in residence at North Central College in Naperville, announced its 2014-15 season Tuesday will feature a radio play, a comedy and a beloved musical.

  • Rock musician swaps Skivvies for high heels in ‘Pageant’ Jul 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    Performing as a woman in the off-Broadway spoof “Pageant: The Musical” has presented unique challenges for Nick Cearley — much like playing in his underwear with his rock band The Skivvies. The actor-musician alternates between wearing too much and too little clothing. “One day, I would really like to wear a sweater,” Cearley said with a smile. “I feel that there has to be a healthy balance somewhere, sometime, where I could actually just wear my normal clothes.”

  • Catching rising theater talent at Oakton Community College Jul 28, 2014 1:06 PM
    Catch rising theater talent at Play On, a Chicago-based playwriting festival, from Tuesday, July 29 to Thursday, 31, at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Now in its sixth year, Play On features six original one-act plays written and directed by community college students, starting nightly at 8 p.m.

  • Audience moved by Mundelein teen’s performance Jul 26, 2014 12:43 AM
    Cast and audience shared an emotional performance of “The Secret Garden” Saturday night at Mundelein High School. Senior Monica Tipperreiter debuted in the role she had been meant to play one of the leads in the high school musical last spring.

  • Mount Prospect native tackles challenges of Beckett in 'Half-Light' Jul 25, 2014 6:10 AM
    If you haven't seen Kathrynne Wolf on stage, you may have heard her anyway — in commercials, pinball games, video games and public service announcements. And her vocal experiences come in handy with her latest show, especially as she takes on one character who is just a head in an urn. The Mount Prospect native plays three different characters in “Hellish Half-Light: Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett” being staged by Mary-Arrchie Theatre. “It's a challenge in a good way,” Wolf said.

  • Actor crosses color barrier in off-Broadway ‘Fantasticks’ Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    Not long ago, Kevin R. Free went to an audition for a part in the longest-running musical in history. Yet, all the other actors vying for the same part were at least 10 years older and he was the only African-American. “I just felt like, ‘Why am I here?'" But Free pulled himself together enough to do a monologue and sing a song, It worked: He got both the job and a chance to make history. Free has taken over the role of Bellomy in “The Fantasticks,” the first time a black man has played the role in the New York show’s more than 20,000 performances over 54 years.

  • Theater events: Jedlicka brings 'Big Fish' to the stage Jul 25, 2014 9:00 AM
    Jedlicka Performing Arts Center presents the first local production of Andrew Lippa's "Big Fish"; American Blues Theater remounts its hit musical, "Hank Williams: Lost Highway"; and celebrated chef Rich Bayless returns to Lookingglass Theatre in the dining and theatrical venture "Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner-Daring-Desire" this week in Chicago-area theater.

  • Mundelein teen gets second chance at play after surgery to remove brain tumor Jul 24, 2014 3:06 PM
    Mundelein High School senior Monica Tipperreiter had her heart set on playing one of the leads in the school's spring musical until the discovery of a brain tumor dashed her hopes. Now the school is restaging the production Friday night to give her another go at the role of a lifetime. “I'm very grateful for the second chance,” she said.

  • 'Charlotte's Web' proves child's play for young cast Jul 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    The classic children's story “Charlotte's Web” is adored by both kids and adults, and the director for the production at The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago has taken that to heart by casting kids as key characters. “I definitely had some eyes bulging when I said that I wanted young people to play certain roles,” said Emerald City Theatre director Ernie Nolan. “Having young people in the cast as well as adults has been inspiring.”

  • Second City’s Chicago comedy school to expand Jul 22, 2014 12:26 PM
    The training center for Chicago’s famous Second City comedy group is expanding. The Second City Training Center announced Tuesday that it will lease a former movie theater next to its location on the city’s North Side.

  • Ryerson Woods to host outdoor performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Jul 21, 2014 11:16 AM
    Shakespeare aficionados and neophytes alike can relax among the lush vegetation and sound of crickets at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 when Citadel Theatre performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outdoors.

  • Broadway lights will be dimmed in Stritch’s memory Jul 18, 2014 9:26 AM
    Broadway marquees will be dimmed in memory of a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who epitomized New York and the theater world. Elaine Stritch died Thursday at age 89 in her home state of Michigan.

  • Theater events: Three Brothers revives ‘Crimes’ Jul 18, 2014 3:54 AM
    Three Brothers revive "Crimes of the Heart;" Williams Street presents the musical revue "Suds"and the Funny Old Broads return to Skokie this week in suburban theater. Oracle Productions presents its world premiere adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle;" Mary-Arrchie Theatre showcases six plays by Samuel Beckett and redtwist debuts an original work titled "Geezers" this week in Chicago theater.

  • 'Laughter' falls short of its comic inspiration Jul 18, 2014 5:00 AM
    Young playwrights are often admonished to avoid writing about other writers. Yet playwright Neil Simon ignored that advice when he penned his 1993 Broadway comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” a fictionalized take on his own early writing career for Sid Caesar's hit “Your Show of Shows.” Eclectic Full Contact Theatre revives its recent Chicago production of that show at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

  • Theater performances come to Lake Zurich High School Jul 18, 2014 12:48 PM
    Cricket Theatre Company presents "Once Upon a Mattress" Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25, and "Legally Blonde" Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. All performances are at the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.

  • Broadway star joins local favorite for Drury Lane mystery Jul 18, 2014 5:09 PM
    Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook announced casting for its Chicago-area premiere of "The Game's Afoot" next month.

  • Gift Theatre tries Shakespeare with modern 'Othello' Jul 18, 2014 10:05 AM
    As The Gift Theatre makes clear in its modern, stripped-down production of William Shakespeare's “Othello,” something more than jealousy and racial prejudice fuel this tragedy. It's Othello's own insecurity that accelerates his downward spiral into madness, and ultimately murder.

  • Steppenwolf’s comic ‘Qualms’ flirts with questions of sexual freedom Jul 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris masterfully pushes controversial buttons again in his world premiere comedy about suburban swingers in "The Qualms," now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Aug. 31.

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