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  • Mundelein High to perform two versions of ‘Odd Couple’ Jan 20, 2015 1:19 PM
    Theatre goers in Mundelein will have the unique opportunity to see two Neil Simon comedies in the same weekend on the stage at Mundelein High School.

  • The brilliant mind behind the play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ Jan 19, 2015 6:01 AM
    Comedian and musician Jonny Donahoe has come to New York with a play that may sound like a hard sell: It’s a one-man show. It’s British. It calls for some audience participation. And it’s about depression. Don’t all rush for the exits. “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Barrow Street Theatre is perhaps one of the more uplifting and joyful plays to see this winter.

  • Theater events: 'Handicap This!' comes to Stage 773 Jan 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Step Up Productions presents “Handicap This!” an examination of the friendship between a man with a disability and his aide, written and performed by Mike Berkson, who was born with cerebral palsy, and Tim Wambach, and inspired by Molly Mulcrone’s original script. Other premieres this week include the New Colony's Tupperware-inspired musical "Plastic Revolution"; Pride Films and Plays' "The Book of Mermen"; and 16th Street Theatre's "The Art of Disappearing."

  • 'Peter Pan' helps Naperville's Magical Starlight Theatre celebrate 20th anniversary Jan 16, 2015 1:13 PM
    Two decades after debuting with a production of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Naperville's Magical Starlight Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a production that lives up to the troupe's name. The company's "Peter Pan" will sprinkle pixie dust and wonderful thoughts over audiences this weekend and next.

  • Review: 'Honeymoon in Vegas' a winning combo of fun, songs Jan 16, 2015 10:06 PM
    Theater Review: Hilarious hiccups in getting hitched in Broadway musical 'Honeymoon in Vegas'

  • Lisle native directs premiere of 'Book of Merman' — yes, 'Merman' Jan 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Lisle native David Zak directs the world premiere of "The Book of Merman" — yes, "Merman" — a takeoff on the blockbuster "Book of Mormon" for Chicago's Pride Films and Plays. The musical comedy focuses on two proselytizing missionaries who encounter a strange woman who may or may not be the Tony Award-winning star Ethel Merman. Zak say the show is full of Schwartz's parody tunes, which no doubt are inspired by Merman's roles in original Broadway productions.

  • ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ hops onto Northbrook Stage Jan 15, 2015 11:55 AM
    “A Year with Frog and Toad,” adapted from a Broadway hit, will bring Arnold Lobel’s well-loved children’s books to life at the Northbrook Theatre. Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 24, families can enjoy a charming musical about friendship, presented by the Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences.

  • Grayslake Library to present radio comedy Jan. 25 Jan 14, 2015 3:48 PM
    The Grayslake Area Public Library is excited to have Those Were the Days Radio Players perform Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 3-4 p.m.

  • 2014 Tony winner launches national tour in Chicago Jan 14, 2015 4:27 PM
    Broadway in Chicago announced Wednesday that 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" will open its national tour in Chicago in September 2015.

  • Fine Steel Beam cast mines menace in ‘Veronica’s Room’ Jan 13, 2015 2:16 PM
    Obsession and deception lie at the heart of Steel Beam Theatre’s just-opened production of “Veronica’s Room.” The psychological thriller features what theater critic Barbara Vitello hails as one of the St. Charles’ theater’s best casts.

  • Paramount's 'Tommy' showcases Palatine native's versatility Jan 13, 2015 6:00 AM
    Palatine native Tom Vendafreddo is responsible for making "The Who's Tommy" rock at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora as the production's music director and conductor. “People who are coming to see this show first and foremost are coming because of this music,” he said. It's quite a contrast to his previous work on the Paramount Theatre's "Mary Poppins" and his future assignment conducting "Les Miserables."

  • Play at Woodland Middle School: Jan 13, 2015 6:22 PM
    Woodland Middle School's Drama Club will present a play Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24.

  • Budget-friendly fun: Meet Theo Rossi at Chicago Cycle Show Jan 14, 2015 6:29 AM
    Get in line early Saturday to meet FX's “Sons of Anarchy” stars Theo Rossi (Juice), Kim Coates (Tig) and more at the 31st Annual Chicago Cycle Show at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Check out Morton Arboretum's renovated Enchanted Railroad in Lisle and bundle up for free winter fests in Vernon Hills and Lake Forest this weekend. The best part: All of these Chicago-area events are easy on the wallet.

  • Timeless truths in engaging, playful 'Constellations' Jan 13, 2015 10:23 PM
    Boy meets girl - again and again, with different outcomes each time. Constellations may be fixed in our universe, but beneath them, the human race just might be living in multiple universes at the same time. With impressive ingenuity, Nick Payne's touching, playful drama "Constellations" takes on some big topics - the nature of time and mortality - through his unconventional presentation of a love story set in "the multiverse."

  • TV's 'Jeopardy!' to highlight 'Aladdin' on Thursday Jan 12, 2015 11:34 AM
    The actor who plays Aladdin on Broadway has gotten yet another cool wish - a spot on "Jeopardy!" Adam Jacobs, who plays the title role in the new Disney blockbuster, will help represent the show Thursday when it appears as an entire category of answers.

  • Vanessa Hudgens graduates to ‘Gigi’ Jan 12, 2015 6:01 AM
    Vanessa Hudgens made her name as Gabriella Montez, the brainiac with the booming voice in Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise. Since the third installment in 2008, Hudgens has been busy. She has recorded albums, acted in nine films and stoked her social-media standing. But like the rest of East High, Hudgens has struggled to match her Disney stardom after graduation. The pre-Broadway revival of “Gigi” is a new start.

  • Glen Ellyn company among shows for debut puppet fest Jan 11, 2015 5:45 AM
    Strings attached or hands-on? That's the kind of question the artistic director of Glen Ellyn-based Sea Beast Puppet Company is debating as the troupe joins more than two dozen others in the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival running from Jan. 14 to 25 at various venues across the Windy City.

  • Sunday picks: Violinist Philippe Quint teams with ESO at Hemmens Jan 11, 2015 6:00 AM
    Violin soloist Philippe Quint joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring the works of Smetana, Barber and Dvorak at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Step into the sometimes spooky and zany world of characters Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley and Uncle Fester as the Fox Valley Park District's Winter Stage group presents the musical comedy “The Addams Family.”

  • Tony Danza makes Broadway very personal Jan 10, 2015 1:06 PM
    'Taxi' star Tony Danza makes his new mission selling Broadway tickets

  • Weekend picks: Music is king at Afterlife dance party Jan 10, 2015 8:18 AM
    United2Nite presents a Saturday night dance party at GRANDBAR Whiskey Lounge featuring the music of DJ Tsunami, Joes Domingo and more. If you're suffering from the post-Christmas season blues, laugh them off with “Mary Mack's Holiday Recovery Comedy Show” on Saturday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Jimmy Nick has been turning heads in Chicago clubs with his blues-guitar work since he was a teenager. Now Nick and his band, Don't Tell Mama, are bringing their high-energy blues-rock attack to Lombard's Brauerhouse.

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