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  • 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.

     
  • Top-notch cast delights in First Folio's 'Merry Wives' Jul 18, 2014 11:31 AM
    How entertaining is First Folio Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's “The Merry Wives of Windsor”? So entertaining that intermittent opening night showers couldn't dislodge audience members from their soggy seats on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, home to First Folio's annual summer Shakespeare production for the last 17 years.

     
  • “Shrek, The Musical” now playing in Buffalo Grove Jul 17, 2014 4:36 PM
    The Buffalo Grove Park District’s theater company, Big Deal Productions, will perform its summer musical, “Shrek The Musical,” this weekend and next as the opening show in the new state-of-the-art theater inside the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center.

     
  • Elgin area students create and perform opera Jul 16, 2014 3:38 PM
    A group of Elgin area teens and preteens will see months of hard work come alive onstage this weekend, when they perform "The Key," an opera they wrote themselves, at Elgin Community College. The students are part of Hamilton Wings' SCORE program, which gives at-risk kids a chance to experience the performing arts.

     
  • Outdoor Shakespeare show geared toward all ages Jul 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    What happens when fairies get involved in a complicated love triangle? Comedy and confusion result in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, July 19, at Geneva’s Shakespeare in the Park. Performed by the Midsummer Shakespeare Troupe, the free, family-friendly event takes place in a Ravinia-like setting on Island Park.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District troupe to stage ‘Hairspray’ Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM
    Everything about “Hairspray” is big. The powerful, soul-stirring music. The spectacular sets. The dazzlingly colorful costumes. The bouffant hairdos. The production will have a huge presence this weekend, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage presents “Hairspray” for four shows — Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 — at West Aurora High School.

     
  • Tupac Shakur musical to close Sunday on Broadway Jul 15, 2014 11:01 AM
    Tupac Shakur fans, keep ya head up: The Broadway musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” that uses songs from one of hip-hop’s greatest artists is closing after less than two months.

     
  • Weekend picks: See Carlos Mencia in Schaumburg Jul 17, 2014 1:17 PM
    Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. The all-female Serendipity Band performs in a Fridays on the Green Concert in front of Mount Prospect Village Hall. Musician and vocalist Ralph Covert takes to the Ravinia stage with a children's concert Saturday morning.

     
  • ‘Oliver!’ opens Thursday at St. James in Arlington Hts. Jul 14, 2014 12:23 PM
    A high-emergy version of the musical, "Oliver!" opens July 17 at St. James Theatre Productions in Arlington Hts. The show is directed by Peter Buckley, who played the role of Oliver more than 40 years ago, was Fagin 20 years ago and played Mr. Brownlow in the national touring production. “I guess you could say I’ve hit for the cycle,” Buckley said.

     
  • Paramount Theatre brings Broadway, Vegas to suburbs Jul 14, 2014 9:13 AM
    Three years ago, skeptics criticized the decision for Aurora's Paramount Theatre to produce it's own Broadway-style shows, president and CEO Tim Rater says. But 20,000 fans already have purchased series tickets for the 2014-15 season, and thousands more will visit the theater this summer for touring music and comedy acts.

     
  • Theater events: Lounge Devils, "Little Red" and a cancer fund-raiser Jul 11, 2014 5:00 AM
    Pheasant Run Resort hosts its second annual "For the Girls" fundraiser for Fox Valley Repertory and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center; the Chicago Kids Company brings its musical adaptation of "Little Red Riding Hood" to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre; Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Seven of Chicago remount the dark comedy "Principal Principle" this week in Chicago area theater.

     
  • ‘Kinky Boots’ star prepares for high-kicking tour Jul 11, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man — but staying in 6-inch heels. The performer who has been in “Kinky Boots” since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter’s formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of “Kinky Boots,” which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.

     
  • Waukegan’s Clockwise Theatre announces new season Jul 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Subscription tickets are now on sale for Clockwise Theatre's 2014-15 season in Waukegan. Clockwise, a Waukegan-based company devoted to presenting works by and about Midwesterners, recently announced an expanded four-play season.

     
  • A-list creative team, top-notch performers make for stellar 'Brigadoon' Jul 9, 2014 6:28 PM
    It took about a decade for director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell to make her Goodman Theatre directorial debut. I don't expect she'll have to wait long for another invitation, not if her gorgeously sung and exquisitely danced revival of “Brigadoon” is any indication.

     
  • ‘Cats’ gets rap twist for West End revival Jul 7, 2014 9:41 AM
    “Cats” is back — and now one of the felines raps. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical returns to London’s West End in December in a revamped production with a hip-hop flavor. Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats,” the musical opened in London in 1981, running for 21 years there and 18 years on Broadway.

     
  • Goodman extends magical ‘Brigadoon’ Jul 7, 2014 7:00 PM
    Goodman Theatre has, for a second time, extended its spirited, emotionally charged revival of “Brigadoon.” A 1947 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, it’s about a Scottish village that appears for only one day every century, and the two American men whose lives are transformed after they stumble upon it.

     
  • Award-winning playwright meets with Harper College theater students Jul 7, 2014 9:41 AM
    "Driving Miss Daisy" playwright Alfred Uhry shared his inspirations and offered some feedback to Harper College theater students. The Academy Award winner's recent visit comes as Harper's troupe prepares to stage his Broadway play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo."

     
  • Weekend picks: Fests, bands and Paul Reiser Jul 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Mad About You” comedian Paul Reiser returns this Saturday to do standup comedy at Zanies in Rosemont. Catch Smash Mouth amid the rides and carnival games at the Northwest Fourth-Fest Saturday night at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect Lions Club hosts its annual Village Festival in Melas Park this weekend. The Eyes to the Skies Festival promises a carnival, fireworks and its famous array of colorful hot air balloons.

     
  • Rockwell hand-picked for Goodman's revival of 'Brigadoon' Jul 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    “So, do you want to direct and choreograph ‘Brigadoon’”? Rachel Rockwell didn’t ponder the question long before accepting the offer from Liza Lerner, daughter of legendary lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, to helm a revival of the 1947 musical. “Our ideas aligned,” Rockwell said. And thus the stage was set to bring the rarely staged musical to Chicago's Goodman Theatre, running now through Aug. 10.

     
  • Man files ADA complaint against Fox Valley Repertory Jul 3, 2014 7:57 PM
    A Schaumburg man has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging his 90-year-old father was discriminated against while attending a recent performance at the Fox Valley Repertory. The complaint says the theater does not meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate low-mobility seniors with vision problems.

     
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