Theater events: 'La Havana Madrid' gets extended through June 30

  • Sandra Delgado wrote and stars in "La Havana Madrid," her play with music about a 1960s Chicago nightclub that served as a haven for Latino immigrants. Teatro Vista and Collaboraction's enhanced co-production has been extended through June 30 at The Den Theatre.

    Sandra Delgado wrote and stars in "La Havana Madrid," her play with music about a 1960s Chicago nightclub that served as a haven for Latino immigrants. Teatro Vista and Collaboraction's enhanced co-production has been extended through June 30 at The Den Theatre. Courtesy of Joel Maisonet

 
 

• Free Street Theater stages 50 performances in honor of its 50th anniversary beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 23. "50 in 50: A City-Wide Theatrical Flash Mob" will take place in each of Chicago's 50 wards as multidisciplinary pop-up performances. "This event will bring free, topical theater celebrating a hopeful, optimistic message about life in Chicago to every community in the city, including those with little access to live theater," said artistic director Coya Paz in a prepared statement. See freestreet.org for locations.

• Andrew Lippa, Linda Robbins, Stephen Bray and Craig Carnelia are the master composer/lyricists presiding over the 14th Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project in partnership with the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University. The weeklong workshop for emerging songwriters begins Sunday, June 23, and concludes with the "Songwriters in Concert" showcase at 8 p.m. June 29 in the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. See mercersongwriters.com. In related news, the American Music Theatre Project will collaborate with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on two new works premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. "Limbo: City of Dreams" is myth set to a folk music score about a woman who attempts to restore imagination to her fellow townspeople. "Limbo: The Twelve" is about a woman whose fate rests with 12 people from her past.

• Pride Films and Plays stages "Grindr the Opera (An Unauthorized Parody)," a satire by composer/lyricist/writer Erik Ransom that was featured during the 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Inspired by the dating app, "Grindr" looks at gay relationships through the eyes of a mythical siren who manipulates people using lust. Previews begin Sunday, June 23, at 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago. The show, directed by John Cardone, opens Tuesday, June 25. (866) 811-4111 or pridefilmsandplays.com.

• The next incarnation of Barrel of Monkeys' ongoing series of sketches adapted from stories by Chicago public school students begins Monday, June 24, at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. "That's Weird, Grandma: Fantastic Beasts and the Stories About Them" runs through Aug. 12. Additionally, Barrel of Monkeys takes "That's Weird, Grandma" to Chicago neighborhoods as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks. Free performances run Thursday, June 27, through Tuesday, July 23. (773) 506-7140 or barrelofmonkeys.org.

Heath Saunders, left, Nick Cosgrove and Katherine Thomas star in Marriott Theatre's Midwest premiere of the musical "Darling Grenadine."
Heath Saunders, left, Nick Cosgrove and Katherine Thomas star in Marriott Theatre's Midwest premiere of the musical "Darling Grenadine." - Courtesy of Joe Mazza/Brave Lux

• Previews begin Wednesday, June 26, for Marriott Theatre's Midwest premiere of "Darling Grenadine," Daniel Zaitchik's new musical romantic comedy with a twist. It centers on the relationships between singer/songwriter Harry, his actress girlfriend Louise and his brother Paul. Aaron Thielen directs the production, which opens July 7 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com.

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• The remount of "La Havana Madrid," Sandra Delgado's hit play with music inspired by the 1960s Chicago nightclub, has been extended. Performances of the Teatro Vista and Collaboraction collaboration run through June 30 at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 697-3830 or thedentheatre.com.

• Windy City Playhouse has extended its hit show "Southern Gothic," an immersive theatrical event set during a 1960s cocktail party where four couples uncover secrets they've been keeping from each other. The production, which marks its 500th performance on July 5, will run through July 28 at 2229 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (773) 891-8985 or windycityplayhouse.com.

• Interrobang Theatre Project inaugurates its 10th anniversary season with the U.S. premiere of "Out of Love" (Aug. 16-Sept. 14), Elinor Cook's drama about companionship and rivalry centered around two lifelong friends who vow to get out of their small English town. That's followed by Daniel MacIvor's one-man play "Here Lies Henry" (spring 2020) in which the titular character tries to make sense of his life choices and failures. The season concludes in summer 2020 with the premiere of "Sexbot," Brandon Tessers' future-set play developed with the Interrobang ensemble about a company whose robots are a little too lifelike. Performances take place at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago. A season pass is $80. Passes and single tickets are available at interrobangtheatreproject.org.

• A Red Orchid Theatre begins its 27th season Oct. 10 with the premiere of "Grey House," ensemble member Levi Holloway's drama about a couple who seek shelter from a blizzard in an Oregan cabin inhabited by four seemingly innocent children. Next up is the Chicago-area premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg's "Do You Feel Anger?" (Jan. 16-March 8, 2020). It's about a woman hired to help the employees at a debt collection agency develop empathy. The season concludes with the Chicago-area premiere of Jen Silverman's "The Moors" (April 23-June 14, 2020). Partly inspired by "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre," Silverman's comedy is about two spinster sisters and a governess who consider the price they paid for love. Performances take place at 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago. A three-show Flashpass is $90, a preview Flashpass is $60. (312) 943-8722 or aredorchidtheatre.org.

• Theo Ubique's announced its 2019-2020 season will include three musical revivals and one to be named later. The season begins Sept. 13 with "Hello Again," Michael John LaChiusa's riff on Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde," about the love affairs that play out among 10 characters through 10 decades of the 20th century. Next up is a revival of "Working" (Dec. 6, 2019-Jan. 26, 2020), based on Studs Terkel's interviews with average working men and women. That's followed by "Grey Gardens" (March 6-April 26, 2020), the Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie musical inspired by the documentary of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who become recluses in their decaying East Hampton home. The fourth musical will run June 5 to July 26, 2020. Performances take place at 721 Howard St., Evanston. Subscriptions range from $99 to $149, with three-course, prix-fixe dinners available for an additional $100 per subscription. (773) 347-1109 or theo-u.com.

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