On stage: CST abridges 'Comedy of Errors' for kids

  • Sam Linda, far left and Ian Maryfield, far right, play long-lost twin servants both named Dromio in Chicago Shakespeare's 75-minute abridged production "Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors." Casey Hoekstra, center left, and Adam Wesley Brown, center right, co-star as long-lost twin aristocrats both named Antipholus.

    Sam Linda, far left and Ian Maryfield, far right, play long-lost twin servants both named Dromio in Chicago Shakespeare's 75-minute abridged production "Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors." Casey Hoekstra, center left, and Adam Wesley Brown, center right, co-star as long-lost twin aristocrats both named Antipholus. Courtesy of Liz Lauren

 
 
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• Performances continue through Feb. 29 for Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors," a 75-minute version of William Shakespeare's comedy about the nobleman Antipholus and his lifelong friend and servant Dromio who search the world for their lost twin siblings. Performances are at 11 a.m. Saturdays at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-5600 or chicagoshakes.com.

• National Security Agency data analyst Roan knows all about her wife Nat's job as a civil rights attorney. But Nat knows nothing about Roan's job, or that she is a whistleblower in "Roan @the Gates," a drama about personal relationships and national security by Christina Telesca Gorman. American Blues Theater's Chicago-area premiere begins previews Friday, Jan. 31, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens Feb. 6. (773) 654-3103 or americanbluestheater.com.

 
Elise Marie Davis, left, David Weiss, William Anthony Sebastian Rose II, Darren Jones and Robert Koon star in Broken Nose Theatre's U.S. premiere of "Labyrinth."
Elise Marie Davis, left, David Weiss, William Anthony Sebastian Rose II, Darren Jones and Robert Koon star in Broken Nose Theatre's U.S. premiere of "Labyrinth." - Courtesy of Spenser Davis/David Weiss

• Previews begin Friday, Jan. 31, for Broken Nose Theatre's U.S. premiere of "Labyrinth," a financial drama by Beth Steel. Set in 1978, the play centers on Wall Street banker John Anderson, who makes risky loans to developing Latin American nations that threaten their economic stability. Director Spenser Davis' production opens Sunday, Feb. 2, at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and donations are accepted. See brokennosetheatre.com.

• "The Hilary Duff Project," a combination theatrical flashback and concert about the life of the "Lizzie McGuire" star, begins a brief run on Friday, Jan. 31. Created by Cat McGee and Alex Benjamin during their undergraduate days at Northwestern University, the show was written and directed by McGee. It runs through Feb. 8 at The Newport Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago. See todaytix.com.

• Actor Eric Roberts and wife Eliza Roberts -- writer/producer, acting coach and casting director -- discuss their careers, the film industry and "The Craft of Acting" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Tickets are $20. A portion of the proceeds go to Deerhaven Home, an organization that helps provide housing for children in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.

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• The Physical Theater Festival hosts Scratch Night, a quarterly preview of original visual and physical theater works by Chicago artists. It's at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. See physicalfestival.com.

• Indivisible Chicago, the grass-roots movement formed in the wake of the 2016 general election, hosts the "True Blue Revue," a free kickoff to the 2020 campaign, on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show, featuring live music and comedy, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. See indivisiblechicago.com.

• Theater artists Rashada Dawan, Lucy Godinez and Molly Hernandez perform as part of Art Transforms: A Musical Celebration of the Power of Community, a benefit for Northlight Theatre's community engagement programs, including a free ticket program. The benefit takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 324-1616 or northlight.org/arttransforms.

• "The Second City's Black History Month," showcasing sketches and songs conceived and written by SC alumni Keegan-Michael Key, Tim Meadows, Amber Ruffin and others, runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4. Performances run through March 11 at UP Comedy Club, Piper's Alley, 230 W. North Ave., Chicago. (312) 337-3992 or secondcity.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• The popular Irish music and dance spectacle "Riverdance" returns to Chicago as part of its 25th anniversary tour. It plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago, from Tuesday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, Feb. 9. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com.

• Emmy Award-winner and Glen Ellyn native Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") appears at the Goodman Theatre's Legacy & Promise Education and Engagement luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The benefit begins at noon at The Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago. Proceeds benefit Goodman's free youth and school programs. (312) 443-3811, ext. 220.

• Previews begin Thursday, Feb. 6, for Raven Theatre's production of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," adapted by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt. Amira Danan stars as Nora, a pampered and spirited 19th-century wife whose secret, if revealed, could threaten her marriage to prominent banker Torvald (Gage Wallace). Director Lauren Shouse's production of the new adaptation opens Feb. 10 at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 338-2177 or raventheatre.com.

• The League of Chicago Theatre's Theatre Thursday series continues Thursday, Feb. 6, with Victory Gardens Theater's "How to Defend Yourself," liliana padilla's play about college students who take a self-defense workshop after their sorority sister is raped. The performance is at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $30 with the code THTH. (773) 871-3000 or chicagoplays.com/theatre-thursdays.

Writer/actor Ronnie Marmo's bio-drama "I'm Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce" continues its open run at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre.
Writer/actor Ronnie Marmo's bio-drama "I'm Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce" continues its open run at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre. - Courtesy of Doren Sorell

• The hit show "I'm Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce," written by and starring Ronnie Marmo as the seminal stand-up comic, has been extended indefinitely. The open run continues at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. (312) 988-9000 or lennybruceonstage.com.

• Chicago Children's Theatre has extended its production of "Wake Up, Brother Bear!" an interactive show for children up to 6 years old. It runs through March 1 at 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. (312) 374-8835 or chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

• Firebrand Theatre's acclaimed revival of "Always ... Patsy Cline," about the friendship between the famous country singer and her No. 1 fan, has been extended for the third time. Performances run through Feb. 23 at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. See firebrandtheatre.org.

• In other theater news: Porchlight Music Theatre named Rebeccah Singer as its first full-time education director overseeing the company's interns and outreach programs. Colette S. Gregory, a member of the adjunct faculty at the Theatre School at DePaul University, takes over as executive director of PlayMakers Laboratory. Silent Theatre Company co-founder Lauren Fisher has been named the company's first executive director in its 15-year history.

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