Spotlight: Ibsen's 'Lady From the Sea' returns to Court Theatre stage
'Lady From the Sea'
Court Theatre remounts its 2020 production of Henrik Ibsen's "The Lady From the Sea," which was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chaon Cross stars as Ellida, a lighthouse keeper's daughter in love with a sailor, but when the sailor fails to return, she marries a doctor from the village. Years later, the sailor turns up, forcing Ellida to choose between her one-time love and her husband. Shana Cooper directs Richard Nelson's new translation.
Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27, and through March 4, at 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. The show opens March 5. $28-$84. COVID-19 precautions: Proof of vaccination and masks required. (773) 753-4472 or courttheatre.org.
Journey to 'Hadestown'
Broadway in Chicago presents the 2019 Tony Award-winning musical "Hadestown" in a limited run. Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell wrote the score and the book for this tuner that chronicles two mythical love stories: one involving Orpheus descending to the underworld to retrieve his doomed bride Eurydice and the other involving the goddess Persephone, who must spend six months every year with her husband, Hades, god of the underworld.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, and Friday, March 4; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and through March 13 at the CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago. $49-$224. COVID-19 precautions: Proof of vaccination and masks required. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com.
Patrick Agada, top left, Charin Alvarez and Leyla Beydoun, as well as Carolyn Hu Bradbury, bottom left, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Adam Poss and Peter Sipla make up the cast of Remy Bumppo Theatre's season-opening production of "Passage" by Christopher Chen.
A different 'Passage'
E.M. Forster's novel "A Passage to India" inspired Christopher Chen's "Passage," a drama about colonialism, nationalism and how power imbalances affect the friendship between a native of country Y and a native of country X, which was colonized by country Y. Kaiser Ahmed directs Remy Bumppo Theatre's production.
Previews at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 2-5, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens March 7. $30-$55. COVID-19 precautions: Proof of vaccination and masks required. (773) 244-8119 or remybumppo.org.
Writers Theatre continues its season with the premiere of "Wife of a Salesman," Eleanor Burgess' play inspired by Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." Commissioned and developed in cooperation with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Burgess' drama about marriage and duty imagines a confrontation between a certain salesman's wife (Kate Fry) and his mistress (Amanda Drinkall). Jo Bonney directs.
Previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 3-4; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5; 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, and through March 11 at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The show opens March 11. $35-$90. COVID-19 precautions: Proof of vaccination and masks required. (847) 242-6000 or writerstheatre.org.
In other news
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• TimeLine Theatre will make its production of "Relentless," by Tyla Abercrumbie, available for remote viewing through Feb. 27. Set in 1919, the play is about two Black sisters who return to Philadelphia to settle their late mother's estate and discover diaries that reveal unknown truths about their mother's past. A limited number of remote viewing tickets are available for between $35 and $50, or pay what you can, at timelinetheatre.com. Ticketholders will get a Vimeo link that allows them to view the stream. Remote viewing sales end Feb. 27. In-person performances run through Feb. 26 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 281-8463, ext. 6.
• American Blues Theater's live online reading series "The Room" continues at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, with "Origin Story" by Nathan Alan Davis. The play is about a young woman working an office job by day and a fast-food job by night who's in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a $10 suggested donation. (773) 654-3101 or americanbluestheater.com.
• AstonRep Theatre presents its 13th annual Writers Series featuring virtual readings of three one-act plays by Lindsey Brown. Performances will be live via Zoom at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27. Featured plays include: "A Lovely Day for a Boating Trip (and to kill your spouse)" about a marriage on the brink; "A Lovely Day for a Boating Trip (and to escape your own wedding)" about a bride testing the limits of friendship; and "A Lovely Day for a Boating Trip (and to get rid of a body)" about a bonding trip with a grandmother that turns grim after dead bodies surface. See astonrep.com.
• Chicago Youth Shakespeare presents its 75-minute production of "Macbeth" at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. COVID-19 precautions include proof of vaccination and masks. See chicagoyouthshakespeare.org.
• Filament Theatre resumes in-person performances with its family-friendly production "Gather," about a snowstorm that isolates everyone, forcing them to lose their connections to the world. Words vanish in a librarian's books, a mail carrier has nothing to deliver, a cook has no one to cook for until two adventurers join forces to bring the town together. Performances run Saturday, Feb. 26, through March 27 at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. COVID-19 precautions include proof of vaccination and masks. See filamenttheatre.org/gather.
• Collaboraction and the DuSable Museum of African American History present "Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till," a documentary-style re-enactment of the court proceedings in which two men -- who later admitted their guilt -- were found not guilty of killing the Chicago boy. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago. Tickets are $15-$45. They're available at collaboraction.org or (312) 226-9633.
• Goodman Theatre announces an in-person, workshop reading of "When Given a Choice, Bleed" by Kimberly Dixon-Mays as part of its Future Labs series of readings of works written and directed by people of color. The free reading takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. COVID-19 precautions include proof of vaccination and masks. Additionally, Goodman named Georgette Verdin as its 2022 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, which provides opportunities for an early-career director within the Goodman organization. The managing artistic director of Interrobang Theatre Project, Verdin is currently in rehearsals for the world premiere of "Spay" at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. See goodmantheatre.org.
• Idle Muse Theatre premieres "Upon This Stone: A Tale of Pericles and the Daughters of Tyre," a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Pericles" adapted and directed by artistic director Evan Jackson. Performances run Thursday, March 3, through April 3 at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago. (773) 340-9438 or idlemuse.org.