Category: Building Stage

Chicago’s Best Theater of 2015

 

Carmen Molina, Claudia DiBiccari, Mykele Callicutt, Paula Ramirez, Preston Tate Jr., Deanna Reed-Foster and James McGuire in Cold Basement Dramatics' "Heat Wave".Scott Danielson, Garrett Lutz and George Toles star in Kokandy Productions' "The Full Monty".Laura Osnes as and Steven Pasquale star in Lyric Opera's "Carousel" by Rodgers and Hammerstein.John Mahoney and Audrey Francis in Steppenwolf Theatre's "The Herd".Sarah Lynn Robinson, Anthony Whitaker and Greg Zawada in Porchlight's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Form" by Steven Sondheim. Monica West, Kasey Foster and Emma Cadd in Lookingglass Theatre's "Moby Dick".Mariann Mayberry and Brittany Uomoleale star in Steppenwolf Theatre's "Grand Concourse".Steve Haggard and Karen Janes Woditsch star in Writers Theatre's "Doubt: A Parable".Charli Williams , Anna Dauzvardis, Katrina D.  Richard, Brandon Greenhouse, and Kevin Patterson star in Raven Theatre's "Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys".Bernard White and Nisi Sturgis in Goodman Theatre's "Disgraced".Rafael Davila and Bradley Smoak star in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Bel Canto".Drury Lane Oakbrook presents "Billy Elliot: The Musical," music by Elton John.  Becca Savoy, Michael McKeough and Sandy Elias star in Griffin Theatre's "Pocatello".Larry Yando and Eva Louise Balistreiri star in Chicago Shakespeare's "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare.Matthew Sherbach and Armand Fields star in Northlight Theatre's "Charm".Brendan Connelly, Chris Schroeder and Brenda Scott Wlazlo star in Red Theater and Oracle Productions' "R + J: The Vineyard".Melanie Brezill and Patrick Budde star in Chicago Children’s Theatre’s "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." Colte Julian as Curly and Allison Sill as Laurey in Paramount Theatre's "Oklahoma!". Mike Nussbaum stars in TimeLine Theatre's "The Price" by Arthur Miller. Eunice Woods stars in American Theater Company's "The Project(s)" by PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger.Luce Metrius and Ashley Neil star in A Red Orchid Theatre's "Red Handed Otter." Kelsey Brennan and Greg Matthew Anderson star in Remy Bumppo's "Travesties" by Tom Stoppard.Johanna McKenzie Miller and Alex Goodrich star in Northlight Theatre's "Shining Lives," directed by Jessica Thebus.Brian Parry and Jacqueline Grandt star in Redtwist Theatre's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee.Eileen Niccolai and Daniela Colucci star in The Shattered Globe's "The Rose Tattoo" by Tennessee Williams. , Shattered Globe Theatre, Brosilow

In a theater community as diverse and talented as Chicago’s, every aspect and genre of stage productions can be found throughout the city on a given week.  2015 was no exception to this fact, as one can see from our reviewers’ picks of the year’s greatest and most memorable works.

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December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Dawn, Quixote (The Building Stage)

Nathan Wonder, Chelsea Keenan and Michael Hamilton in The Building Stage's "Dawn, Quixote", conceived and conducted by Artistic Director Blake Montgomery.  (photo credit: B. Montgomery)        
       
Dawn, Quixote 

Conceived and Directed by Blake Montgomery
The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter (map)
thru April 27  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
       
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March 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Again. (The Building Stage)

Blake Montgomery as Charles Dickens, in The Building Stage's "Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs 'A Christmas Carol.' Again." (photo credit: Chelsea Keenan)       
      
Charles Dickens Begrudgingly
  Performs ‘A Christmas Carol.’
  Again.
 

Created and Performed by Blake Montgomery
at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter (map)
thru Dec 24  |  tickets: $15-$30   |  more info
       
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December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Scent of Flowers (Backstage Theatre)

Jess Berry as Zoe in Backstage Theatre's "A Scent of Flowers" by James Saunders, directed by Matthew Reeder. (photo credit: Heath Hays)        
       
A Scent of Flowers 

Written by James Saunders   
Directed by Matthew Reeder
at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter (map)
thru Aug 25  |  tickets: $22-$25   |  more info
       
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July 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Life Is a Dream (The Building Stage)

A scene from The Building Stage's "Life Is a Dream", by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, directed by Blake Montgomery.  (photo credit: Chelsea Keenan)       
      
Life Is a Dream 

Written by Pedro Calderon de la Barca  
Directed by Blake Montgomery
at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter (map)
thru June 30  |  tickets: $12-$22   |  more info
       
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May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Hänsel und Gretel (The Building Stage)

Chelsea Keenan as Gretel and Pamela Maurer as Hänsel in The Building Stage's "Hänsel und Gretel", conceived and directed by Blake Montgomery.      
     

Hänsel und Gretel

Conceived and Directed by Blake Montgomery
The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter (map)
thru April 22  |  tickets: $12-$22   |  more info
       
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March 14, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Number (Backstage Theatre)

Patrick Blashill and Tony Bozzuto in a scene from Backstage Theatre's "A Number" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Karen Kessler.       
      
A Number 

Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Karen Kessler
The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter (map)
thru Feb 11  |  tickets: $25   |  more info
       
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January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Charles Dickens Begrudgingly… (The Building Stage)

Blake Montgomery, The Building Stage Chicago, Chelsea Keenan       
     
Charles Dickens 
Begrudgingly Performs 
‘A Christmas Carol.’ Again.

Created & Performed by Blake Montgomery
The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter (map)
thru Dec 24  |  tickets: $22   |  more info
       
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December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More