Category: Cold Basement Dramatics

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: Heat Wave (Cold Basement Dramatics)

Abby Pierce stars as Hopper in Cold Basement Dramatics' "Heat Wave" by Steven Simoncic, directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, part of Steppenwolf Theatre's Garage Rep.  (photo credit: Michael Courier)        
Heat Wave

Written by Steven Simoncic  
Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary
at Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted (map)
thru April 25  |  tickets: $20   |  more info
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April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Half-Life of Memory (Cold Basement Dramatics)

Mark Maxwell stars as Salek in Cold Basement Dramatics' Chicago premiere of "The Half-Life of Memory" by Jason Lindner, directed by Sophie Blumberg. (photo credit: Liz Siedt)        
The Half-Life of Memory

Written by Jason Lindner
Directed by Sophie Blumberg
DCASE Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph (map)
thru June 29  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
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June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: At His Best (Cold Basement Dramatics)

Cold Basement Dramatics presents "At His Best" by Cassandra Rose, directed by Mike Mroch. (photo credit: Brandy Reichenberger)        
At His Best

Written by Cassandra Rose
Directed by Mike Mroch
at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Jan 26  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
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January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Henry Moore Is Melting (Cold Basement Dramatics)

Cold Basement Dramatics' "Henry Moore Is Melting" by Jenny Seidelman, directed by Mikey Laird.        
Henry Moore Is Melting 

Written by Jenny Seidelman
Directed by Mikey Laird
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport (map)
thru Jan 20  |  tickets: $17-$22   |  more info
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January 11, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: Antigone (Cold Basement Dramatics)

Radu Vaduva as Koufax, in Cold Basement Dramatics' "Antigone", adapted and directed by Jack Bouregeois from the Sophocles myth. (photo credit: John Kelly)        

Adapted by Jack Bourgeois from Sophocles
Directed by Jack Bourgeois
at Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway (map)
thru Aug 19   |  tickets: $20   |  more info
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August 10, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Thirst (Cold Basement Dramatics)

Thirst - Cold Basement Dramatics       

Written by Jacob Cox 
Directed by Scott Olson
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru Jan 29  |  tickets: $13   |  more info
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January 20, 2012 | 2 Comments More