Category: Gift Theatre

Review: Unseen (The Gift Theatre)

Ashley Agbay and Brittany Burch star as Derya and Mia in Unseen, Gift Theatre           


Written by Mona Mansour
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru April 9  |  tix: $30-$40  |  more info
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March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments More

2016 Equity Jeff Awards Announced

It’s the classic tale of the Sharks versus the Jets in West Side Story, one of the greatest musicals ever, playing March 16-April 24, 2016 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. For tickets and information, go to or call (630) 896-6666. Photo credit: Liz Lauren. Larry Yando and Eva Louise Balistreiri in The Tempest, Chicago Shakespeare Theater Donica Lynn, Candace C. Edwards and Katherine Thomas in Dreamgirls

Now in its 48th Equity season, the Jeff Awards has been honoring Chicago’s outstanding theatre artists annually since it’s establishment in 1968.  The Jeff Awards Committee judged the 158 qualifying productions (opening between August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016) from 58 producing organizations.  Of these, 112 productions were “Jeff Recommended”, which made them eligible for award nominations. 

Below you will find a compilation of the distributed awards at the Jeff Award ceremony Monday, August 17. Congrats to all!!!

October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Life Extra Ordinary (The Gift Theatre)

Cyd Blakewell stars as Annabel in A Life Extra Ordinary by Melissa Ross at Gift Theatre           

A Life Extra Ordinary

Written by Melissa Ross
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Nov 20  |  tix: $35  |  more info
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October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Richard III (The Gift Theatre)

Olivia Cygan and Michael Patrick Thornton in Richard III by William Shakespeare, The Gift Theatre          

Richard III

Written by William Shakespeare 
Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted (map)
thru May 1  |  tix: $30-$40 | more info
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March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

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.

See our picks below the fold

December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Good for Otto (The Gift Theatre)

Brittany Burch stars as Mother in The Gift Theatre's world premiere "Good for Otto" by David Rabe, directed by Michael Patrick Thornton. (photo credit: Claire Demos)          
Good for Otto 

Written by David Rabe
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Feb 7  | tix: $20-$35 | more info
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October 11, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Review: Bethany (The Gift Theatre)

James D. Farruggio and Hillary Clemens star in The Gift Theatre's "Bethany" by Laura Marks, directed by Marti Lyons. (photo credit: Claire Demos)        

Written by Laura Marks  
Directed by Marti Lyons
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Nov 23  |  tickets: $20-$30   |  more info
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October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Othello (The Gift Theatre)

Jay Worthington and Kareem Bandealy star as Cassio and Othello in The Gift Theatre's "Othello" by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Berry. (photo credit: Claire Demos)        

Written by William Shakespeare  
Directed by Jonathan Berry 
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Aug 24  |  tickets: $20-$35   |  more info
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July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More