Category: Oracle Theatre

Top 10 Chicago Plays of 2015

 

Matthew Sherbach and Armand Fields star in Northlight Theatre's "Charm". John Mahoney and Audrey Francis star in Steppenwolf's "The Herd". Charli Williams, Anna Dauzvardis and Katrina D. Richards star in Raven Theatre's "Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys". Bernard White, Nisi Sturgis, Zakiya Young and J. Anthony Crane star in Goodman Theatre's "Disgraced." 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. Eunice Woods stars in American Theater Company's "The Project(s)" by PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger. Mike Nussbaum stars in TimeLine Theatre's "The Price" by Arthur Miller.  Brian Parry and Jacqueline Grandt star in Redtwist Theatre's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee. Brendan Connelly and McKenna Liesman star in Red Theater and Oracle Productions' "R + J: The Vineyard.

Another year, another 12 months of great Chicago theater! 2015 blessed Chicagoland with inspired new works and riveting revivals from a wide range of companies – the largest equity houses to the smallest of the city’s storefronts. Taking into account the 700+ productions that were produced in the Windy City over the last year, here are our reviewer’s picks for the best of the best. Bravo!!

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January 1, 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.

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December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review – R + J: The Vineyard (Red Theater Chicago and Oracle Productions)

McKenna Liesman and Brendan Connelly star as Juliet and Romeo in Oracle and Red Theater's "R + J: The Vineyard," adapted by Aaron Sawyer and Janette Bauer, directed by Aaron Sawyer. (photo credit: Joe Mazza)          
      
R + J: The Vineyard 

Adapted by Janette Bauer
     and Aaron Sawyer
at Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway (map)
thru Dec 12  |  tickets: FREE   |  more info 
       

November 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: No Beast So Fierce (Oracle Theatre)

John Arthur Lewis, Erica Bittner and Katherine Keberlein star in Oracle Theatre's "No Beast So Fierce," adapted and directed by Max Truax. (photo credit: Joe Mazza, Brave Lux)         
      
No Beast So Fierce  

Adapted by Max Truax 
From Shakespeare’s Richard III
DCASE Storefront, 66 E. Randolph (map)
thru Nov 8  |  tix: FREE   |  more info 
        
    

October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Jungle (Oracle Theatre)

Travis Delgado stars as Jurgis in Oracle Theatre's "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair, adapted and directed by Matt Foss. (photo credit: Jason Fassl)        
      
    
    
The Jungle

Adapted and Directed by Matt Foss 
From novel by Upton Sinclair
Music by Nicholas Tonozzi  
at Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway (map)
thru Sept 6   |  tickets: FREE   |  more info 
         
         
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August 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: The President (Oracle Theatre)

John Arthur Lewis stars as Mr. Norris in Oracle Theatre's "The President" by Ferenc Molnár, translated by Morwyn Brebner, and directed by Max Truax. (photo credit: Joe Mazza)        
      

The President

Written by Ferenc Molnár 
Adapted by Morwyn Brebner
Directed by Max Truax
at Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway (map)
thru May 31  |  tickets: $FREE   |  more info 
          
     
         
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April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: Pains of Youth (Odradek Theatre & Oracle Theatre)

Kaitlyn Majoy, Jonathen Wikholm, Daniel Desmarais, Laura Lapidus and Kelsey Ann Wacker star in "Pains of Youth", presented by Odradek Theatre and Oracle Theatre; written by Ferdinand Bruckner and directed by Josh Altman.        
      
Pains of Youth

Written by Ferdinand Bruckner
Adapted by Martin Crimp   
Directed by Joshua Altman 
at Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway (map)
thru Oct 13  |  tickets: FREE   |  more info 
          
     
         
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September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Pink Milk (Oracle Theatre and White Elephant Project)

Aaron Stephenson as Alan in Pink Milk, Oracle Theatre        
      
Pink Milk

Written by Alex Paul Young  
Directed by Brandon Powers
at Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway (map)
thru Sept 7  |  tickets: FREE   |  more info
       
Check for half-price tickets 
    
        
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August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More