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Chicago’s Best Theater of 2016

  

Miguel Cervantes stars as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway ChicagoDana Omar and Gay Glenn star in Cinderella at the Theater Potatotes, Hypocrites TheatreKaren Rodriguez stars in The Way She Spoke, Solo Celebration, Greenhouse Theater 3ETHL_ShowPageFINAL_450x665James Vincent Meredith and Bethany Jillard in Othello, Chicago Shakespeare TheatreBryce Gangel, Jessica Ervin and Charlotte Thomas in Dry Land, RivendellJulissa Contreras, Sarah Cartwright and Ada Grey in The Haven Place, Red Orchid TheatreEvan Linder and Liz Sharpe in Byhalia Mississippi, New Colony Definition TheatreBrian Parry and Aaron Kirby in The Drawer Boy, Redtwist TheatreChristian Castro and D’Wayne Taylor in Jesus Hopped A Train, Eclipse TheatreThomas Cox, Bolden. (Back) Ruiz, Sullivan, Brown. Photo by Michael Brosilow (2)Mary Beth Fisher and Harris Yulin in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Court TheatreEliza Stoughton and Sam Hubbard in A Loss of Roses, Raven TheatreBlair Brown and Alan Wilder in Mary Page Marlowe, Steppenwolf TheatreChristina Saliba with mirror from Learning Curve, Albany Park Theater ProjectThe Joffrey Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker, Auditorium TheatreJustin Keyes, Chris Sams, Tyrone L. Robinson, Will Skrip and Sean Blake in Smokey Joe's CafeDash Barber and Christopher Borek in Posh by Laura Wade, Steep Theatre LMSarah Goeden, Justine C. Turner and Nicole Bloomsmith in Once in a Lifetime, StrawdogSydney Charles and Julian Parker in Prowess, Jackalope TheatreIt’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 ParamountAurora.com or call (630) 896-6666. Photo credit: Liz Lauren.Brian Quijada in Where Do We Sit On the Bus, Teatro Vista Chicago 2Amy Stricker, Britain Gebhardt, Max DeTogne, Lizzie Schwarzrock, Kelly Baskin, Caitlin JacksonMonica Raymund stars in Thaddeus and Slocum, Lookingglass TheatreBrenda Barrie, James Doherty. Michael E Martin, Johnny Arena and Rudy Galvan in United Flight 232

     

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January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Top 10 Chicago Productions of 2016

 

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda at PrivateBank Theatre, Broadway in Chicago 3Brenda Barrie, James Doherty. Michael E Martin, Johnny Arena and Rudy Galvan in United Flight 232The Joffrey Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker, Auditorium Theatre 27Jessica Ervin and Bryce Gangel in Dry Land, Rivendell TheatreMichael Holding by Laura Wade in Posh, Steep Theatre GGMaria Velazquez in Library from Learning Curve, Albany Park Theater ProjectThomas Cox, Bolden. (Back) Ruiz, Sullivan, Brown. Photo by Michael Brosilow (2)Cecelia Wingate and Liz Sharpe in Byhalia Mississippi, New Colony Definition TheatreSydney Charles and Julian Parker in Prowess, Jackalope Theatre (Joel Maisonet)Amy Stricker, Britain Gebhardt, Max DeTogne, Lizzie Schwarzrock, Kelly Baskin, Caitlin Jackson

Another year, another 12 months of great theater! 2016 blessed the Windy City with inspired new works and riveting revivals from a wide range of companies – from the largest equity houses and dance companies to the smallest of Chicago’s storefronts. Taking into account the hundreds of productions that we reviewed this past year, here are our picks, in alphabetical order, for the best 10 productions of 2016. Bravo to all!!  

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January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: End of the Rainbow (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Angela Ingersoll, Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow, Porchlight Music Theatre           
   

End of the Rainbow

Written by Peter Quilter
Featuring music of Judy Garland
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru Dec 9  |  tix: $45-$51  |  more info
       
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November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: High Fidelity (Refuge Theatre Project)

Amy Stricker, Britain Gebhardt, Max DeTogne, Lizzie Schwarzrock, Kelly Baskin, Caitlin Jackson          
      
   

High Fidelity

By Amanda Green (lyrics), Tom Kitt (music)
   and David Lindsay-Abaire (book)
at Refuge Records, 666 W. Hubbard (map)
thru Feb 28  |  tix: $20  | more info
       
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February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Play (Glass Apple Theatre)

Glass Apple Theatre presents "Play," written and directed by Brian McKnight.        

      
      
Play
  
Written/Directed by Brian McKnight
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport (map)
thru Jan 17  |  tix: $15  |  more info
       
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January 9, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Review: Bette, Live at the Continental Baths (Hell in a Handbag Productions)

  Caitlin Jackson stars as Bette Midler in Hell in a Handbag's "Bette, Live at the Continental Baths," directed by Christopher Pazdernik. (photo credit: Rick Aguilar) 

           
Bette, Live at the
     Continental Baths
 

Directed by Christopher Pazdernik
at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (map)
thru Aug 21 | tickets $22 | more info
       
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Review: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Bailiwick Chicago)

Matthew Holzfeind (front, center) as Andrew Jackson with the cast of Bailiwick Chicago’s production of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON.  Photo by Michael Brosilow.        
       
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 

By Michael Friedman (music/lyrics)
      and Alex Timbers (book)
Directed by Scott Ferguson 
National Pastime Thtr, 941 W. Lawrence (map)
thru Nov 10  |  tickets: $15-$30   |  more info
       
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October 10, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Time After Time (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)

Danielle Brother, Stephanie Herman, Khaki Pixley - Time After Time, Theo Ubique       
      
Time After Time:
      The Songs of Jule Styne

Featuring music by Jule Styne  
Directed by David Heimann
Music Direction by Aaron Benham  
at No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood (map)
thru July 29  |  tickets: $25-$29   |  more info
       
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