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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: The Sound of Music (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Elizabeth Futral, Billy Zane and Jenn Gambatese star in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "The Sound of Music" by Rodgers and Hammerstein, directed by Marc Bruni. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
The Sound of Music 

By Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
      Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed by Marc Bruni  
at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru May 25  |  tickets: $29-$199   |  more info
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May 3, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: The Barber of Seville (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Alessandro Corbelli and Nathan Gunn star in Lyric Opera's "The Barber of Seville" by Gioachino Rossini, directed by Rob Ashford. (photo credit: Dan Rest)        
The Barber of Seville

Music by Gioachino Rossini  
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Directed by Rob Ashford
at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru Feb 28  |  tickets: $20-$229   |  more info
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February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: La Traviata (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Joseph Calleja and Marina Rebeka star as Alfredo and Violetta in Lyric Opera's "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Massimo Zanetti. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
La Traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi 
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave  
Conducted by Massimo Zanetti
Directed by Arin Arbus  
at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru Dec 20  |  tickets: $54-$284   |  more info
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November 26, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: Parsifal (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Paul Groves, Daveda Karanas, Thomas Hampson and Kwangchul Youn star in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Parsifal" by Richard Wagner, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.        

Written by Richard Wagner 
Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis 
Directed by John Caird
Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru Nov 29  |  tickets: $34-$244   |  more info
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November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Top 10 Chicago Plays of 2012

Taking into account the nearly 700 productions that we reviewed in 2012, here are our picks for the best of the best. Bravo!!  (FYI: We’re honored to have the national website Huffington Post use our choices for their Top 10 Chicago productions here)

Mary Beth Fisher and Rob Lindley star in Court Theatre's "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner, directed by Charles Newell. Molly Regan, Lusia Strus and Mariann Mayberry star in Steppenwolf Theatre's "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by K. Todd Freman. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow) Rania Salem Manganaro stars in The Inconveniences' "Hit The Wall" by Ike Holter, directed by Eric Hoff. (photo credit: Ryan Borque) Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane star in Goodman Theatre's "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill, directed by Robert Falls. (photo credit: Liz Lauren) Brandon Dahlquist, Shannon Cochran and Jonathan Weir star in Writers' Theatre's "A Little Night Music" by Stephen Sondheim, directed by William Brown. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)
Adam Poss and Madrid St. Angelo star in star in Victory Gardens' "Oedipus el Rey" by Luis Alfaro, directed by Chay Yew. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow) Chiara Mangiameli and Rick Bayless star in Lookingglass Theatre's "Rick Bayless in Cascabel" by Heidi Stillman and Tony Hernandez and Rick Bayless. (photo credit: Sean Williams) Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Show Boat", conducted by John DeMain, directed by Francesca Zambrello. (photo credit: Robert Kusel) Jason Danieley as George and Carmen Cusack as Dot, in Chicago Shakespeare's "Sunday in the Park with George" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, directed by Gary Griffin. (photo credit: Liz Lauren) Richard Cotovsky and Preston Tate Jr. star in Mary-Arrchie Theatre's "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts.  (photo credit: Greg Rothman)


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January 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Werther (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Craig Verm and Sophie Koch star in Lyric Opera's "Werther", music by Jules Massenet, diected by Francisco Negrin. (photo credit: Dan Rest)        

Composed by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet, G. Hartmann
Directed by Francisco Negrin  
at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru Nov 26  |  tickets: $39-$234   |  more info
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November 14, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Elektra (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Christine Goerke as Elektra, in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Elektra" by Richard Strauss, directed by Sir David McVicor. (photo credit: Dan Rest)        

Music by Richard Strauss   
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal 
Directed by Sir David McVicor
at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru Oct 30  |  tickets: $49-$259   |  more info
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October 9, 2012 | 1 Comment More