Tag: Tania Richard

Review: Ah, Wilderness! (Goodman Theatre)

Niall Cunningham and Ayssette Muñoz star as Richard and Muriel in Ah Wilderness, Goodman Theatre           
      

Ah, Wilderness!

Written by Eugene O’Neill   
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru July 23  |  tix: $20-$75  |  more info
       
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Review: This (Windy City Playhouse)

Brian Grey, Amy Rubenstein, Joe Zarrow and Tania Richard in This, Windy City Playhosue          
 

         
This 

Written by Melissa James Gibson
at Windy City Playhouse
3014 W. Irving Park (map)
thru Aug 28  |  tix: $25-$55  | more info
       
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July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Disgraced (Goodman Theatre)

Bernard White and Nisi Sturgis star in Goodman Theatre's "Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)      
      
Disgraced 

Written by Ayad Akhtar
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru Oct 25  |  tix: $25-$82  | more info
       
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September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre, 2013)

A.C. Smith stars as Ghost of Christmas Present in Goodman Theatre's holiday classic "A Christmas Carol", adapted by Tom Creamer, directed by Henry Wishcamper. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
      
A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens, adapted by Tom Creamer
Directed by Henry Wishcamper
at Goodman Theatre, , 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru Dec 29  |  tickets: $39-$88   |  more info
       
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November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre)

Larry Yando and Matthew Abraham star in Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, directed by Steve Scott. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
       
A Christmas Carol 

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Tom Creamer
Directed by Steve Scott  
at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru Dec 29  |  tickets: $25-$82   |  more info
       
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November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments More

American Blues announces 25th-Anniversary Season

american blues theatre logo 

announces its

* 25th-Anniversary Season Productions *

 

Includes the regional premiere of Rantoul & Die by Mark Roberts (“Two and a Half Men”) and the new annual Blue Ink Playwriting Contest.

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Pictures from most recent production, critically-acclaimed Tobacco Road

November 26 – December 31, 2010

   
  It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph!
   
  Directed by Marty Higganbotham
In the Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Featuring ABT Ensemble members Kevin Kelly, Ed Kross, John Mohrlein and Gwendolyn Whiteside
   
  From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago in 2004.  Join the American Blues family as we take you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, with live Foley sound effects, an original score, and a stellar cast of seven that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life.  From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be transported back to the Golden Age of Radio, and experience the story of George Bailey like never before.  Critics called this production “perfect Christmas theater” and “first class holiday fare.”

 

March 2011

   
  American Blues – Collected One Acts
   
  by Tennessee Williams 
In the Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Directed by Dennis Zacek, Steve Scott, Brian Russell, Damon Kiely and Heather Meyers
   
  This one-night benefit performance celebrates American playwright Tennessee Williams’ 100th birthday.  These five short plays were selected by Williams’ in the rarely produced 1948 collection entitled “American Blues” to showcase his commitment to the blue-collar worker.  ABT is thrilled to work with directors who have made significant contributions to the success and livelihood of the Blues’ Ensemble theater throughout the 25 years.  ABT will announce the winner of the first annual “Blue Ink” Playwriting prize at this event.

 

April 15 – May 29, 2011

   
  Rantoul & Die
   
  Written by Mark Roberts i/a/w Stephen Eich and Don Foster
In the Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Directed by Erin Quigley
Featuring ABT Ensemble members Kate Buddeke, Cheryl Graeff, and Lindsay Jones.  With guest artists Steppenwolf Ensemble members Francis Guinan and Alan Wilder.
   
  From the writer and executive producer of “Two and a Half Men” comes a new play with four of the funniest, ugliest,  and most heartbreakingly real characters ever, all crammed together in a grimy little world that makes the local Dairy Queen and Dante’s Inferno seem one and the same.  The Hollywood reporter calls Rantoul & Die “original and devastatingly funny!” Regional premiere.

 

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   from Tobacco Road  (our review ★★★)
   
August 14, 2010 | 0 Comments More

Olympia Dukakis reads for American Blues

By Leah A. Zeldes

Olympia-Dukakis Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis appears in Chicago Monday, Nov. 16, to read from an upcoming American Blues Theater production. The reading, a passage from ABT’s spring 2010 show, "RIPPED: The Living Newspaper Project" by Eduardo Machado and Rick Cleveland, takes place during a benefit for the newly-reconstituted troupe. Dennis Zacek, artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater, will also read.

Highlights of benefit, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Bridgeview Bank, 4753 N. Broadway, also include live blues by Chicago band The Skirts, an auction of such items as local theater tickets and a walk-on Broadway role, food and drinks. Tickets are $75, $125 for VIP admission, which includes an earlier reception with Dukakis.

Dukakis, whose film credits include Steel Magnolias, Mr. Holland’s Opus and Moonstruck, for which she was named Best Supporting Actress, is a long-time friend of ABT ensemble member Carmen Roman. "I’ve watched this company continuously produce incredible, groundbreaking work," Dukakis said. "The 2009/10 season is no exception. I’m honored to be a part of their benefit celebration, and fully support this inspirational Chicago ensemble."

"Starting from scratch without staff and absolutely no money has certainly been a challenge," said ensemble member Gwendolyn Whiteside, part of the company’s executive/artistic/administrator triumvirate, along with Roman and Heather Meyers.

In March, 23 members of the ensemble left American Theater Company, leaving behind a $1 million annual budget and taking back the American Blues name under which that company formed in 1985. The group, which comprised most of ATC’s actors, departed over differences with its artistic director, P.J. Paparelli, who was hired two years ago from Perseverance Theatre in Alaska. Paparelli had reportedly expelled several members of the company and allowed members increasingly less influence on theatrical decision making.

American Blues Theater members include Cleveland, Dawn Bach, Ed Blatchford, Matthew Brumlow, Kate Buddeke, Casey Campbell, Dennis Cockrum, Lauri Dahl, Tom Geraty, Cheryl Graeff, Lindsay Jones, Kevin R. Kelly, Ed Kross, James Leaming, John Mohrlein, Jim Ortlieb, William Payne, Suzanne Petri, Tania Richard, Editha Rosario, John Sterchi and Stef Tovar.

"I believe the work of the ABT ensemble is vital and important to Chicago’s theater community and our city as a whole," Zacek said.

November 13, 2009 | 0 Comments More