Chicago theater openings this week

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BABY Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

BAD TOUCH AND GOOD LIARSAnnoyance Theatre

A COUPLE OF POOR, POLISH SPEAKING ROMANIANS Trap Door Theatre

EURYDICEUniversity Theater at University of Chicago

GHETTONorthwestern University Theater

LA CAGE AU FOLLESBoho Theatre 

THE PODCASTAnnoyance Theatre

UNCLE VANYATUTA Theatre

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Special Ticket Offers

Half Price tickets to Hedwig and The Angry Inch at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Street.  American Theater Company is offering a 50% discount for tickets for the following performance this weekend: Saturday, May 23 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m. Call the Box Office at 773.409.4125 or visit www.atcweb.org and use the code "chicagoplays".

Babes With Blades offers pay-what-you-can admission to Macbeth on Thursdays through May 21.  Enter a Scotland wracked by treachery and possessed by supernatural forces – a kingdom where loyalty is fatal, ambition is madness, and no motivation is pure.  For tickets call 773.880.0016 or visit www.BabesWithBlades.org

Chicago Theater Openings this week

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ADULTS Chemically Imbalanced Theater

BURIED CHILD Shattered Globe Theatre

EIFMAN BALLET OF ST. PETERSBURGAuditorium Theatre

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre

MEASURE FOR MEASUREPromethean Theatre Ensemble

ON AN AVERAGE DAY BackStage Theatre Company

OWEN WINGRAVEChicago Opera Theater

THE PIANO LESSON Court Theatre

TOMMYCircle Theatre

THE WALLS Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

 

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“The Color Purple” Returns to Chicago – starring Fantasia

Oprah Winfrey presents

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STARRING FANTASIA

FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY!

SEPTEMBER 2 – 13, 2009

The Arie Crown Theater welcomes the soulful singing sensation of Fantasia as she reprises her critically acclaimed role of “Celie” in the smash hit musical.

The producers of THE COLOR PURPLE are proud to announce that American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino will reprise her starring role of Celie for the Chicago engagementReturning to its debut home of Chicago , THE COLOR PURPLE will make its home at The Arie Crown Theater for two weeks, September 2 –13, 2009

Tickets for performances go on sale May 1 at 10 a.m. and range in price from $49.50 – $85. Tickets are available at the Arie Crown Theater Box Office ( 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive ), online at ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.  Groups of 20 or more should call (312) 791-6320.

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Chicago Theater show openings this week

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Busman’s Honeymoon Lifeline Theatre

Cindy Sunday Explains EverythingApollo Studio Theatre

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy Paramount Theatre

The Lieutenant of InishmoreNorthlight Theatre

Once On This IslandPorchlight Music Theatre

Rock ‘n Roll Goodman Theatre

Sausage! Give Us Your Wurst Gorilla Tango Theatre

The Trenchberg Incident Gorilla Tango Theatre

Unsung Stars Moving Dock Theatre

Your Friends and Enemies Annoyance Theatre

To Kill A Mockingbird Montana Repertory Theatre at The Center for Performing Arts

"History Boys" Reviews – TimeLine delivers a triumph!

The Chicago-premiere of the Tony-Award winning play The History Boys , by Alan Bennett, held its opening night this past Saturday, and I can personally say that it was a highly-imaginative, stellar production of an enthralling, rambunctious play.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Pictures and a compendium of reviews (as they are produced) follow:

Hector (Donald Brearley, center) teaches his students (from left) Scripps (Will Allan), Crowther (Govind Kumar), Dakin (Joel Gross), Rudge (Michael Peters), Lockwood (Rob Fenton), Akthar (Behzad Dabu), Timms (Brad Bukauskas) and Posner (Alex Weisman) in rather unconventional ways in  

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I don’t know what kind of techniques director Nick Bowling might have employed to have the eight-ensemble cast seem as if they know each other as well as a group of students who have been together in class together for what always seems like an eternity while it is happening, but the way these young men interact is extraordinary.  No less an accomplishment is that the teachers and the headmaster who are preparing these students for their Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams also interact with the students and each other with the needed familiarity necessary for Alan Bennett’s witty and thought-provoking play to work its special charms.  Recommended                     (Full review here.)

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times:

TimeLine fills your head: Actors revel in the wit and energy of ‘History Boys’

Enter TimeLine Theatre – where The History Boys, Alan Bennett’s Tony-Award-wining play is receiving one of those Chicago productions that exults in the glory of the ensemble – and you instantly become part of its hothouse world. 

At issue here is the whole notion of education – intellectual, emotional, sexual.  The veteran literature teacher, Hector (Donald Brearley, in a remarkable mix of subdued passion, volatility and self-loathing), believes in knowledge for knowledge’s sake, even if that include groping his favorite students.  As he notes: “The transmission of knowledge is itself an erotic act.”                           (Full review here)

Donald Brearley, Michael Peters, Govind Kumar, Brad Bukauskas, Behzad Dabu, Joel Gross, Will Allan, Rob Fenton and Alex Weisman 

Artistic Director PJ Powers comments:
“Alan Bennett’s provocative script tackles essential questions we regularly grapple with as we explore TimeLine’s unique mission — ‘how do we benefit by dissecting, studying and examining history?’” Powers said. “Whether audiences have seen this production in London, on Broadway or on film, or are coming to it for the first time, The History Boys will have a fresh and powerful impact at TimeLine’s intimate theater.”

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1940s RADIO HOUR – Citadel Theatre

AURA – Redtwist Theatre

BAD HABITS – Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

DISAPPEARING ACTS – Piven Theatre Workshop

THE GRAPES OF WRATH – Infamous Commonwealth Theatre

THE HISTORY BOYS – TimeLine Theatre

THE ILLUSION – Northwestern University Theatre

MACBETH – Babes With Blades

MARK’S GOSPEL – Mercury Theater

MUSING – Tympanic Theatre

OF MICE AND MEN – Steppenwolf Theatre

OLD TIMES – Remy Bumppo Theatre

PAT PATTON – Cornservatory

THE REAL THING – Saint Sebastian Players

THE SAUCE JAM – Gorilla Tango Theatre

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE – Big Noise Theatre

THE WEDDING SINGER – Rising Stars Theatre

Chicago Theater Show Openings

BAD GUYS IN SUITS – Apollo Studio Theatre

BANK OF A-MATTRESS-CA – Gorilla Tango Theatre

CHANSONS D’AMOUR – Chicago a cappella

A CHORUS LINE – Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre

COMEDY AFTER CURFEW – Cornservatory

GHOSTS – Storefront Theater

THE LONG COUNT – New Leaf Theatre

LYSISTRATA – Dominican University Performing Arts Center

THE MIRACLE WORKER – Lincoln Square Theatre

MOJO – Chicago ScriptWorks

MOVEMENT/GENTLEMEN – Storefront Theater

MOVIN’ OUT – Paramount Theatre

MOZART’S LA CLEMENZA DI TITO – Chicago Opera Theater

THE OVERWHELMING – Next Theatre

PAT PATTON – Cornservatory

RED NOSES – Strawdog Theatre

THE RIVALS – Polarity Ensemble Theatre

SKETCHBOOK FESTIVAL – Collaboraction Theatre

URINETOWN – The Theatre School at DePaul University

WHAT IS LOVE? – Gorilla Tango Theatre