Chicago theater openings and closings this week

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show openings

30 on Thursday The Neo-Futurists

Lorca in a Green Dress Halcyon Theatre

Married Alive! Noble Fool Theatricals

A Shroud for Lazarus Halcyon Theatre

Water Fools (Fous de Bassin) Chicago Shakespeare Theater

 

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show closings

The Adventures of Nervous Boy Gorilla Tango Theatre

Bad Touch and the Deep End Annoyance Theatre

Bombs Away! Bailiwick Repertory

Chasing Dumb Annoyance Theatre

The Cousins Grimm Bailiwick Repertory

One Year in June Gorilla Tango Theatre

Up Steppenwolf Theatre

Waiting for Godot Redtwist Theatre

Chicago Theater show openings this week

Chicago Skyline

CARTOON Chemically Imbalanced Theater

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) Gorilla Tango Theatre

DELFOS DANZA CONTEMPORANEADance Center of Columbia College

DIVERSEY HARBOR Theatre Seven of Chicago

DRIVING MISS DAISY Village Players Performing Arts Center

THE GATHERINGImprov Playhouse

JESSICA PRESENTSGorilla Tango Theatre

KATRINA: THE GIRL WHO WANTED HER NAME BACKAdventure Stage Chicago

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTENFirst Folio Theatre

PARLOUR SONG Steep Theatre

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Loyola University Theatre

SCAPINOChicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

SODA Apollo Theatre Studio

TALK RADIOGift Theatre

THE TEMPESTSteppenwolf Theatre

TWELFTH NIGHTChicago Shakespeare Theater

WATERGorilla Tango Theatre

Chicago theater openings this week!!

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AbundanceChicago a cappella

An Adult Evening with Shel SilversteinThe Shadowmen

Batsheva Dance Company Auditorium Theatre

Bob the Builder Live! The Chicago Theatre

Dancing at Lughnasa The Theatre School at DePaul University

The Debussy Trio Lyon and Healy Hall

Dirty Scoundrels Gorilla Tango Theatre

Dying City Next Theatre

Frindle Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

The Full Monty Beverly Theatre Guild

Hamlet Hamlet Gorilla Tango Theatre

High School Production 4Gorilla Tango Theatre

It’s Good For You Gorilla Tango Theatre

Japan Dance Now Dance Center of Columbia College

MachinalTimeLine Theatre

Mark Twain in Person Prop Thtr

Mileep Saves Tuesday Corn Productions

The Night Show Gorilla Tango Theatre

Rod Blagojevich Superstar The Second City etc

Sweet William Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Sylvia Village Players Performing Arts Center

Twice Told Northwestern University Theatre

Chicago Theater – Best of 2008 (Chicago Sun-Times)

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 Hedy Weiss, theater-critic extraordinaire for the Chicago Sun-Times, has put together an excellent list of her 10 favorite plays of 2008.  Along with the list, Hedy notes the wonderful year Chicago theater has had on the national stage:

…this was the year that Steppenwolf Theatre picked up five Tony Awards for its Chicago-bred Broadway production of Tracy Letts‘ “August: Osage County” before the cast crossed the pond to remount the show at London’s National Theatre, and when the Chicago Shakespeare Theater was feted with the “Best Regional Theater” Tony.

Continuing:

But that was just the beginning. Next Theatre‘s production of the new musical “Adding Machine,” was hailed in its Off Broadway incarnation, with director David Cromer racking up plaudits for his work on that show, as well as for his revelatory revivals of “Our Town” (at the Hypocrites) and “Picnic” (at Writers’ Theatre). Profiles championed the work of incendiary playwright Neil LaBute to grand effect. Remy Bumppo earned laughs with its tale of financial chicanery in a revival of an Edwardian classic, “The Voysey Inheritance.” And director Sean Graney experimented boldy with productions of “The Threepenny Opera” and Marlowe‘s “Edward II.”

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Now here are Hedy Weiss’s favorite productions in 2008:

 

1. Caroline or Change  (Court Theatre)
by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori
Standouts: Charles Newell (director), Doug Peck (musical director); performances: Malcolm Durning, E.Faye Butler
     
2. Ruined  (Goodman Theatre)
by Lynn Nottage
Weiss comments: Worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, the play will soon move to New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club.
 
     
3. Gatz  (Elevator Repair Service Theatre)
by John Collins
 
     
4. Our Town  (The Hypocrites)
by Thornton Wilder
Standouts: David Cromer (director)
 
     
5. Requiem for a Heavyweight  (Shattered Globe)
by Rod Serling
Standouts: Lou Contey (director)
 
     
6. Amadeus  (Chicago Shakespeare)
by Peter Schaffer
Standouts: Gary Griffin (director), Daniel Ostling (set designer); performances: Robert Sella, Robbi Collier Sublett, Elizabeth Ledo, Lance Baker
 
     
7. As You Like It  (Writers’ Theatre)
by William Shakespeare
Standouts: William Brown (director), Performance: Larry Yando
 
     
8. Drowsy Chaperone  (Cadillac Palace Theater)
by Laura Wade
Standouts: Casey Nicholaw (director)
 
     
9. Around the World in 80 Days  (Lookingglass)
Standouts: Laura Eason (adaptor/director); Performances: Philip R. Smith, Kevin Douglas, Joe Dempsey, Ravi Batista, Anish Jethmalani, Ericka Ratcliff, Nick Sandys and Rom Barkhordar
 
     
10. Columbinus  (Raven Theatre)
by Stephen Karam and P.J. Paparelli
Standouts: Greg Kolack (director); Performances: Matthew Klingler and Jamie Abelson
 

To see the Hedy Weiss’s complete description and thoughts on her favorite plays, click here.

Jeff Nominations – Best Production of a Musical or Review

Large Theatre Company

Carousel, Court Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre

La Cage aux Folles, Theatre at the Center

Les Misérables, Marriott Theatre

Passion, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The Producers, Marriott Theatre

Sweet Charity, Drury Lane Oakbrook

 

Mid-Size Theatre Company

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

Nine, Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago

 

Best Production – Revue

Ain’t Misbehavin’, Goodman Theatre

Campaign Supernova! or How Many Democrats Does It Take to Lose an Election?, The Second City e.t.c.

Ella, Northlight Theatre

The Mistress Cycle, Apple Tree Theatre