Theater Thursday: Lady’s Not For Burning (Theo Ubique)

Thursday, October 30th

The Lady’s Not For Burning  

 

Written by Christopher Fry
Directed by Fred Anzevino
Theo-Ubique Cabaret Theatre
at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood (map)

ladyburningA romantic comedy written in verse by Christopher Fry. Set in the Middle Ages, it reflects the world’s exhaustion and despair following World War II. The Story is about a disillusioned veteran who wants to be hanged unitil he is wooed by the happier accused witch on her way to the stake. Special guest, Neil Tobin, a well known Chicago mentalist and expert in supernatural history will appear with Fred Anzevino, director and Theo Ubique’s artistic director in a post-show discussion.  A complementary dessert and coffee will be served to Theatre Thursday guests at intermission and a $5 discount is offered.

Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Event begins immediately following the performance.  

Tickets: $20

For reservations visit www.theoubique.org 

and use discount code "TheatreThursday."


 

Additional offers for The Lady’s Not For Burning

 

Weekend Special: 2-for-1 tickets for Friday, Sunday shows

 

Buy 2 tickets for the price of one for the Friday and Sunday performances this weekend (October 1 and 3) through the ticket service at 800-595-4849 or through their website: www.theoubique.org.

A limited number of discount tickets also will be offered through Hot Tix for the duration of the run of The Lady’s Not for Burning, closing October 31 with a special Halloween Party performance package.

  
  

Theater Thursday: Escape From Happiness

Thursday, August 5th

 

Escape from Happiness by George F. Walker

Infamous Commonwealth Theatre

Raven Theatre’s West Stage, 6157 N. Clark (map)

raven theatre-escape from happinessJoin Infamous Commonwealth Theatre as they continue their exploration of the topic of redemption. See George F. Walker‘s Escape from Happiness; a dark comedy that follows the deeply eccentric members of a family in crisis. Both viciously funny and incredibly poignant, Escape from Happiness explores the many ties that can bind – and sometimes choke – a family. Following the performance, please join the cast, crew and other ICT company members in the lobby for appetizers, wine and beer.

Show begins at 8:30 p.m.  Event begins immediately following show

Tickets: $25

For reservations call 312-458-9780 and mention "Theater Thursdays," or visit www.infamouscommonwealth.org.

     
     

Five last-minute gifts for your Chicago theater-loving friends

Five last-minute gifts for your Chicago theater-loving friends

By Leah A. Zeldes

Still wracking your brain for the perfect gift? Here are a few last minute ideas for the local theater fans on your list.

Theater tour tickets

Take your friends on a tour of a treasure of Chicago’s Theatre District. Modestly priced backstage tours highlight the beautiful architecture and rich performance history of the Loop’s gorgeous historic theaters. Check out the Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour, $12; Auditorium Theatre Tour, $10; and the Broadway in Chicago Venue Tours (each BIC tour covers two theaters from among the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace and the Bank of America Theatre), $10. If you want to be lavish, throw in a gift card for a post-tour meal at Petterino’s in the Theatre District.

Theater passes

The League of Chicago Theatres’ Play Money is the perfect one- size-fits-all gift. These $25 certificates are redeemable at more than 75 Chicagoland theaters for up to a year, so recipients can choose the play and performance that suits them best. A copy of the Chicagoplays Theater Guide is included. Or, for a versatile gift to a family or a theater-loving friend, a $95 Theatre Building Chicago Pass offers five tickets to any shows at the Lakeview theater complex in the coming year: five admissions at once, one at a time, or in any combination the recipient prefers.

Playwriting classes

Sign the budding dramatist on your list up for instruction from seasoned playwrights at the award-winning Chicago Dramatists or a musical workshop at Theatre Building Chicago. Of course, you’ll have to promise to attend any resulting performances.

Chicago theater books

With express shipping, there’s still time to get copies of these books on the fascinating history of Chicago’s theater scene: A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago by longtime Chicago Tribune critic Richard Christiansen; Steppenwolf: Steppenwolf Theatre Company : Twenty-Five Years of an Actor’s Theater, famed photographer Victor Skrebneski‘s book featuring production highlights and portraits of Steppenwolf’s ensemble; and The Second City: Backstage at the World’s Greatest Comedy Theater — one of the early directors at the Second City, Sheldon Patinkin traces the origins of Second City back to 1955 in this book with two audio CDs.

Theater toys

For the theater buff who has everything, how about a Shakespeare action figure, complete with removable book and quill pen? Or a set of playing cards each featuring an insulting remark from The Bard? Chicago Shakespeare has it covered.

Theater Thursday: Raven Theatre’s "Hedda Gabler"

Thursday, May 14

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago

Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" at the Raven TheatreBefore the performance Theater Thursday patrons will enjoy a special reception sponsored by Trattoria D.O.C. with appetizers, wine and beer and a post-show discussion with members of the cast. A contemporary woman trapped in conventional times relieves her intense boredom by constructing a dangerous game or reeking disaster on the lives of others. Hedda Gabler begs the question: How far would you go to escape? As Hedda resists the predictable world she has chosen, she unleashes a sequence of unfortunate events that brings her story to a shocking conclusion.

Event begins at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.
TICKETS ONLY $25
For reservations call 773.338.2177 and mention “Theater Thursdays.”

Hedda Gabler

Written by Henrik Ibsen

Adapted by Jon Robin Baitz

Directed by Michael Menendian

Theater Thursday: the side project’s "After/Math"

Thursday, May 7

After/Math

the side project
1439 W. Jarvis Ave., Chicago

aftermathpicCome see the critically acclaimed After/Math playing as part of the side project’s Cut to the Quick, a year-long exploration of short works. The six short works of the evening explore the twisted nature of love, time, power and reality. Beforehand, enjoy fine Indian cuisine at Luzzat, located 1/2 block from the theatre, at 1505 W Jarvis Ave. 

Dinner served at your leisure beforehand. Seating recommended before 6:30 p.m.

Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS ONLY $20 FOR DINNER AND A SHOW
For reservations call 773.973.2150 and mention "Theater Thursdays."

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Theater Thursday: Tony Kushner’s "The Illusion" at Northwestern University

The Illusion by Tony Kushner

Thursday, April 30th, 7pm

Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University Josephine Louise Theater, 20 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston

illusionpicJoin us for a pre-show reception featuring the delectable catering of Evanston’s own Rollin’ in Dough, as well as a fun-filled performance by a strolling magician! Then stay for the magic, merriment and mystery of The Illusion, by Tony-award winning playwright Tony Kushner, followed by a post-show discussion with director Kathryn Walsh and members of the cast. An unyielding father is filled with regret after giving his son no alternative but to flee the family home. Through the help of a magician, he is allowed to view three scenes from his son’s life, only to learn his remorse may have come too late. Or maybe not. Freely adapted from Pierre Corneilles 17th century classic L’Illusion Comique, The Illusion takes us from mayhem to magic and back again as it questions what it really means to love, and the obligations that may come with that emotion.  The Illusion has a lighter mood than Kushner’s most famous play, Angels in America, but the two plays share a love of poetic dialogue and theatricality.
Event begins at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.
TICKETS ONLY $25
For reservations call 847.491.7282 and mention “Theater Thursdays.”

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Theater Thursday: Silk Road’s “Pangs of the Messiah”

Pangs of the Messiah  by Motti Lerner

Pierce Hall at the historic  Chicago Temple Building
77 W. Washington St., Chicago
 
SRTPPangsJoin Silk Road Theatre Project and MaiChef Cuisine for a Mediterranean inspired reception. Then stay for Motti Lerners breathtakingly powerful play, followed by what promises to be a lively a post-show discussion. Set in 2012 amidst the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians, Motti Lerner’s Pangs of the Messiah is an apocalyptic yet fiercely humane drama about eight West Bank Jewish settlers pitted against an Israel they feel betrayed by. The play focuses on a religious family that finds itself torn between fighting to stay in their settlement and obeying their government’s decision to dismantle it. Left hanging in the balance is the legacy of their beliefs. 
Event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

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TICKETS ONLY $25
For reservations call 312.857.1234 x201 and mention “Theater Thursdays.”

Pangs of the Messiah, now performing at the Silk Road Theatre Project 

Pangs of the Messiah features a cast of eight, led by Bernie Beck and Susan Adler. The designers are Kurt Sharp (Set), Carol J. Blanchard (Costumes), Rebecca A. Barrett (Lighting), Robert Steel (Sound) and Mike Tutaj (Projections). The stage manager is Michelle Dane.

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