Chicago theater openings/closings this week

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Bury the Dead

O’Malley Theatre

Boolesque Review Piccolo Theatre 

Dave Rudolf Halloween Spooktacular – Center for Performing Arts – GSU

End Days Next Theatre 

Fulcrum Point Plugged In Evanston SPACE

Hard Headed Heart Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

Little Shop of Horors Beverly Theatre Guild

The Song Show Gorilla Tango Theatre 

The Walworth Face Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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12 Ophelias Trap Door Theatre 

Anna in the Darkness: The Basement Dream Theatre 

Anton in Show Business Theatre Building Chicago 

Black Comedy Piccolo Theatre

Bucket of Blood Annoyance Theatre

The Castle of Otranto First Folio Theatre 

Death Toll Cornservatory

Disturbed Oracle Productions 

The Dreamers Apollo Theatre 

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 

Erendira Aguijon Theater 

Fear – The Neo-Futurists 

The Flaming Dames in Vamp II New Millenium Theatre

Frankenstein The Hypocrites 

Journey to the Center of the Uterus Greenhouse Theater Center 

Lights Out Alma Annoyance Theatre

Macabaret Porchlight Music Theatre 

The Magic Ofrenda Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 

Married Alive! Noble Fool Theatricals 

Mistakes Were Made A Red Orchid Theatre 

Mouse in a Jar Red Tape Theatre 

Nightmares on Lincoln Ave. Cornservatory 

Plans 1 Through 8 from Outer Space New Millenium Theatre 

Salem! The Musical Annoyance Theatre 

Scared Stiff Chemically Imbalanced Theater 

Silk Road Cabaret Silk Road Theatre Project 

Sleepy Hollow Theatre-Hikes 

Splatter Theater Annoyance Theatre 

St. Crispin’s Day Strawdog Theatre 

 

List courtesy of the League of Chicago Theatres 

Chicago theater openings and closings this week

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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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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

Think fast: Using social media to generate audiences and market your theatre production, Antiques Roadshow, Ravinia hot dog hawkers

 

With companies like Ning making it so easy to build your own network, shows like Rock of Ages, Shrek, and Altar Boyz, which is one of my productions, have been able to create the ultimate niche social network for their ultimate fans. By doing so, they can identify their most powerful ambassadors and communicate with them constantly.

The niche network strategy only works with shows (or products) that have customer bases that are naturally drawn to social media. In other words, you won’t see a revival of Hamlet creating ToBeOrNotToBeFans.com; there’s nothing more depressing than a playground with no one on the swings. The umbrella niche of all of these micro-networks are sites like BroadwaySpace.com, which serves as a funnel for Broadway fans.

  • PBS’s Antiques Roadshow (count me in as a fan) has announced their first $1-million appraisal – four pieces of Chinese carved jade and celadon from the Chien Lung Dynasty (1736-1795).  It was conservatively praise at $1.07 million.
  • Ravinia Festival’s backstage blog highlights the fact that July is National Hot Dog Month.  And in honor of this, the park will feature hot dog hawkers for select performances.  Be sure to check out the rest of their blog while you’re at it!

Theater Thursday – “Jersey Boys” at Pheasant Run

Altar Boyz Thursday, June 18

Altar Boyz
Noble Fool Theatricals at Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E. Main Street, St. Charles (map)

Come to the award-winning Jambalaya before the show to enjoy Cajun-style appetizers and cocktails by the resort’s New Orleans-inspired restaurant. Then stay for the "Hilarious" and "Praiseworthy" musical Altar Boyz, followed by a post-show Q&A with members of the cast and director. Pre-show party, show, and post-show discussion take place within the resort; free parking. With angelic voices and divine dance moves, five small-town boys believe they’re destined by God to speak the Holy Spirit through hip-hop. This charming Christian boy-band (with one nice Jewish boy) will alter minds and raise spirits as they look for their big break in New York while saving souls along the way. Destined to rock the masses of all denominations!

Event begins at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.
TICKETS ONLY $15
For reservations call 630.584.6342 and mention "Theater Thursdays."

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Theater Thursday is sponsored by this Chicago-area restaurant guide, as well as Chicago area bar guide, a great site for Chicago foodies and theater enthusiasts alike.

Chicago Theaters offer up stocking-full of Christmas Shows

A Wonderful Life  (info)   A Christmas Story  (info)
Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN   Noble Fool Theatre, St. Charles
Nov 17 – Dec 14   Nov 15 – Dec 27
     
Snowflake Tim’s Big Holiday Adventure  (info)   A Very Neo-Futurist Christmas Carol  (info)
Lifeline Theatre, Chicago   The Neo-Futurists, Chicago
Dec 14 – Jan 4   Nov 22 – Dec 23
     
A Christmas Carol  (info)   Dublin Carol  (info)
Goodman Theatre, Chicago   Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
Nov 21 – Dec 31    Half-Off Tickets!   Nov 19 – Jan 9
     
Radio City Christmas Spectacular  (info)   Anung’s First American Christmas  (info)
Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont   Vitalist Theatre, Chicago
Nov 19 – Dec 21   Nov 18 – Jan 4
     
Meet Me In St. Louis  (info)    500 Clown Christmas  (info)
Drury Lane Water Tower, Chicago    North Central College, Naperville
Nov 20 – Dec 7   Dec 18 – Dec 23
     
Christmas Schooner  (info)    The Santaland Diaries  (info)
Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago   Theatre Wit, Chicago
Nov 28 – Jan 4   Nov 22 – Dec 28
     
Tommy Guns Garage Holiday Show  (info)    A Christmas Memory; The Thanksgiving Visitor  (info)
2114 S. Wabash, Chicago   Provision Theater, Chicago
Nov 28 – Dec 31   Nov 10 – Dec 21
     
 Snow Queen  (info)    Black Nativity (info)
Victory Gardens, Chicago   Congo Square Theatre, Chicago
Nov 28 – Dec 28    $15 Tickets!   Nov 21 – Dec 28
     
 Winter Pageant Redux  (info)   2nd City’s Holiday Show  (info)
Redmoon Theater, Chicago   Second City Improv, Chicago
Nov 10 – Dec 21   24-hours non-stop, Dec 9 – 10
     
Jacob Marley’s Xmas Carol    Holiday Sing-Along  (info)
Theatre Wit, Chicago (info)   Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago
Nov 22 – Dec 28   December 15th, 7:30pm
     
A Holiday Evening of Mime    A White Christmas (info)
The Mime Company, Chicago (info)   Village Players Theatre, Oak Park
December 11 – 28   December 13 – 14
     
Sexy Santa’s Spectacular    A Christmas Carol    (more info)
Gorilla Tango Theatre, Chicago   Writers’ Theatre, Glencoe
Nov 28 – Dec 20    (more info)   Dec 13 – Dec 23         Tickets for $14 !