Things to do in Chicago for theater and dance fans


Welcome to our highlights of events and entertainment on stage at Chicago’s theaters. From local productions to Broadway hits, our guide has the latest on shows in the city. Bookmark this page and check back for updates and ticket information.

Goodman Theatre

E. Faye Butler stars in “Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer).”
Liz Lauren

WHAT: E. Faye Butler stars in Cheryl L. West’s “Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer).” The biographical play is inspired by the life of the famed voting rights activist and defines what it means to be a true revolutionary. The play features more than 10 iconic spirituals, including “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “I’m on My Way to Freedom” and “I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round.” Henry Godinez directs.

WHEN: From Oct. 15-Nov 14

WHERE: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn

TICKETS: $15+

VISIT: goodmantheatre.org

‘The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story

Christian Gray stars as the title character in “Madness of Edgar Allan Poe.”

Christian Gray stars as the title character in “Madness of Edgar Allan Poe.”
Courtesy Oak Park Festival Theatre

WHAT: “The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”: David Rice’s immersive play follows the writer (Christian Gray) as he grapples with love and madness after the death of his beloved wife Virginia (Erica Bittner). The performance, comprised of six of Poe’s poems and short stories, leads audience members through the dark halls of historic Pleasant Home.

WHEN: From Oct. 15-Nov.7

WHERE: Oak Park Festival Theatre at Pleasant Home, 217 Home, Oak Park

TICKETS: $44

VISIT: oakparkfestival.com

Ensemble Espanol

Ensemble Espanol Company Dancers in “Pasion Oculta (Hidden Passion)” choreographed by Irma Suarez Ruiz. Photo by Dean Paul

Pictured Ensemble Espanol Company Dancers in “Pasion Oculta (Hidden Passion)” choreographed by Irma Suarez Ruiz.
Dean Paul

WHAT: Ensemble Espanol presents the world premiere of Nino de los Reyes’ “Ritmo de la Tierra” and “Al Golpe” as well as performances of Wendy Clinard’s “Tangos de Granada” and other popular works from the company’s repertoire such as “Viva Galicia,” “Horizonte” and “Pasion Oculta.”

WHEN: At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16

WHERE: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Parkway.

TICKETS: Tickets: 25+

VISIT: auditoriumtheatre.org.

Alton Brown

Alton Brown hosts “Alton Brown: Live! Beyond the Eats.” 

Alton Brown hosts “Alton Brown: Live! Beyond the Eats.”
David Allen

WHAT: Food Network host Alton Brown hits the road with his new culinary variety show, “Alton Brown: Live! Beyond the Eats.” He says “audiences can expect more cooking, more comedy, more music and more potentially dangerous science stuff.” There’s also an interactive segment and he warns: “Prepare for an evening unlike any other and if I call for volunteers … think twice.”

WHEN: At 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 16

WHERE: CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe

TICKETS: Tickets: $25+

VISIT: broadwayinchicago.com.

St. Sebastian Players

WHAT: Garson Kanin’s classic play, “Born Yesterday,” a comedy about an uneducated young woman who goes in search of an education, opens the season for Saint Sebastian Players.

WHEN: From Oct. 15-Nov. 7

WHERE: St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey

TICKETS: $25

VISIT: saintsebastianplayers.org.

Trap Door Theatre

WHAT: Trap Door Theatre offers a virtual presentation of “Dinner with Marx,” a collection of musical videos inspired by the poetry of Romanian playwright Matei Visniec and featuring a cast of 12 artists from around the globe.

WHEN: Streams from Oct. 15-17

TICKETS: $10

VISIT: trapdoortheatre.com.

The Seldoms

The Seldoms

The Seldoms
Andrew Glatt

WHAT: The Seldoms perform “Grass,” a new dance theater piece about turf grass and cannabis told through dance, text and animation.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16

WHERE: Dance Center at Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan

TICKETS: $10-$30

VISIT: dance.colum.edu.

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford. Photo by Robyn Von Swank

Maria Bamford
Photo by Robyn Von Swank

WHAT: Comedian Maria Bamford takes a journey through her deeply personal and experimental comedy.

WHEN: From Oct. 14-17

WHERE: The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee

TICKETS: $35-$55.

VISIT: thedentheatre.com.

‘Othello’

WHAT: Kelvin Roston Jr. stars in Court Theatre’s staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice.” The scenic design places audiences in the middle of the action as the noble general grapples with complex notions of race, gender and complicity at the center of the play’s murderous events that speak to a world on the brink of change. Co-directed by Charles Newell and Gabrielle Randle-Bent.

WHEN: From Oct. 7-Dec. 5

WHERE: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis

TICKETS: $56-$76 in person, $35-$50 streaming version; courttheatre.org.

VISIT: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit courttheatre.org.

‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’

WHAT: Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon’s internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” comes to life on stage in a production by Black Button Eyes Productions which is also a benefit for Season of Concern. Supervillain wannabe Dr. Horrible (Kevin Webb) shares his plans to crush his nemesis, win the woman of his dreams and join the Evil League of Evil. Ed Rutherford directs.

WHEN: From Oct. 8-Nov. 6

WHERE: The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway

TICKETS: $30

VISIT: For tickets and updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit drhorriblechicago.eventbrite.com.

Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Bolero” (pictured is Joffrey dancer Anais Bueno) Photo by Matt de la Peña

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Bolero” (pictured is Joffrey dancer Anais Bueno)
Photo by Matt de la Peña

WHAT: The Joffrey Ballet returns to live performances withHome: A Celebration” in its inaugural season at the Lyric Opera House. The mixed-repertory program includes the world premieres of Nicolas Blanc’s “Under the Trees’ Voices” and Yoshihisa Arai’s “Boléro” plus Chanel DaSilva’s “Swing Low” and Robert Joffrey’s “Birthday Variations.”

WHEN: From Oct. 13-24

WHERE: Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker

TICKETS: $35+

VISIT: For tickets and updated information regarding the Joffrey’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit Joffrey.org.

‘The Wide Night’

Linda Reiter and Aila Ayilam Peck in a publicity image for Shattered Globe Theatre and Interrobang Theatre Project’s Chicago premiere of “This Wide Night.” Photo by Joe Martinez.

Linda Reiter and Aila Ayilam Peck star in Shattered Globe Theatre and Interrobang Theatre Project’s Chicago premiere of “This Wide Night.”
Joe Martinez

WHAT: Shattered Globe Theatre presents “This Wide Night,” Chloe Moss’s drama about two formerly incarcerated women who test their friendship outside prison walls. Aila Ayilam Peck and Linda Reiter star; Georgette Verdin directs.

WHEN: From Oct. 11-Nov. 13

WHERE: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont

TICKETS: $45

VISIT: For tickets and updated information regarding the theatre’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit sgtheatre.org

‘The Relocation of Nokwsi’

“The Relocation of Nokwsi”

“The Relocation of Nokwsi”
Courtesy of Chicago Children’s Theatre

WHAT: Chicago Children’s Theatre marks National Indigenous People’s Day with the online film, “The Relocation of Nokwsi.” The virtual puppet production is inspired by author Robert Hicks Jr.’s grandfather’s journey away from his people — the Cherokee, Paiute, Yakama, and Shoshone — to live and work in Chicago.

WHEN: Streams Oct. 11-Nov. 11

TICKETS: free with suggested donation.

VISIT: chicagochildrenstheatre.org

Cabinet of Curiosity

Cabinet of Curiosity present “Fields of Fire,”  Photo by Caleb Donat

Cabinet of Curiosity present “Fields of Fire,”
Photo by Caleb Donat

WHAT: The always creative minds at Cabinet of Curiosity present “Fields of Fire,” the ensemble’s fourth public ritual event. Sit at a massive round table adorned with fire and organics and witness an event with story and music all orbiting a grand tree.

WHEN: From Oct. 7-10

WHERE: at Boler Park, 3601 Arthington

TICKETS: $25, free for Lawndale residents

VISIT: For tickets and updated information regarding the event’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit scocechicago.com

‘Creative Hustle’

WHAT: Writer-producer-actor Jay Davis presents “Creative Hustle,” a new show that brings a variety of entertainers together. Host Rodney Perry welcomes poet J. Ivy, comedian Tanisha “Just Nesh” Rice, Damon Williams, Leon Rogers and Grammy award-winning singer Tarrey Torae and more. This is a taping of a pilot for a potential new television series and Davis says he’s following the example of the 1987 HBO special “Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime.”

WHEN: At 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and 24

WHERE: The Den Theatre

TICKETS: $21, $51

VISIT: For tickets and updated information regarding the theatre’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit thedentheatre.com.

‘The Jigsaw Bride: A Frankenstein Story’

WHAT: Something or someone lies in the ruins of Dr. Frankenstein’s castle in Joseph Zettelmaier’s gothic horror tale “The Jigsaw Bride: A Frankenstein Story.”

WHEN: From Oct. 13-Nov. 14

WHERE: First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st and Rt. 83, Oak Brook

TICKETS: $49, $59

VISIT: V firstfolio.org.

‘House of the Exquisite Corps’

WHAT: “House of the Exquisite Corpse” is a horror peepshow, puppet theater anthology where hallways, rooms and hidden doors unveil worlds that terrify and amaze.

WHEN: From Oct. 7-30

WHERE: The Rough House at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division

TICKETS: $21-$26

VISIT: roughhousetehater.com.

Goodman Theatre Readings

WHAT: The Goodman Theatre presents a series of Playwrights Unit Readings: “The Madness of Mary Todd” by Terry Guest, “La Fuente De Cascabeles” by Exal Iraheta, “Expatriate” by Steve Pickering, “Rust” by Nancy Garcia Loza, “You Deserve to Be Here” by Alex Lubischer, “Boxing Play” by Marisa Carr and “Rack Up” by Eliza Bent.

WHEN: From Oct. 9-Nov. 4

WHERE: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn

TICKETS: Admission is free

VISIT: goodmantheatre.org.

Redtwist Theatre

WHAT: Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” is a drama about a family holiday gathering that unravels into tantrums and unspoken secrets; directed by Steve Scott.

WHEN: From Oct. 7-Nov. 14

WHERE: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr

TICKETS: $35+

VISIT: redtwist.org

‘Legally Blonde’

WHAT: The musical-comedy “Legally Blonde” follows Elle Woods transformation from sorority girl to Harvard law student.

WHEN: From Oct. 7-Nov. 20

WHERE: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W Campbell, Arlington Heights

TICKETS: $40

VISIT: metropolisarts.com

‘Songs for Nobodies’

Bethany Thomas in “Songs for Nobodies.”  | Photo by Michael Brosilow

Bethany Thomas in “Songs for Nobodies.”
Photo by Michael Brosilow

WHAT: “Songs for Nobodies” is Joanna Murray-Smith’s one-woman tour-de-force that celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Bethany Thomas stars in the story of the unexpected encounters between these divas and the ordinary women whose lives they changed. Rob Lindley directs.

WHEN: From Sept. 23-Oct. 31

WHERE: Northlight Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.

TICKETS: $30-$89

VISIT: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit northlight.org.

‘A Recipe for Disaster’

The immersive “Recipe for Disaster” includes cocktail, wine and food samples.
Emily Madigan

WHAT: Chef Rick Bayless teams up with Windy City Playhouse for “A Recipe for Disaster,” an immersive experience. Bayless, artistic director Amy Rubenstein and associate artistic director Carl Menninger created the farcical play which revolves around a trendy restaurant where everything that could go wrong does. Audiences will sample cocktails, wine and food created by Bayless. David H. Bell directs. WHEN: Performances begin Oct. 6 in an open-ended run.

WHERE: staged at the Club Level at Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn.

TICKETS: $90-$130. For updated information regarding the theater’s COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit windycityplayhouse.com.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater: ‘As You Like It’

WHAT: Shakespeare meets The Beatles in Daryl Cloran’s adaptation of the classic romantic comedy “As You Like It.” Cloran, who also directs, sets the play in the ‘60s and infuses it with the music of the Beatles. More than 20 musical numbers from the Fab Four’s songbook are performed by a cast led by Lakeisha Renee as Rosalind and Liam Quealy as Orlando.

WHEN: From Oct. 6-Nov. 21

WHERE: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand

TICKETS: $49-$90. For updated information regarding the theater’s COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit chicagoshakes.com.

PrideArts: ‘4000 Days’

WHAT: PrideArts presents Peter Quilter’s “4000 Days,” a comedy-drama about a man who wakes up from a three-week coma and finds he remembers nothing from the past 11 years including his relationship with his partner; directed by Jay Espano.

WHEN: From Oct. 1-31

WHERE: The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway

TICKETS: $30. For updated information regarding the theater’s COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit pridearts.org

Second City

WHAT: The Second City’s 109th revue, not yet titled, is a comedic examination of how we’re all striving to find joy in a seemingly never-ending stream of apocalyptic change from conspiracy theories to social anxiety to navigating the current political landscape.

WHEN: Presented in an open-ended run beginning Sept. 30

WHERE: The Second City, 1616 N. Wells

TICKETS: $29-$55

VISIT: For more information on the festival and updated information regarding the Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, secondcity.com/chicago-shows/

‘Rent’

Cody Jenkins and Samantha Mbolekwa in “Rent.”
Amy Boyle

WHAT: The “Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour” is the last chance to catch this celebrated touring production. Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award-winning musical follows a diverse group of artists and friends struggling to follow their dreams. It’s the first production to open to a live audience in a Broadway in Chicago theater in more than a year.

WHEN: From Oct. 5-10

WHERE: CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe

TICKETS: $25+

VISIT: For updated information regarding the theater’s COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit broadwayinchicago.com.

More on stage…

Vicki Quade’s “Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins & Games” returns Oct. 1-31 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $35. Visit greenhousetheater.org.

Black Ensemble Theater’s cabaret series begins with “The Feel Good Musical Revue” at 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2 and 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. Tickets: $45. Visit blackensembletheater.org.

The House Theatre of Chicago’s 10-part “Dracula: A Serial Audio Play” begins Oct. 1 with new episodes each week. Streams free at thehousetheatre.com.

Broken Nose Theatre presents an audio adaptation of its hit 2019 family drama “Kingdom.” Streams (pay-what-you-can) from Oct. 4-24 at brokennosetheatre.com.

Dance Doings…

Winifred Haun & Dancers premiere a new work, “When day comes,” and other dances including “Your nearest exit may be behind you,” “Bento” and “Finding the Light” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-2 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. Tickets: $24, $35. Visit winifredhaun.org.

The experimental company Zephyr Dance performs “Recurrences,” a re-staged, shortened reconstruction of elements from its piece “Allowances and Occurrences.” At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9 at The Martin, 2500 W. Chicago. Tickets: $10. Visit zephyrdance.com.

The Chicago Tap Summit, M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ annual celebration of tap, includes classes, panels, performances and more. From Oct. 1-3 at Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Ticket prices vary. Visit maddrhythms.com.

Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival

WHAT: Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival returns Sept. 23-Oct. 17 with its always diverse roster featuring works from Chicago and around the world. The performances, in addition to the Goodman Theatre’s staging of “American Mariachi,” performed at a various venues are Lagartijas Tirades al Sol’s “Tijuana” (Sept. 23-26), which asks the question: What does democracy mean in Mexico today?; Teatro Tariakuri’s “La manera como luces esta noche” (Sept. 25-Oct., 17), a comedic fairy tale about a princess and the commoner who loves her; Combat Hippies’ “AMAL” (Sept. 30-Oct. 3), an examination of the impact of war; Casa de Teatro’s “Mal de Amores” (Oct. 8-10), a fusion of storytelling and song as an old man tells love stories and a woman sings boleros, baladas and rancheras; Urban Theater Company’s “Brujaja” (Oct. 9-10), which pairs theater, dance and drumming; Teatro Vista’s “Futurology presents: The Fifth World” (Oct. 10-11), a new serial audio play about a true crime producer who is entangled in myth’s as old as the world; Vision Latino Theatre’s “Y tu abuela, where is she?” (Oct. 11-24), about an interracial couple seeking to modify the genes of their unborn children; Agus, Sol y Sereno’s “Corazon de Papel” (Oct. 14-17), a depiction of post-Hurricane Puerto Rico told through puppetry; Aguijon Theater’s “La Gran Tirana: Descarga dramatica” (Oct. 15-Nov. 21), a new work inspired by La Lupe, the Queen of Latin Soul.

VISIT: For more information on the festival and updated information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit clata.org.

‘Songs for a New World’

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s season begins with Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World.”

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s season begins with Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World.” Pictured in rehearsal are Emily Goldberg (from left), Matthew Hunter, Averis I. Anderson and Nora Navarro.
Courtesy of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

WHAT: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s season begins with Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” which tells the stories of people facing a variety of life-changing crisis and features a score that blends pop, gospel and jazz.

WHEN: From Sept. 24-Oct. 24

WHERE: Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard, Evanston

TICKETS: $42-$54

VISIT: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit theo-u.com.

‘Last Night in Karaoke Town’

Factory Theater restages “Last Night in Karaoke Town.”

Factory Theater presents “Last Night in Karaoke Town.”
Michael Courier

WHAT: Factory Theater restages “Last Night in Karaoke Town,” Mike Beyer and Kirk Pynchon’s comedy set in one of Cleveland’s oldest karaoke bars that may have to close its doors when the new owner announces he wants to change it into a cider bar. Directed by Kim Boler.

WHEN: From Sept. 24-Nov. 6

WHERE: The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard

TICKETS: $10-$25.

VISIT: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit thefactorytheater.com.

Steppenwolf: Tracy Letts

WHAT: Here’s a trio of treats from playwright Tracy Letts. Leading up to the Steppenwolf Theatre restaging of his play “Bug” in November, the company is streaming three short plays which Letts says, “share at least one thread: a world off-kilter… they feel very much like stories for 2021.” Rainn Wilson performs the monologue “Night Safari,” which poses questions about animal behavior and human biology; William Petersen, Karen Rodriguez and Mike Nussbaum voice the puppets in “The Old Country,” in which two men in a diner wax nostalgic; and Letts performs “The Stretch,” a monologue about a horse race that is not what it seems. Patrick Zakem directs the first two and outgoing artistic director Anna D. Shapiro directs the third.

WHEN: Streams from Sept. 29-Oct. 24

TICKETS: $20

VISIT: steppenwolf.org.

‘American Mariachi’

WHAT: José Cruz González’s “American Mariachi” is the story of a young woman, Luca (Tiffany Solano), who spends her days caring for her ailing mother, Amalia (Gigi Cervantes), but longs to shake up her life. When the mariachi songs on a forgotten album spark her mother’s memory, she sets out to create an all-female mariachi band, an unheard of idea in the 1970s, the time in which the play is set. It’s a “funny, tender-hearted story about family, tradition and memory,” says director Henry Godinez. The cast includes an ensemble of musicians from the Grammy-nominated group Sones de Mexico.

WHEN: From Sept. 18-Oct. 24

GOODMAN THEARE: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn

TICKETS: $25+

INFO: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit goodmantheatre.org.

Lyric Opera — ‘Macbeth’

WHAT: The Lyric Opera’s 67th season begins with “Macbeth,” the inaugural production of music director Enrique Mazzola. The new production of Verdi’s opera from Scottish director Sir David McVicar is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, a portrait of a power-hungry couple and their bloody ascent to the throne of Scotland. Roman Burdenko portrays Macbeth with Sondra Radvanovsky as Lady Macbeth. Sung in Italian with projected English subtitles.

WHEN: From Sept. 17-Oct. 9

WHERE: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker

TICKETS: $39+

INFO: For updated information regarding the Lyric’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit lyricopera.org.

‘The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5 — Sex!’

Ed Jones (from left), Grant Drager and David Cerda with (bottom, right) Ryan Oates in “The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5-Sex!”

Ed Jones (from left), Grant Drager and David Cerda with (bottom, right) Ryan Oates in “The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5-Sex!”
Rick Aguilar Studios

WHAT: Hell in a Handbag Productions long-running parody series continues with “The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5 — Sex!,” in which Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia explore their naughty side. Original cast members — David Cerda, Grant Drager, Ed Jones and Ryan Oates — star as the Geriatric Fab Four. Written by Cerda and directed by Madison Smith.

WHEN: From Sept. 16-Oct. 23

WHERE: Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview

TICKETS: $27-$45.

INFO: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit handbagproductions.org.

‘Forever Plaid’

WHAT: Drury Lane Theatre returns with “Forever Plaid,” Stuart Ross and James Raitt’s musical revue packed with hit tunes from the 1950s. Paul Stancato directs.

WHEN: From Sept. 17-Nov. 7

WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

TICKETS: $59-$72.

INFO: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit drurylanetheatre.com.

The Neo-Futurists

”The Infinite Wrench” by the Neo-Futurists

”The Infinite Wrench” by the Neo-Futurists
Joe Mazza

WHAT: The Neo-Futurists kick off their season with the return of the late-night show “The Infinite Wrench,” in which the ensemble attempts to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.

WHEN: Ongoing performances are at 7 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland

TICKETS: $10

INFO: For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit neofuturists.org.

‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’

Jazzma Pryor in “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Jazzma Pryor in “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.”
Courtesy of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

WHAT: Jazzma Pryor stars in Anna Deavere Smith’s tour-de-force solo show “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.” In it she portrays nearly four dozen people who were connected either directly or indirectly to the 1992 Los Angeles riots that erupted after the trial and acquittal of the police officers accused of assaulting Rodney King. The playwright shaped the piece from interviews that she conducted while researching the play. Tim Rhoze directs.

WHEN: From Sept. 11-26

WHERE: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston

TICKETS: $25. For vaccination and/or mask policies, visit fjtheatre.com.

‘The World Goes Round’

Kevin Earley (from left), Allison E. Blackwell, Meghan Murphy, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Amanda Rose are featured in “The World Goes Round” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

Kevin Earley (from left), Allison E. Blackwell, Meghan Murphy, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Amanda Rose are featured in “The World Goes Round” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.
@BrandonDahlquistPhotography

WHAT: The songs of musical theater team John Kander and Fred Ebb are the centerpiece of the revue “The World Goes Round.” The hit parade of songs includes selections from “Cabaret,” “New York, New York,” “All That Jazz,” “Funny Lady,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Maybe This Time” and more. The cast features Allison E. Blackwell, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Kevin Earley, Meghan Murphy and Amanda Rose; Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs and choreographs.

WHEN:From Sept. 15-Nov. 7

WHERE: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire

TICKETS: $50-$60. For vaccination and/or mask policies, visit marriotttheatre.com.

‘Thirteen Days’

Sheila Willis (from left), Cameron Feagin, Kat Evans, Julia Kessler and Maggie Cain star in “Thirteen Days” at City Lit Theater.

Sheila Willis (from left), Cameron Feagin, Kat Evans, Julia Kessler and Maggie Cain star in “Thirteen Days” at City Lit Theater.
Photo by Steve Graue

WHAT: “Thirteen Days” is Brian Pastor’s adaptation of Robert F. Kennedy’s memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The world-premiere play, performed by an all-female cast, is set in President John F. Kennedy’s Situation Room where he maneuvers his way through the conflicting counsel of his advisors as the world comes close to nuclear war. Leading the cast are Cameron Feagin as JFK and Kat Evans as Attorney General Robert Kennedy; Pastor directs.

WHEN: Sept. 10-Oct. 24

WHERE: City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr

TICKETS: $32. For vaccination and/or mask policies, visit citylit.org.

‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’

WHAT: Citadel Theatre presents Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a comedy about a teen who must cope with the mundane existence of his life in Brooklyn.

WHEN: Sept. 15-Oct. 17

WHERE: Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan, Lake Forest

TICKETS: $20-$45. For vaccination and/or mask policies, visit citadeltheatre.org.

‘Kinky Boots’

Michael Wordly makes his Paramount Theatre debut as Lola in “Kinky Boots.”

Michael Wordly makes his Paramount Theatre debut as Lola in “Kinky Boots.”
Thomas J. King

What: Live performances return for a new season at the Paramount Theatre with Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s high-kicking “Kinky Boots.” This first regional production of the Broadway musical, directed by Trent Stork, stars Devin DeSantis as Charlie, the shoemaker attempting to save his failing shoe factory, and Michael Wordly as Lola, the fierce drag queen who shows him the way.

When: Aug. 18-Oct. 17

Where: Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora

Tickets: $36-$74

For updated information regarding the theater’s COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit paramountaurora.com.

Theatre Y

WHAT: Theatre Y’s ambitious new adventure “You Are Here: The Emerald Camino Project” is a return of its urban pilgrimages, this time through Daniel Burnham’s Emerald Necklace — the boulevard system that links the public parks on Chicago’s West and South sides. The immersive 12-part walking experience was created with artists, community leaders and organizations across a dozen communities. “This is a joyful post-pandemic experience that connects Chicago’s diverse communities through the intersection of conversation and art,” says Theatre Y’s artistic director, Melissa Lorraine. If you are walking through the neighborhood in which you live, admission is free; all other participants are Theatre Y Members or encouraged to become members (for as little as $5/month).

WHEN: Aug. 21-Sept. 26 For updated information regarding the theater’s COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask policies as well as dates and times for each walk, visit theatre-y.com.

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group
Caroline Talbot Photography

What: Those crazy characters in blue return for more goofy fun. The show, which encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner child, is a combination of art, music, comedy and technology.

When: Ongoing

Where: Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted.

Tickets: $49-$89

For updated information regarding the theater’s Covid 19 vaccination and/or mask policies, visit blueman.com.

Teatro ZinZanni

The artistry and the excitement of Teatro ZinZanni returns to Chicago starting July 8. Pictured: Lea Hinz.
Michael Doucet

What: The immersive, whirlwind theater experience that is Teatro ZinZanni has reopened featuring a new show with a cast of comedians, aerialists, acrobats, singers, dancers and a gourmet meal, it brings comedy, music and cirque back after a long pandemic hiatus. Included among the performers are powerhouse vocalists Storm Marrero and Cunio, aerial acts Lea Hinz and Duo 19, veteran comedians Frank Ferrante and Joe DePaul and acrobatic dancers Mickael and Vita.

When: Ongoing

Where: Spiegeltent ZaZou on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel, 32 W. Randolph

Tickets: $119-$189; limited show only tickets $69. Visit zinzanni.com/chicago.



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