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Regional Reviews: Chicago


2015-2016 Theatre Season in Chicago


About Face Theater Company | American Blues Theatre | American Theater Company | Aston Rep Company | Bailiwick Chicago | Big Noise Theatre Company | Black Ensemble Theater Company | Bohemian Theatre Ensemble | Brightside Theatre | Broadway In Chicago | Chicago Children's Theatre | Chicago Dramatists | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Circle Theatre | Collaboraction | Commedia Beauregard | Court Theatre | Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace Theatre | Eclectic Full Contact Theatre | Eclipse Theatre Company | Emerald City Theatre Company | The Factory Theater | First Floor Theater | First Folio Theatre | The Gift Theatre | Goodman Theatre | Griffin Theatre Company | The Haven Theatre | The House Theatre | The Hypocrites | Interrobang Theatre Project | Irish Theatre of Chicago | Lifeline Theatre Company | Light Opera Works | Lookingglass Theatre Company | Marriott Theatre | Mercury Theater | Neo-Futurists | The New Colony | Northlight Theatre | Oracle Public Access Theatre | Paramount Theatre | Pegasus Players | The Plagiarists | Polarity Ensemble Theatre | Porchlight Music Theatre | Pride Films and Plays | Profiles Theatre | Promethean Theatre Ensemble | Provision Theater Company | Raven Theatre | A Red Orchid Theatre | Red Tape Theatre | Redtwist Theatre | Refuge Theatre Project | Remy Bumppo | Royal George Theatre | The Ruckus | Shattered Globe Theatre Company | Shaw Chicago | The Side Project | Side Show Theatre Company | Signal Ensemble Theatre | Silk Road Theatre Project | St. Sebastian Players | Stage Left Theatre | Step Up Productions | Steppenwolf Theatre Company | Strawdog Theatre Company | Teatro Vista | Theatre at the Center | Theo Ubique Theater Company | Three Cat Productions | Timeline Theatre Company | Trap Door Theatre | T.U.T.A. Theatre Company | Victory Gardens Theater | Windy City Playhouse | Writers' Theatre |

About Face Theater Company
1222 W. Wilson, Second Floor, Chicago, IL
773-784-8565

Le Switch
World premiere
Written by Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Presented by special arrangement with Doug Nevin
January 15, 2016 – February 21, 2016

after all the terrible things i do
Chicago premiere
By A. Rey Pamatmat
Directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff
March 11, 2016 – April 10, 2016

The Secretaries
Chicago premiere
By The Five Lesbian Brothers
Directed by Bonnie Metzgar
May 6, 2016 – June 12, 2016

A World Premiere by The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble
July 21, 2016 – 31, 2016
Claudia Cassidy Theatre at the Chicago Cultural Center

American Blues Theatre
2257 North Lincoln Avenue inside the Greenhouse Theater Center
773-404-7336

The Rainmaker
by N. Richard Nash
Directed by Co-founding Ensemble Member Ed Blatchford
August 28, 2015 – September 27, 2015

It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Based on Frank Capra's film
Original Direction by Ensemble member Marty Higginbotham
Associate Direction by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside
November 20, 2015 – December 27, 2015

Looking Over the President's Shoulder
Chicago premiere
by Artistic Affiliate James Still
Directed by Timothy Douglas
February 5, 2016 – March 13, 2016

American Theater Company
1909 W Byron, Chicago 60613
773-929-1031
Fulfillment
by Thomas Bradshaw
November - December 2015

Bruise Easy
World premiere
by Dan LeFranc
January - February 2016

Kill Floor
By Abe Koogler
March - May 2016

The Wiz
By William F. Brown and Charles Smalls
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
May - July 2016

Aston Rep Company
Performances at Raven Theatre West Stage, except as noted
773-828-9129

The Lyons
by Nicky Silver
Directed by Company Member Derek Bertelsen
August 27, 2015 – September 27, 2015
at Raven Theatre

AstonActs
January - February 2016
The Den Theatre

The Women Of Lockerbie
Chicago premiere
By Deborah Brevoort
April 7, 2016 – May 8, 2016
The Raven Theatre

Bailiwick Chicago
Performance Venues Vary

TBA

Big Noise Theatre Company
Performing at Prairie Lakes Theatre, 515 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-604-0275

TBA

Black Ensemble Theater Company
4520 N. Beacon, Chicago
773-769-4451

TBA

Bohemian Theatre Ensemble
Performances at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont
773-791-2393

Fugitive Songs
Music by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen
February 11, 2016 – March 13, 2016
Heartland Studio

Uncle Vanya
by Anton Chekhov in a new adaptation by Annie Baker
May 25, 2016 – June 26, 2016
Heartland Studio

Next to Normal
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
2016 (dates TBA)
Theater Wit

Brightside Theatre
Performances at Theatre at Meiley- Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Ave., Naperville, IL
630-637-SHOW (7469)

Noises Off
October 30, 2015 - November 15, 2015
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College

Not Now, Darling
February 19, 2016 - March 6, 2016
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College

Monty Python's Spamalot
June 3, 2016 - June 19, 2016
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College

Broadway In Chicago
Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph)
Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph)
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut)

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
September 19, 2015 - October 11, 2015
Bank of America Theatre

Unshakeable
October 6, 2015 - November 8, 2015
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

Mamma Mia!
November 10, 2015 - November 15, 2015
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Sherlock Holmes
November 24, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Oriental Theatre

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Book by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Marc Bruni
December 1, 2015 - February 21, 2016
Oriental Theatre

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
December 1, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

The Lion King
December 2, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Gotta Dance
December 13, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Bank of America Theatre

Cabaret
February 9, 2016 - February 21, 2016
Bank of America Theatre

If/Then
February 23, 2016 - March 6, 2016
Oriental Theatre

42nd Street
March 8, 2016 - March 22, 2016
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Matilda the Musical
March 28, 2016 - April 10, 2016
Oriental Theatre

The Book of Mormon
June 28, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Bank of America Theatre

Disney's Newsies
July 28, 2016 - August 7, 2016
Oriental Theatre

Chicago Children's Theatre

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
Chicago premiere
A Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia production
Based on the books by Margaret Wise Brown
September 29, 2015 - October 11, 2015
Younger Stages

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Chicago premiere
Adapted by Dwayne Hartford
Based on the book by Newbery Award-winner Kate DiCamillo
Directed by Stuart Carden
October 20, 2015 - November 15, 2015
Later Stages

A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter & Friends
World premiere
Devised by Will Bishop
November 28, 2015 - December 19, 2015
Younger Stages

Snowflake
Chicago premiere
Devised and performed by Gale LaJoye
January 27, 2016 - February 14, 2016
All ages

Snow Angel
Chicago premiere
Created by Nikki Loach
with Artistic Contributions by Peter Balkwill
an original Quest Theatre (Calgary) production
February 16, 2016 - February 21, 2016
Younger Stages

Jabari Dreams of Freedom
World premiere
By Nambi E. Kelley
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
April 5, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Later Stages

Seedfolks
Chicago premiere
by Paul Fleischman
Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis production
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
May 3, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Later Stages

Chicago Dramatists
1105 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
312-633-0630

TBA

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Navy Pier, Chicago
312-595-5600

The Tempest
Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
Songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
September 8, 2015 – November 8, 2015
Courtyard Theater

Ride the Cyclone
Book, music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
September 29, 2015 – November 8, 2015
Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

The Heir Apparent
Chicago premiere
by David Ives, adapted from Le Légataire Universel by Jean-François Regnard
November 29, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Othello
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Munby
February 18, 2016 – April 10, 2016
Courtyard Theater

Twelfth Night
March 4, 2016 – April 9, 2016

Tug of War: Foreign Fire
New Shakespeare History Cycle
Features Edward III, Henry V, Henry VI, Part 1
May 11, 2016 – June 12, 2016

Tug of War: Civil Strife
New Shakespeare History Cycle
Features Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III
September 14, 2016 – October 9, 2016

Madsummer
World premiere
Hip-hop adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Created and directed by GQ and JQ
Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

Circle Theatre

Triassic Parq the Musical
September 18, 2015 - October 4, 2015
The Heartland Studio Theatre

35mm A Musical Exhibition
March 2016
Location TBA

Collaboraction
Performances at Flatiron Arts Building, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

TBA

Commedia Beauregard
800-838-3006

TBA

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago
773-753-4472

Gem of the Ocean
by August Wilson
Directed by Ron OJ Parsons
September 10, 2015 – October 11, 2015

Agamemnon
World premiere
Translated by Nicholas Rudall
November 5, 2015 – December 6, 2015

Satchmo at the Waldorf
by Terry Teachout
Directed by Charles Newell
January 7, 2016 – February 7, 2016

Long Day's Journey Into Night
by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by David Auburn
March 10, 2016 – April 10, 2016

One Man, Two Guvnors
by Richard Bean
Directed by Charles Newell
May 12, 2016 – June 12, 2016

Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace Theatre
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
630-530-8300

Peter And The Starcatcher
by Rick Elice
Directed by William Osetek
August 27, 2015 - October 18, 2015

White Christmas
Directed by William Osetek
Choreographed by Matthew Crowle
October 29, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Bye Bye Birdie
Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams
Directed and Choreographed by Tammy Mader
January 14,, 2016 - March 20, 2016

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

TBA

Eclipse Theatre Company
Performances at Victory Gardens Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago
312-4091687

The Lisbon Traviata
Directed by Ensemble Member Steve Scott
November 5, 2015 - December 13, 2015
The Athenaeum Theatre

Emerald City Theatre Company
Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

A Charlie Brown Christmas
by Charles M. Schulz
November 14, 2015 through January 3, 2016
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

The Factory Theater
1621-23 W. Howard Street, at the new Factory Theater
773-879-8257

Zombie Broads
by Corrbette Pasko and Sara Sevigny
Directed by Kevin Theis
September 25, 2015 - October 31, 2015

The Last Big Mistake
by Ernest Frank Deak
Directed by Manny Tamayo
January 22, 2016 - February 27, 2016

Dating And Dragons
by Mike Ooi
Directed by Scott OKen
May 6, 2016 - June 11, 2016

First Floor Theater
All performances in Room 300, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee

Animals Commit Suicide
World Premiere of
by J. Julian Christopher
Directed by Artistic Director Hutch Pimentel
November 15, 2015 - December 12, 2015

The Awake
Chicago premiere
by Ken Urban
Directed by Josh Altman
February 14, 2016 - March 12, 2016

World Builders
Chicago premiere
By Johnna Adams
Directed by Company Member Jesse Roth
June 5, 2016 - July 2, 2016

First Folio Theatre
The Peabody Estate, 31st St. and Route 83, Oak Brook
630-986-8067

The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe
By David Rice
Directed by Alison C. Vesely
September 23, 2015 - November 1, 2015

My Man Godfrey
Directed by Alison C. Vesely
January 27, 2016 - February 28, 2016

Fooling Buddha
by and starring David Kovac
March 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by Shakespeare
July 9, 2016 - August 14, 2016

The Gift Theatre
Performances at Pentagon Theatre, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
502- 439-2441

Good For Otto
by David Rabe
Directed by Gift Ensemble member Michael Patrick Thornton
September 2015

Ten (+5)
January 1, 2016 - January 10, 2016

Richard III
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jessica Thebus
March 3, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre

The Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck
Adapted by Frank Galati
Directed by ensemble member Erica Weiss
June 16, 2016 - August 14, 2016

A Life Extra Ordinary
World premiere
by Melissa Ross
Directed by ensemble member John Gawlik
September 29, 2016 - November 20, 2016

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
312-443-3800

Disgraced
y Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior
September 12, 2015 - October 18, 2015
The Albert

Feathers and Teeth
World premiere
by Charise Castro Smith, directed by Henry Godinez
September 19, 2015 - October 18, 2015
The Owen

A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Tom Creamer
Directed by Henry Wishcamper
November 14, 2015 - December 27, 2015
The Albert

The Second City's Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!
by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
December 4, 2015 – December 27, 2015
The Owen

Another Word for Beauty
World premiere Goodman Commission
by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson
Music by Héctor Buitrago
January 16, 2016 - February 21, 2016
The Albert

The Matchmaker
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Henry Wishcamper
March 5, 2016 - April 10, 2016 The Albert

Carlyle
World Premiere Goodman Commission
by Thomas Bradshaw, directed by Benjamin Kamine
April 2, 2016 – May 1, 2016
The Owen

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Anne Kauffman
April 30, 2016 – June 5, 2016
The Albert

Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976
Chicago Premiere
by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Robert Falls
May 21, 2016 - June 19, 2016
The Owen

Wonderful Town
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Directed by Mary Zimmerman
June 25, 2016 - August 7, 2016
The Albert

Griffin Theatre Company
773-769-2228

Pocatello
by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by ensemble member Jonathan Berry
November 7, 2015 – December 13, 2015
Signal Ensemble Theatre

London Wall
by John Van Druten
Directed by ensemble member Robin Witt
January 9, 2016 – February 14, 2016
The Den Theatre

Bat Boy: The Musical
Chicago premiere
Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
Directed by Scott Weinstein
June 4, 2016 - July 24, 2016
The Den Theatre

The Haven Theatre

The Distance
United States premiere
Written by Deborah Bruce
Directed by Elly Green
May 20, 2016 – June 26, 2016
West Stage at the Raven Theatre Complex

The House Theatre
(773) 769-3832

The Revel
by Damon Kiely
Music by Jess McIntosh
Loosely adapted from The Bacchae by Euripides
Directed and Choreographed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig
September 3, 2015 - October 25, 2015
Chopin Upstairs Theatre

The Nutcracker
Created by Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tommy Rapley
Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Rapley
November 5, 2015 - December 31, 2015
Chopin Upstairs Theatre

The Last Defender
Written and Directed by Nathan Allen
Begins January 21, 2016 - January 31, 2016
Chopin Downstairs Theatre

New Play TBA
Conceived and Directed by Vanessa Stalling
March 2016 - May 2016

The Hypocrites
Performances at The Den Theater Mainstage, 1329 N. Milwaukee
773.525.5991

American Idiot
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Music by Green Day, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Directed by Steven Wilson
August 28, 2015 – October 25, 2015

The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide
By Sean Graney
Co-Directed by Joel Ewing and Mechelle Moe
Collaboration with Senn Arts Magnet High School
October 30, 2015 - November 7, 2015

Burning Bluebeard
The Ruffians
by Jay Torrence
Directed by Halena Kays
November 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Re-Imagined and Directed by Hans Fleischmann
January 22, 2016 – March 6, 2016

Adding Machine: A Musical
Music by Joshua Schmidt
Book and Lyrics by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt
Directed by Geoff Button March 18, 2016 – May 15, 2016

Interrobang Theatre Project
Performances at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
773-935-6875

Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'Em All
By Rob Florence
Directed by Georgette Verdin
September 4, 2106 - October 4, 2015
The Den Theatre

Recent Tragic Events
By Craig Wright
Directed by Georgette Verdin
March 11, 2016 - April 10, 2016
Athenaeum Theatre, Studio 2

The North Pool
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by James Yost
May 27, 2016 - June 26, 2016
Athenaeum Theatre

Irish Theatre of Chicago
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave
773-878-3727

My Brilliant Divorce
By Geraldine Aron
Directed by Siiri Scott
October 7, 2015 - November 1, 2015

In a Little World of Our Own
By Gary Mitchell
Directed by Jeri Frederickson
March 2, 2016 - April 10, 2016

Spinning
By Deirdre Kinahan
Directed by Joanie Schultz
May 25, 2016 - July 3rd, 2016

Lifeline Theatre Company
6912 North Glenwood Avenue , Chicago, Illinois 60626
(773) 761-4477

Miss Buncle's Book
Based on the novel by D.E. Stevenson
Adapted by Christina Calvit
Directed by Dorothy Milne
September 11, 2015 – November 1, 2015

Midnight Cowboy
Adapted by Chris Hainsworth from the book by James Leo Herlihy
Directed by Christopher M. Walsh
February 19, 2016 – April 10, 2016

Northanger Abbey
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Book by Robert Kauzlaric
Music & Lyrics by George Howe
Directed by Elise Kauzlaric
May 27, 2016 – July 17, 2016

Light Opera Works
All performances at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Ave., Evanston except where noted

Hollywood's Greatest Song Hits
October 2, 2015 - 11, 2015

Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
December 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N Michigan Ave., Chicago
312-337-0665

Treasure Island
World premiere
Adapted and Directed by Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman
From the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Previews October 7, 2016 - January 17, 2016

Blood Wedding
by Federico García Lorca
Translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata
Directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling
Previews March 2, 2016 – April 24, 2016

Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure
World premiere
by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas
Directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker
Previews June 1, 2016 – August 7, 2016

Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL
847-634-0200

October Sky
Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler, Book by Aaron Thielen
August 19, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Elf
Music by Matthew Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Beguelin, Book by Bob Martin and
Thomas Meehan October 21, 2015 - December 27, 2015

Spring Awakening
Music by Duncan Sheik, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Directed by Aaron Thielen
January 14, 2016 - January 31, 2016

Sister Act
Book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
February 10, 2016 - April 3, 2016

Evita
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webbe, Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
Choreographed by Matt Raftery
April 13, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Man of La Mancha
Book by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
Directed by Nick Bowling
June 22, 2016 - August 14, 2016

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Don Stephenson
Choreographed by Alex Sanchez
August 24, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Singin' in the Rain
Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Directed by William Brown
October 26, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
773-325-1700

Ring of Fire
The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
September 5, 2015 - November 1, 2015

The Christmas Schooner
November 25, 2015 - December 27, 2015

Neo-Futurists
5153 N. Ashland (at Foster)

Pop Waits
Created by Malic White and Molly Brennan
February 4, 2016 - March 12, 2016

Mike Mother
Created and written by Jessica Anne
Featuring Jessica Anne and Mike Hamilton
April 28, 2016 - June 4, 2016

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes
Ongoing show

The New Colony
773-413-0862

Byhalia, Mississippi
World premiere
by Evan Linder
Directed by Tyrone Phillips
Co-Production with Definition Theatre Company
January 8, 2016 – February 14, 2016

Even Longer And Farther Away
World premiere
Written by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Thrisa Hodits
April 8, 2016 – May 15, 2016

Kin Folk
World premiere
by William Glick
Directed by Evan Linder
July 8, 2016 – August 14, 2016

Fourth Production TBA

Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL
847-673-6300

Funnyman
World premiere
by Bruce Graham
Directed by BJ Jones
September 11, 2015 – October 18, 2015

You Can't Take It With You
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Devon de Mayo
November 6, 2015 – December 13, 2015

Mothers And Sons
by Terrence McNally
Directed by Steve Scott
January 22, 2016 – February 28, 2016

Butler
by Richard Strand
Directed by Stuart Carden
March 11, 2016 – April 17, 2016

The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens And Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
by Scott Carter Directed by Kimberly Senior
May 6, 2016 – June 12, 2016

Oracle Public Access Theatre
3809 N. Broadway, Chicago
252-220-0269

This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense Of The American Negro
World premiere
Adapted and directed by Zachary Baker-Salmon Opens
August 21, 2015 - September 20, 2015

No Beast So Fierce
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III
Adapted and directed by Max Truax
October 9, 2015 - November 1, 2015

R+J: The Vineyard
by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Janette Bauer and Aaron Sawyer
Directed by Phillip Max Lewis and Aaron Sawyer
October 24, 2015 - November 22, 2015
Red Theater in association with Oracle B*Sides

Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Blvd., Galena, IL
630-896-6666

Oklahoma!
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti
September 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015

A Christmas Story - The Musical
Book by Joseph Robinette
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the movie A Christmas Story and In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash
Directed by Nick Bowling
November 25, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Hairspray
Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Directed by Amber Mak
January 20, 2016 - February 21, 2016

West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti
March 16, 2016 - April 24, 2016

Pegasus Players
All Performances at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.
866-811-4111

For Her as a Piano
World premiere
By Nambi E. Kelley
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan
September 30, 2015 – November 1, 2015

29th Young Playwrights Festival
December 30, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Spring Production TBA
March 19, 2016 – April 17, 2016

The Plagiarists

belldonna luna sonata
October 29, 2015 – November 21, 2015
The Frontier, 1100 W. Thorndale

Ulysses 101
Berger Park Coach House
March 31, 2016 – April 30, 2016

Polarity Ensemble Theatre
847-293-7705

TBA

Porchlight Music Theatre
Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago

Side Show
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger
September 11, 2015 – October 18, 2015

Ain't Misbehavin'
Book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Music by Fats Waller
November 14, 2015 – December 20, 2015

Far From Heaven
Book by Richard Greenberg
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
February 5, 2016 – March 13, 2016

Pride Films and Plays
773 250 3117

TBA

Profiles Theatre
4147 N. Broadway
773-549-1815

The Jacksonian
Midwest premiere
by Beth Henley
Directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus
August 21 - October 11, 2015
The Main Stage

Hellcab
by Will Kern
Directed by Ensemble Member Eric Burgher
November 6, 2015 - January 10, 2016
The Main Stage

Vices & Virtues
World premiere
by Resident Artist Neil LaBute
Directed by Various Directors
January 15 – March 6, 2016
The Alley Stage

Jerusalem
Midwest premiere
By Jez Butterworth
Directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox
February 12 - April 3, 2016
The Main Stage

The Village Bike
Midwest premiere
by Penelope Skinner
Directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus
May 6 - June 26, 2016
The Main Stage

Promethean Theatre Ensemble

Bronte
by Polly Teale
Directed by Jaclynn Jutting
January 8, 2016 – Sunday, February 7, 2016
Athenaeum Studio 1

The Lion in Winter
by James Goldman
Directed by Artistic Director Brian Pastor
April 15, 2016 – Saturday, May 21, 2016
Athenaeum Studio 2

Provision Theater Company
1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago
312-455-0065

Heaven, How I Got Here
World premiere
Adapted and directed by Timothy Gregory
September 9, 2015 - October 25, 2015

Tuesdays with Morrie
by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom
February 10, 2016 - March 20, 2016

The Best of Enemies
Chicago Premiere
by Mark St. Germain
April 27, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660
773-338-2177

Direct from Death Row, The Scottsboro Boys
Midwest Premiere
by Mark Stein with music and lyrics by Harley White, Jr.
Directed by Michael Menendian
September 16, 2015 - November 14, 2015
East Stage

The Play About My Dad
Midwest premiere
by Boo Killebrew
Directed by Marti Lyons
October 21, 2015 - November 28, 2015
West Stage

The Old Friends
Midwest premiere
By Horton Foote
Directed by Michael Menendian
January 27, 2016 - March 26, 2016
East Stage

A Loss of Roses
by William Inge
Directed by Cody Estle
February 17, 2016 - April 2, 2016
West Stage

The House of Blue Leaves
by John Guare
Directed by JoAnn Montemurro
April 20, 2016 - June 4, 2016
East Stage

A Red Orchid Theatre
1531 N. Wells St., Chicago IL
312-943-8722

Pilgrim's Progress
World premiere
By Ensemble Member Brett Neveu
Directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray
October 15, 2015 – November 29, 2015

The Mutilated
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Ensemble Member Dado
January 14, 2016 – February 28, 2016

Sender
World Premiere
by Ike Holter
Directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray
April 14, 2016 – May 29, 2016

Red Tape Theatre
St. Peter's Episcopal Church

TBA

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago
773-RAV-PLAY

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
by Edward Albee
Directed by Jason Gerace
September 9, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Incident at Vichy
by by Arthur Miller
Directed by Ian Frank
November 18, 2015 - December 27, 2015

The Drawer Boy
by Michael Healey
Directed by Scott Weinstein
January 27 - February 28, 2016

The Realization of Emily Linder
by Richard Strand
April 6, 2016 - May 8, 2016

The Seedbed
by Bryan Delaney
June 15 - July 17, 2016

Refuge Theatre Project
Performances at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. Chicago

Glory Days
Music and Lyrics by Nick Blaemire, Book by James Gardiner
August 28, 2015 - September 27, 2015
Flat Iron Arts Building

High Fidelity
Book by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Amanda Green
January 28, 2016 - February 28, 2016
Flat Iron Arts Building

bare
Book by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo
Music by Intrabartolo, lyrics by Hartmere
August 4, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Flat Iron Arts Building

Remy Bumppo
Performances at Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
773-871-3000

Love and Information
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Shawn Douglass
September 24, 2015 - November 1, 2015

Fallen Angels
by Noël Coward
Directed by Shannon Cochran
November 25, 2015 - January 10, 2016

The Life of Galileo
by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Hare
Directed by Nick Sandys
March 23, 2016 - May 1, 2016

Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago
312-998-9000

Jamaica, Farewell
Written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt
Directed by Joel Zwick
September 8, 2015 - October, 11 2015

I Found My Horn
by Jasper Rees and Jonathan Guy Lewis
Directed by Harry Burton
October 30, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Baritones Unbound
Starring Marc Kudisch, Mark Delavan and Nathan Gunn
Written by Kudisch, Merwin Foard, Jeff Mattsey, and Timothy Splain
Directed by David Downer
December 11, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Directed by Trevor Hay
Dates TBA

The Ruckus

Home Before Dark
World premiere
by Will Goldberg
Directed by Josh Sobel
September 20, 2015 – October 18, 2015
Berger Park Coach House

From These Fatal Loins
World premiere
by Dan Caffrey
Directed by Derek Van Barham
Spring 2016

New Shit: A Moste Appropriatte and Ladyelyke Festivale of Playes
by Laedeyes
Spring 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre Company
Performances at Victory Gardens Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
773-871-3000

Marvin's Room
by Scott McPherson
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner
October 1, 2015 – November 14, 2015

Animals Out Of Paper
by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Devon de Mayo
January 14, 2016 – February 27, 2016

In the Heat of the Night
Based on the novel by John Ball
Adapted by Matt Pelfrey, directed by Louis Contey
April 21 – June 4, 2016

Shaw Chicago
312-587-7390

Geneva
by George Bernard Shaw
September 5, 2015 - 28th, 2015

Private Lives
by Noel Coward
November 21, 2015 – December 14th, 2015

You Never Can Tell
By George Bernard Shaw
March 6, 2016 – March 28, 2016

The Side Project
1439 W. Jarvis Ave., Chicago
773-340-0140

TBA

Side Show Theatre Company
773-809-4782

No More Sad Things
by Hansol Jung
Directed by Elly Green
November 15, 2015 - December 20, 2015

Mai Dang Lao
by David Jacobi
Directed by Sideshow artistic associate Marti Lyons
March 6, 2016 - April 10, 2016

Caught
by Christopher Chen
Directed by Seth Bockley
May 29, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Signal Ensemble Theatre
1822 W. Berenice Ave.
773-347-1350

Butcher
by Nicolas Billon
Directed by Bries Vannon
September 17, 2015 - October 24, 2015

The Consultant By Heidi Schreck
Directed By Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra
January 21, 2016 - February 27, 2016

The Southern Women
by Aaron Snook
Directed by Aaron Snook
May 5, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Silk Road Theatre Project
Performances at 77 W. Washington St., Chicago, 2nd Floor
312-236-6881

Yellow Dress
Written and performed by Marissa Lichwick
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
October 1, 2015 - October 4, 2015

My American Cousin
Written and performed by Jameeleh Shelo
Directed by Min-aha Beeck
November 19, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia
Written & Performed by Ronnie Malley
Directed by Anna C. Bahow
February 18, 2016 - February 21, 2016

Mosque Alert
Professional world premiere
by Jamil Khoury
Directed by Eddie Torres
March 24, 2016 - May 1, 2016

St. Sebastian Players
St. Bonaventure Church, 1625 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
773-404-7922

Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring
October 23, 2015 - November 15, 2015

The Tempest
by Shakespeare
February 19, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Deathtrap
by Ira Levin
April 29, 2016 - May 22, 2016

Stage Left Theatre
3408 N. Sheffield, Chicago
773-883-8830

The Firestorm
by Meridith Friedman
Directed by Drew Martin
October 24, 2015 – November 29, 2015

Mutt
by Christopher Chen
Directed by Vanessa Stalling
Co-production with Red Tape Theatre
January 9, 2016 – February 14, 2016

The Body of an American
by Dan O'Brien
Directed by Jason A. Fleece
May 14, 2016 – June 19, 2016

Step Up Productions
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
773-935-6875

Barefoot In The Park
by Neil Simon, Directed by Michael Driscoll
October 2, 2015 – November 1, 2015

The 3rd annual Holidaze
Original works by MT Cozzola, John Green, Robert Koon, Mia McCullough,
Steven Simoncic, Steven Peterson, Joshua Rollins and others
November 20, 2015 – December 20, 2015

Private Lives
by Noël Coward, Directed by Ian Frank
April 8, 2016 – May 8, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago
312-335-1650

East of Eden
World premiere
by John Steinbeck
Adapted by ensemble member Frank Galati
Directed by co-founder and ensemble member Terry Kinney
September 17, 2015 – November 15, 2015
Downstairs Theatre

Domesticated
Chicago premiere
Written and directed by ensemble member Bruce Norris
December 3, 2015 – February 7, 2016
Downstairs Theatre

The Flick
Chicago premiere
By Annie Baker
Directed by Dexter Bullard
February 4, 2016 – May 8, 2016
Upstairs Theatre

Mary Page Marlowe
World premiere
By ensemble member Tracy Letts
Directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro
March 31, 2016 – May 29, 2016
Downstairs Theatre

Between Riverside and Crazy
Chicago premiere
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
June 23, 2016 – August 21, 2016
Downstairs Theatre

Strawdog Theatre Company
3829 N. Broadway, Chicago
773-528-9696

After Miss Julie
a version of Strindberg's Miss Julie by Patrick Marber
Directed by Elly Green
August 14, 2015 – September 26, 2015
Main Stage

With Love and a Major Organ
by Julie Lederer
Directed by Thrisa Hodits
September 12, 2015 – October 13, 2015
Hugen Hall

Long Christmas Ride Home
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Josh Sobel
October 30, 2015 – December 12, 2015
Main Stage

Robin Hood and Maid Marian
Adapted for stage by Forks & Hope
Directed by Mark Pierce
November 28, 2014 – December 29, 2015
Hugen Hall

In a Word
by Lauren Yee
Directed by Jess McLeod
February 5, 2016 – March 19, 2016
Main Stage

D.O.A.
From the film by Rudolph Mate
Adapted and directed by Elizabeth Lovelady
March 8, 2016 – April 7, 2016
Hugen Hall

Once in a Lifetime
by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Damon Kiely
May 1, 2016 – June 13, 2016
Main Stage

Teatro Vista
312.666.4659

My Mañana Comes
Chicago premiere
by Elizabeth Irwin
Directed by Teatro Vista Ensemble Member, Sandra Márquez
October 3, 2015 - November 8, 2015
Richard Christiansen Theater at the Biograph

Where Did We Sit On The Bus?
World premiere
Written and performed by Brian Quijada / Directed by Chay Yew
March 10, 2016 - April 10, 2016
Storefront Theater

In The Time Of The Butterflies
Chicago premiere
A play by Caridad Svich based on Julia Álvarez's best-selling novel
April 16, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Richard Christiansen Theatre at the Biograph

Theatre at the Center
1040 Ridge Road, Munster, IN 46321
219-836-3255

Monty Python's Spamalot
September 17, 2015 - October 18, 2015

A Christmas Story
November 19, 2015 - December 27, 2015

The 39 Steps
Directed by David Perkovich
February 14, 2016 - March 20

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Co-directed by William Pullinsi and Danny Herman
May 5, 2016 - June 5, 2016

The Odd Couple
Directed by Larry Wyatt
July 14, 2016 to August 14, 2016

Pump Boys and Dinettes
Directed by Brian Russell
September 15, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Annie Warbucks
Directed and choreographed by Linda Fortunato
November 17, 2016 - December 18, 2016

Theo Ubique Theater Company
Performances at No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago

Blood Brothers
Book, Music and Lyrics by Willy Russell
Directed by Fred Anzevino
September 26, 2015 - November 15, 2015

My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Conceived by Todd Olson and David Grapes
Directed by Fred Anzevino
November 27, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Rent
Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Scott Weinstein
March 11, 2016 - May 1, 2016

An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook
Creative Team TBA
June 10, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Three Cat Productions
Berger Park Coach House Theater, 6205 N. Sheridan Road

TBA

Timeline Theatre Company
All performances at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., except as noted.
773-281-8463

The Price
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Louis Contey
August – November 2015

Spill
Chicago premiere
by Leigh Fondakowski
Created in collaboration with Reeva Wortel
Directed by Leigh Fondakowski
October – December 2015
Stage 773

Sunset Baby
Chicago premiere
by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
January - April 2016

Chimerica
by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Nick Bowling
May – July 2016

Trap Door Theatre
1655 W. Cortland St | Chicago
773-384-0494

The Universal Wolf
by Joan Schenkar
Directed by Emily Lotspeich
August 20, 2015 - September 25, 2015

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
by Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Nicole Wiesner
October 15, 2015 - November 21, 2015

The Duchess of Malfi
by John Webster
Directed by Christopher Marino
January 14, 2015 - February 20, 2016

How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients
by Matei Visniec
Translated by Jeremy Lawrence and Catherine Popesco
Directed by Zoltán Balász
March 10, 2016 - April 16, 2016

No Matter How Hard We Try
by Dorota Maslowska
Translated by Artur Zapalowski
Directed by Max Truax
May 12, 2016 - June 18, 2016

T.U.T.A. Theatre Company
847-217-0691

TBA

Victory Gardens Theater
Performances at the Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, except as noted
773-871-3000

Sucker Punch
Midwest premiere
by Roy Williams
Directed by Dexter Bullard
September 18, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Never the Sinner
By Ensemble Playwright Alumnus John Logan
Directed by Gary Griffin
November 6, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Cocked
World premiere
by Sarah Gubbins
Directed by Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz
February 12, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Hillary and Clinton
World premiere
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew
April 1, 2016 - May 1, 2016

The House That Will Not Stand
Midwest premiere
by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley
Directed by Chay Yew
June 10, 2016 - July 10, 2016

Windy City Playhouse
3014 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618
312-374-3196

Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight
by Peter Ackerman
Directed by William Brown
August 12, 2015 - September 20, 2015

Chapter Two
by Neil Simon
Directed by Jessica Thebus
October 28, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Writers' Theatre

Marjorie Prime
by Jordan Harrison
Directed by Kimberly Senior
October 21, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Books on Vernon

Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam
March 16, 2016 – April 17, 2016
Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf - A Parody
by Tim Sniffen
With additional material by Tim Ryder
Directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Stuart Carden
April 27, 2016 – June 12, 2016
Gillian Theatre

Company
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by William Brown
June 15, 2016 – July 17, 2016
Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre


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