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Regional Reviews: Chicago


2017-2018 Theatre Season in Chicago


About Face Theater Company | American Blues Theatre | American Theater Company | Aston Rep Company | 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 | 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 | Paramount Theatre | Pegasus Players | The Plagiarists | Polarity Ensemble Theatre | Porchlight Music Theatre | Pride Films and Plays | 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 | Shattered Globe Theatre Company | Shaw Chicago | The Side Project | Side Show Theatre Company | Silk Road Theatre Project | St. Sebastian Players | Stage Left Theatre | 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

Significant Other
November 3, 2017 – December 9, 2017

Time Is on Our Side
March 1, 2018 – April 8, 2018

Bull in a China Shop
May 24, 2018 – July 1, 2018


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

This Wonderful Life
November 2, 2017 – November 26, 2017

It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
November 16, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Six Corners
World premiere
by Keith Huff
February 16, 2018 – March 24, 2018

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
April 27, 2018 – May 26, 2018


American Theater Company
1909 W Byron, Chicago 60613
773-929-1031

Welcome to Jesus
World premiere
by Janine Nabers
October 26, 2017 - December 3, 2017

We're Gonna Be Okay
by Basil Kreimendahl
January 25, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Diagram of a Paper Airplane
World premiere
by Carlos Murillo
May 3, 2018 - June 10, 2018

CORE
Chicago Open Residency Experiment
August 7, 2017 - June 25, 2018


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

The Laramie Project
June 7, 2018 – July 8, 2018
The Raven Theatre


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

The Odd Couple
January 12, 2018 - January 28, 2018

The Wizard of Oz
January 13, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Chicago
April 27, 2018 - May 13, 2018


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

Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr.
December 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018


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

Marie Christine
October 21, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Cyrano
March 3, 2018 - April 13, 2018

A Little Night Music
Summer 2018

110 in the Shade
Fall 2018


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

The 39 Steps
March 9, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Hairspray
June 8, 2018 - June 24, 2018


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

Hamilton
Currently running
CIBC Theatre

Escape to Margaritaville
November 9, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Oriental Theatre

Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Through December 31, 2017
Broadway Playhouse

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Through December 3, 2017
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Gobsmacked!
December 5, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Broadway Playhouse

Wicked
December 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Oriental Theatre

Potted Potter
December 13, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Broadway Playhouse

The Humans
January 30, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Love Never Dies
February 14, 2018 - March 4, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Pretty Woman
World premiere
March 13, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Oriental Theatre

On Your Feet!
March 21, 2018 - April 8, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre

The Sound of Music
April 10, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
April 27, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre

Dirty Dancing
May 29, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre

The Cher Show
Book by Rick Elice, direction by Jason Moore, choreography by Christopher Gattelli
June 12, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Oriental Theatre

Waitress
July 3, 2018 - July 22, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre

The Color Purple
July 17, 2018 - July 29, 2018
Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Pkwy)

Dear Evan Hansen
Dates TBA


Chicago Children's Theatre

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
December 2, 2017 – December 17, 2017

My Wonderful Birthday Suit!
January 16, 2018 – February 18, 2018

An Epic Tale of Scale
March 10, 2018 – April 8, 2018

Last Stop on Market Street
April 24, 2018 – June 3, 2018

A Year With Frog and Toad
September 19, 2017 – November 12, 2017


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

TBA


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

A Christmas Carol
Q Brothers
November 21, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Red Velvet
December 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream
75-minute abridged edition
February 3, 2018 – March 10, 2018

Mary Stuart
February 21, 2018 – April 15, 2018

Macbeth
April 25, 2018 – June 24, 2018

Waiting for Godot
May 23, 2018 – June 3, 2018


Circle Theatre

TBA


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

Encounter
An Explorative Even Series
January 9, 2018 - January 20, 2018
Collaboraction Studios


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

The Belle of Amherst
November 2, 2017 — December 3, 2017

All My Sons
January 11, 2018 — February 11, 2018

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
March 15, 2018 — April 15, 2018

The Originalist
March 15, 2018 — April 15, 2018


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

42nd Street
October 26, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
January 18, 2018 – March 25, 2018

South Pacific
April 5, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
July 5, 2018 – August 26, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors
September 6, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
November 9, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Mamma Mia!
February 7, 2019 – April 14, 2019


Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 – July 8, 2018


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

TBA


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

Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
November 12, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Broadway Playhouse

Mother Goose's Garden
Through March 11, 2018
Little Theatre

Magic Tree House
Showtime with Shakespeare
January 27, 2018 – February 25, 2018
Apollo Theatre

Knuffle Bunny
A Cautionary Musical
March 24, 2018 – May 26, 2018
Apollo Theatre


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

The Next Big Thing
Written by Carrie J. Sullivan
Starts March 16, 2018

Lametown and the Adventures of Spirit Force Five
Written by Jill Oliver
Starts July 6, 2018


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

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
by Nathan Alan Davis
March 4, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Refrigerator
by Lucas Baisch
May 13, 2018 - June 9, 2018


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

Women in Jeopardy
by Wendy MacLeod
January 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Mary's Wedding
March 28, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Shrew'd
July 11, 2018 - August 19, 2018


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

A Swell in the Ground
October 13, 2017 - December 10, 2017


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

A View from the Bridge
September 9, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Yasmina's Necklace
October 20, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017 The Owen

Blind Date
January 20, 2018 - February 25, 2018 The Albert

The Wolves
February 9, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018
The Owen

An Enemy of the People
March 10, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018
The Albert

Having Our Say
May 5, 2018 - June 10, 2018
The Albert

Father Comes Home from the War: Parts 1, 2, & 3
May 25, 2018 - June 24, 2018
The Owen

Support Group for Men
June 23, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
The Albert


Griffin Theatre Company
773-769-2228

Violet
November 26, 2017 – January 13, 2018
The Den Theatre

Letters Home/Ghosts of War
April 6, 2018 - May 6, 2018
The Den Theatre

The Harvest
July 21, 2018 - August 26, 2018
The Den Theatre

The Haven Theatre
Fear & Misery of the Third Reich February 13, 2018 - March 11, 2018

The Displaced
World premiere
by Isaac Gomez
May 31, 2018 - July 1, 2018

The Total Bent
Midwest premiere
by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Dates TBA


The House Theatre
(773) 769-3832

The Nutcracker
November 3, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Hatfield & McCoy
January 19- March 11, 2018
Chopin Theatre 1543 W Division St., Chicago


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

The Aristophanesathon
April 6, 2018 – May 27, 2018
Chopin Theater


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

For the Loyal
by Lee Blessing
January 6, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Grace
by Craig Wright
May 3, 2018 - June 3, 2018


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

TBA


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

Sylvester
September 8, 2017 – Oct 29, 2017
MainStage

Montauciel Takes Flight
January 13, 2018 – February 18, 2018
Kids Series

Anna Karenina
February 16, 2018 – April 8, 2018
MainStage

You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?
March 17, 2018 – April 22, 2018
Kids Series

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
May 25, 2018 – July 15, 2018
MainStage


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

Peter Pan
December 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018


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

Hard Times
October 4, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Plantation!
February 21 – April 22, 2018

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
May 23 – August 19, 2018


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

Newsies
October 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Sleeping Beauty
November 10, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Ragtime
January 24, 2018 - March 18, 2018

The Emperor's New Clothes
February 23, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Oklahoma!
April 11, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Murder for Two
July 3, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Pinkalicious
July 14, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Sweet Charity
September 5, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Shrek
October 5, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Holiday Inn
November 7, 2018 - January 6, 2019


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

Christmas Schooner: A Musical
November 24, 2017 - December 31, 2017


Neo-Futurists
5153 N. Ashland (at Foster)

The Infinite Wrench
May 19, 2017 - December 10, 2017


The New Colony
773-413-0862

The Light
January 5, 2018 - February 4, 2018


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

The Book of Will
Midwest premiere
by Lauren Gunderson
November 9, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Skeleton Crew
Midwest premiere
by Dominique Morisseau
January 25, 2018 - March 4, 2018

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh
March 15, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Cry It Out
Chicago premiere
by Molly Smith Metzler
May 10, 2018 - June 17, 2018


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

Elf
November 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Cabaret
February 7, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Once
April 25, 2018 - June 3, 2018


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

Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery
November 8, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Chicago Dramatists

The Green Book
March 2, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Chicago Dramatists
Co-production with ShPIeL Performing Identity


The Plagiarists

TBA


Polarity Ensemble Theatre
847-293-7705

TBA


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

Billy Elliot the Musical
October 6, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Merrily We Roll Along
January 26, 2018 - March 11, 2018

New Faces Sing Broadway 1959
February 26, 2018 - February 27, 2018

They're Playing Our Song
March 6, 2018 - March 8, 2018

Memphis
April 19, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Do Re Mi
May 22, 2018 - May 24, 2018

New Faces Sing Broadway 1975
June 4, 2018 - June 5, 2018


Pride Films and Plays
773 250 3117

Altered Boy
November 24, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Yank
January 13, 2018 - February 18, 2018


Promethean Theatre Ensemble

Marisol
October 20, 2017 - November 26, 2017
West Stage at the Raven Theatre Complex

The Madwoman of Chaillot
February 9, 2018 - March 17, 2018
Athenaeum Theatre Studio 1

Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!)
July 20, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Athenaeum Theatre Studio 1


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

TBA


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

Nice Girl
by Melissa Ross
January 24, 2018 – March 11, 2018

The Gentleman Caller
by Philip Dawkins
March 28, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Suddenly, Last Summer
by Tennessee Williams
May 2, 2018 – June 17, 2018


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

Traitor
Adaptation of Ibsen's Enemy of the People
January 5, 2018 – February 25, 2018

33 to Nothing
April 6, 2018 – May 27, 2018

Victims of Duty
by Eugene Ionesco
July-August 2018


Red Tape Theatre
St. Peter's Episcopal Church

TBA


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

I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile
By Suzanne Heathcote
November 15, 2017 - Dec 18, 2017

Surely Goodness and Mercy
by Chisa Hutchinson
February 14, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Frost/Nixon
by Peter Morgan
April 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Sagittarius Ponderosa
by MJ Kaufman
June 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
September 6, 2018 - October 29, 2017


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

TBA


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

Puff: Believe It or Not
Through January 7, 2018

hang
U.S. premiere
by Debbie Tucker Green
March 21, 2018 - April 29, 2018


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

Late Nite Catechism
Open Run

Amahl and the Night Visitors
December 10, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Christmas Bingo
November 24, 2017 - December 31, 2017


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

The Heavens Are Hung in Black
September 7, 2017 – October 21, 2017

Five Mile Lake
January 11, 2018 – February 24, 2018

How to Use a Knife
April 26, 2018 – June 9, 2018


Shaw Chicago
312-587-7390

Jeeves in Bloom
February 3, 2018 - February 26, 2018

Hay Fever
April 14, 2018 - May 7, 2018


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

TBA


Side Show Theatre Company
773-809-4782

You for Me for You
March 4, 2018 - April 8, 2018

Tilikum
June 22, 2018 - July 291, 2018


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

Wild Boar
U.S. Premiere
November 9, 2017 - December 17, 2017

P3M5: The Plurality of Privacy Project
January 13, 2018 - January 15, 2018


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

Hay Fever
February 16, 2018 - March 11, 2018

The Front Page
April 27, 2018 - May 20, 2018


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

Insurrection: Holding History
January 5, 2018 - February 11, 2018

The Luckiest People
March 26, 2018 - April 29, 2018


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

The Minutes
November 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018

BLKS
December 7, 2017 - January 28, 2018

Chita Rivera in Concert with Seth Rudetsky
December 11, 2017 - December 11, 2017

You Got Older
January 25, 2018 - March 11, 2018

The Burn
February 14, 2018 - March 03, 2018


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

Pillars of the Community
Adapted by Samuel Adamson, from the play by Henrik Ibsen
January 3, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Damascus
World premiere
by Bennett Fisher
May 11, 2018 - June 23, 2018


Teatro Vista
312.666.4659

Fade
Midwest premiere
by Tanya Saracho
November 4, 2017 - December 23, 2017

The Madres
World premiere
by Stephanie Alison Walker
April 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018 Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens


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

It's a Wonderful Life
November 16, 2017 - December 23, 2017

Steel Magnolias
February 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Forever Plaid
May 3, 2018 – June 3, 2018

The Lady with All the Answers
July 12, 2018 – August 12, 2018

Ghost: The Musical
September 13, 2018 – October 14, 2018

Miracle on 34th Street the Musical
November 15, 2018 – December 23, 2018


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

Altar Boyz
December 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Sweeney Todd
March 9, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Last Call at No Exit: A Summer Cabaret
June 15, 2018 – July 22, 2018


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

The Holiday Radio Show
November 30, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Christmas Carolyn
World premiere
by Scott Carter Cooper
December 4, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Park Bench
A New Musical By Gary Gimmestad
May 3, 2018 to June 9, 2018


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

The Audience
August 16, 2017 - December 3, 2017

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play
October 20, 2017 – December 16, 2017

Boy
by Anna Ziegler
January 10, 2018 – March 18, 2018

To Catch a Fish
World premiere
by Brett Neveu
April 25, 2018 – July 1, 2018


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

They
Based on the play by Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz
Translated by Daniel Gerould
December 7, 2017 - January 13, 2018

The Locketeer
Adapted from The Numbered by Elias Canetti January 25, 2018 – March 3, 2018

Letter Of Love (The Fundamentals of Judo)
Based on texts by Fernando Arrabal and Yves Klein
March 22, 2018 – April 28, 2018

Monsieur d'Eon is a Woman
by Mark Brownell
May 17, 2018 – June 23, 2018


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

Fade
Through December 23, 2017
Co-Production with Teatro Vista

Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate
by Antoinette Nwandu
February 9, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Doing It
by Boo Killebrew April 6, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Mies Julie
by Yaël Farber
Adapted from August Strindberg's Miss Julie May 25, 2018 - June 24, 2018


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

Becky Shaw
Through December 17, 2017

Southern Gothic
February 2018


Writers Theatre

Quixote: On the Conquest of Self
September 27, 2017 - December 17, 2017

The Importance of Being Earnest
November 8, 2017 - December 23, 2017

A Moon for the Misbegotten
February 7, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Smart People
March 21, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Buried Child
May 09, 2018 - June 17, 2018


Please note that dates may change unexpectedly - always check with the theater before making plans.


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