You’re gonna want to sit down for this news. We’re warming up the bentwood chairs and ready to invite you back inside our theater! Join humans on stage making humans in the audience laugh as we toast being together again. Our Mainstage performances are a celebration of our resilience, our relationships, and our mutual need to get back into the habit of making eye contact. We’ve been pushed apart both physically and politically for way too long…now it’s time to enjoy some good, clean (or at the very least…ultra-hygienic) togetherness.
A triangle, an etching from 1891, and...spoons? Comprising six chapters helmed by different directors and devised by one ensemble, THE MISCELLANY is a virtual anthology wherein disparate parts come together to create something whole. Each chapter will work within the same limitations and be inspired by the same set of objects (read: spoons). While the six pieces may stand on their own, they will ultimately coalesce into one 90-minute collage greater than the sum of its parts.
By Valen-Marie Santos
Directed by Stephen Schellhardt
in association with Northwestern’s Next Step Project
Streaming 24/7 through July 31
Six high school students are forced into the world of standardized testing. …
A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN THE DARK is perfect for those who love the spookier elements of Scrooge’s ghostly journey through darkness. Audiences are encouraged to create dark, cozy spaces for themselves within their own homes.
H.G. Wells enters the 21st century as a Chicago science journalist thrust into the events of an alien invasion after a meteor from the “Red Planet” Mars crashes outside the suburbs of Chicago at the start of the new decade. Separated from family, friends and everything they’ve ever known, the eclectic cast of Chicagoland characters must do everything in their power to survive as our world comes crashing down around them.
The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral! 30 Digital Plays in 60 Analog Minutes is an online adaptation of our in-the-flesh, ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes for a live audience. Today we begin a new chapter of Neo-Futurist experimentation with new forms and new means of participation from you, our audience.
In THREE STORIES UP, Vancouver transit cop Beatrice Dulaurier has found her detective husband’s dead body. The police call it a suicide, but Beatrice doesn’t buy that explanation. To find the truth, she enlists the help of her late husband’s last known informant, a drug runner who carries secrets of his own. The two embark on a hair-raising investigation through the city’s colorful characters in search of justice…
Eight episodes premiered weekly in a unique adaptation from Vişniec’s “dialogic spectacle of monologues” performed live between the resident Chicago ensemble and an international group of guest performers …
The three famous words opening Herman Melville’s infamous American novel likewise open Theatre in the Dark’s thrillingly experimental MOBY DICK IN THE DARK, live online audio theatre created from Chicago’s most innovative theatre company.
A Chicago tradition returns! The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus return to Millennium Park with a thrilling lineup of Festival favorites, including the Grieg Piano Concerto, the New World Symphony, the William Tell Overture, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun plus plenty of family fun with Carnival of the Animals, Classic Broadway and the annual Independence Day Salute.
THIS NEWS MIGHT REQUIRE ALL-CAPS. The Second City’s favorite e.t.c. stage is back, live and in-person! Join our raring-to-go cast of comedians for this laugh-packed adventure. From improv games to classic sketches from the archives, this experience is a great way for us all to laugh our way into the new normal. We can’t wait to welcome you back to The Second City e.t.c, where laughs (and masks!) are mandatory.
The show consists of a series of unrelated scenes that are inspired by a single suggestion from the audience. During the show the cast share an invisible language that will trigger certain events, as if by magic.
Described as a “splash zone of women,” Super Human prides itself on the team’s diverse personalities and playing styles, with an unmistakable focus on creating inclusive learning and performance spaces. They are Super Human and SO ARE YOU!
The world-premiere musical begins its national tour in Skokie. Popular Chicago comedienne Jan Slavin and Gold Coast award-winner Carla Gordon alternately star at The Bubbie. At a "taping" of her fictional TV cooking show, Bubbie entertains you with comedy skits, original songs, and the sage advice that only a Bubbie can dispense.
My Way is an award-winning, finger-snapping revue featuring countless songs recorded by crooning legend Frank Sinatra. This classy tribute transports you into the swinging era of “Old Blue Eyes”, while showcasing some of the 20th century’s most beautiful and popular songs.
Based on the true story of the Swiss explorer who claimed to have daring adventures in the Asian-Pacific, SHIPWRECKED! will take you to “a new uncharted realm of whimsy and adventure” (Montgomery News). Watch Louis de Rougemont take London at the turn of the nineteenth century by storm as he tells audacious tales of the high seas. Filled with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, and a monstrous man-eating octopus, SHIPWRECKED! will leave you wondering “whether he [the explorer] is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man” (The New York Times).
Oak Park Festival Theatre (OPFT) triumphantly returns to its beloved Austin Gardens outdoor performance space this summer to present 21 in-person performances of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. OPFT …
A self-obsessed supervillain is mere minutes away from unleashing their simmering vengeance upon a helpless city, and right-hand helpers Oona and Jarlath are there every step of the way. Unfortunately (for them at least), something goes very, very wrong. Now these bewildered baddies must face an army of blood-thirsty foot soldiers, a formidable superhero, and their own feelings of distrust, self-worth, and burgeoning friendship in this new comedy.