Wednesday February 20 1:10 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

The Joffrey Ballet Production of "The Nutcracker" is Magnificent!

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***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “new” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon is magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against the Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon has given the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights!

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was a Fabulous Experience!

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I’d never been to a performance of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, although I’d always heard they were an uber-talented company. I was delighted to attend the opening of their Fall Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The three-part program (with two intermissions) featured pieces choreographed by Jiří Kylián, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. I was in awe of the grace and strength displayed by the entire ensemble. 4 Spotlights!

Giordano Dance Chicago is known for Creative Jazz Dancing

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I didn’t know anything about Giordano Dance Chicago when I went to their fall engagement at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. I wasn’t all that familiar with jazz dance, either. The Giordano dancers are so strong, so talented, so creative, they absolutely blew me away! I gave them 4 BIG Spotlights.

"New Dances" - An Exhilarating Smorgasbord of Contemporary Dance

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Thodos Dance Chicago’s 16th Annual “New Dances”, an exhilarating smorgasbord of contemporary dance performed on the main stage at the Athenaeum, featured nine world premier works by nine talented young choreographers. Thodos has a long-standing tradition of encouraging company members to stretch their wings and become choreographers, launching more than 75 company members into successful choreographic careers. In fact, Founder and Artistic Director, Melissa Thodos, introduced two highly successful alumni, Jeremy Blair and Brock Clawson, before the performance.

What's Happening in Local Theater

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Press Openings:

February 20th, "An Inspector Calls" Worldstage from the United Kingdom, National Theatre of Great Britain, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago. FYI (312) 595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com.

February 20th, World Premiere, "Mike Pence Sex Dream" First Floor Theatre, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. FYI www.firstfloortheater.com.

February 21st, "Mamma Mia" Drury Lane Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace. FYI (630) 530-0111 or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. TicketMaster (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com.

February 22nd or 23rd, World Premiere, "Act(s) of God" Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N Michigan Ave., Chicago. FYI (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org/.

Now Playing in Indiana:

February 23rd & 24th, "The Vagina Monologues" Proceeds benefit the V-day global campaign and Haven House of Hammond, Beatniks on Conkey, 420 Conkey Street, Hammond. FYI 219-852-0848 or www,Beatniksonconkey.com.

**** Through March 3rd, "Shrek the Musical" Memorial Opera House, 104 E. Indiana, Valparaiso. FYI (219 548-9137 or www.memorialoperahouse.org.

February 22nd through March 10th, "Swing State" Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond. FYI (219) 937-8780 or www.towletheater.org.

Through March 31st, "Million Dollar Quartet" Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. FYI (219) 836-3255 or www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

Now Playing in Illinois:

Through February 22nd, "Elektra" Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. FYI (312) 827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org.

Through February 23rd, "Photograph 51" Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago. FYI (773) 753-4472 or www.CourtTheatre.org.

Through February 23rd, 30th Annual RhinoFest, The Prop Thtr with Curious Theatre Branch, Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. (near Kedzie & Addison), Chicago. FYI www.propthtr.org.

Through February 23rd, "How to Defend Yourself" Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago. FYI (773) 871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org.

Through February 24th, "Anna Karenina" Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago. FYI www.joffrey.org.

Through February 24th, "A Raisin in the Sun" The Drama Group, 330 W. 202 Street, Chicago Heights. FYI (708) 755-3444 or www.dramagroup.org.

February 21st, 24th, "The Scarlet Ibis" Chicago Opera Theater, Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan, Chicago. FYI (312) 704-8414 or www.cot.org.

Through February 24th, The 5th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, Underscore Theatre Company, The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago. FYI www.underscoretheatre.org.

Through February 24th, "How to Catch Creation" Albert Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.

Through February 24th, "All Childish Things" First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St., off Rt. 83, Oak Brook. FYI (630) 986-8067 or www.firstfolio.org.

Through February 27th, "The Second City’s Black History Month Show" UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor of Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North Avenue, Chicago. FYI (312) 337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

February 21st through 27th, "Obstacle Course" Silk Road Rising, The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago. FYI (312) 857-1234 or www.silkroadrising.org.

Through March 2nd, "Nina Simone: Four Women" Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL. FYI (847) 673-6300 or www.northlight.org.

Through March 2nd, Midwest Premiere, "Girl in the Red Corner" Broken Nose Theatre, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. FYI www.brokennosetheatre.com.

Through March 3rd, "Friends! The Musical Parody" Broadway in Chicago, Broadway Playhouse, 175 East Chestnut, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Through March 3rd, "Pipeline" Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago. FYI (773) 871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org.

Through March 3rd, "The Roommate" Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. FYI 847-735-8554, ext. 1 or www.citadeltheatre.org.

Through March 3rd, "Radio Culture" TUTA Theatre Chicago, 4670 N. Manor Ave., Chicago. FYI www.tutatheatre.org/upcoming-radio-culture/.

Through March 3rd, "Swamp Baby" MPAACT, Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 404-7336 or www.mpaact.org.

**** Through March 3rd, "X-Marks the Spot: An Extra Sensory Experience" (Ages 8 and up) Chicago Children's Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine St., Chicago. FYI (872) 222-9555 or www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

Through March 3rd, "The Father" Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago. FYI (773) 404-7336 or www.remybumppo.org.

Through March 3rd, "Defiance" Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. FYI (630) 942-4000 or www.AtTheMAC.org.

Through March 9th, Chicago Premiere, "The Realistic Joneses" Shattered Globe Theatre with Theater Wit, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 975-8150 or www.shatteredglobe.org.

Through March 10th, "Dear Evan Hansen" Broadway in Chicago, James M. Nederlander Theatre 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Through March 10th, "FORTS: Build Your Own Adventure" Filament Theatre, 4041 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 270-1660 or www.filamenttheatre.org.

Through March 10th, "Million Dollar Quartet" Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. FYI (847) 634-0200, www.marriotttheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Through March 10th, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" Porchlight Music Theatre, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago. FYI (773) 777-9884 or www.PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.

Through March 10th, Midwest Premiere, "The Total Bent" Haven Theatre, The Den Theatre's Janet Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. FYI www.haventheatrechicago.com.

Through March 10th, "Dead Man's Cell Phone" The Comrades, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 404-7336, www.the-comrades.com/ or www.greenhousetheater.org/.

Through March 10th, "Twilight Bowl" Owen Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.

Through March 10th, "The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - The Valentine Edition" Hell in a Handbag Productions, Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 327-5252 or www.handbagproductions.org.

**** Through March 10th, "The World Inside of Me" (Ages 2-5) Chicago Children's Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine St., Chicago. FYI (872) 222-9555 or www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

February 19th through March 10th, "An Inspector Calls" Worldstage from the United Kingdom, National Theatre of Great Britain, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago. FYI (312) 595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com.

Through March 15th, Chicago Premiere, "On Clover Road" American Blues Theater, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 654-3103 or www.americanbluestheater.com.

**** Through March 16th, "Short Shakespeare! Macbeth" Courtyard Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago. FYI (312) 595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com.

Through March 16th, World Premiere, "Mike Pence Sex Dream" First Floor Theatre, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. FYI www.firstfloortheater.com.

Through March 17th, The Second City's 107th Mainstage Revue, Second City, 1616 N. Wells St, Chicago. FYI (312) 337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

Through March 17th, "Cardboard Piano" TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 281-8463 x6 or www.timelinetheatre.com.

Through March 17th, Chicago Premiere, "A Doll's House, Part 2" Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.

Through March 17th, "The Producers" Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. FYI (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com.

Through March 17th, August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Writers Theatre, Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. FYI 847-242-6000 or www.writerstheatre.org.

Through March 17th, "The Abuelas" World Premiere, Teatro Vista, Richard Christiansen Theater, Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 871-3000 or www.teatrovista.org.

Through March 22nd, "La traviata" Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. FYI (312) 827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org.

Through March 23rd, "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" Promethian Theatre Ensemble, Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago. FYI www.prometheantheatre.org.

Through March 24th, Chicago Premiere, "Fulfillment Center" A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells Street, Chicago. FYI (312) 943-8722 or www.aredorchidtheatre.org.

Through March 24th, "How I Learned to Drive" Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St, Chicago. FYI (773) 338-2177 or www.raventheatre.com.

Through March 31st, "Requiem for a Heavyweight" The Artistic Home Theatre, 1376 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago. FYI (866) 811-4111 or www.theartistichome.org.

**** Through March 31st, "Seussical!" Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. FYI (847) 634-0200, www.marriotttheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Through April 7th, "Noises Off" Immersive Theatre, Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago. FYI (773) 891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com.

Through April 7th, World Premiere, "Act(s) of God" Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N Michigan Ave., Chicago. FYI (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org/.

Through April 7th "The Man Who Was Thursday" Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 761-4477 or www.lifelinetheatre.com.

Through April 14th, "Mamma Mia" Drury Lane Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace. FYI (630) 530-0111 or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. TicketMaster (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Through May 26th, "Hamilton" Broadway in Chicago, CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Ongoing 50 weekends per year, "The Infinite Wrench" Neo-Futurist Ensemble, The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Avenue (at Foster), Chicago. FYI www.neofuturists.org.

Open Run, "Blue Man Group" Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted Street, Chicago. FYI (773) 348-4000, Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com/bluemanchicago or www.blueman.com/chicago.

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*** Family Friendly and/or Children's Theatre

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