Sunday July 15 5:08 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Game Changers” is a Visual Feast!

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Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Game Changers”, another brilliant smorgasbord of contemporary ballet, includes “Fool’s Paradise”, a graceful, sensual, and very sexy ballet; “Infra”, a strong yet mournful urban abstract; and finally, the intricate and ever-changing patterns of “Year of the Rabbit”. As always, the Joffrey dancers execute the most complicated choreography with flawless technique while a live orchestra adds depth to the experience. I give “Game Changers” 4 Spotlights.

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:

July 14th, World Premiere, "Shrew'd" First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St., off Rt. 83, Oak Brook. FYI (630) 986-8067 or www.firstfolio.org.

July 15th, "Heartbreak Hotel" Broadway in Chicago, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

July 15th, Stacy Keach in "Pamplona" Owen Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Street, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800.

July 15th, "The Lady with All the Answers" Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. FYI (219) 836-3255 or www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

Now Playing in Indiana:

Through July 14th, "End of the Rainbow" Canterbury Summer Theatre, 807 Franklin Street, Michigan City. FYI (219) 874-4269, info@canterburytheatre.org or www.canterburytheatre.org

Through July 15th, "Much Ado about Nothing" Chicago Street Theatre, 154 Chicago Street, Valparaiso. FYI (219) 464-1636 or www.chicagostreet.org.

**** Through July 21st, Saturday mornings only, "Pickle Chiffon Pie" Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond. FYI (219) 937-8780 or www.towletheater.org.

Through July 29th, "Fun Home" Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond. FYI (219) 937-8780 or www.towletheater.org.

Through July 29th, "Legally Blonde" Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso. FYI (219) 548-9137 or www.memorialoperahouse.com.

Through August 12th, "The Lady with All the Answers" Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. FYI (219) 836-3255 or www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

Now Playing in Illinois:

Through July 14th, "Empty Threats" Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago. FYI (773) 275-5255 or www.neofuturists.org.

Through July 15th, "The Cher Show" Broadway in Chicago, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Through July 15th, Chicago Premiere, "Guards at the Taj" Upstairs Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.

Through July 22nd, "Waitress" Broadway in Chicago, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Through July 22nd, "The Csárdás Princess" Folks Operetta, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago. FYI www.stage773.com/show/csardasprincess.

Through July 22nd, "The Maids" The Artistic Home, 1376 W Grand, Chicago. FYI (866) 811-4111 or
www.theartistichome.org

July 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, "Two Gentlemen of Verona" Midsommer Flight, Gross Park, 2708 W Lawrence, Chicago 60625. FYI www.midsommerflight.com.

Through July 22nd, "Scary Stories to Save Your Life" About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI (773) 784-8565 or www.aboutfacetheatre.com.

Through July 22nd, "Haymarket" Underscore Theatre, The Den Theatre, 1329-1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. FYI (773) 697-3830 or www.underscoretheatre.org/.

Through July 22nd, "You Can't Take It With You" Oak Park Festival Theatre, 157 Forest Avenue, Oak Park. FYI (708) 445-4440 or www.oakparkfestival.com.

Through July 22nd, "The View Upstairs" Circle Theatre, The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. FYI www.circletheatrechicago.org.

Through July 28th, "Wild Women of Planet Wongo" Not Too Fancy Productions, LLC, Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division, Chicago. FYI www.PlanetWongo.com.

Through July 29th, "Hamlet" The Gift Theatre, 4802 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org/.

Through July 29th, World Premiere, "Tilikum" Sideshow Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. FYI www.sideshowtheatre.org.

Through July 29th, "Support Group for Men" Albert Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Street, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800.

Through July 29th, "Sagittarius Ponderosa" Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 728-7529 or www.redtwist.org

Through August 5th, "The Roommate" Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.

Through August 11th, "The Adventures Of Spirit Force Five" Factory Theater, 1623 W Howard St, Chicago. FYI www.thefactorytheater.com.

Through August 12th, "Neverwhere" Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 761-4477 or www.lifelinetheatre.com.

**** Through August 12th, "Pinkalicious" Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. FYI (847) 634-0200, www.marriotttheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

**** Through August 19th, "Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure" Courtyard Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago. FYI (312) 595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.

Through August 19th, Stacy Keach in "Pamplona" Owen Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Street, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800.

Through August 19th, World Premiere, "Shrew'd" First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St., off Rt. 83, Oak Brook. FYI (630) 986-8067 or www.firstfolio.org.

Through August 26th, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Drury Lane Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace. FYI (630) 530-0111 or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. TicketMaster (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Through August 26th, "Murder for Two" Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. FYI (847) 634-0200, www.marriotttheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Through August 26th, World Premier, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N Michigan Ave., Chicago. FYI (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org/.

Through August 26th, "A Tribute to the Blues: From Muddy to BB Starring Rick Stone and Theo Huff" Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. FYI (773) 769-4451 or www.blackensemble.org.

Through August 26th, "Southern Gothic" Immersive Theatre, Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago. FYI (773) 891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com.

Through September 2nd, The Second City e.t.c. 42nd Revue, "Gaslight District, e.t.c. Theater, 1608 N. Wells Street, Chicago. FYI (312) 337-3992 or www.secondcity.com/shows/chicago/gaslight-district/.

Through September 7th, "The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol 2" Hell in a Handbag, Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago. FYI (773) 327-5252 or www.handbagproductions.org.

Through September 9th, "Avenue Q" Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago. FYI (773) 325-1700 or www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.

Through September 9th, "Heartbreak Hotel" Broadway in Chicago, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Through September 15th, Chicago Revivial, "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" American Blues Theater, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 654-3103 or www.americanbluestheater.com.

Through October 31st, Wednesdays only, Mark Toland's "Mind Reader" The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 404-7336 or www.greenhousetheater.org.

Through January 20, 2019, "Hamilton" Broadway in Chicago, CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

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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