Sunday November 18 3:36 am

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:

Novebmer 17th, "The Wizard of Oz" Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. FYI (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com.

November 17th, "Il trovatore" Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. FYI (312) 827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org.

November 17th, "Rightlynd" Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago. FYI (773) 871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org.

Now Playing in Indiana:

November 15th through 17th, "Cymbeline" Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company, Washington Hall Lab Theatre, University of Notre Dame, South Bend. FYI (574) 631-2800 or www.performingarts.nd.edu.

November 16th & 18th, "The Nerd" L'arc end Ciel Theatre Group, Great Oaks, 13109 So Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake. FYI (219) 226-4640 or (219) 374-8000

Through November 18th, "A Christmas Story, the Musical" Marian Theatre Guild of St. John Church, Marian Memorial Auditorium (St. John School) 119th St., and Lincoln Ave., Whiting. FYI MTG Box Office open 7-9 pm, M-F.

Through November 18th, "As You Like It" Warner Studio Theatre, South Bend Civic Theatre, 403 N Main St, South Bend. FYI (574) 234-1112 or www.sbct.org.

Through November 18th, Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre, Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, South Bend. FYI (574) 631-2800 or www.performingarts.nd.edu.

November 16th through 18th, December 1st & 2nd, "A Streetcar Named Desire" The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Spotlight Theatre Guild, Alumni Hall, Student Union & Library, 2233 173rd Street, Hammond. FYI www.pnw.edu/arts-culture/calling-all-actors/.

**** November 15th through December 23rd, "Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical" Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. FYI (219) 836-3255 or www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

Now Playing in Illinois:

November 15th, "1776" Porchlight Revisits, Porchlight Music Theatre, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago. FYI (773) 777-9884 or www.PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.

November 15th, 18th, “Iolanta” Chicago Opera Theater, Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan, Chicago. FYI (312) 704-8414 or www.cot.org.

Through November 16th, "Siegfried" Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. FYI (312) 827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org.

Through November 17th, "The Better Half" Lucky Plush, Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.

Through November 17th, "Hello, Dolly!" Broadway in Chicago, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Through November 17th, "Frankenstein" Remy Bumppo Theatre, Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 975-8150 or www.remybumppo.org.

Through November 17th, "Plainclothes" Broken Nose Theatre, The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. FYI www.brokennosetheatre.com.

Through November 17th, Chicago Premiere, "Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies" First Floor Theatre, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. FYI www.firstfloortheater.com.

Through November 18th, "The Lonesome West" AstonRep, The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. FYI www.astonrep.com.

Through November 18th, "Truman and the Birth of Israel" Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Main Stage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 404-7336 or www.greenhousetheater.org.

Through November 18th, "Lady in Denmark" Owen Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.

Through November 18th, "Rock and Roll" The Artistic Home Theatre, 1376 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago. FYI (866) 811-4111 or www.theartistichome.org.

Through November 18th, "Crumbs from the Table of Joy" Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St, Chicago. FYI (773) 338-2177 or www.raventheatre.com.

Through November 18th, World Premiere, "Downstate" Upstairs Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.

**** Through November 23rd, "Bunnicula" KidSeries, Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 761-4477 or www.lifelinetheatre.com.

Through November 24th, "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Adventure Stage Chicago, Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble Street, Chicago. FYI (773) 342-4141 or www.adventurestage.org.

Through November 25th, "Neverland" Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. (near Kedzie & Addison), Chicago. FYI www.propthtr.org.

**** November 16th through 25th, "Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" Madison Square Garden Company, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street, Chicago. FYI (800) 745-3000 or www.chicagotheatre.com/grinch.

**** Through December 1st, Leo Lionni's "Frederick" (All ages) Chicago Children's Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine St., Chicago. FYI (872) 222-9555 or www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

Through December 2nd, World Premiere, "Frankenstein" Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago. FYI (773) 753-4472 or www.CourtTheatre.org.

Through December 2nd, "The Last Session" Refuge Theatre Project, Atlas Arts Studio, 4809 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago. FYI www.refugetheatre.com.

Through December 2nd, "Radio Culture" TUTA Theater Chicago, 4670 N Manor Ave., Chicago. FYI www.tutatheatre.org/upcoming-radio-culture/.

Through December 2nd, World Premier, "The Scientific Method" Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago. FYI (773) 334-7728 or www.RivendellTheatre.org.

Through December 8th, Chicago Premiere, "This Bitter Earth" About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. FYI www.aboutfacetheatre.com.

Through December 8th, "Miss Saigon" Broadway in Chicago, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago. FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Through December 9th, Chicago Premiere, "Small Mouth Sounds" A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells Street, Chicago. FYI (312) 943-8722 or www.aredorchidtheatre.org.

Through December 9th, Midwest Premiere, "Cosmologies" The Gift Theatre, 4802 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org/.

Through December 9th, "Master Class" TimeLine Theatre Company, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago. FYI (773) 327-5252 or www.timelinetheatre.com.

Through December 9th, "Wife Material" Underscore Theatre Company, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St., Chicago. FYI www.underscoretheatre.org.

November 17th through December 9th, "Il trovatore" Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. FYI (312) 827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org.

Through December 15th, World Premiere, "Plainclothes" Broken Nose Theatre, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. FYI www.brokennosetheatre.com.

Through December 16th, World Premiere, "The Safe House" City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Chicago. FYI www.citylit.org.

Through December 16th, World Premiere, "Witch" Writers Theatre, The Gillian Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. FYI 847-242-6000 or www.writerstheatre.org.

Through December 16th, "Pippin" Venus Cabaret, Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago. FYI (773) 325-1700 or www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.

Through December 16th, "110 in the Shade" BoHo Theatre, Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 975-8150 or www.BoHoTheatre.com.

Through December 16th, "Twelfth Night" Writers Theatre, Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. FYI 847-242-6000 or www.writerstheatre.org.

Through December 16th, World Premiere "Mansfield Park" Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL. FYI (847) 673-6300 or www.northlight.org.

Through December 16th, "A Shayna Maidel" TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. FYI (773) 281-8463 x6 or www.timelinetheatre.com.

November 16th through December 16th, "Arcadia" Promethian Theatre Ensemble, Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Studio/Theater 4), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. FYI www.prometheantheatre.org.

Through December 23rd, "Rightlynd" Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago. FYI (773) 871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org.

Through December 23rd, "Bros Do Prose PETER PAN" Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago. FYI (773) 325-1700 or www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.

Through December 31st, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Citadel Theatre Company, 300 South Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. FYI Box Office: (847) 735-8554 or www.citadeltheatre.org.

Through December 29th, "Gypsy" Porchlight Music Theatre, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago. FYI (773) 777-9884 or www.PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.

Through December 29th, "The Revolutionists" Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W Berenice Ave., Chicago. FYI www.strawdog.org.

**** Through December 30th, "Shrek: The Musical" Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. FYI (847) 634-0200, www.marriotttheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Through December 30th, "The Nutcracker" The House Theatre of Chicago, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Chicago. FYI (773) 769.3832 or www.thehousetheatre.com.

November 17th through December 30th, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Albert Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago. FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.

Through December 31st, "Avenue Q" Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago. FYI (773) 325-1700 or www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.

Through December 31st, "Waistwatchers the Musical" Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI www.waistwatchersthemusical.com.

November 16th through January 5th, "It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago" American Blues Theater, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago. FYI (773) 654-3103 or www.americanbluestheater.com.

Through January 6th, "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. FYI (847) 634-0200, www.marriotttheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

**** Through January 6th, "The Wizard of Oz" Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. FYI (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com.

Through January 6th, Chicago Premiere, "Familiar" Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.

Through January 13th, World Premiere, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime" Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N Michigan Ave., Chicago. FYI (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.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.

Through January 25th, "La Boheme" Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. FYI www.lyricopera.org.

Through January 27th, "Women of Soul (With a Tribute to the Queen)" Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street, Chicago. FYI (773) 769-4451 or www.blackensemble.org.

**** Through January 27th, 2019, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" Drury Lane Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace. FYI (630) 530-0111 or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. TicketMaster (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Through January 31st, "Southern Gothic" Immersive Theatre, Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago. FYI (773) 891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com.

Through February 17th, "The Woman in Black" Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. FYI www.ticketmaster.com or www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.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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