Friday June 22 5:12 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


Underscore Theatre Company and The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET June 13 – July 22 at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage


Underscore Theatre and The Den Theatre are pleased to present an all-new staging of the Jeff Award-nominated Best New Musical HAYMARKET (formerly Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook) the true story of Chicago’s infamous Haymarket massacre. With book, music and lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser and David Kornfeld, the actors accompany themselves to the stirring folk-infused score. Having spent the last two years workshopping the show, the authors alongside director Nick Thornton and musical director Robert Ollis have crafted an all-new theatrical experience – creating new songs, overhauling the book, and like the union workers from the show, building anew.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces casting for Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure


Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast and creative team for the summer family musical production of Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure at the Theater’s home on Navy Pier, June 27–August 19, 2018. Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn’t grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe—the award-winning songwriting duo behind Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s smash hit Mary Poppins and the Olivier Award-winning Honk! Amber Mak takes the helm as the production’s director and choreographer in this newly updated version by Elliot Davis based on the book by Willis Hall.

The Neo-Futurists Announce the Return of The Infinite Wrench: 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes


30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes is a special edition of The Infinite Wrench that corrals the queerest plays into one show, slaying gender roles and celebrating deviance.

Idle Muse Theatre Company Announces World Premiere of a Sherlock Holmes Radio Play, A Scandal in Bohemia, Part One

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In this first installment of a new series based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Idle Muse takes audiences back to the glory days of radio with A Scandal in Bohemia, Part One.

Cast and crew announced for Joint World Premiere of BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!), opening July 28


Cast and production team were announced today for Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s Joint World Premiere production BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) by Jami Brandli. Promethean’s staging, to be directed by Anna Bahow, is part of a rolling world premiere for the play, along with San Diego’s Moxie Theatre and Los Angeles’s Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre. BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) is a dramedy in which four women of Greek tragedy – Clytemnestra, Medea, Antigone, and Cassandra – become New Jersey neighbors in the year 1960. The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE called it “a hilarious, sharply written and fast-paced comedy-drama.”

The Factory Theater Presents "The Adventures of Spirit Force Five"

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Jill Oliver’s First Production as Playwright, with Spenser Davis Making his Factory Directorial Debut, Asks the Question, “Ummm…There’s an Evil Stick in This Play?



The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), dedicated to advancing the field of Asian American theater, announces Chicago as the host city for the Sixth National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest), to be held August 13 – 18.

A Red Orchid Theatre announces its 26th Season


A Red Orchid Theatre announces its 26th Season, including the Chicago premieres of Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray, and featuring Ensemble Members Jennifer Engstrom and Larry Grimm, and Fulfillment Center by Abe Kugler, directed by Jess McLeod, and featuring Ensemble Members Steve Haggard and Natalie West. The 2018-2019 Season will conclude with The Killing Game by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Ensemble Member Dado, featuring Ensemble Members Lance Baker, Mierka Girten and Doug Vickers, with design by Ensemble Member Mike Durst.