Monday October 22 10:02 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


The Gift Theatre Announces 2019 Season


Artistic Director and Co-Founder Michael Patrick Thornton proudly announced The Gift Theatre's 2019 Season will include: a revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama DOUBT: A PARABLE directed by Ensemble Member John Gawlik and featuring Ensemble Members Jennifer Glasse, Maryann Thebus and Michael Patrick Thornton (February 27 – March 31) and the Chicago premiere of Hansol Jung’s WOLF PLAY, directed by guest artist Jess McLeod (October 18 – November 24). The Gift’s 17th season will also include a soon-to-be-announced third production (July 12 – August 18).

Join the Towle Theater for its 16th Season


The Towle Theater is excited to announce its 16th Season. The 2019 Season opens with the Midwest Premiere musical, Swing State by Dana Yeaton & Andy Mitton.

Towle Youth Theater Ensemble presents Carrie, The Musical


Since 2010, the Towle Youth Theater Ensemble (TYTE) has been entertaining audiences with productions such as the Northwest Indiana Premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s 13, Anne of Green Gables, Laughing Stock, Clue the Musical, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Runaways and the World Premiere of Mental. The next TYTE production will be Carrie, The Musical directed by Managing Director Jeff Casey, Assistant Directed by Ro Ogrentz, Musical Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon and Choreography by Colin Funk. Carrie Is sponsored by John F. Pelkey, Attorney at Law.

Raven Theatre Presents CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY through November 18th


Raven Theatre is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Tyrone Phillips. This sharp and boisterous drama about family, faith and revolution will play October 4 – November 18, 2018 on Raven’s 99-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at or by calling (773) 338-2177.

Casting Announced! Haven Theatre Presents DIRECTORS HAVEN 2018 Today through October 31st at The Den Theatre


Haven Theatre is pleased to present its fourth DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company’s ever-growing initiative annually showcasing the talents of three rising directors. This season, Charlotte Drover directs Madame Rachilde’s surreal horror ballet THE CRYSTAL SPIDER, with translation by Daniel Gerould; Airos Sung-En Medill helms Josefina Lopez’ heartfelt and healing SIMPLY MARIA, OR THE AMERICAN DREAM; and Dani Wieder directs an imaginative take on William Inge’s drama PEOPLE IN THE WIND. The three productions, which will have the support of a full production team, will run back-to-back in one program. DIRECTOR’S HAVEN 2018 will play October 15 – 31, 2018 at Haven Theatre’s resident home, The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. All performances are pay-what-you-can. Tickets are currently available at

Invictus Theatre Announces Cast and Crew for LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, Opening October 29


Invictus Theatre, a theater company that emerged in November 2017 with an intimate production of OTHELLO, has announced cast and crew for its second production: Shakespeare’s comedy LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST. The comedy will be performed at The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago from October 24 – November 18, 2018, with a press opening on Monday, October 29.

Underscore Theatre Company Announces 2018-19 Season


Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2018-19 Season, featuring two fully-produced musicals, plus the 5th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL. The season kicks off this fall with Jamie Shriner’s one-woman musical comedy WIFE MATERIAL, directed by Dana Anderson,with music direction by Kyra Leigh. WIFE MATERIAL will play at Underscore’s new-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Matt Crowle Makes His Goodman Theatre Debut in "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris


This holiday season, Goodman Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries—David Sedaris’ “vivid, hilarious portrait of family Christmas with his deft combination of wicked humor and scalpel-sharp observation” (Chicago Magazine). Adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by longtime Goodman Artistic Associate Steve Scott, this “theatrical stocking stuffer” (Chicago Reader) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Chicago favorite Matt Crowle makes his Goodman debut in a solo performance as the strapped-for-cash struggling actor who takes a job as “Crumpet,” an elf at Macy’s Santaland—and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice.