Thursday April 26 1:45 am

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Theater

Audience Engagement Events to Accompany The Doppelgänger (an international farce)

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In conjunction with the world premiere of The Doppelgänger (an international farce) by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Steppenwolf Theatre Company is offering four free events on select Sundays during the run of the show. Each discussion is a fun and casual chance for audience members to engage with experts on topics associated with the production. Space is limited. RSVP through Audience Services at 312.335.1650 or at steppenwolf.org.

Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider to run in The Second City’s e.t.c. Theater April 24 – May 30

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The Second City announced today that SNL vet Julia Sweeney’s one-woman show Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider will move to the theater’s e.t.c. stage for a six-week run beginning April 24, 2018. Sweeney has been honing her first-ever stand-up show in front of live audiences since she began a January workshop run in one of Second City’s studio theater spaces. Julia Sweeney: Old and Wider will run on the e.t.c. stage at The Second City April 24 – May 30, 2018. The press opening is May 2 at 8pm.

Greenhouse Theater Center's BIRDS OF A FEATHER - April 27th - June 10th - Chicago Premiere!

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The Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to conclude its 2017-18 season with the Chicago premiere of Marc Acito’s touching and humorous play BIRDS OF A FEATHER, directed by Artistic Director Jacob Harvey. Based on one of America’s most banned books, Acito’s hit comedy brings to life the story of the Central Park Zoo’s gay penguins to tell a truly hilarious human story.

Windy City Playhouse Announces Summer Extension of Critically Acclaimed "Southern Gothic" Through July 29

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By popular demand, Windy City Playhouse’s critically acclaimed production of “Southern Gothic” has extended performances for the second time, now running through July 29. Written by Leslie Liautaud and directed by David H. Bell, “Southern Gothic” opened on February 7 to rave reviews, with Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune awarding the production four stars, noting “Imagine going to see ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and sitting on the couch next to Martha, matching her shot for shot, and you get the basic idea.”

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

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Emerald City Theatre (ECT) opened returning fan favorite Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical on March 24 at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. Performances take place at various times weekends and weekdays through May 27. Please check our website, www.emeraldcitytheatre.com, for the complete schedule.

Lookingglass Theatre Company Announces 2018–2019 Season

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Lookingglass Theatre Company announces its complete 2018–2019 season lineup. The season begins with the World Premiere of The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime, conceived and directed by Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Following The Steadfast Tin Soldier is the World Premiere of Act(s) of God written by Ensemble Member Kareem Bandealy and directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. Concluding the 2018-2019 season is the World Premiere of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin from the book by Mary Shelley. Subscriptions to Lookingglass’ 2018-2019 season are on sale now and may be purchased through the box office at (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

Additional Actors announced for All-Male Staged Reading of THE WOMEN on April 18

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Seven additional cast members have been added to the “all-star,” staged reading of THE WOMEN by Claire Boothe Luce, to be performed entirely by men on Wednesday, April 18 as a special benefit to help defray expenses for the company to bring its production of HIS GREATNESS to The International Dublin Gay Play Festival.

MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS BRINGS HOLLYWOOD HILARITY!

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Chicago Street Theatre is no stranger to bringing audiences the hilarity of a good farce and their current production of Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson is no exception. The play, running April 13 through 28, tells the legendary story of Hollywood mogul, David O. Selznick's plan to "fix" the screenplay to one of the most beloved motion pictures of all time. Directed by NWI favorites, LuAnne Pezel and Caroline Rau, and based on actual events, the comedy gives audiences a rare and hysterical behind the scenes glimpse at what might have happened during those frantic five days in 1939.