Tuesday December 11 2:48 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


World Premiere! Hell in a Handbag Productions Presents "SnowGirls – The Musical" November 15 – December 30 at Mary’s Attic


Hell in a Handbag Productions rings in the holidays with the world premiere of SnowGirls – The Musical, a parody of the classic cult film Showgirls. Featuring a book by Derek Van Barham, music by Artistic Director David Cerda* with Scott Lamberty and Jeff Thomson, direction by Jon Martinez and music direction by JD Caudill. SnowGirls will play November 15 – December 30, 2018 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets are currently available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 pm.



By popular demand, Mercury Theater Chicago’s critically acclaimed production of AVENUE Q has extended performances for the second time, now running through December 30. After an incredible run in 2004, this lovingly revived Broadway musical is wowing audiences yet again with its relatable humor and heartwarming message.

Underscore Theatre Company Presents WIFE MATERIAL


Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with WIFE MATERIAL, Jamie Shriner’s raunchy musical comedy following one woman's journey through sex, love, marriage and how we define ourselves. Directed by Dana Anderson, with music direction by Kyra Leigh, WIFE MATERIAL will play November 8 – December 9, 2018 at Underscore’s new-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at underscoretheatre.org. The press opening is Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm.

Idle Muse Theatre Company Announces the Second Radio Play in its Radio Series, "A League of Identity"

The inimitable duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson take center stage as they go up against a new baffling mystery with friends and foes, both old and new, voiced by the players of Idle Muse in this live to broadcast with onstage foley.

Lifeline Theatre Presents the 22nd Annual Fillet of Solo Festival

Lifeline brings 12 storytelling collectives and seven solo performers together for a three-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories.

Theo Ubique to christen its new Evanston home with THE FULL MONTY, opening to the press December 10

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After years of anticipation, the long-awaited dream of a new theater on Howard Street in Evanston will become a reality on December 7 when Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre begins previews for David Yazbek and Terrence McNally’s musical THE FULL MONTY, the kickoff show in its new 85-seat home.

Steppenwolf Theatre Presents the Chicago Premiere Production of Familiar


Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Familiar written by Danai Gurira (Michonne on The Walking Dead, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Eclipsed on Broadway) and directed by Danya Taymor, who helmed Steppenwolf’s powerful 2017 production of Pass Over. This family comedy features ensemble members Celeste M. Cooper (Nyasha) and Ora Jones (Marvelous Chinyaramwira), who appeared together in Steppenwolf’s The Doppelgänger (an international farce) last season. Rounding out the cast are Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Anne), Erik Hellman (Chris), Lanise Antoine Shelley, (Tendikayi), Luigi Sottile (Brad), Jacqueline Williams (Margaret Munyewa) and Cedric Young (Donald Chinyaramwira).

Sideshow Theatre and Greenhouse Productions Announce Casting for the World Premiere of "HeLa" November 18 – December 23


Sideshow Theatre Company, in partnership with the Greenhouse Theater Center, is pleased to announce casting for the world premiere of J. Nicole Brooks’ dazzling new play HeLa, directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green*.