City Lit Announces Cast and Creatives for THE SUNDIAL Adaptation

City Lit’s 2016-17 season will continue in January with Paul Edwards’ original adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1958 novel THE SUNDIAL, the third Jackson adaptation undertaken by the Edgewater company.

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I would like to share this story with you. And if that title isn’t enough to grab you, let me try a little harder.

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Race and Representation Among Decision-Makers in Chicago Theater

Diversity on Chicago’s stages has been the hot button issue in 2016. But, as Lavina Jadhwani observes, “Casting is the symptom, not the root problem.”

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Despite Problematic Plot THE FUNDAMENTALS Has Promise

Though neither script nor production are without their flaws, Erika Sheffer’s THE FUNDAMENTALS presents us with several ethical dilemmas worth contemplating, many of which are rooted in the culture and psychology of the “workplace”.

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Cast and Production Team Announced for THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES 
Pictured: Loretta Rezos.  Raven Theatre has announced casting for the Midwest premiere of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES by Richard Greenberg.  Directed by Cody Estle, the production features Loretta Rezos, Joe Mack, JoAnn Montemurro, Chuck Spencer, Christopher Peltier, Niko Kourtis, Marika Mashburn.  The production team includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (set design),... Read more
Spiel Chicago Episode 11: Kara Tesch

This week, Smyra talks with longtime friend and talented costume craftsperson, Kara Tesch.

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Possibilities abound at the Theatre of Potatoes
(left to right) Elle Walker, Leslie Ann Sheppard, Amanda Raquel Martinez, and Aja Wiltshire. Photo by Joe Mazza. Review: CINDERELLA AT THE THEATRE OF POTATOES at The Hypocrites By Hilary Holbrook I don’t think many would debate me when I say that the theater faces many challenges today. In... Read more
Alison Vesely, Artistic Director of First Folio Theatre, Passes Away at 59

Vesely directed over forty productions at the Oak Brook-based institution she founded in 1997 with her surviving husband, David Rice.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Reminds Us of What’s Important

Tis the Season!…for hundreds of Christmas shows. While each brings their own unique spin on the message of Christmas, I highly recommend IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE for its charm, beautiful storytelling, fantastic singing, and terrific ability to transport the audience to a snazzy time that still feels all too familiar.

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Poignent I AM MY OWN WIFE Is a Tightly Woven Ensemble Piece

Every play I’ve seen since November 8th has seemed like a small rebellion. I crowd into small dark rooms with strangers to see something beautiful and hope that it will steel me, change me into someone better equipped for the world outside.

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