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2016 Merritt Awards Honor Chicago Designers and Technicians

Nationally-known Sound Designer and Composer Michael Bodeen will receive the 2016 Merritt Award. The Michael Merritt Award, a national award unique in its emphasis on excellence in both design and collaboration, is presented annually to a scenic, costume, lighting, sound, or other media designer.

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Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominees Announced

The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee announced the slate of nominees for this year’s Non-Equity Jeff Awards, celebrating the excellence of Chicago’s non-union theaters.

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SENDER Will Reinstate Your Faith in Realism

Ike Holter’s modern day bohemians warn you before you step any closer: “Things are weird in here.”

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is a Faithful, Safe Adaptation

With race being a topic of much distress, a topic which the arts could be leading the movement toward equality and embracement, it’s unfortunate that what we are getting is simply a really decent copy.

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Storefront’s Collective Impact

“I know that the work of arts service organizations and advocacy groups is hard and often thankless, but untangle faster please.”

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Mercury Theater’s THE PRODUCERS Is an Uproarious Hit

As the secretary and wannabe stage actor Ulla sings in THE PRODUCERS, when you got it, flaunt it. And Mercury Theater’s production definitely got it.

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Vocally Victorious EVITA Rouses at Marriott

Even though EVITA emerged 40 years ago, how relevant it remains to the politically tumultuous present-day– a wise choice for The Marriott Theatre’s 2016 season.

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Goodman to Open Doors of Alice Rapoport Center May 18th.

The Goodman Theatre will officially open the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement May 18th in conjunction with the Goodman-curated Citywide Celebration of Chicago native playwright Lorraine Hansberry

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INSIDE LITTLE SHOP Part 2: Puppet Power!

This week we began working with the two larger Audrey Two puppets and we were all surprised at how big they truly are. Sarah E. Ross (Puppet Designer and Producer Manager) had warned us that the largest was approximately 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide, but actually seeing a puppet that large come to life in person was both thrilling and intimidating (for comparison: Jim Henson’s Big Bird is 8 feet tall). There remain a handful of questions and concerns about how to best share the stage with the large puppets that won’t be able to be fully solved until we’re in the space. For now, it’s just exciting that they look so amazing and that Matthew Sitz is such a natural at operating them.

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‘A’ TRAIN Examines Moral Responsibility in Religion and Criminal Justice System

In their season opener of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Eclipse Theatre examines moral responsibility through the lenses of religion and the criminal justice system- two institutions occupied with salvation as much as flawed doctrine. And in this case, neither the Law nor God provides their constituents with a clear path to redemption.

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