Chicago has a vibrant theatre scene and there's truly something for everyone. Celebrate Black History Month by supporting a local theatre performance. And if you have kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews, godkids, etc, now is great time to expose them to the joys of the THE-AT-TRE (said with my pinky in the air and in my drawn out, uppity voice). Here are few options for colorful theatre in Chicago:
"School Daze Class of 2013" at Kenwood Academy
February 8 - February 10, 2013 (Fri at 7pm, Sat at 7pm, Sun at 5pm)
5015 S. Blackstone Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60615
The Mahdi Theatre Company presents an adaptation of this classic Spike Lee joint. This musical drama features live performances from the King College Prep Marching Band, G-Phi-G & The Gamma Rays, Alpha Phi Alpha Iota Delta Lambda Chapter, The Naturals & Da FELLAs, and many more...
"DRUMLine Live" at Governor's State University
Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m. (One night only)
The Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois 60484
DRUMLine Live brings the raw energy and atmosphere of the movie to the stage. Featuring a large cast of performers from America’s historically black colleges and universities, and beat-heavy music from R&B artists old and new, this production is music to many an ear.
"Bud, Not Buddy" at the Chicago Children's Theatre
January 12 - February 24, 2013
Ideal for Ages 8+
The Ruth Page Center for Arts
1016 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
Bud, Not Buddy follows the journey of a young African-American orphan as he searches for his father. Clues kept in a suitcase lead him to adventures in Depression-era Michigan, where he finds community among a group of jazz musicians and, ultimately, an unexpected sense of home.
Popular reading in the classroom, author Christopher Paul Curtis’ Bud, Not Buddy was the winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. In 2010, Jackson’s stage adaptation won the Distinguished Play Award from The American Alliance for Theater and Education.
"Imitation of Life" at Broadway in Bronzeville
February 8 – March 31, 2013
Harold Washington Cultural Center
4701 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60653
John Ruffin bring to the stage a gripping adaption of Fannie Hurst’s classic novel Imitation of Life. Imitation of Life is riveting dramatic story about family, race, and women in business set in the 1930′s. A struggling white widow, Bea Pullman, and her daughter Jessie hires a black housekeeper, Delilah Johnson, and her fair skinned daughter Peola in exchange for room and board. They become like family and strike it rich selling Delilah’s fabulous pancakes made from a special family recipe. Imitation of Life is a pioneering story that tackles important issues such as women, race, heritage, and society.
"The Fall Of Heaven" at Congo Square Theatre
Feb. 22 - Mar. 24 2013
Pegasus Players Building
4520 N. Beacon, Chicago, IL 60640
In the blink of an eye, Tempest is struck by the bullet of a police gun and finds himself at the pearly gates facing St. Peter and his judgment. Refusing to accept his eternal condition, he’s stripped of his identity and given a new body and a chance to change his fate. Alive, Tempest was no angel, but he was far from evil. The Accounting Angel, Joshua, is out to prove the scales tip toward the latter. Adapted from his book, Tempest Tales, and inspired by Langston Hughes’ colorful character, Jesse B. Semple, Walter Mosley takes us on a hip trip-- an ethereal excursion into the metaphysical conundrum between right and wrong, good and evil. Which will you choose? Based on the novel "The Tempest Tales" by Walter Mosley.
Listen to WVON 1690AM this week for multiple chances to win tickets to "Bud, Not Buddy" and "DRUMLine".
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Deanna Burrell is an account executive at WVON, the author of the explosive novel, Single Girl Summer, and she loves getting lost at the theatre.