Theater in Chicago: What is the future? Is theater in Chicago different from other parts of the country?

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Mike Daisy explores the American Theater.

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How Theater Failed America OPENS TODAY at Victory Gardens Theater offering  controversial opinions on the state of American theater plus panel discussions with some of Chicago's top actors and directors.
Mike Daisey, one of the nation's top monologists sinks his razor-sharp wit into a subject he knows well--the American Theater.  He takes stock of the gorgeous new theaters across the country--many standing empty. He compares the "successful" working actors to traveling like migrant farmhands within an arts culture unwilling to speak or listen to its own nation.  His thought provoking monologue asks the tough questions about the future of theater in America.  Do you agree or disagree?
How Theater Failed America is directed by Jean-Michele Gregory.    Opens tonight, 7:30p.m. and continues Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30pm; Thursday, April 29 at 8 pm; Friday, April 30 at 8 pm; Saturday, May 1 at 8 pm; and Sunday, May 2 at 7 pm.   Please note:  Performances on Thursday, April 29 and Sunday, May 2, will be followed by post-show panel discussions with leaders in Chicago's live theater community, moderated by Daisey.  The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater is located 1/2 block north of Fullerton in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Discounted parking is available one block south at Children's Memorial Hospital, and Lincoln Park Hospital two blocks south at Children's Memorial Hospital.  For tickets and information go to victorygardens.org/freshsqueezed or call 773 871 3000.  2433 N. Lincoln.

NEARBY DINING.
If you go tonight remember that many of the nearby restaurants, including the recently opened hotspot Gemini Bistro are closed Mondays. A reliable choice for tonight or any night is Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba.  Open from 4p.m. to 10p.m., you can stop by before or after the theater.  You can order from their full course menu or if you're not real hungry stop by the bar for $1 Pintxos (small tapas) or $3 Tapas from 4p.m. to 6p.m.  2024 N. Halsted.  773 935 5000.

LAST NIGHT FOR 25-CENT OYSTERS.
Shaw's Crab House ends it's 25th Anniversary Celebration tonight from 3p.m. to 6p.m. with 25-cent oysters on the half-shell.  21 E. Hubbard.

Tickets Go On Sale today for:
An Evening with David Sedaris.  Best selling author and NRP humorist David Sedaris comes to Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre for eight shows only from June 8 to 13, 2010.  Tickets for subscribers go on sale today at 11a.m.; tickets for the general public go on sale Wednesday, April 28.

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