Chicago Theatre Week 2016: The hottest shows

Chicago Theatre Week 2016: The hottest shows
Marjorie Prime has been well received by the critics and audiences at Writers' Theate

Chicago Theatre Week tickets go on sale today, January 5, 2016 at 10 am. The fourth annual celebration of Chicago’s rich and diverse theatre landscape offers tickets to over 100 productions at prices ranging from free to $30–with most productions pricing their tickets at either $15 or $30.

The week, which actually runs 11 days from February 11 to February 21 is bookended by two full weekends and includes Valentine’s Day. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis with the hottest tickets selling fast.

“Last year, Chicago Theatre Week was expanded to 11 days and it was the most successful one yet. Theatre Week, with tickets on sale for comedies, dramas, musicals, and the entire range of Chicago productions throughout our city offers the perfect opportunity for people to visit their favorite theatres, or to check out a new company,” comments Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “We are so thrilled to be able to share the amazing work this theatre community produces with Chicago audiences and visitors.”

In 2015 almost 10,000 Chicago residents and visitors spanning 40 states attended a show during Chicago Theatre Week–with many shows selling out.

The League of Chicago Theatres is expecting an even bigger turn out this year with especially high demand for the following shows:

Cabaret 

The national touring company of Cabaret brings this Tony-winning big scale musical to The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) for a limited two week run February 9 – 21, 2016. The story is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. The memorable  songs include “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”

The Flick

flickSteppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Flick. The story features three underpaid employees whose jobs include sweeping up stale popcorn in a run-down movie house called The Flick. But for one employee, Avery, this isn’t a dead-end job–it’s his  way to get closer to the art form he loves.

Blue Man Group

The critically acclaimed Blue Man Group which has been playing at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre for over a decade, never gets old. The show is an innovative dramatic spectacle that blends dynamic original music with hilarious comedy, art, technology and science creating a performance unlike any other.

The Magic Parlour

Now well into its fourth year at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Dennis Watkins’ one- man-show, The Magic Parlour features an intimate evening of classic magic at The House Theatre of Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton.

Another Word for Beauty

Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora), Danaya Esperanza (Luzmery), Helen Cespedes (Xiomara),Yunuen Pardo (Jeimi), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda), Monique Gabriela Curnen(Marilin/Magnolia), Marisol Miranda (Carmen/Tatiana/Elisinda) and Carmen Zilles(Isabelle).  in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). Photo: Liz Lauren

Zoë Sophia Garcia (Nora), Danaya Esperanza (Luzmery), Helen Cespedes (Xiomara),Yunuen Pardo (Jeimi), Stephanie Andrea Barron (Yolanda), Monique Gabriela Curnen(Marilin/Magnolia), Marisol Miranda (Carmen/Tatiana/Elisinda) and Carmen Zilles(Isabelle). in rehearsal for Another Word for Beauty written by José Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson at Goodman Theatre (January 16 – February 21, 2016). Photo: Liz Lauren

Another Word for Beauty at the Goodman’s Albert Theatre is a stirring new music-filled work by Academy Award nominee José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Grammy Award winner Héctor Buitrago. This daring and poignant new play takes audiences inside a Bogotá, Colombia prison where the female inmates compete in a beauty pageant each year.

Othello

Shakespeare’s intimate tragedy of heartbreak and revenge, Othello will be presented in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Courtyard Theater. The show is staged by UK award-winning director Jonathan Munby and features James Vincent Meredith in the title role as the Moor. Munby imagines Shakespeare’s tale in the landscape of a modern-day military base amid the searing themes of revenge, prejudice and passion.

Marjorie Prime

This clever and captivating new drama explores what it means to be human, the complicated nature of familial relationships and the moments in life that we might choose to forget, if given the chance. The show which has been extended and extended by popular demand since its well-received mid-fall opening will run through March 13, 2016 at Writers’ Theatre Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe.

Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu

This Second City production, Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu, takes the audience on an uproarious exploration of intuition asking: Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or are mistakes what make us grow? The show covers it all–taking a gleeful glance into funny mothers, millennials, Christian media and contemporary nostalgia on Second City’s MainStage.

The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, The Glass Menagerie is a highly anticipated show in the new The Hypocrites production which is set to open January 22, 2016 at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. The original production and subsequent remount with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. enjoyed critical praise and sold-out houses. For The Hypocrites audiences, the Fleischmann production will push his own vision further and redefine his inventive and magical touch on this American classic.

For more information:

For the complete rundown of theatres and participating shows go to the Chicago Theatre Week website starting at 10 am. today. Additional tickets may be added to the website as Theatre Week continues. For CTW special announcements follow @ChicagoPlays on Twitter.

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