Chicago Theater Week 2013

Chicago is such a great city; there is never a dull moment!  Hot off the cusp of Restaurant Week comes Chicago Theater Week from February 12 through the 17th!  As a lifelong lover of the arts and a mom of a thespian (aren’t we all), I am so elated this time has come.  This is the first year for the annual event and, with the support of fellow Chicago lovers of the arts, it will be a successful event for our children and grandchildren to enjoy for many years hence.

For as low as $15 in most cases and $30 in some theaters, you can enjoy a new (or classic) production at your favorite theater!  I like trying places I haven’t been where there’s sure to be fresh new actors/actresses/directors and an interesting story.  Chicago Theater Week makes for a fun and cheap date night, girls night out, mommy/daughter date, father/son date, family outing or even sailing solo!  The timing could not be more perfect as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with our loved ones as well as Black History Month.  There’s a play that’s perfect for any occasion – over 100 shows are participating!  You can also take advantage of special deals at nearby restaurants and hotels (save your theater ticket stubs for these offers).

As I often do with events like this, I reviewed the entire list and made a few picks.  Feel free to try these or review the list and choose your own.  Links to reviews and more information are included below, but go here to purchase your discounted theater week tickets.  Either way, I hope you get out and enjoy the artistic expressions of this great city! 😉

Play: Bud, Not Buddy
Good for: Children, Family, Black History
Cost: $15
Location: Children’s Theatre at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts,
Address:  1016 N. Dearborn St.
Summary:  young African American orphan sets out to find his father and winds up making a family among a community of musicians. Congo Square Theatre founder Derrick Sanders directs the Newbery-winning story.

Play: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Good for: Children, Family, Black History
Cost: $5
Location: Merle Reskin Theatre, DePaul University
Address: 60 East Balbo Avenue
Summary:  History, courage, and friendship! Reverend Buckminster’s son Turner, the new kid in town, meets Lizzie Bright, an African-American girl from nearby Malaga Island who becomes his best friend.

Play: Other Desert Cities
Good for: Date night, Girls night
Cost: $30
Location: Goodman Theatre in the Albert Theatre
Address: 170 North Dearborn Street
Summary: When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parent’s Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with the manuscript to her tell-all memoir in tow, she unearths a devastating family secret and throws her parents into a panic.

Play: A Soldier’s Play
Good for: Date night, Black History Month
Cost: $15
Location: Raven Theatre
Address: 6157 North Clark Street
Summary: As an investigator puzzles out a black soldier’s murder in the South in 1944, Fuller shows how all of us, individually and collectively, are prisoners of our history.

Play: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Good for: Children, Family
Cost: $15
Location: Emerald City Theatre at the Apollo Theater
Address:  2540 North Lincoln Avenue
Summary:  A story about learning responsibility.  From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day-but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother?  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Play:  GIRLS NIGHT! The Musical
Good for: Girls night
Cost: $30
Location: 5 West
Address: 5 West Division Street
Summary:  The Musical is a touching, hilarious ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ musical that takes audiences into the lives of a group of female friends. It’s like Mamma Mia meets Desperate Housewives!
Extra:  Mention that you are with theatre week and receive a free boa.

Play:  When The Rain Stops Falling
Good for: Date night
Cost: $30
Location: Circle Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center
Address: 2257 North Lincoln Avenue
Summary: A journey across time, where the acts and sins of the past prove repeatedly devastating to each succeeding generation. From 1959 to 2039, the play manages to be epic and astonishingly intimate at the same time.

Play: Dances from the Heart
Good for: Date night, Girls night
Cost: $15
Location: Dance Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre
Address: 2936 North Southport Avenue
Summary: A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2012 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array of dance syles. Curated by John L. Schmitz.

Play: Southbridge
Good for:  Date night, Black history month
Cost: $15
Location: Chicago Dramatists
Address: 1105 West Chicago Avenue
Summary: A white woman has been brutally killed. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young black man called “Stranger” to relive the events that lead him to the hangman’s tree in Athens Ohio in 1881.
Extra: There will be a post-show discussion following each Theatre Week performance of ‘Southbridge’. Receive a coupon to Chicago Dramatists’ next show.

Play: God of Carnage
Good for: Date night, Parents
Cost:  $15
Location: Citadel Theatre Company
Address: 300 South Waukegan Road
Summary: The most dangerous place on Earth: parenthood.  A civilized discussion over a playground fight becomes a finger-pointing, fur-flying, hilarious brawl between two couples in this savagely caustic comedy.

Play: Imitation of Life
Good for: Date night, Parents, Teens, Girls night
Cost: $30
Location:  Harold Washington Cultural Center
Address: 4701 South King Drive
Summary:  Director John Ruffin brings to the stage a gripping adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s classic novel Imitation of Life.  Imitation of Life is a riveting dramatic story about family, race and women in business in the 1930s.
Extra:  VIP seating/Pre-show reception/$5.00 valet.

Play: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Good for: Date night, Guys night
Cost: $30
Location: Cadillac Palace
Address: 151 West Randolph Street
Summary: A rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown.  Directed by Academy Award® nominee Spike Lee.

 

Joyce

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