“This is a significant moment for Court Theatre,” says Artistic Director Charles Newell of the company’s Molière Festival which launches the Center for Classic Theatre at the University of Chicago campus.
“After a decade of aspiration, Court has finally achieved the creation of the Center for Classic Theatre. The Center combines the elements of innovative productions, international scholarship, interdisciplinary study and interactive community outreach, in short it allows Court to access the amazing intellectual resources here at the University of Chicago to deepen the work on our stages, as well as maximize the impact of these productions on our surrounding communities.”
Featuring Molière’s work with a translation by Richard Wilbur and direction by Newell, the festival will perform The Misanthrope from May 9 to June 9 and Tartuffe from June 20 to July 14 at Court Theatre on 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. Ticket prices are $35 to $45 for preview performances; $45 to $65 for regular run performances. To order, call 773-753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org. Student, senior, and group discounts are available.
50 Shades! The Musical, the critically-popular parody of the phenomenally popular books, performs for one night only on May 2 at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues Chicago on 329 N. Dearborn Street. Amber Nicole Petty, Chris Grace, Jessica Kemock, Emily Eden, Spencer Rose, Nick Semar, Matthew Nolan, Caroline Reade and Victor Sho bring to life the book, music and lyrics by Amanda B. Davis, Emily Dorezas, Al Samuels, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, Dan Wessels.
“Rather than simply putting the plot of the books on stage, we wanted to explore the craze that has arisen surrounding them,” explains Dorezas. “With our strong backgrounds in developing comedy through collaborative Chicago-style improvisation, it was important for us to create a piece that can stand on its own – regardless of any particular person’s familiarity with the novels. It was also critical that our score feature all-new music – this gives us an opportunity to put our own playful spin on these characters and do something completely fresh that audiences seem to genuinely love.”
Tickets are $35 and are available at 312-923-2000. For more information on the 18-and-up show, visit www.50ShadesMusical.com.
Mark Jacob Chaitin, Ryan Hamlin, Curtis Jackson, Lona Livingston, Jim Morley and Aja Wiltshire star in the Chicago premiere of the Tony Award-nominated Best Play Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts at Chicago’s BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio on 7016 N. Glenwood Avenue. Directed by Derek Bertelsen and produced by AstonRep Theatre Company, the drama runs through May 25, 2013. Visit www.astonrep.com or call 773-828-9129 to order tickets. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/aston.rep.
by Jeremiah Barr.