New Chicago theater openings | February 2–8
One of the Victory Gardens and Halena Kays of the Hypocrites, open their first productions with their new companies this week: Yew's Ameriville, in collaboration with the performance group Universes, and Kays's staging of 6 Characters in Search of an Author in a new adaptation by Steve Moulds. Plus: Randall Colburn's , Green Day's American Idiot and much more.we profiled in September's Fall Preview is , but two more, Chay Yew of
A woman’s past catches up with her new life as a preacher’s fiancée in Randall Colburn’s provocative drama.
Will Act For Food at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
After the killing of his twin brother by fundamentalist Muslims in Iraq, a man struggles to reconcile his rage with his Christian beliefs in Samuel D. Hunter’s drama.
National Theatre of Scotland at the Hideout
Writer-performer Duncan McLean examines the music of Thomas Fraser, a Scottish fisherman whose plethora of home recordings of American country and blues music brought him posthumous fame. Presented as part of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's World's Stage series.
Dream Theatre Company
The first part in Jeremy Menekseoglu’s new trilogy reveals Peter Pan’s history before Neverland when he reenters the life of his sister, who has thought her brother dead her entire life.
The DIVISION at the Viaduct Theater
Set in 19th-century Venice, George Walker’s 1977 black comedy follows a master criminal whose grip on reality is beginning to slip. Jodi Kingsley directs the DIVISION’s inaugural production.
Larry Shue’s 1983 farce teaches that sometimes all it takes to make friends is deceiving everyone into thinking you don’t speak English.
The Hypocrites at the Chopin Theatre
The Hypocrites present Steve Moulds’s new adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s classic tragicomedy, the first production helmed by Halena Kays as artistic director.
First Folio Theatre
Matching hotel rooms are the setting for a sting operation that goes hilariously awry in Paul Slade Smith’s 2006 comedy.
Victory Gardens Theater
Chay Yew directs his first production as Victory Gardens artistic director, a fusion of hip-hop, song, poetry and dance that asks the question: “If Hurricane Katrina happened again, would we be ready?”
Red Tape Theatre
Two parents decide their kids are getting in the way of their dreams and sex life, so they decide to sell them to a mysterious broker in Mark Schultz’s dark comedy.
Sweet Home MPAACT at Greenhouse Theater Center
All of the black boys have gone missing from the depressed town of Sweet Home in Keith Josef Adkins's play. Kimberly Crutcher directs.
Eyeliner and leather jackets are optional when rocking out to the hit Broadway musical featuring the music of Green Day.