It’s tough now to deny the harsh realities of certain Chicago neighborhoods. Not everywhere is perfect, and not everywhere is safe. Playwright Antwan L. Johnson has crafted a play, back by popular demand, that encapsulates this street-by-street disparity: Rise of the Real Man, opening this Friday at the Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Based around the lives of fictional characters Dwayne Jackson and Crystal, two 20-year old African American’s living in the North Lawndale neighborhood, this play seeks not only to illuminate these troubled areas, but also to provide answers on “what can be done to address some of these issues.” Johnson plans to build off the success of the play’s run of the previous year, and continue this extremely important dialogue.
Rise of the Real Man opens Friday, April 17 at 7:30PM at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, located at 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. The show concludes with a performance on Sunday, April 19 at 4:00PM. Tickets for both events cost $15. To read more about the production, as well as find links to purchase tickets, please click here. You can also check out the event’s Facebook page here.
What happens when we die? This is a question that has been debated for centuries. Whether it is related to religion or just personal beliefs, there seems to always be more than one answer. Is there really any way to tell which belief is the right one?
Anna in the Afterlife, a play by Richard Engling and directed by Susan Padveen, explores what happens in the afterlife after one has committed suicide. Some Christians say suicide is a one-way ticket to Hell, but not everyone necessarily believes that. This play follows the story of novelist Matthew Harken who momentarily passes over to the other side during a coma. While he is there, he finds the body of a novelist who had committed suicide, Anna Toyevsky, split into three pieces. During his time on the other side, he hears the stories of many souls on the “other side” and tries to uncover the mystery behind Anna’s suicide. Unsure whether he should risk returning to life or remaining dead, this bone-chilling play is definitely one to watch.
Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents Anna in the Afterlife at the Greenhouse Theatre Center from April 22 – May 14. For more details, please click here.
Our final second stage performance is finally here! Beginning this Thursday, April 16, with a preview performance, This is Our Youth is a play about two days in the life of three lost young New Yorkers.
Taking place in the Underground Laboratory, this performance will be held Thursday-Sunday (April 16 – 19). For specific times and prices, click here!