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SKETCHBOOK: It’s a Matter of Life and Death

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In seven minutes, you can experience Life. In another seven, Death.

In a few hours, you can experience both – over and over again.

 Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 4.40.55 PMChicago theater company Collaboraction presents their 15th and final SKETCHBOOK, a theater festival made up of 7-minute plays. The selections are grouped into two performances, entitled “Life” and “Death”, which incorporate everything from romance, race, and the American identity to dance, Shakespeare, and hip-hop. From angles as diverse as the artists that created them, these sixteen plays strive to make sense of the social issues and experiences that define our lives (and deaths).

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 4.42.16 PMThe SKETCHBOOK Festival is now running at the Chopin Theatre and ends Sunday, Janurary 24th. “Life” and “Death” can be seen Saturday or Sunday, and a different live music act will perform at each showing. Tickets start at $15, and can be purchased here.


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Ibsen’s Ghosts


“Ibsen’s positively abominable play entitled Ghosts…An open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publicly….Gross, almost putrid indecorum…Literary carrion…Crapulous stuff,” wrote the Daily Mail upon seeing Norwegian playwright Henrick Ibsen’s Ghosts in 1891. As is often the case, this once-ridiculed work of theatre is now regarded as a classic. In quintessential Ibsen style, his scathing commentary of Victorian life is on full display in this tragic tale, which deals with such unsavory topics as venereal disease, incest, and euthanasia.

Returning to the city where it had its premiere in 1882, Ghosts is currently playing at the Angel Island Theatre until December 20. Under the direction of Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen, this re-imagined staging brings out the dark humor in this dramatic plot. If you love a little melodrama in your life, this is definitely a show to check out. And, bonus points! Ghosts will help you get familiar with Ibsen’s work just in time to follow up by seeing Loyola’s production of A Doll’s House playing at the Newhart Family Theatre from February 26 – March 6!

For tickets ($20 – $30), visit Mary Archie Theatre Company’s website. For directions to the theatre, click here.

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Broadway Hit Coming To Chicago!

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Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Newsies, The Sound of Music, The Lion King and The Adams Family. What do all of these shows have in common? All have performed on Chicago’s most renowned stages and brought a full range of entertainment to audience members through Broadway in Chicago. Come September 2016, a new show will be added to this list: Hamilton the Musical!

This hot, hip-hop infused Broadway musical is an exuberant tale of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers. From becoming Washington’s right hand man, being caught in the country’s first sex scandal, and making a skeptical nation believe in the economy, Hamilton is a modern telling of the story of the face behind the ten dollar bill.

Hamilton will be performed at the Bank of America Theatre, a name change that has also been recently announced. The theatre’s new naming sponsor, the former Majestic Theatre, will re-title the space the PrivateBank Theatre. No worries, this venue will remain in it’s rightful location at 18 W Monroe St

Tickets are not yet on sale and will be announced at a later date, but mark your calendars for opening night, which is set to take place on September 27, 2016! In New York, Hamilton has sold out virtually every performance since its opening last August, and is a pattern likely to be repeated in the Windy City. Be prepared for a show like no other!

What should be done in the meantime you ask? Check out these sneak peaks of Hamilton the Musical and get a countdown going on your calendar for the performance of a lifetime! Make sure to check back here for more updates on tickets, prices and showtimes!


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