Fall 2019: Guide to Chicago Theatre


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OCT Andares Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral at

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E. Grand on Navy Pier

| 312-595-5600 | DRAMA: Woven from ancestral myths, traditional

music and arts, and a three-person narrative, Andares

reveals the extraordinary, untold stories of ordinary, humble

people who inhabit México’s most remote corners. Mainly in

Spanish. English translation provided. Oct 23 - 27

*This production is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago

International Latino Theater Festival.

SEP OCT The Barber of Seville Lyric Opera

of Chicago 20 N. Wacker | 312-827-5600 | OPERA: Rossini’s

music — the aural equivalent of champagne — is the last

word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page

of the score, which is what makes Barber the most popular of

all operatic comedies. Sung in Italian with projected English

translations. Sep 28 - Oct 27

SEP OCT Bernhardt/Hamlet Goodman

Theatre in the Albert 170 N. Dearborn | 312-443-3800 |

COMEDY/DRAMA: In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah

Bernhardt’s decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare’s

Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. This

behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt’s most ambitious role

is laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip. Sep

14 - Oct 20

NOV Corduroy Broadway In Chicago and Emerald

City Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse at Water

Tower Place 175 E. Chestnut | 800-775-2000 | CHILDREN'S/

FAMILY: In this sweet adaptation of the classic book, a small

bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a

lifetime. Along with exciting scenes of clowning and mischief,

the story teaches the importance of empathy and unconditional

love. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Nov 15 - Jan 5



Dana H. Goodman Theatre in the Owen

170 N. Dearborn | 312-443-3800 | COMEDY/DRAMA: Dana was

a chaplain of a psych ward when she met — and was abducted

by — a charismatic ex-convict searching for redemption. This

play is based on a harrowing true story, told in Dana's own

words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath.

Through Oct 6


OCT Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary

Goodman Theatre Healy Rehearsal Room 170 N.

Dearborn | 312-631-3112 | COMEDY/DRAMA: This one-woman

tour de force tells an astonishing tale of her family and their

vital roles during the 1950's Cuban Revolution. In English with

sprinkles of Spanish. Oct 9 - 13 *This production is part of Destinos,

the 3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.


Dead Man Walking Lyric Opera of Chicago

20 N. Wacker | 312-827-5600 | OPERA: A young couple is

brutally killed, and the convicted murderer sits on death row.

Sister Helen agrees to be his spiritual adviser. As she meets his

family, and the families of his victims, she begins questioning

every attitude she has about how human beings treat each

other. In English with projected English text. Nov 2-22


OCT NOV Disney In Concert: Tim Burton's

"The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B Wells | 312-341-2300 |

MUSIC: Get in the Halloween spirit with a screening of Tim

Burton’s classic stop-motion film, featuring beloved songs like

“This Is Halloween!” and “Jack’s Lament” performed live-tofilm

by the Chicago Philharmonic. Oct 31 - Nov 1


Don Giovanni Lyric Opera of Chicago 20

N. Wacker | 312-827-5600 | OPERA: The seducer. The philanderer.

The libertine who takes what he wants and lives only

for his own pleasure. All three are Don Giovanni, antihero in

Mozart’s drama of lust and revenge. Filled with thrilling music

and drama and including a finale so overpoweringly dramatic

that it changed music forever. Nov 14 - Dec 8

Drunk Shakespeare The Lion


Theatre 182 N. Wabash | IMMERSIVE/COMEDY: Set in a

hidden speakeasy, one actor drinks at least 5 shots of whiskey

and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean

play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the 4 sober actors try

to keep the script on track. Each show is different depending

on who is drinking, and what they’re drinking! 21+. Open Run

the broadway sensation

“So clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts”



directed by DONNA FEORE


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