Your Guide to Chicago Theatre Week in the Loop
The fourth annual Chicago Theatre Week starts today! From February 11-21, over 100 productions are being showcased throughout Chicago with a special ticket price of either $15 or $30 (or less). The Loop, which is home to Chicago’s Theatre District, is taking center stage with a diverse lineup of productions.
For a full list of participating productions visit: www.ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.
Chicago Theatre Week in the Loop Guide:
170 N. Dearborn St. | 312-443-3800
A soaring adaptation of Chilean-born author Roberto Bolaño’s masterpiece, 2666 begins with a group of hapless European academics hot on the trail of an elusive author—a search that leads them into the dark heart of a Mexican border city where the murders of hundreds of women remain unsolved. This story gives way to a surprising, panoramic portrait of the 20th century that spans more than 100 years and jumps from Spain to Mexico to Germany and beyond, illuminating the power of literature to reflect and transform the world. An unflinching look at the nature of evil, 2666 is an ambitious new work unlike any other theatrical experience.
2666 is a five hour, three intermission production. It contains adult language, sexuality, and descriptions of extreme sexual violence. It is recommended for mature audiences only.
170 N. Dearborn St. | 312-443-3800
A stirring new music-filled work by Academy Award nominee José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Grammy winner Héctor Buitrago.
Each year the female inmates at a Bogotá, Colombia prison compete in a beauty pageant intended by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate them. While the pageant’s parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison’s walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests.
50 E. Congress Pkwy. | 800-982-2787
Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Benjamin Britten
Stirring and beautiful, Forgotten Land was inspired by a painting of women on a beach by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch. The sea, with its giant waves, is a metaphor for constant motion; for erosion and renewal.
Chorographer: Ashley Page
Music: Thomas Adès
A winner of many prestigious dance awards, Page is known for his daring collaborations with visual artists and contemporary composers. Though drawn from the discipline of ballet, his bold choreography explores new avenues for dance.
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Music: Sinji Eshima
Possokhov uses the burning of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan, as the point of departure for a story of love, treachery, separation and tragedy. Set in Japan's past, a warrior and his beloved princess are pulled apart by the schemes of a jealousy-crazed monk.
18 W. Monroe St. | 800-775-2000
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Chicago! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret.
Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860 | 312-827-5600
It's exactly what you want a Strauss opera to be — deliciously extravagant! Can the elegantly alluring Marschallin find lasting happiness with her lover Octavian, who's half her age? Does the hot-blooded Baron really think his exalted position guarantees that young Sophie will be his wife? All bets are off when Sophie receives an engagement rose from the Baron — delivered by the devastatingly handsome Octavian. Love, sex, fidelity, and aging are delicately explored in a masterwork that artfully blends laugh-out-loud humor with insightful poignancy. Der Rosenkavalier is a grand event with more than 100 musicians, famous waltzes, and ravishing performances in store from Alice Coote, Sophie Koch, and Amanda Majeski — glorious singing actresses who have each triumphed at Lyric and internationally. And treat yourself to two eagerly awaited Lyric debuts: celebrated British bass Matthew Rose and silver-voiced German soprano Christina Landshamer.
205 E. Randolph Dr. | 312-704-8414
In COT's first act, Patricia Racette stars in La Voix as a distraught woman on the phone with her lover of five years. Tomorrow he will marry another. Tonight she clings to their final conversation that leads to a surprising conclusion. This dramatic monologue of great emotional power is based on a play by Jean Cocteau: ...the telephone is sometimes more dangerous than the revolver, its tangled cord drains us of our strength, while giving us nothing in return.
The second act will be the famous Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. Cunning Greed. This hilarious comedy is set around the death-bed of the the rich Buoso Donati, where scheming pandemonium ensues when greedy relatives vie for a chunk of the fortune. Will Gianni Schicchi's plot to change the will backfire? This story about cunning and greed features one of Puccini's best-loved arias, 'O mio babbino caro'.
425 S. Wabash Ave., 7th flr.| 312-341-3831
Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!