Things to do in Chicago for theater and dance fans

The immersive “Recipe for Disaster” includes cocktail, wine and food samples.

The immersive “Recipe for Disaster” includes cocktail, wine and food samples. | Emily Madigan

Chicagoans can find a range of plays, musicals and dance shows at local theaters large and small. Our guide has the latest on what’s on stage in the city.

Welcome to our highlights of events and entertainment on stage at Chicago’s theaters. From local productions to Broadway hits, our guide has the latest on shows in the city. Bookmark this page and check back for updates and ticket information.

Goodman Theatre
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E. Faye Butler stars in “Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer).”

WHAT: E. Faye Butler stars in Cheryl L. West’s “Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer).” The biographical play is inspired by the life of the famed voting rights activist and defines what it means to be a true revolutionary. The play features more than 10 iconic spirituals, including “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “I’m on My Way to Freedom” and “I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round.” Henry Godinez directs.

WHEN: From Oct. 15-Nov 14

WHERE: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn



‘The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story
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Christian Gray stars as the title character in “Madness of Edgar Allan Poe.”

WHAT: “The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”: David Rice’s immersive play follows the writer (Christian Gray) as he grapples with love and madness after the death of his beloved wife Virginia (Erica Bittner). The performance, comprised of six of Poe’s poems and short stories, leads audience members through the dark halls of historic Pleasant Home.

WHEN: From Oct. 15-Nov.7

WHERE: Oak Park Festival Theatre at Pleasant Home, 217 Home, Oak Park



Ensemble Espanol
Dean Paul
Pictured Ensemble Espanol Company Dancers in “Pasion Oculta (Hidden Passion)” choreographed by Irma Suarez Ruiz.

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WHAT: Ensemble Espanol presents the world premiere of Nino de los Reyes’ “Ritmo de la Tierra” and “Al Golpe” as well as performances of Wendy Clinard’s “Tangos de Granada” and other popular works from the company’s repertoire such as “Viva Galicia,” “Horizonte” and “Pasion Oculta.”

WHEN: At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16

WHERE: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Parkway.

TICKETS: Tickets: 25+


Alton Brown
David Allen
Alton Brown hosts “Alton Brown: Live! Beyond the Eats.”

WHAT: Food Network host Alton Brown hits the road with his new culinary variety show, “Alton Brown: Live! Beyond the Eats.” He says “audiences can expect more cooking, more comedy, more music and more potentially dangerous science stuff.” There’s also an interactive segment and he warns: “Prepare for an evening unlike any other and if I call for volunteers … think twice.”

WHEN: At 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 16

WHERE: CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe

TICKETS: Tickets: $25+


St. Sebastian Players

WHAT: Garson Kanin’s classic play, “Born Yesterday,” a comedy about an …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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