While the temperature may be dropping and our snow-free spell looks like it's subsiding, there are plenty of shows to heat things up this winter. Here are a few options to keep the theatrical embers glowing:
Jan. 5 - Feb. 10, 2013
Stage Left and BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit
What could be more romantic than reveling in the language of George Bernard Shaw? This classic transformative love story, which provided inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady, tells the tale of the wily Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a "proper lady" at the hands of the arrogant dialect expert Henry Higgins.
Nov. 29 - Jan. 13, 2013
Black Ensemble Theater
If there's any group that knows how to turn up the heat, it's the Black Ensemble Theater, whose productions are a joyous celebration of song, sass and sparkle. The Other Cinderella is a BET classic, returning every other year since 1976 and joyously retells the familiar fairy tale with an Afro-centric twist. There's a "Stepmama" who works at the post office, two stepsisters who "don't do nuthin'," the brothers are from the 'hood, Cinderella was born in the projects and the "Fairy Godmama" is from Jamaica.
This long-running Chicago hit features red-hot performances from an ensemble of musician-actors who keep the beat pumping as they crank out hits such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. This is my go-to show when out-of-town friends ask for a fun, decently priced theatre option. And I'm still good friends with each of them, so that must speak for something.
Jan. 22 - March 31, 2013
Pull out the red fringe and go-go boots! A swinging ‘60's musical featuring a mod score by Cy Coleman about a down-on-her-luck "dance hall hostess" (musical comedy lingo for "stripper") will surely provide one of this winter's most thrilling theatre experiences.