We celebrate Valentine's Day, rather poetically, during the heart of Chicago Theatre Week. Through Sunday, Choose Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres invite you to catch a show with a fixed price point of $15 or $30, which, in some cases, is an 80% discount. In honor of this citywide celebration of the arts, we have a performance-focused edition of the Weekend Alert. Let the drama begin...
Directed by Obie Award-winner Annie Baker, The Aliens tells the story about two slackers who loiter in the back alley of a coffee shop. One of the shop's baristas becomes a disciple of sorts, and thus begins one crazy summer. A show with that kind of premise has to be good. Tickets are $15 and A Red Orchid Theatre is ground zero for untapped creativity.
Set aside your disillusions about a sugary night at the theater with this gripping story of infidelity, betrayal and parole violation. A worthwhile tribute to Valentine's Day if we've ever heard one, The Motherf**ker with the Hat was nominated for "Best Play" in the 2011 Tony Awards.
One of the most volatile, polarizing and, at times, inexplicably charming athletes of all-time probes his fascinating life on stage. Over the last quarter century, Mike Tyson's been a boxing champion, blown through nearly $500M in earnings, and done some pretty serious prison time. Directed by Spike Lee, Tyson tells all at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (this weekend only).
The show that helped launch Saturday Night Live newcomer Aidy Bryant puckishly satires our insufferable need to constantly interact with the Internet. As one of Second City's most ballyhooed shows, its $15 price tag is an absolute steal.
Chicago's longest running show today recreates 30 plays in 60 minutes. The Neo-Futursist movement (which includes and ensemble in New York) practices non-illusory theater. The characters are themselves, the stage is the setting and the show is a continuation of daily life. Does that sound weird to you? It does to us, which is why we'll be checking out the show this weekend.
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