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10 Hot Shows Not-To-Miss In Chicago This November

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4:00 PM by Laura Nair

With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays and musicals with discount tickets during the month of November.

Destiny of Desire

Telenovela fans and followers of all things over the top and sudsy, give thanks. The Goodman Theatre's high-flying play Destiny of Desire, delivers enough drama, music and plain fun that you might be tempted to ditch the TV for theater. This flawless musical supplies all the best elements of telenovelas, layered with stellar theater production.

Gloria

Chicago is noted as a theater lover's paradise, and Goodman Theatre supplies a prime example of why with the enthralling 4-star satire Gloria (playing now through February 19). This startling peek into the insular walls of print media, and the ways popular culture and societal norms influence it, will leave a lasting impression long after the show is over.

Goodman Theatre presents Another Word For Beauty

In popular culture, the South American country of Columbia has long been associated with images of drug trafficking, beauty pageants and political strife. Its a one-dimensional trope that keeps haunting Columbia, especially with media spectacles like the recent Miss Universe debacle. Academy Award-nominated director Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries)  borrows from real life and manages to cram all of these elements into the multi-faceted musical Another Word For Beauty, playing at Goodman Theatre through February 21.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

When the Goodman Theatre extended director Steve Scott's goofy/profound production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" through August 2, they gave new life to playwright Christopher Durang's Tony-winning, highly hilarious tale of siblings mired in a Chekhovian crisis and their flamboyantly clairvoyant housekeeper.

Beth Melewski
 
Next Friday, the preview shows begin for Twist Your Dickens or Scrooge You - a Second City/Goodman Theatre mash-up. Expect the unexpected but prepare for a good time and a new twist on the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. I spoke to Beth Melewski, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Present, about what rehearsal has been like so far and what we can expect. Here's what she had to say...
 

Party Like A Fezziwig: Why The World Loves Taverns

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

A Christmas Carol Goodman Theater

Bah! Humbug! Whether you’ve read the story, witnessed the play, or seen some version of the movie, Ebenezer Scrooge is undoubtedly a part of your world. Never has Christmas seen a grumpier, or more hateful man (except perhaps Mr. Potter) than Scrooge. Written in 1843 by British author Charles Dickens the tale is about lost love, greed, bitterness and missed opportunity. So why on earth has it come to be one of the world’s most beloved Christmas stories? I’ll get to that, but first, a bit of history on Dickens and his love for taverns.

The Jungle Book

Long before Disney's "The Lion King," there was another story about a young cub learning how to become a man with help of some unlikely animal comrades. In "The Jungle Book," based on Rudyard Kipling's collection of short stories, we follow Mowgli, who's raised by the wolves, taunted by a gaggle of monkeys, and taught "The Bear Necessities" by a portly character named Baloo.

Scrooge - Blog

Photo courtesy: Dean LaPraire

Ah, 1977. Back when gas was 63 cents a gallon and the cost of a new home was essentially what a year and a half of college tuition is now: $62,500. It's also the year John Travolta showed us what it takes to be king of the disco floor in the record-breaking film, "Saturday Night Fever."

Leisure suits and affordable gas prices may have gone the way of dodo birds and handwritten letters, but one thing still endures: Goodman Theatre's beloved production of A Christmas Carol, which begins its amazing 35th anniversary production starting November 17 through December 29.

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