Previews for the Chicago premiere of the MadKap Productions show Side Effects May Include... begin on January 4, with the official opening on Friday, January 11, at the Greenhouse Theater Center on 2257 North Lincoln Avenue.
Written by former Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe and Emmy-nominated playwright Eric Coble, the one-man show featuring Andrew J. Pond is about early onset Parkinson’s disease. It explores the idea that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us, but the side effects.
Led by director Wayne Mell, the Side Effects May Include.... artistic team includes Bob Boxer (sound design) and Kirk Stateler (lighting Design).
Tickets to the show, which runs through February 10, are $25 and can be ordered by calling 773-404-7336 or visiting www.greenhousetheater.org. MadKap Productions will donate 10% of the proceeds from the performance to Shaking with Laughter, an organization set up by Marc and Karen Jaffe in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Based on the award-winning book by Christopher Paul Curtis, Chicago Children's Theatre presents Travis Turner in the Depression-era story Bud, Not Buddy from January 12 to February 24, 2013 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on 1016 North Dearborn Street in Chicago. To purchase tickets, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call 872-222-9555. For group rates, visit GroupTix.net.
The Chicago premiere of Annie Baker’s The Aliens runs from January 17 to March 3, 2013 at A Red Orchid Theatre on 1531 North Wells Street.
“I love the way that Annie Baker’s plays seem to reset the pace, almost suspending time to allow for an incredibly close, almost secret-feeling, look into the souls of her characters,” states Artistic Director Kirsten Fitzgerald. “This play is a gift. Annie truly has a way of speaking to and drawing humans with such compassion, and I cannot wait to have her in the room.”
Directed by Artistic Associate Shade Murray, the production features Ensemble Member Steve Haggard with Brad Akin and Michael Finley. For more information, call 312-943-8722 or visit www.aredorchidtheatre.org.
The world premiere of Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber opens at The Marriott Theatre at 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire. Featuring the legendary composer’s greatest hits, the production previews on January 16, opens on January 23 and runs through March 17. To reserve tickets, call 847-634-0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com for details.
In Oak Brook, Sunset Boulevard performs from January 24 to March 24 at Drury Lane Theatre on 100 Drury Lane. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film stars Christine Sherrill and Will Ray. For reservations, call 630-530-0111or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.