Theatre Seven brings together nine Chicago playwrights to commemorate the 100th anniversary of suffrage in Illinois with the world premiere of Unwilling and Hostile Instruments: 100 Years of Extraordinary Women which weaves together the stories of Jane Addams, Myra Bradwell, Ann Landers, Mavis Staples, Cora Strayer, Maurine Watkins and Ida B. Wells. The show runs from October 1 to October 27, 2013 at American Theater Company on 1909 W. Byron St. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.theatreseven.org.
“Both of these shows deal with women who are subjugated and yearn to break free,” says Bailiwick Chicago Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown of the company’s two new musicals Dessa Rose and Carrie slated to premiere during the 2013–14 Season. “They become empowered through the most extreme circumstances – for good or for ill.” For more information visit bailiwickchicago.com.
First Floor Theater takes on Naomi Iizuka’s updated Roman myth and documentary theater with Polaroid Stories which runs from November 21 to December 21, 2013 at Chicago’s Red Tape Theatre on 621 W. Belmont Avenue. Directed by Hutch Pimentel, the production re-imagines Ovid's Metamorphoses in the underbelly of a city where junkies scheme, lovers run and the lost wander as Iizuka illuminates the depths of a metropolis with her chaotic elegy of desire, desperation and transcendence.
AstonRep Theatre Company kicks off its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of The Water’s Edge by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Artistic Director Robert Tobin, the play runs from September 26 to October 26, 2013 at its the Raven Theatre’s West Stage on 6157 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.astonrep.com or by calling 773-828-9129.
Jeff Award-winner Elaine Carlson and Missy Styles star in the female version of The Odd Couple at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center on 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue. The Robert Bills production of Neil Simon’s 1985 adaptation of his Tony Award-winning Broadway comedy opens on Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, November 10, 2013. For tickets, call 773-404-7336 or visit www.greenhousetheater.org.