Curtain Call — ‘Farewell Fables,’ ‘Lady from the Sea’ and more theater previews, openings March 12-18
From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.
Looking to take in some live theater in the week ahead?
We’ve got some suggestions to consider:
“The Farewell Fables — satellites, songs and cereal”: Frank Maugeri and his team of creative minds at Cabinet of Curiosity return with this show that dives into an interactive world of dream and mythology hosted by four galactic gods, who, exhausted by mankind’s wrong-headed ambitions and unnecessary sufferings, announce their retirement with the intent of leaving mankind to its own devices. Created by Maugeri, Seth Bockley and Noel Whiting with the assistance of puppeteers and device makers, the piece reaches across the fourth wall to draw the audience into this uncanny world that is filled with CoC’s trademark creations — a toilet transformed into a bicycle, a table into the Garden of Eden, a suitcase into the cosmos and a pizza box into a drive-in movie theater. Preview March 12, opens March 13; to March 29. Cabinet of Curiosity at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western, $25; cocechicago.com
“Clementine”: Cameron Roberts’ drama about two playwriting students who confront the realities of criticism and the unknown future of their relationship; directed by Matthew Martinez Hannon. Preview begin March 13, opens March 14; to March 29. Little Time Theatre at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago, $10; littletimetheatreco.com
“Intimate Apparel”: Lynn Nottage’s play about a black seamstress who turns to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future; directed by Tasia A. Jones. Previews begin March 12, opens March 20; to April 19. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, $30-$89; northlight.org
“The Lady from the Sea”: Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a lighthouse keeper’s daughter who must choose between her landlocked marriage and the allure of the sea; directed by Shana Cooper. Previews begin March 12, opens March 21; to April 12. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, $37.50-$84; courttheatre.org
“The Last Match”: Set in the world of tennis, Anna Ziegler’s play is a montage exploring family, the sacrifices we made for success and the legacy we leave behind. Previews begin March 18, opens March 25; to June 7. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor, Glencoe, $35-$80; writerstheatre.org
“Morning in America”: For this documentary theatre piece, Taylor McWilliams-Woods asked Americans from across the political spectrum how they define America and why we should – or should not — fight for it; directed by McWilliams-Woods. Preview March 12, opens March 13; to March 29. Connective Theatre Company at Nox Arca Theatre, 4001 N. Ravenswood, $15, $20; connectivetheatrecompany.com
“My Dear Hussein”: World premiere of Nahal Navidar’s surreal tale of a four-year-old Iranian girl set amidst the carnage of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s; directed by Tlaloc Rivas. Previews begin March 17, opens March 22; to April 19. Silk Road Rising and Momentary Theatre at 77 W. Washington, $38; silkroadrising.org
“Pipeline”: Victory Gardens Theater tours its production of Dominique Morisseau’s play about parenthood, the state of our public schools and the prison pipeline that claims inner city youth; directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce. March 16 at The Poetry Foundation, 61 W Superior; March 17 at OPEN Center for the Arts, 2214 S. Sacramento; March 18 at eta Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S. South Chicago; March 19 at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento; March 20 at Austin Town Hall Cultural Center, 5610 W. Lake; March 21 at Hamilton Park Cultural Center/Fieldhouse, 513 W. 72nd. Free, victorygardens.org
“Teddy Roosevelt — The Man in the Arena”: Derek Evans’ one-man show shares stories of this powerful, opinionated and fiercely loyal man who fought for ordinary people and high ideals. Opens March 12; to April 19. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, $35; greenhousetheater.org
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Performing Ohad Naharin’s “Decadance/Chicago,” which features excerpts from “Sadeh21,” “Naharin’s Virus,”“Minus 16” and more. March 12-15. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, $25-$110; hubbardstreetdance.com
Mary Houlihan is a local freelance writer.