Wednesday 6 Jul 2011

Goodman Theatre Extends CHINGLISH

By popular demand, Goodman Theatre extends the world premiere of Chinglish, the sexy new comedy by Tony Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang, directed by OBIE Award winner Leigh Silverman. The "shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy" (Chicago Tribune) continues for seven additional performances, through July 31, with its cast of seven intact. The Broadway engagement of Chinglish is scheduled for Fall 2011 at a Shubert Theatre; cast to be announced soon. Silk Road Theatre Project's hit Yellow Face, directed by Goodman Associate Producer Steve Scott, also continues through July 31. The "provocative, caustically funny and touching" (Chicago Sun-Times) Chicago premiere of Hwang's recent work is on stage now at The Historic Chicago Temple Building (77 W. Washington), produced in association with the Goodman. Tickets to Chinglish ($25 ? 80) and Yellow Face ($34) can be purchased at, at the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone: 312.443.3800. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

Added performances of Chinglish at the Goodman include:

Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30pm
Thursday, July 28 at 7:30pm
Friday, July 29 at 8pm
Saturday, July 30 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, July 31 at 2pm

In Chinglish, Daniel, a Midwestern American businessman who's desperately looking to score a lucrative contact for his family's sign-making firm, travels to the provincial capital of Guiyang, only to learn how much he doesn't understand: his translators are unreliable, his Australian-born consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xu Yan, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk?but what is she saying, anyway? Major Production Support for Chinglish is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Goodman Theatre Women's Board is the Major Production Sponsor. Chinglish is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation's New American Plays Award. Bank of America and PwC are the Corporate Sponsor Partners. Principal support of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives is provided by The Joyce Foundation. The Broadway production is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Roy Gottlieb, Barry & Carole Kaye and David and Barbara Stoller, in association with Goodman Theatre.

Yellow Face is a revealing backstage comedy and memoir which chronicles Hwang's struggle to define racial identity in the mixed-up melting pot of contemporary America. Part fact, part fiction, Yellow Face explores the pitfalls and promise of the politically correct. Production support for Yellow Face is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and ComEd.

Thursday 30 Jun 2011


TimeLine Theatre will host some of Chicago’s top news reporters, each who have been covering the recent Blagojevich trial, for a timely post-show discussion titled Exclusive!  Chicago’s Top Reporters on The Front Page:  Same Story, Different Century.  This newly-added special event will be on Sunday, July 10, immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee of TimeLine’s hit production of The Front Page, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic comedy about Windy City politics and journalism in the 1920s.


Exclusive!  Chicago’s Top Reporters on The Front Page:  Same Story, Different Century will feature (at press time) Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW-TV, Ch. 11 and PBS NewsHour, and Janan Hanna, freelance reporter for Reuters, Chicago News Coop and Huffington Post, Paul Meincke, reporter for WLS-TV, Ch. 7 and Rob Wildeboer, criminal justice reporter for WBEZ-FM, 91.5Guest moderator Lester Munson, one of Chicago’s most popular investigative reporters, currently a senior writer and legal analyst for, will lead this elite group of Chicago journalists in a discussion about what has changed – and what hasn’t – when Windy City reporters compete to land the biggest scoop in town, nearly a century after Ben Hecht’s heyday as a young reporter at the Chicago Daily News.


Tickets to the July 10, 2 p.m. matinee are $42.  Admission to the post-show discussion, which will begin at approximately 4:30 pm and last for one hour, is free. TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.  Reserve tickets at or call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.TIME (8463)


About The Front Page

The Front Page is a landmark comedy set inside the crowded pressroom at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building during the 1920s, where a group of hardscrabble reporters covers exposes the rampant corruption, scandal and hi-jinx associated with Windy City politics and journalism.   Sound familiar?  True, the times and the technology have changed, but the zeal with which The Front Page’s rough-and-tumble reporters and two-faced politicians jockey for control of a story and a city remains virtually the same. 


TimeLine’s revival of The Front Page has been met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike:


Chicago Tribune: "It is a pleasure to see The Front Page, that zesty yarn of hacks, scoops and screwball derring-do, back up in Chicago in a very solid, fast-paced and entertaining production.”


The Wall Street Journal:  “All praise to Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre for resurrecting The Front Page and giving it a staging so full of brassy brio that you’ll wonder why you ever settled for less.”


WBEZ: "A delicious skewering of Chicago politics and journalism ... TimeLine Theatre does an impeccable job … a superlative production."


Buying Tickets

Originally scheduled to close on June 12, The Front Page was extended through July 17 due to popular demand following its initial 9-week, sold-out run. The extension performance schedule is Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.  The Front Page runs approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including one intermission.


Tickets for extension performances are $32 (Wednesday – Friday) or $42 (Saturday & Sunday). Student tickets for extension performances are $10 off regular price, with valid ID. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is strongly recommended as performances are selling out. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 773.281.TIME (8463) or visit


The Front Page, directed by Nick Bowling, features an 18-member cast including TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers as Hildy Johnson and TimeLine Associate Artist Terry Hamilton as Walter Burns, with Bill McGough, Larry Baldacci, Angela Bullard, Malcolm Callan, Rob Fagin, Alex Goodrich, John Gray, Kevin M. Grubb, Michael Kingston, Laurie Larson, Loren Lazerine, Mike McNamara, Mechelle Moe, Frank Nall, Bridgette Pechman Clarno and Mark Richard.



The Front Page is supported in part by The Pauls Foundation.



TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Ave., inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, near the corner of Wellington and Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. CTA El stops at Wellington (Brown/Purple lines) and Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple lines) are nearby. CTA busses #36-Broadway, #76-Diversey, #77-Belmont, #22-Clark and #8-Halsted stop nearby.


The LAZ Public Parking lot, located 1/2 block north of the theatre at 3012 N. Broadway, is available for $6.25 (3-5 hours) or $10 (5-8 hours). TimeLine also offers parking for $8 for up to 6 hours with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark), both within two blocks of TimeLine. Note that the Broadway Center garage closes at 11 p.m. There is also limited street parking and other paid parking lots nearby. Visit for complete directions and parking information.


There are two flights of stairs totaling 18 steps between the street and the theater, with no elevator.


Audience Resources

An extensive production Study Guide, video previews, events information and many other details are available at


About TimeLine Theatre Company

Founded in April 1997, TimeLine Theatre Company’s mission is to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. During its first 13 seasons, TimeLine has presented 45 productions, including seven world premieres and 13 Chicago premieres. Recipient of the 2006 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the 2009 Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 43 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production eight times.


Announced for TimeLine’s 2011-12 15th Anniversary season:


    A WALK IN THE WOODS by Lee Blessing, directed by Nick Bowling

    Chicago premiere of THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall, directed by BJ Jones

    Chicago premiere of ENRON by Lucy Prebble, directed by Rachel Rockwell

    World premiere of MY KIND OF TOWN by John Conroy, directed by Nick Bowling


Tuesday 28 Jun 2011

CHINGLSIH Arrives on Broadway This Fall

CHINGLISH, the new comedy by Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), will make its Broadway premiere in the Fall of 2011 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced, following its world premiere production at Goodman Theatre in Chicago this summer.  Casting for the Broadway show will be announced soon.
“This is a very funny, very timely play,” said producer Jerry Frankel. “Jeffrey Richards and I are thrilled to bring David Henry Hwang back to Broadway.”

is about the unpredictable complications that ensue when an American businessman, despite his self-possessed cultural ignorance, seeks to expand his market by forging a relationship with government officials in a major Chinese city. Although he has hired an Australian entrepreneur who has lived in China to assist him, he soon finds that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners – and calls into questions even the most basic assumptions of human conduct.
“The U.S. and China are at a critical moment in history—each nation is deeply interested in, but knows very little about, the other,” said playwright David Henry Hwang. “CHINGLISH was born from the many visits I’ve made to China over the past five or six years to witness the exciting changes there. During one visit, I toured a new arts center where everything was first-rate—except for the ridiculously translated English signs. It was at that moment that I thought of writing this play.”
Leigh Silverman, who directed Lisa Kron's Well on Broadway and who just won a 2011 OBIE Award for directing both Go Back To Where You Are and In The Wake, will return to direct the Broadway production.
CHINGLISH is currently running at Goodman Theatre where it began performances on June 18th, officially opened on June 27th and will run through July 24th.
The design team includes: Set Designer David Korins (Lombardi, Passing Strange), Costume Designer Anita Yavich (Anna in the Tropics) and Lighting Designer Brian MacDevitt (The Book of Mormon, Fences, Goodman: Long Day’s Journey into Night).

The Broadway production will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Roy Gottlieb, Barry & Carole Kaye and David and Barbara Stoller in association with Goodman Theatre.

CHINGLISH has been developed in association with The Public Theater.
DAVID HENRY HWANG’S plays include M. Butterfly (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Golden Child (1998 Tony Award nomination, 1997 OBIE Award), Yellow Face (2008 OBIE Award, 2008 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), FOB (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance and the Railroad (1982 Drama Desk Award nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Award nomination) and Bondage. He wrote the libretti for the Broadway musicals Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (revival, 2002 Tony Award nomination) and Disney’s Tarzan. In opera, his libretti include four works with composer Philip Glass: The Voyage (Metropolitan Opera), 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, Sound and Beauty (seen in Chicago at the Court Theatre), and Icarus at the Edge of Time; as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards), Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Opernwelt 2007 “World Premiere of the Year”) and Howard Shore’s The Fly. Hwang penned the feature films “M. Butterfly,” “Golden Gate” and “Possession” (co-author), and co-wrote the song “Solo” with Prince. He sits on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, and served by appointment of President Clinton on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.                         
LEIGH SILVERMAN Previous Broadway: Lisa Kron's Well. Recent world premieres: In The Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theatre; OBIE Award, Lortel Nomination); Go Back To Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons:
OBIE Award); From Up Here (MTC; Drama Desk Nomination); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/ 37 Arts); Creature (New Georges/P73); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Well (The Public Theater, The Huntington Theatre and ACT); The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Oedipus At Palm Springs (NYTW); Jump/Cut (Woolly Mammoth Theatre/Theater J and Women's Project); also Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre). West End: Wit (Vaudeville Theatre). This marks Leigh’s second premiere production of a work by David Henry Hwang having previously directed Yellow Face at the Center Theater Group and The Public Theater.
Tuesday 28 Jun 2011

EYE ON INDIA Festival Begins July 8th

A unique and colorful extravaganza of Indian culture, the first annual Eye on India festival honors the wealth of India’s cultural heritage by showcasing the best of Indian music, theatre, literature, film, traditional health and wellness and visual arts in Millennium Park and surrounding venues including the Harris Theater, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. This extraordinary festival will join Chicago’s world class cultural landscape for ten days July 8 – 17, 2011. 

Presented by Indian-based Teamwork Films in partnership with Chicago-based Anookul Inc., Eye on India will open Friday, July 8 at the Harris Theater with internationally acclaimed Indian classical violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam with special local guests, the Chicago Children’s Choir and Natya Dance Theatre. Daily events to follow, the majority of which are free of charge, will include: literary panels with esteemed journalists and authors including Tarun Tejpal and Hari Kunzru; an Indian film retrospective hosted by critically acclaimed Indian actress Tabu; a “Music Without Borders” concert featuring Susheela Raman; a performance by India’s Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust; and The Wellbeing Experience, which will include several yoga and wellness events. An Indian art exhibit entitled “Where The Streets Have No Name” will be on display at Coalition Gallery for several days, July 8 – 13.  

Tickets for violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust’s performance of “Transposition” are on sale now and can be purchased through


Known as the “God of Indian Violin,” Dr. L. Subramaniam is not only an acclaimed Indian classical violinist, but also an exceptional composer, performer and producer.  Subramaniam has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Hancock, Jean Luc Ponty, Corky Siegel and Ravi Coltrane.  He combines jazz, occidental, jugalbandis, world music and global fusion, to perform both Karnatic and western classical music, creating a blend that is universal in nature and approach. Dr. L. Subramaniam will kick off the Eye on India Festival Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m. with special guests, the Chicago Children’s Choir and Natya Dance Theatre at the Harris Theater. Tickets are $35 - $70.

One of India’s foremost puppet groups, Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust presents “Transposition,” an original work based on Rashna Imhasly's book, “The Psychology of Love: Wisdom of Indian Mythology.”  “Transposition” features dance, martial arts and puppetry to both playfully and powerfully depict the illusions of love and the duality of each person. With exquisite sets and a moving soundtrack, this internationally acclaimed show is a complete sensory experience. Tickets are $25 - $50 for this one-night only performance at the Harris Theater Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m.


Literature sessions will be held for a full day on Saturday, July 9 at the Art Institute of Chicago in Fullerton Hall.  Three separate one-hour sessions will commence at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., featuring moderated discussions with panelists including: Tarun Tejpal, author of “The Alchemy of Desire,” managing editor of Outlook and declared by BusinessWeek among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia; writer and political commentator Nayantara Sahgal, whose award-winning work includes “Rich Like Us;” journalist and historian, Shrabani Basu, who currently writes for The Telegraph as well as other publications; and Hari Kunzru, a New York City resident whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Guardian, and Times of India among others. All three sessions are free with museum admission.

A film retrospective will feature one of the most critically acclaimed actresses in India, Tabu, who is best known in America for her leading role in Mira Nair's “The Namesake.” She has won the National Film Award for the Best Actress twice and holds the record for the most wins of Filmfare's Critics Award for Best Female Performer. Tabu will be speaking at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall Sunday, July 10 at 3 p.m. (free with museum admission) and will host a free screening of one of her films Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.

British musician Susheela Raman exploded onto the music scene in 2001 with her debut album, “Salt Rain,” winning the UK’s coveted Mercury Prize. She keeps her Tamil heritage alive in her music, mixing South Indian classical music with jazz, folk and pop.  As a composer, arranger and interpreter, Raman has gained immense critical and popular acclaim for her records and performances.  Accompanied by tabla player, Aref Durvesh, guitarist and producer Sam Mills, and Rajasthani folk musicians, Kutle Khan, Chugge Khan, and Nathoo Lal Solanki, Raman’s multi-layered vocals lead an inclusive sound of traditional Rajasthani folk and rare South Indian Raga. She will perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the “Music Without Borders” series presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Curator Dr. Alka Pande brings together artists and children to create twin canvases to explore the varying perceptions of the street, in “Where The Streets Have No Name,” a one-of-a-kind ‘Street’ art exhibit from the residents of the ‘Salaam Baalak Trust.’  This exhibit will be on display July 8 – 13 at Coalition Gallery, 217 N Carpenter St.

Millennium Park will host two free, family-friendly events of The Wellbeing Experience, including Indian music & yoga at the Family Fun Festival Tent on Chase Promenade, Friday, July 15 at 1 p.m. and a morning Yoga in the Park session on the Great Lawn Saturday, July 16 at 8 a.m.

About The Producers:

A highly versatile entertainment company, Teamwork Films currently produces 17 performing and visual arts festivals in 21 cities across 11 countries including festivals in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the US.  The highlight of their work is the immensely popular DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, an annual event that features more than two hundred authors and critics from across the world over a five day period.  Additional notable Teamwork events include Hay Festival in Kerala, the Bookaroo Festival for Children, the annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) & Festival,  the Ishara International Puppet Festival in New Delhi and Shared History- The Indian Experience,an annual festival of the performing & visual arts in South Africa.

Anookul Inc is dedicated to the promotion of Indian and global cultures in the United States. Founded by Anu Behari, a long time resident of Chicago, Anookul is committed to promoting and creating cultural partnerships between India and Chicago.

The full festival schedule is as follows:







Fri. July 8

Dr. L. Subramaniam with the Chicago Children’s Choir and Natya Dance Theatre


8 p.m.

Harris Theater

$35 - $70

Sat. July 9

Literature sessions

(three different panels)


11 a.m.

1 p.m.

3 p.m.

Art Institute of Chicago (Fullerton Hall)

Free (with paid museum admission)

Sun. July 10


Conversation with acclaimed Indian actress Tabu


3 p.m.

Art Institute of Chicago (Fullerton Hall)

Free (with paid museum admission)

Mon. July 11

Film Screening (featuring Tabu)


6:30 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center


Thurs. July 14

Susheela Raman with Sierra Maestra, a “Music Without Borders” event


6:30 p.m.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park


Fri. July 15

Indian music & yoga for all ages (The Wellbeing Experience)


1 p.m.

Family Fun Festival Tent in Millennium Park


Fri. July 15

Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust performs “Transposition”


8 p.m.

Harris Theater

$25 - $50

Sat. July 16

Yoga in the Park with guest instructor from India (The Wellbeing Experience


8 a.m.

Millennium Park



(July 8 – 13)


“Where The Streets Have No Name” art exhibit

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Coalition Gallery



Programming is subject to change. For more information about the first annual Eye on India festival and programming updates, visit

Monday 27 Jun 2011

Porchlight Announces GUY ADKINS AWARD

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the creation of the 1st Annual Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to be presented at Journey On - A Brunch Benefit for Porchlight Music Theatre on Sunday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. at The University Club of Chicago – Cathedral Hall, 76 East Monroe Street. The Guy Adkins Award celebrates an individual who has made an exceptional and lasting contribution to the state of the art of Chicago musical theater.

Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber commented that “Guy was one of the shining lights of Chicago stages, essaying leading roles in both musicals and plays where he never failed to set a standard for unparalleled excellence.”

Guy Adkins excelled in musical roles with local companies, appearing as Leo Bloom in The Producers and Pseudolous in Forum at Marriott Theatre, J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed… and the title role in Peter Pan at Drury Lane Theatre, Hello Again and The Secret Garden at Apple Tree Theatre and Martin Guerre and The Visit, both at The Goodman Theatre. Occasionally, he journeyed away from Chicago, including starring with Molly Ringwald in the national tour of Sweet Charity. The New York Times called him "outrageously talented" for his turn at Puck in a Tina Landau-directed A Midsummer Night's Dream at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey.

Adkins was born in Lansing, Michigan and raised in Wisconsin, where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and arrived in Chicago in the early 1990s. He died May 12, 2010 in his West Andersonville apartment at the age of 41.

Of the conception of the award, Guy’s longtime partner, Sean Alan Krill said, "Guy loved theatre, and he loved music. He had a profound respect and admiration for any individual who strived to achieve their very best to create great art, and to share it passionately, proudly and wholeheartedly with an audience. I can't think of a better way to honor his indubitable spirit than to encourage Chicago music theatre artists to continue to strive for excellence in their field, and to commend them for the advancement of this great art form."

About Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight Music Theatre has staged 49 shows including five world premieres, among them, The Teapot Scandals, its first work developed through Off the Porch, Porchlight’s new works program, as well as seven Chicago premieres. An Equity theater since 2004, the company has already received a total of 34 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations resulting in 11 Jeff Awards.

Porchlight Music Theatre is partially supported by generous contributions from the A.R.T League, the Arts Work Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, a City Arts Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Shen Family Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Association of Realtors, Peoples Energy and The Saints.

Journey On - A Brunch Benefit for Porchlight Music Theatre will take place Sunday, July 17, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The University Club of Chicago – Cathedral Hall, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago. This elegant brunch will feature entertainment by some of Chicago’s favorite performers. Guests are invited to bid on fabulous getaways, local attractions and more in live and silent auctions. The event includes complimentary wine and a cash bar. Valet parking is available. Advance reservations: $100 per person, $25 per child 5-12 years, and children four years and under are free. To order tickets, visit or call 773-325-9884.

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