Directed By Marc Bruni
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. Think you’ve heard them all before?
Not this way. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show. If you’ve ever had a mother, visited a doctor or walked into a bar with a priest, a rabbi and a frog, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES will sit in the dark, give you a second opinion and ask you where you got that. You’ll laugh ’til you plotz.
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
January 3-March 9
Directed by Nick Corely
The original folk hero, Woody Guthrie, and his energetic, moving, and infectious melodies defined an American era of political expression, and transformed the folk ballad into a vehicle of social commentary and unity. With more than 25 songs—including classics like “This Land is Your Land,” “Pastures of Plenty,” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad”—this joyous, toe-tapping, and moving theatrical concert event celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America’s greatest troubadour.
Shattered Globe Theatre
April 24 – June 7, 2014
Directed By Sandy Shinner
Sally Nemeth’s MILL FIRE takes audiences to Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1978. As the town struggles to mourn the loss of several factory workers in a terrible accident, widow Marlene refuses both the pressure to grieve as convention dictates and the blood money offered by the mill’s owners. With an ever-shifting temporal landscape that shapes the story through flashback and memory, a Greek chorus of fellow widows, and emotionally charged familial subplots, MILL FIRE examines the many definitions of sorrow and the complexities of moving on.
CARRIE –The Musical
Bailiwick Chicago Theatre
at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
May 29-July 12 2014
Directed by Christopher Pazdernik
Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, the show’s original authors have newly reworked and fully re-imagined the vision of this gripping tale. Set today in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, CARRIE features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (Fame,Footloose).