Emerald City Theatre is Inspiring a Love of Reading in Chicago Students (and You Can Help)

Since 2012, Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre has provided free arts education programming to more than 18,000 low-income Chicago Public Schools students. Each year, powered by the collective strength of the company’s One Fund, second and third graders see a free theatre performance and receive a companion book, allowing them to have an unforgettable experience with […]

Emerald City Theatre: "Cinderella"

Here’s the entertainment appetizer to a holiday tea at American Girl Place—Emerald City’s “Cinderella.” Now playing at the Broadway Playhouse, this production is perfect for a gaggle of preschool-through-fourth-grade girls on a shopping field trip with their moms or their Brownie troop. The hour-long show captures all the highlights, from Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters, Grace and […]

This Year for Mother’s Day Say It With Live Theater

With May comes celebration of the hardest job on the planet—motherhood. What better way to say thank you to the woman who facilitated one’s worldly existence than the gift of live theatre? These Chicagoland offerings deserve to be included among this May’s flowers. MARRIOTT LINCOLNSHIRE THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” […]

Audiences Pleasured by Alexander’s Problems

Pardon the mass expression of schandenfreude emanating from Lincoln Park’s Apollo Theater. But it takes a dive into a German dictionary to succinctly define the audience’s reaction to Emerald City Theatre’s musical retelling of the children’s book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Schandenfreude means pleasure derived from the misfortune of […]

Emerald City Delights With “Snow White"

The Brothers Grimm never imagined a story like this. Emerald City Theatre’s “Snow White as Performed by Professor TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals” offers a unique twist on the well-known fairytale. Written and directed by the talented Ernie Nolan, the performance includes a play within a play that pays homage to vaudeville with its mix […]

Warm Up With Crackling Yarns

It’s the middle of winter; a perfect time to sit back in a dark room and watch a good yarn. Head out to local theaters and warm up with some crackling good stories, and maybe even some songs. Northlight Theatre’s “Black Pearl Sings!” January 13-February 19 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 847-673-6300 northlight.org Northlight favorite E. Faye […]

Emerald City Gives the Gift of Laughter with “Junie B. Jones”

Emerald City Theatre’s “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” is the perfect antidote for a gloomy winter day. The play, based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park, features Amber Robinson as Junie B. Jones, the spunky heroine whose views about life, friends and elf costumes are at the heart of this story. […]

Fall into Deep Dramas with the Start of Autumn Theater

Emotions run high this fall in Chicago area plays. An artist’s struggle, a playwright’s confusion, real estate woes, nostalgic clothing and a greedy pet all take center stage—you won’t want to miss these shows! Broadway in Chicago’s “Love, Loss & What I Wore” at Broadway Playhouse September 13-October 23 Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut […]