Want to look cool to your favorite pipsqueak (and adult friends, too)? Introduce them to Barrel of Monkeys’ joyously long-running public show. The troupe conducts writing workshops with CPS grade school students by day, then transforms the kids’ stories into hilarious or heartfelt skits and songs, performed with abandon by a spirited ensemble. The current edition of the show, Stories for Change, prompted the young scribes to write the change they want to see in their communities.
Joffrey’s winter program features a new work by company ballet master Nicolas Blanc; rising choreographer Myles Thatcher’s Body of Your Dreams; Glass Pieces, created by the late Jerome Robbins to music by Philip Glass and never before performed in Chicago; and the Joffrey premiere of George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments.
The Second City’s 106th mainstage revue features an outstanding ensemble of Chicago writers and comedians, delivering a surreal, high-energy show that manages to outdo the wackiness of the modern world.
The Lyric Opera takes on Mozart’s fiancée swapping comedy, in which two young men don disguises and try to seduce each other’s wives-to-be. Though it only consists of two acts, this complex tale takes its time—you'll be in your seat for more than 3 hours with a single intermission.
Created, written, designed and performed entirely by the women of the Second City, She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves tackles women’s issues with cheek and wit. The two-act sketch show features Carisa Barreca, Alex Bellisle, Katie Caussin, Maria Randazzo, Alexis J. Roston and Kimberly Michelle Vaughn.