Due to popular demand, Lookingglass Theatre Company has extended the run of Keith Huff’s Big Lake Big City for an additional two weeks. The world premiere production directed by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer now plays through August 25, 2013, at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago’s historic Water Tower Water Works on 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. Tickets are available online at www.lookingglasstheatre.org or by phone at 312-337-0665.
Following its sold-out run at Angel Island, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co’s Jeff-winning The Glass Menagerie will add four final weeks of performances, extending through August 25, 2013 at Chicago’s Theater Wit on 1229 W. Belmont Avenue. Under the direction of Hans Fleischmann, who also stars as Tom, the full original cast includes Walter Briggs (Jeff Award winner, Best Supporting Actor), Maggie Cain and Joanne Dubach (Jeff Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress). Tickets are available at www.theaterwit.org or by calling 773-975-8150.
Due to overwhelming sales, the Chicago Premiere of The Pianist of Willesden Lane starring Mona Golabek announced its final extension through Sept. 1 at The Royal George Theatre on 1641 North Halsted Street. The production is adapted and directed by Hershey Felder and based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen. The Chicago premiere has received rave reviews and follows successful productions in Los Angeles and Boston. Tickets can be ordered at by calling 312-988-9000 or visiting www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.
Playing at 99% of capacity, Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman’s world premiere stage musical adaptation of The Jungle Book has been extended through August 18—marking the first time that three extension weeks have been added to a production in the Goodman Theatre’s home on Dearborn Street. Tickets range from $27 to $125; discounts are available for subscribers, students and military. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org or call 312-443-3800 to order. The production runs approximately two hours (including one 15-minute intermission) and is for adults and families with children six-years-old and older.
Goodman Theatre continues its partnership with Chicago Public Library by presenting Stage Chemistry lessons at select branches, as part of each location’s ongoing programming. These sessions are a part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Summer of Learning through August 10 which encourages young people to participate in activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). The Stage Chemistry lessons focus on the physics of lighting in the Goodman’s production of The Jungle Book at participating branches—Bezazian (1226 W. Ainslie), Budlong Woods (5630 N. Lincoln), Douglass (3353 W. 13th), Garfield Ridge (6348 W. Archer), Lozano (1805 S. Loomis), Mount Greenwood (11010 S. Kedzie), Richard J. Daley (3400 S. Halsted), Sulzer (4455 N. Lincoln), Thurgood Marshall (7506 S. Racine) and Woodson (9525 S. Halsted)—from July 26 to August 2. Contact each branch for details
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus appointed Michael Connolly, Phil Cooper, Steve Geiermann, Graham Rarity and Matthew Toles to its Board of Directors. “As we embark on a new season at incredible venues such as the Harris Theater in Millennium Park and North Shore Center in Skokie, CGMC is lucky to have smart, creative and visionary board members serving the organization,” states Executive Director Kent Bartram. “I’m thrilled with our new board members and I know they will continue to further our mission and guide our organization into our next thirty years.”
AstonRep Theatre Company will kick-off its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s The Water’s Edge directed by Artistic Director Robert Tobin. Amy Kasper, Ray Kasper and Tim Larson, Mary-Kate Arnold, and Jeff Award-winner Sara Pavlak are featured in the production that runs from September 26 to October 26, 2013 at Chicago’s Raven Theatre (West Stage) on 6157 N. Clark Street. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 1, 2013 at www.astonrep.com or by calling 773-828-9129.
Dedicated to presenting plays inspired by history that connect to today, TimeLine Theatre Company has finalized casting for three of the four productions of its 2013-14 season which features A Raisin in the Sun, The Normal Heart and the musical Juno; a new play The How and the Why; and a partnership with the Chicago Commercial Collective and Broadway In Chicago to remount the previous hit show To Master the Art. For more information, call 773-281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.