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    January 22nd, 7:00 pm, live, interactive tribute concert "Dead Ringer" with Zachary Stevenson; "The Garage" American Blues Theatre's new music series. Live on Zoom. $25 or pay-what-you-can. FYI (773) 654-3103 or www.AmericanBluesTheater.com.

    January 22nd, 8:00 pm,  “The Magic Parlour at Home” starring Dennis Watkins.  Interactive performance via Zoom (computer with functioning camera and microphone required).  Maximum of 30 tickets will be sold for each performance.  $49 per household (select dates at $65).  FYI www.themagicparlourchicago.com.

    January 23rd, 7:30 pm, and on demand through February 28th, “A Night of Broadway and Opera” New Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Kirk Muspratt and pre-recorded outside this past October at the Lakeside Pavilion, McAninch Arts Center (MAC).  $40 per household. FYI (630) 942-4000 or www.AtTheMAC.org.

    January 23rd, 8:00 pm,  “The Magic Parlour at Home” starring Dennis Watkins.  Interactive performance via Zoom (computer with functioning camera and microphone required).  Maximum of 30 tickets will be sold for each performance.  $49 per household (select dates at $65).  FYI www.themagicparlourchicago.com.

    January 25th, 8:00 pm, "That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: January Pt. 2" PlayMakers Laboratory, streaming on Vimeo. $2-$4 subscriptions. FYI www.playmakerslab.org.

    Limited Run - Online

    January 21st through 24th, "HotHouse Meets Havana" 2021 legendary Cuban jazz festival “Jazz Plaza”.  Two-hour nightly programs can be viewed on HotHouse’s recently launched streaming platform HotHouseGlobal.  $25 each or all four for $75.  Programs will be streamed beginning at 7 p.m. CT nightly, and will be available for viewing continuously for 24 hours to allow viewers in any time zone to enjoy the concerts at a convenient time. The location of the program streams will be emailed in advance to ticket holders..  FYI www.hothouse.net.

    Through January 24th, "The Journey" an immersive, virtual theatrical event created and performed by world-renowned illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven. WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare.  Live-streamed for Chicago Shakespeare audiences from Scotland.  $45-$65.  www.chicagoshakes.com/journey.  

    Through January 31st, "Red Folder" (Run time 10 minutes), Steppenwolf NOW Virtual Stage, Virtual Membership $75.  FYI (312) 335-1650, or www.steppenwolf.org/now

    Through January 31st, virtual 34th Annual Young Playwrights Festival, Pegasus Theatre Chicago, featuring "A Lady’s Facade" by Aisha Ziad, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools; "Containment" by Lincoln Gaw | Lane Tech College Prep; "These Glass Lives" by Jake Florell, Kenwood Academy; performed in tandem Thursdays - Sundays.  Opening ceremony is Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. Ticket holders have 48 hours access to YPF and content is available until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. each weekend. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students ages 22 and under, available at www.PegasusTheatreChicago.org.  

    January 22nd through February 12th, "Wind Melodies by Coleman and Mozart" Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO).  Concert filmed in breathtaking venue, Trinity Christian College’s Ozinga Chapel in Palos Heights.  45-minute program streaming 21 days only.   $15.  FYI https://ipovirtualmusic.uscreen.io

    Through February 14th, "School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play" filmed at TheatreSquared, Northwest Arkansas. Streaming on Zoom. $20. FYI (479) 777-7477 or www.theatre2.org.

    Through February 28th, “The Music of John Williams” New Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Kirk Muspratt and pre-recorded outside this past October at the Lakeside Pavilion, McAninch Arts Center (MAC).  $40 per household. FYI (630) 942-4000 or www.AtTheMAC.org,  

    **** Through March 31, 2021, Leo Leoni's "Frederick: A Virtual Puppet Performance" Live-Streaming on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre, CCT's YouTube Channel. Free. FYI https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClI9nwq0sLwmxnSC8xvN9lw

    **** Through May 21, 2021, "Doll Face Has a Party!" Live-Streaming on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre, CCT's YouTube Channel. Free. FYI https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClI9nwq0sLwmxnSC8xvN9lw

    Through August 31st, "What is Left, Burns" a filmed play (run time - 20 minutes) by James Ijames, Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage.  Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions.  FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.

    Through August 31st, "Wally World" a two-act radio play by Isaac Gomez, Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage.  Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions.  FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.

    **** Through September 10, 2021, "My Magic Breath" Live-Streaming on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre, CCT's YouTube Channel. Free. FYI https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClI9nwq0sLwmxnSC8xvN9lw

    Through November, 2023, Dael Orlandersmith’s "Until the Flood" Goodman Theatre in partnership with All Arts—the free broadcast and digital platform dedicated to the arts—and New York’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and six U.S. regional theaters, including A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle); Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles); Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Portland Center Stage (Oregon); and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Free. FYI www.allarts.org.

    Open-Run Online Performances:

    Until Theater Returns, "The Liminal Space" Court Theatre will live-stream their empty stage for quiet meditation. FYI www.CourtTheatre.org/theliminalspace

    **** Open Run, Imagine U Storytime, Northwestern theater students, faculty, and alumni share weekly stories for young audiences. Free and available on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnnywRBuUnwmsuKoOq5JnbjmUACcehPM8

    Open Run, "The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral" 30 digital plays in 60 minutes, Live-Streaming weekly from The Neo-Futurist Theater, Chicago. Tickets start at $3 per week. FYI www.neofuturists.org/events/the-infinite-wrench-goes-viral/.

    Open Run, Roberto Bolaño’s "2666" Live-Streaming from the Goodman Theatre, Chicago. Free. FYI www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Watch2666.

    Open Run, "The Happiest Place on Earth" Live-Streaming from Sideshow Theatre Company, Chicago. Pay what you wish. FYI www.sideshowtheatre.org/stream.

    Open Run, World Premiere, "Masque of the Red Coronavirus" free live-streaming. Black Button Eyes, Chicago. FYI www.blackbuttoneyes.com/masque-of-the-red-coronavirus.

    Open Run, PLAY(S) AT HOME: A GREEN THEATRE FESTIVAL, Live-Streaming from Connective Theater Company, Chicago. Free. FYI www.connectivetheatrecompany.com

    Open Run, PLAY(S) AT HOME, A VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, Live-Streaming from Connective Theater Company, Chicago. Free. FYI www.connectivetheatrecompany.com

    Open Run, "Out of Touch" Live-Streaming from Annoyance Theatre, Chicago. Suggested donation, $5.00. FYI www.theannoyance.com/lockin.

    Open Run, "The Rogue Aviator" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available on Patreon. Access to all stage productions recordings: $5 FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org

    Open Run, "Stupid Shakespeare's PickleRickicles" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Recommended for Ages 16 years +, Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org

    Open Run, "Super Richard World III" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org

    Open Run, "Medusa Undone" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org

    Open Run, Every Sunday at 7 p.m., "Improvised Dungeons and Dragons" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org

    Open Run, Every Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m., "Theatre of Ted Digital Open Mic" Available on Facebook. Everyone may submit 3-5 minute video performances to james@otherworldtheatre.org to be featured on our Theatre of Ted Digital Open Mic. This isn't limited to comedy; all performance art welcome! FREE FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org

    Open Run, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 & 9:30, "Virtual ComedySportz" ComedySportz, Available on Zoom. FREE, donations welcome. FYI www.cszchicago.com.

    Open Run, Monday through Friday at 2:00, Laugh Factory Live, Live-Streaming from the Laugh Factory, Chicago. FREE. FYI www.youtube.com/user/TheLaughFactory.

    Classes & Camps:

    January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 2021, 7:00 pm, "Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs + Racial Injustice" 4 Seminars Featuring the Scholarship of Professor Tina Post in conversation with Court’s Inaugural Research Fellow, Gabrielle Randle-Bent, "Theatre & Thought" series, Court Theatre & University of Chicago, Online.  Individual enrollment for the Theatre & Thought series is $85 per course. FYI (773) 753-4472, or CourtTheatre.org. 

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