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    Now Playing in Illinois - Outdoors

    **** October 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 pm, "Drive In Theatre: Beatrix Potter and Friends" Chicago Children’s Theatre’s parking lot, 100 S. Racine St. in Chicago’s West Loop. Tickets $45 per car (up to 6 people) or $45 for a socially distanced “pod” for families with blanket seating (space limited to 17cars/pods per show).  Advance reservations only. No walk-up sales.  Tickets on sale at www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org. FYI (312) 374-8835.

    Through October 31st, Music Box Theatre presents "Music Box of Horrors at the Drive-In Presented by Shudder" 31 Nights of Terror at the Drive-in, Chi-Town Movies Drive-In 2343 S Throop St., Chicago. Single Features $30 & Double Features $40. FYI www.MusicBoxTheatre.com

    Now Playing in Indiana - Outdoors

    October 24th, 4:00 pm, Bishop Noll Band Outdoor Concert on the lawn in front of the school cafeteria (Door C), socially distanced, bring your lawn chairs.. Also airing live on the BNI Fine Arts Facebook page. Free. FYI www.bishopnoll.org.

    Now Playing in Indiana

    Online - Single Dates:

    October 20th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, "Beyond the 'Line: Cultivating Your "Navigating the News" Superpower" A Dramaturgical Approach to Fake News.  TimeLine Theatre Company, Live via Zoom.  $40.  FYI www.timelinetheatre.com.  

    October 20th, Virtual discussion of "They That Sit in Darkness" ARTEMISIA FEMINIST PODCAST, Bi-weekly podcasts about feminism, an ideal that advocates for women’s rights based on the equality of the sexes.  Free.  FYI www.artemisiatheatre.org

    October 20th, 7:00 pm, Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman, joined by Eighth Blackbird’s Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall; Eighth Blackbird Presents: The Chicago Artists Workshop” (CAW), live-streamed and limited in-person seating at 4045 N. Rockwell St., Chicago.  Suggested price $20.  FYI www.eighthblackbird.org.

    October 20th, 7:30 pm, a virtual reading of sci-fi adventure "Other Rockpools" The New Colony.  Live on YouTube at youtube.com/user/newcolonychicago, no reservation required.  Suggested donations to Chicago Votes at www.chicagovotes.com.  FYI www.thenewcolony.org.  

    October 21st, 6:00 pm, Steppenwolf NOW preview event, Live-Streamed from Steppenwolf, Chicago.  Free.  FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.

    October 21st, 7:30-9:00 pm, The Journey from the Jungle to "The Swamp" A Conversation Inspired by Campaigns, Inc., Free discussion Streaming live on YouTube (youtube.com/timelinetheatre).  Reservations required.  FYI www.timelinetheatre.com

    October 21st, 7:00 pm, 11th Annual International Voices Project, From Canada, "A Distinct Society" in collaboration with Silk Road Rising, Live-Streaming from Chicago.  Reservations required.  Free but donations invited.  FYI www.IVPChicago.org.

    October 22nd, 7:00 pm, "Cox and Box" PrideArts, Live-Streamed on YouTube.  $25.  FYI www.pridearts.org.  

    October 22nd & 24th, 6:00 pm, October 25th, 2:00 pm, Rena Butler's “A Tale of Two" Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, filmed outdoors by Talia Koylass, Live-Streamed on Vimeo and at www.hubbardstreetdance.com.  Free but RSVP required.  FYI  www.hubbardstreetdance.com

    October 23rd, 5:00 pm, Live @ Five, Goodman Theatre’s virtual discussion series; Playwrights Eleanor Burgess (Wife of a Salesman) and Kimberly Belflower (John Proctor is the Villain) reimagine Arthur Miller’s classics. Free. FYI www.goodmantheatre.org.

    October 23rd, 8:00 pm, "Ghost Light Soiree" featuring David Dastmalchian as his horror host persona, ”Dr. Fearless” from the Dark Horse comic book, ”Count Crowley” Shattered Globe Theatre Digital Fund-Raiser.  $30.  FYI www.sgtheatre.org/ghostlightsoiree/.

    October 23rd & 24th, Dennis Watkins' “The Magic Parlour at Home series,  interactive night of magic Live-Streamed on Zoom.  Guests ages 10 and up are welcome to join, while guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  $65 per household.  FYI www.themagicparlourchicago.com/reservations

    October 24th, 7:00 pm, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra presents "IPO Reimagined" featuring 30 IPO string players performing George Walker’s "Lyric for Strings" followed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s "Serenade" Live-Streamed on www.facebook.com/illinoisphilharmonic/ and www.youtube.com/user/ilphilorch, as well as on Palos Channel 4.  Free. FYI (708) 481-7774 or www.ipomusic.org.  

    October 24th, 7:00 pm, "Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway" featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, transmitted live in HD with professional sound mixing from The Shubert Virtual Studios on Manhattan’s West Side, Northlight Theatre. $75 for series of three performance; $30 for single performance.  FYI www.northlight.org/events/women-of-broadway 

    October 24th, 7:30 pm, October 25th, 3:00 pm, “The Music of John Williams” New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, recorded outdoors at the McAninch Arts Center’s Lakeside Pavilion without an audience. Live-Streamed.  Three-show subscription package is available for $99.   FYI (630) 942-3008, or www.AtTheMAC.org.

    October 25th, 2:00 pm, "Death of A Salesman: 20 Years Later" director Robert Falls and members of the Broadway cast—including Kate Buddeke, Allen Hamilton, Ted Koch, Stephanie March and Steve Pickering—gather for a conversation about the production and its enduring relevance. Free. www.goodmantheatre.org.

    October 25th, 3:00 pm, "FIND YOUR PERSONAL BRAND" CSz Theater Chicago, Live-Streamed.  $50.  FYI www/CSzchicago.com

    Online - Limited Run

    October 21st through 25th, "Death of a Salesman" Goodman Theatre in collaboration with Showtime and the Actors Fund, available for viewing at www.Playbill.com and www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Salesman. Free but donations to The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts (www.ActorsFund.org/Salesman) are encouraged. FYI www.goodmantheatre.org.

    Through October 25th, "Broadway by the Decade" Live-Streamed from Porchlight Music Theatre. Purchase a ticket and receive an email with link & password to view performance for 72 hours. $15-$50. FYI www.porchlightmusictheatre.org.

    Through November 1st, Digital U.S. Premiere, "Run the Beast Down" featuring Gage Wallace.  Live-Streaming via Vimeo from Strawdog Theatre.  Pay-what-you-can, $5 minimum donation.  FYI www.strawdog.org.  

    Through November 1st, "Madmen and Prisoners: Two Tales by Poe" Live-Streamed on Vimeo by First Folio Theatre.  Tickets are available on a Pay-What-You-Can basis.  Also available free for classroom use.  FYI (630) 986-8067 or www.firstfolio.org

    Through November 2nd, "45 Plays for America's First Ladies" The Neo-Futurists, Chicago, New York & San Francisco.  Live-streamed performances with an audience participation component will run Oct. 8th, 9th and 11th, with a full digital recording available through Nov. 2nd.  Tickets start at $15.  FYI www.neofuturists.org.  

    Through November 5th, 7:00 pm Thursdays, "The Second City's Happy Hour" Live-streamed sketch comedy, improv and interactive games. $15. FYI https://www.tixr.com/groups/secondcity

    **** Through November 8th, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 pm, "Drive In Theatre: Beatrix Potter and Friends" Chicago Children’s Theatre’s parking lot, 100 S. Racine St. in Chicago’s West Loop.  Tickets $45 per car (up to 6 people) or $45 for a socially distanced “pod” for families with blanket seating (space limited to 17cars/pods per show).  Advance reservations only. No walk-up sales.  Tickets on sale at www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
    FYI (312) 374-8835.

    Through November 8th, "Working" Porchlight Music Theatre in collaboration with L.A. Theatre Works.  Live-Streamed from Porchlight Music Theatre.  Purchase a ticket and receive an email with link & password to view performance for 72 hours.  $15-$25.  FYI www.porchlightmusictheatre.org.  

    October 22nd through November 8th, (Thurs-Sun @ 7:00, Sun @ 3:00), "'Night, Mother" Invictus Theatre Company, Live-Streamed.  (Link and streaming code provided with ticket purchase)  $20.  FYI www.invictustheatreco.com/onstage

    Through November 14th, Fridays & Saturdays between 6 pm – midnight, "Airport 1970SOMETHING" Hell in a Handbag, Live-Streaming on Vimeo. $15 for 1 patron, $25 for 2 patrons, $45 for groups. FYI www.handbagproductions.org or www.TicketLeap.com.

    Through November 20th, Audio Play, "Animal Farm" Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Audiences, Live-Streaming into classrooms across Chicago from Steppenwolf Theatre.  FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org

    Through November 21st, Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 7:00 pm, "A War of the Worlds" audio drama performed live online by Theatre in the Dark.  $20-$25 suggested donation.  Tickets on sale September 1 at www.theatreinthedark.com.  FYI (312) 285-0314. 

    Through December 18th, "Hit ‘Em on the Blackside" Congo Square Theater, online sketch comedy series, on the company’s Instagram and Facebook pages.  FYI https://www.facebook.com/congosquaretheatre

    **** Through December 28th, Mondays, 8:00 pm, "That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay" Playmkers Laboratory, Live-Streaming via Patreon {completely new show released each week) Tickets ($2 - $4 subscriptions). FYI www.playmakerslab.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 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

    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, "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:

    October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th; November 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 7:00 pm, "Deep Dive: Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt" 5 Seminars + Reading of "Leopoldstadt", Featuring Scholarship from University of Chicago Faculty, with a Reading Directed by Charles Newell, "Theatre & Thought" series, Court Theatre & University of Chicago, Online.  Individual enrollment for "Leopoldstadt" is $250. FYI (773) 753-4472, or www.CourtTheatre.org.

    October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 7:00 pm, "Euripides’ The Bacchae + Contemporary Adaptations" 4 Seminars Featuring the Scholarship of Professor Sarah Nooter, Reading Directed by Monty Cole, "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 www.CourtTheatre.org

    October 13th & 20th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, BEYOND THE ‘LINE: CULTIVATE YOUR “NAVIGATING THE NEWS” SUPERPOWER: A Dramaturgical Approach to Fake News, TimeLine Theatre, Live-Streamed on Zoom. $35. FYI www.TimeLineTheatre.com

    October 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Monologue Workout, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. $120. www.RemyBumppo.org

    October 18th, 3:00 pm, IMPROV FOR DUNGEONMASTERS, CSz Theater Chicago, Live-Streamed. $50. FYI www/CSzchicago.com

    October 19th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, THE JOURNEY FROM THE JUNGLE TO “THE SWAMP”: A Conversation Inspired by Campaigns, Inc., TimeLine Theatre, One-night-only LIVE on YouTube, www.Youtube.com/timelinetheatre. Free. FYI www.TimeLineTheatre.com

    October 19th, 21st, 26th & 28th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, "The Story of Theatrical Spaces" Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. $60. www.RemyBumppo.org.

    October 21st, 23rd, 28th & 30th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, "Speaking Shakespeare II: Applying the Folio Technique and Other Acting Secrets" Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. $60. www.RemyBumppo.org.

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