Phew, 2011 was quite a year in Chicago theater. As the year comes to a close, ready for a quick tour back through the newsworthy highlights?
The Black Ensemble Theater bowed a gorgeous, $19 million new home on the North Side. Stage 773 on Belmont Avenue unveiled a sparkling renovation. The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts on Green Street, which audiences seemed congenitally unable to find, was converted from a theater complex into a church.
Lookingglass Theatre won the 2011
The world of improvisation and sketch
Shattered Globe Theatre, a venerable troupe that had appeared to be in pieces, said it was coming back.
Chicago audiences were transfixed by the story of the courageous, persecuted actors of the Belarus Free Theatre, who were brought to Chicago (along with their "Being
The winds of change blew
Similar breezes also buoyed Chay Yew, who took over
Robots assisted with a delightful onstage wedding proposal at "Heddatron," part of 2011's Garage Rep at Steppenwolf. Subscriptions sank all across the country, but not in Chicago. The National Theatre of Scotland's "Black Watch" brought theatergoers to the historic Broadway Armory. Alice Ripley was stunning on the opening night of the touring production of "
And even as the entire city of Chicago closed down for a blizzard — and the
Happy holidays. And how was your year?