Theater Sneak Peak: Part Three Belmont/Lakeview/Wrigleyville


Sometimes it’s nice to know what a theater company you like is doing for its next season and the dates to put on your calendar. The “Sneak Peak” series does just that, listing the companies by area .

Descriptions of shows will follow in the next series which will be by category such as world premier, classic, Halloween and holiday.

Meanwhile click on the venues in “Sneak Peak” for the theaters’ own details. BTW, some companies use theater and others use theatre, thus the differences written here are deliberate and not typos.


Anthenaeum Theatre

The venue is at 2936 N. Southport Ave. Black Button Eye Productions is doing “Nightmares and Nightcaps: The Stories of John Collier” here, Aug. 17 – Sep 15 in Studio Two. and Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop is doing “Alice and Wonderland Jr. Aug. 17- 18 on the Main Stage.

Studio One has “Bliss (Or Emily Post is Dead)” through Aug 25 and Studio Three has “Bus Stop” through Aug. 19, 2018.

“The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” is in Studio Three Nov. 22-Dec. 16 and  “The Elder Son” is in Studio Two, Nov. 15-Dec. 22.

For tickets and other information call (773) 935-6875 and visit Athenaeum Theatre.

The Proscenium (Pro) at Stage 773. (A Stage 773 photo)
The Proscenium (Pro) at Stage 773. (A Stage 773 photo)


Mercury Theater

The theater is at 3745 N. Southport Ave. Currently, “Avenue Q” has been extended through Nov. 4, then “Pippin” is in the  Venus Cabaret Theater, opening TBA followed by its annual “The Christmas Schooner, date also TBA.

For tickets and other information call (773) 325-1700and visit Mercury Theater.


Stage 773

A multi-theater venue, Stage 773 is at 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

American Blues Theater is doing  “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” through Sept. 15, then “Flyin’ West” Oct. 5-Nov. 3 and its annual holiday show, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago”  Nov. 15, 2018-Jan 5, 2019.

Hell in a Handbag has “The Artificial Jungle” Sept. 23-Oct. 28. and “The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes” Oct. 13-Nov. 3.

The Degenerates are doing “Potty Talk”  Sept. 3- Oct. 29.

For tickets and other information call (773) 327-5252 and visit Stage 773, American Blues Theater, Hell in a Handbag Productions and The Degenerates Theatre


Strawdog Theatre Company

The theatre is at 1802 W. Berenice. Strawdog is doing “Masque Macbre” Oct. 4-31 and “The Revolutionists” Nov. 15-Dec. 29, then “ Hershel” is Dec. 1, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019 and “Take Me” is May 10-June 2, 2019. For tickets and other information call (773) 528-9696 and visit Strawdog.


Theater Wit

A shared venue, Theatre Wit is at 1229 W Belmont Ave and is currently showing “Haymarket,” an Undescore Theater production in association with Theatre Wit that has been extended through Sept. 16.

Shattered Globe Theatre is doing “Crime and Punishment” Sept 6-Oct. 20, “The Realistic Joneses” Jan. 11-March 9 and “Hannah and Martin” April 11 May 25.

Also, About Face Theatre is doing “This Bitter Earth”  Nov. 1-Dec. 8 then “Dada Woof Papa Hot” Jan. 10–Feb. 16, 2019 followed by “20/20,” by AFT artists with the company’s youth theatre ensemble in Summer 2019.

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company opens its 2018-2019 season with “Frankenstgein” Oct. 11 – Nov. 11, then is doing “The Father” Jan. 31-Mar. 3 and “Bloomsday” May 16-June 16. BoHo Theatre is doing “110 Degrees in the Shade” Oct. 27-Dec. 16.

For tickets and other information call (773) 975-8150 and visit Theater Wit, Shattered Globe, BoHo Theatre Remy Bumppo and About Face


TimeLine Theatre Company

The theatre is at  615 W. Wellington Ave. Timeline is doing “A Shayna Maidel Aug. 22- through Nov. 4, 2018, then “Master Class” Oct. 25-Dec. 9. Going into 2019 are “Cardboard Piano” Jan 17-Mar. 17 and “Too Heavy for Your Pocket” May 2-June 29.

For tickets and other information call  (773) 281-8463 and visit TimeLine.


Windy City Playhouse

Located at 3014 W. Irving Park Rd., the playhouse is  currently doing “Southern Gothic,” now extended through Sept. 30. “Noises Off,” comes Jan. 9. 2019  then “The Recommendation” opens May 1.

For tickets and other information call  (773) 891-8985 and visit Windy City Playhouse.

Enjoy the new season

Jodie Jacobs