Chicago Theater Openings this September
Can you believe it’s September already? September is a proverbial pu pu platter of amazing theater openings. Here is a list of just a few of the shows we can’t wait to check out this month.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Drury Lane Oakbrook, September 1 – October 23
The longest running musical revue in history is finally making its way to Drury Lane. Relax in their swanky seats and hum the night away with musical theatre classics.
Aston Rep at Raven Theatre, September 1 – October 2
A biting new comedy about the hypocrisy in American theatre. Every fall needs a dark comedy that incorporates meta-theatricality and this one is brand spankin’ new.
The House Theatre of Chicago, September 2 – October 23
A puppet-filled portrait of a prodigy in peril. (Try saying that 10 times fast!) Or, better yet, just get yourself to the newest House Theatre triumph of intimate spectacle.
Theater Wit, September 6 – October 16
In Theater Wit’s signature style of smart, taut, productions of compelling new work, Naperville is a play not to miss this fall. Award-winning cast. Award-winning playwright. Award-winning theater. Need we say more?
Rivendell Theatre, September 6 – October 15
This fall is getting political and it’s getting dark. Art mirrors life, eh? Well, Grizzly Mama is a dark comedy about motherhood, murder, and moose.
Writers’ Theatre, September 7 – October 23
If you haven’t seen Writers’ Theatre’s new building that’s reason enough to get up there. Here’s another reason: a new adaptation of Julius Caesar in the expert hands of Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson.
Paramount Theatre, September 7 – October 30
Do you want to rock out to some ABBA? Yeah, we thought so. So do we.
Helldrivers of Daytona
Royal George Theatre, September 8 – October 30
If dark comedies or thoughtful dramas aren’t tickling your fancy this fall, treat yourself to some loud, big, sexy, hot-rod fun with the new musical Helldrivers of Daytona.
Shattered Globe Theatre, September 8 – October 22
Shattered Globe does Sam Shepard. This one is a no-brainer. Also, toast. (You’ll get that once you see the play, we swear!)
The Hypocrites, September 9 – October 30
Feminist? Check. Loud and funny? Check. Mythical and surprising and inventive? Check. Check. Check. Our love of The Hypocrites is well-documented and we can’t wait to check out their first show of the season.
Lookingglass Theatre, September 9 – November 6
Step inside Aaron Posner’s brilliant brainpan and see his brash reworking of Uncle Vanya at Lookingglass Theatre. As they put it, “never has unhappiness been so fun”.
Porchlight Music Theatre, September 9 – October 16
Can’t get tickets to Hamilton? Check out the other little musical Lin-Manuel Miranda won a Tony Award for.
Lifeline Theatre, September 9 – October 30
This thrilling world premiere draws characters and inspiration from the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle highlighting two unconventional women trapped in an era that refuses to accept them.
The City of Conversation
Northlight Theatre, September 15 – October 23
This midwest premiere about politics, power, and family struggle is in good hands with esteemed director Marti Lyons and esteemed Northlight Theatre.
Steppenwolf Theatre, September 15 – November 6
A Steppenwolf world premiere of a new David Rabe play? Sign us up. Oh, and it’s directed by Anna D. Shapiro? Enough said.
The Bardy Bunch
Mercury Theater, September 15 – November 27
Is this musical exactly what you think it is? Did you think it was a mash-up of a dozen Shakespeare plays, set in the 1970s, and featuring the warring Brady and Partridge families? Yeah, we’re psyched too.
Victory Gardens Theater, September 16 – October 16
According to The New Yorker, Hand to God is “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist”. TL/DR in this sidesplitting and lightning-paced comedy, a satanic sock puppet named Tyrone shows the children, minister, and school bully who’s really in charge.
Also, added bonus, every ticket to the first preview of Hand to God is free and available via the TodayTix mobile lottery.
Broadway in Chicago
Sept 27 – March 19
Oh, this little show. We’ve never heard of it, you? (Just kidding, of course.) The Chicago cast of this sensation is going to be mind blowing and we can’t wait.
Steep Theatre, September 29 – November 5
Steep Theatre doing a world premiere black comedy with dark subject matter and adult themes? Save us a seat.
Whew! There’s a lot of exciting theatre opening this September. This isn’t even all of it. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and jump into the abundance of fall theatre to experience.
- A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch
- Aston Rep
- Bobbie Clearly
- Broadway in Chicago
- Drury Lane Oakbrook
- Grizzly Mama
- Hand to God
- Helldrivers of Daytona
- In the Heights
- Julius Ceasar
- Life Sucks
- Lifeline Theatre
- Lookingglass Theatre
- Mamma Mia!
- Mercury Theater
- Miss Holmes
- Northlight Theatre
- Paramount Theatre
- Porchlight Music Theatre
- Raven Theatre
- Rivendell Theatre
- Royal George Theatre
- Shattered Globe Theatre
- Steep Theatre
- Steppenwolf Theatre
- The Bardy Bunch
- The City of Conversation
- The House Theatre of Chicago
- The Hypocrites
- Theater Wit
- True West
- Victory Gardens Theater
- Visiting Edna
- Writers' Theatre
- You On the Moors Now