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Fall theater: 10 shows that excite Chris Jones the most

Posted: September 7, 2018

There’s a new work from Bruce Norris likely to prove incendiary. Performance artist David Cale stages a piece drawn from his own family history. It’s another day at the office for the 94-year-old actor Mike Nussbaum. “Tootsie” tries out in Chicago, e…


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5 must-see theater performances for teens this fall

Posted: September 7, 2018

The curtain may be coming down on summer, but it’s going up on great shows around Chicago this fall that are well-suited to tweens and teens. Not only can adolescents stay up later, they can handle more adult themes. I’ve found that talking about a p…


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12 theater productions worth seeing this fall

Posted: August 31, 2018

'Little Shop of Horrors' Luckless floral shop employee Seymour Krelborn discovers no good deed goes unpunished when the sickly plant he tends transforms into a man-eating monster that threatens Seymour's beloved colleague Audrey in "Little Shop of H…


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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof brings dysfunctional family drama to Drury Lane

Posted: July 25, 2018

Well, this comes as a surprise. In a season that will go on to featureMamma Mia!, Little Shop of Horrors, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, at a suburban theater where the usual nonmusicals are chestnuts like The Gin Game and Deathtrap, somebody tho…


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HEDY WEISS: THEATER REVIEWS

Posted: July 23, 2018

Chicago Theater Recommendations from Hedy Weiss


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Be good to Mama this Mother's Day with Drury Lane play

Posted: May 9, 2017

According to the National Restaurant Association, six in ten Americans will celebrate Mother's Day by dining out. That translates into a lot of busy eateries. But in Oakbrook Terrace, consumers can skip waiting for a table by securing seats to Drury …


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"Chicago" review: All that jazz with a lot of razzle dazzle

Posted: May 6, 2017

Chicago that wonderful town with the numerous nicknames “The Windy City,” The "City of Big Shoulders" and "Hog Butcher to the World," is also known as the third largest city in the United States. People around the world come to Chicago to see its won…


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Casting announced for 'Chicago' at Drury Lane

Posted: March 16, 2017

Casting announced for CHICAGO at Drury Lane


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'Chicago' coming to Drury Lane Theatre next year

Posted: May 25, 2016

Come springtime next year, Drury Lane Theatre will be the first local company to produce "Chicago" in decades, the Oak Brook Terrace-based theater announced Wednesday.


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Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14

Posted: May 16, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Ira Levin's popular murder mystery, Deathtrap, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek.


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'Beauty and the Beast' role a dream come true for Glen Ellyn actress

Posted: November 7, 2018

Actress Erica Stephan almost started crying when she tried on Belle's iconic yellow ballgown during costume fittings for "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" at Drury Lane Theatre. Since childhood, the Glen Ellyn native has dreamed of playing Belle, th…


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2018 Jeffs to give special awards to four Chicago theaters still 'thriving' after 50 years

Posted: October 9, 2018

On Tuesday, the Jeff Awards announced that it will mark its 50th anniversary with special awards for four different theaters that are still “thriving” after half a century. This quartet includes Goodman Theatre (founded in 1925), Drury Lane Produc…


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Equity Jeff Awards to honor four theaters over 50

Posted: October 9, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre bowed in 1949, beginning with Drury Lane Evergreen Park (which closed in 2003) and the opening of Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace in 1984. In the past 30 years alone, Drury Lane Oakbrook has staged more than 2,000 productions (primaril…


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Jeff Committee recognizes enduring theaters, including Drury Lane, with special award

Posted: October 9, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre, a suburban mainstay for nearly 80 years (the last 34 in Oakbrook Terrace, the first 45 in Evergreen Park), is among four Chicago-area theaters that will be recognized for their longevity and their contributions during the 50th ann…


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Drury Lane casts 'Beauty and the Beast,' with Erica Stephan as its Belle

Posted: October 3, 2018

On Wednesday, Drury Lane Theatre announced the cast for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. The show will be directed by Alan Souza with choreography by Ron De Je…


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PicksInSix Theater Review - Drury Lane "Beauty and the Beast"

Posted: November 17, 2018

BOOK-BOUND BELLE CHARMS BROODING BEAST Just when you thought that we could not be more different, along comes a beautifully, rich production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” now playing at Drury Lane Theatre, to provide clear proof that we are …


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“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Highly Recommended ****

Posted: November 16, 2018

Highly Recommended **** As we were leaving our home yesterday, heading thru rush hour traffic to Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Jane said , “We have seen “Beauty and the Beast” so many times. Why, again?” I always tell her, that the great thing abou…


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Beauty and the Beast At the Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: November 16, 2018

Oakbrook—“Beauty and the Beast” is a total triumph at the Drury Lane Theatre, a brilliant blend of stunning production values, superb casting, and an emotionally involving story. Audience members expecting to see a children’s musical that won’t bore …


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New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Drury Lane packs dazzle, but the plot, c’mon

Posted: November 16, 2018

You know what you’re signing up for with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Strapping men with jawlines like the bumpers on a 1970 Buick Electra. A maiden fair who is as at home in a library as she is twirling in a yellow-cupcake gown. A heinous mon…


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Review Roundup: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS At The Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 17, 2018

Drury Lane presents Little Shop of Horrors, with music by Alan Menken and book by Howard Ashman and direction and choreography by Scott Calcagno with music direction by Roberta Duchak. Little Shop of Horrors runs September 6 - October 28, 2018, at Dr…


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