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Review: ‘The Color Purple’ at Drury Lane has all of the feeling this well-traveled musical has earned

Posted: September 20, 2019

Chicago has a long history with “The Color Purple,” the 2004 musical version of Alice Walker’s beloved story of suffering, resilience and triumph. As produced by Oprah Winfrey, the star of the 1985 Steven Spielberg movie, Gary Griffin’s original Broa…


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“And Then There Were None” filled with suspense

Posted: August 26, 2019

"And Then There Were None" playing at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook is an updated portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Classic Mystery penned in 1943. Directed by Jessica Fisch, the piece competes with many modern day detective series and mysteries. It do…


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Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ gets the fine staging it deserves at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: August 1, 2019

The Oakbrook Terrace production shows why well-crafted mysteries are so enduring, is suitably macabre and ably highlights the writer’s humor and underlying moral commentary.


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BWW Review: Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Thrills at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: July 30, 2019

Agatha Christie, the "Queen of Mystery." The numbers speak for themselves: best-selling novelist of all time (more than two billion sold), most-translated author (more than 100 languages), and author of the world's longest running play (THE MOUSETRAP…


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Drury Lane's 'And Then There Were None' revival brings chills, laughter

Posted: July 30, 2019

"And Then There Were None" -- ★ ★ ★ ½ Little happens on suburban or Chicago stages except by design. And in Drury Lane Theatre's urbane and unexpectedly amusing "And Then There Were None," that includes laughter.


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BEACHES will replace Deathtrap in 2015-2016 Season

Posted: March 18, 2015

Drury Lane Theatre announces that the Broadway-Bound New Musical, BEACHES, will replace Deathtrap in its 2015-2016 season.


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Billy Elliot Press Release

Posted: March 16, 2015

The International smash-hit musical BILLY ELLIOT makes its regional premiere at Drury Lane Theatre on April 10 – June 7, 2015. Opening night is scheduled for April 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. Heralded as “A triumph! The #1 show of the year!" by Time Magazine …


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The Game's Afoot Press Release

Posted: August 28, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre continues its landmark 30th anniversary season with the winner of “Best Play” at the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards, THE GAME’S AFOOT, previewing August 28, opening Thursday, September 4 at 8 p.m., and runni…


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Paramount Theatre and Drury Lane Productions Lead Equity Jeff Award Nominations

Posted: August 21, 2015

The nominees have been announced for Chicago's 47th Annual Equity Jeff Awards, which honor outstanding theater produced within the immediate Chicago area from the 2014-15 season. The awards ceremony will be held October 5 at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terra…


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Chicago's Jeff Awards Nominees Announced - Shoshana Bean, Megan McGinnis & More in the Running!

Posted: August 21, 2015

Chicago stage, TV and film star Michael Shannon did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2014-2015 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of the presentation is available at www.JeffAwards.org.


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Paramount leads Equity Jeff noms its first season in the mix

Posted: August 21, 2015

The long-established Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace followed with 13 nominations, with Rachel Rockwell's production of "Billy Elliot, the Musical" dancing off with five.


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Jeff Award Nominations Announced By Actor Michael Shannon

Posted: August 21, 2015

The Jeff Awards, named for actor Joseph Jefferson, are presented annually to outstanding theatre artists in the Chicago area. They are presented to both Equity and Non-Equity performers.


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Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor 2014-2015 productions

Posted: August 21, 2015

Six world premiere plays, three world premiere musicals, and three new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving Jeff nominations by the Jeff Awards Committee. 187 nominations in 36 categories honor Chicago Equity theatri…


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Theater review: Drury Lane's well-cast 'Little Shop of Horrors' is plant food for thought

Posted: September 14, 2018

"Little Shop of Horrors" - ★ ★ ★ ½ When it comes to musical comedy camp, "Little Shop of Horrors" is a masterpiece. Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace allows the brilliance of this 1982 off-Broadway hit to be savored once again in a solid and tr…


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Drury Lane’s ‘Little Shop’ brings skid row to Oakbrook Terrace, and it never sounded better

Posted: September 14, 2018

If a dufus like Seymour Krelborn can nurture man-eating flora to develop delusions of world domination, well then sure as heck the composer responsible for the stage and screen soundtrack of modern time can make Krelborn’s story infinitely more enter…


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Review: In 'Little Shop of Horrors' at Drury Lane, an Audrey for the ages

Posted: September 13, 2018

Without “Little Shop of Horrors,” we wouldn’t have Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” or “Aladdin.” That’s because the spoof 1982 off-Broadway musical (based on a B-movie shocker about a young florist named Seymour and the Faustian…


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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