Staged Reading of “A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians,” FXK Theater (UChicago), May 4

Staged Reading

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
8:00pm – 9:00pm
University of Chicago
FXK Theater, Reynolds Club, 3rd Floor, 5706 S. University Ave.

A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians (2006)
Written by Dorota Maslowska
Performed by the Trap Door Theater

“A Polish soap-opera actor, slumming it, takes too many drugs at a party and runs off, in a costume of destitution and blackened teeth, with a pregnant young mother.”

Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, March 17-21

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s birth with this internationally acclaimed World’s Stage production. Hailed by Peter Brook as “the finest ensemble in Europe,” Maly Drama Theatre’s Uncle Vanya is performed in Russian with projected English translation—offering American audiences the rare opportunity to experience Chekhov in his native tongue. The Manchester Evening News declares this “definitive Vanya… a soul-searching, spellbinding production,” and it plays Chicago for five performances only.

Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes (includes intermission)

For more information, please visit the Chicago Shakespeare Theater website:,46

Moscow Circus at Raue Center (Crystal Lake, IL), February 19

For children and adults alike, each show begins as soon as the audience enters the theatre. The foyer is filled with Russian musicians, clowns, costumed performers and dancers. Theatregoers walk directly from the street into a traditional Russian Folk Festival atmosphere. The show, “A Russian Folk Fair,” is based on centuries-old Russian traditions and fables and is narrated by mythical Russian characters. The production is a dramatic tale told and based on the foundation of the circus arts, and the famed performers of the Moscow Circus, in a theatre-circus format.

Location: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

More information (including how to purchase tickets) can be found at:

“Chekhov’s Shorts,” Saint Sebastian Players in Chicago, February 19-March 14



CHICAGO—The Saint Sebastian Players invite Chicago audiences to experience the fun side of one of the world’s most respected playwrights with its second production of the 2009–10 season, “Chekhov’s Shorts.” The performances, which include 10 short Chekhov comedies filled with farce, parody and slapstick, including one world premiere adaptation, run February 19–March 14, 2010 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago.

On the program are a range of well-known and rarely performed Chekhov plays, including /The Celebration/, /The Perils of Tobacco/, /The Power of Hypnotism/, /Swan Song/, /The Proposal/, /The Wedding/, /Drama/, /The Man in a Case/,/ The Bear/ and a world premiere adaptation of a Chekhov short story, /The Only Way Out/, by Jack Phillips, who also directs.

SSP company member John Oster, who directed last season’s /The Real Thing/, is producing artistic director for “Chekhov’s Shorts.” In addition to Phillips, directors include SSP company member Renae Stone and David Fehr, Aaron Henrickson, David Knoell, Elizabeth Lovelady, Steven Murray, James Palmer and Ryan Washabaugh. Cyd Smilie is set designer, Mansie O’Leary costume designer, Mike Ashenbach is lighting designer and Al Cerkan is stage manager.

SSP’s 2009–10 season concludes with the musical /Nunsense/ with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, directed by SSP member Kelly Rhyne, April 30–May 23, 2010. **

“Chekhov’s Shorts” runs February 19–March 14, 2010 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at Marshfield just west of Ashland, in Chicago. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a preview performance on Thursday, February 18 at 8 p.m. Free parking is available in two lots. Full-priced single tickets are $15, $10 for students with valid IDs and $7 for seniors and children younger than 12. Group rates also are available. SSP also is participating in the League of Chicago Theatres’ Theater Thursdays with a special performance in celebration of Chekhov’s 150th birthday on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. Audience members will enjoy dinner, a presentation by producer John Oster, the performance and a post-show Q&A with the actors. Tickets for this special event are $25.

All programming is subject to change. For information and tickets, call 773-404-7922 or visit