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Theater: “War Reflections: A Night of New Russian Readings”, University Theater, January 14, 2010


a night of new russian readings



ONE NIGHT ONLY January 3rd, 2011

Friday at 7:30pm

FXK Theater, 5706 S. University, Chicago, 60637

FREE includes post show discussion


Written by Yury Kavdiev
Translated by John Freedman
Directed by Brian LaDuca

Jason Shain – Young Man


Written by Maksym Kurochkin
Translated by John Hanlon
Directed by Zeljko Dukich

Ellenor Riley Condit – Uncle Kolya
Isabel Olive – Sergei
Jessica Kadish – Peter
Kate Cornelius-Schecter – Woman

In partner with the Soviet Arts Experience

UT/TAPS will present an evening of back-to-back staged reading by contemporary Russian playwrights. This one night only event will see the U.S. premier of Fighter Class “Medea”, as well as a reading of the one man piece / I Am The Machine Gunner, both new Russian plays that reflect the influence of the war time Soviet Union and its effect on contemporary Russian perspective.

“War Reflections: A Night of New Russian Readings”
Friday, January 14, 2011, 7:30 pm
FXK Theater, Reynolds Club, 3rd Floor,
5706 South University Avenue

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“Step” playing at Tet-a-Tet Theatre, October 30 [russian]

Tet-a-Tet theater presents a play “Step”

Join this Russian-language performance on Saturday, October 30th, at 7pm, in Christian Heritage Academy (315 Waukegan Road, Northfield, IL).

For more information and tickets please visit the theater’s website:

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“An Evening of András Visky”, Theater Y, October 29

‘AN EVENING OF VISKY’ – Theatre’s Y fundraising event

Friday, October 29, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
1837 S. Halsted in Pilsen

For one night only, Theatre Y is taking over the Chicago Art Department gallery space to create an immersive evening of theatre, dance, visual art, food and drink, merriment and conversation in celebration of their friend from Transylvania András Visky. Based in Chicago with roots in Romania, Theatre Y creates spaces for international dialogue through theatre. Your presence is cordially requested for Theatre Y’s annual fundraising event.

Performing their way from one corner to the other, up the stairs, up the walls, upside down and all around AND accompanied by a live gypsy band, the Theatre Y ensemble will present an audacious and transcendent collage of excerpts from Visky’s plays Disciples, Juliet, I Killed My Mother and Backborn throughout the evening.  Join them to dance, talk and break bread with them. Tickets are $25 at the door. Reserve in advance by emailing

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Theater In Chicago

Check out these great plays happening in Chicago this 2010-2011 Season:

Laika Dog In Space

5153 N. Ashland Avenue Chicago

East meets Midwest when the NY Neos bring their 2009 Ontological Incubator hit to the Chicago stage. Part science lesson, part Russian folklore and part introspective interpretation, Laika Dog In Space uses original music, dance and puppetry to help tell the story of Laika, the first mammal in space, and to discuss the impact of her life. Arrive early to take advantage of a living installation takes the audience through various stations where they listen, confess, create and experiment. And of course, the step back in time to the mid-80’s Soviet space program wouldn’t be complete without a helping of borscht!

Previews: Feb 3 – Feb 4, 2011

Feb 5, 2011 – Mar 12, 2011

The Master and Margarita

Strawdog Theatre
3829 N. Broadway Chicago

“The Master and Margarita,” is a phantasmagorical ride through Stalinist Russia. The Master, a playwright trying desperately to get his script about Jesus and Pontius Pilate produced, fights with Theatre Critics and Cultural Commissars at every turn. He is driven to the edge of a despair so deep that not even his lover Margarita can reach him. Into the middle of this bleak picture steps the shabby aristocrat Professor Woland, a specialist in black magic and his unwholesome entourage (including a talking cat). The entourage has to come to set Moscow on its ear with magic, violence and a party of the damned that no bureaucrat could ever hope to censor.

Previews: Feb 24 – Feb 25, 2011

Feb 27, 2011 – Apr 4, 2011

The Seagull

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls directs an intimate new production of Chekhov’s masterwork The Seagull, whose unforgettable characters reveal the passion and pathos of everyday life. When famed actress Irina visits her family with her young lover Trigorin in tow, they become ensnared in a tragicomic tangle of romance, intrigue and unrequited love. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience this 19th century masterpiece, interpreted by one of America’s outstanding directors—in the Owen Theatre.

Previews: Oct 16 – Oct 24, 2010

Regular Run: Oct 25 – Nov 14, 2010

Three Sisters

Piven Theatre
927 Noyes Street Evanston

The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov depicts an entire village of unlucky lovers struggling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams. This classic tale is given another look in a new version adapted by Sarah Ruhl, one of America’s most acclaimed young playwrights, and author of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play),

Previews: Oct 16 – Oct 17, 2010

Regular Run: Oct 18 – Nov 21, 2010

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“Juliet,” a play by playwright András Visky, Runs at The Royal George Theatre from September 10-October 3

In “Juliet,” by award-winning Eastern European playwright András Visky and subtitled “A Dialogue about Love,” a woman’s enduring love is tested while she is imprisoned with her children with no chance of survival. Hungarian and Romanian cultures play a prominent role throughout the duration of “Juliet” as the play documents the true story of the parents of Transylvanian writer Visky. After World War II, Visky’s father was sentenced to 22 years in prison by the Communist authorities for “acting against public order,” while his mother, himself and his 6 siblings were deported to a Romanian gulag a thousand kilometers from their home. Their family’s separation finally came to an end in 1964 during a short-lived period during which the regime relaxed its repressive policies.

“Juliet” runs September 10-October 3 at The Royal George Theatre. Tickets for this play are regularly priced at $25, but are available for only $15 at the box office (with valid university ID).

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The Moving Dock Theatre Company Presents The Lydia Etudes, an Adaptation of Avilova’s Chekhov in My Life; September 11

The Moving Dock Theatre Company Presents The Lydia Etudes

We all love Anton Chekhov. His plays and stories have inspired and delighted us. But Lydia Avilova had her own story to tell about being in love with Anton. The Lydia Etudes is Dawn Arnold’s original adaptation of Lydia Avilova’s reminiscences, Chekhov in My Life.

Upcoming Chicago Performance:
Saturday, September 11 at 7:30 PM
The Christian Community Church
2135 W Wilson, Chicago, IL

A shared fundraiser for The Moving Dock Theatre Company and The Christian Community Church $20
Reservations: 773 327 1572

This show is available for booking now.

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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.”

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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

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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:

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“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

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