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Performance Sun Dec 27 2009

Openings in January

For those looking for an escape during the coldest month of all...

Looking for a good old-fashioned chuckle? Look no further than Noel Coward's Private Lives, opening at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (800 East Grand Avenue on Navy Pier) on January 6. After Writer's Theatre's wildly successful musical revue, Oh Coward!, expect this one to be a hit. The show runs through March 7 and tickets can be purchased onine or by calling the box office at 312.595.5600. Full price tickets are $75 but if you're under 35, take advantage of CST's $20 ticket program, perfect for students and young professionals (broke artists) such as myself.

Perhaps you'd like something a bit darker. If so, head on down to Profiles Theatre
(4147 N. Broadway) for some old-school Tracy Letts. Before starring in Steppenwolf's American Buffalo and winning a Pulitzer for August: Osage County, Tracy Letts found local success with his first play, the darkly comic Killer Joe. The show runs from January 14 to February 28. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by calling their box office at 773-549-1815.

How about the next big thing? Young playwright Tarrel Alvin McCraney has been the talk of the theatre crowd for a few years now, and his unique voice is finally finding its way to Chicago. Opening January 21 and running through May 23, Steppenwolf Theatre will be presenting The Brother/Sister Plays , three interconnected pieces by McCraney presented over two nights (two are one-acts). Billed by Steppenwolf as "grand in scope, yet intimate and heartfelt," the plays promise a unique theatrical experience unlike any other you'll find in Chicago this winter. At this point, tickets are in the $40 range and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 312-335-1650.

Warm your soul. See some theatre.

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