2013-14 Season

by Horton Foote
directed by JoAnn Montemurro

This show has closed

It ran September 17 - November 17, 2013

The poignant tale of an elderly woman hellbent on returning to her beloved home in Bountiful, Texas after being forced to live with her hen-pecked son and resentful daughter-in-law in a cramped apartment in Houston. Will she ever make it back to Bountiful?

 

by John M. Synge
directed by Michael Menendian

This show has closed

It ran February 4 - April 5, 2014

What happens when a handsome young stranger swaggers into a small pubin rural Ireland, telling grand tales and boasting of dark deeds? The townsmen praise his bravado and the ladies vie to win his affection! But what is his real story? This comedic masterpiece survived a mob rush of the stage in its original 1907 production at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Playboy production photoHIGHLY RECOMMENDED - " a rip-roaring revival" - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

FOUR STARS - "a marvelous, must-see evening of theatre" - Chicago Stage Standard

FOUR STARS - "sterling staging lifts this Raven revival to the stars" - Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Theater Beat

FOUR STARS - "a to-die-for revival at Raven Theatre" - Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews

"downright infectious" - Gwen Purdom, TimeOut Chicago

RECOMMENDED - "Menendian brings to the stage a carefully thought-out, modern-feeling play that is nonetheless authentic to another time and place."  - Noel Scheckter, NewCity Stage

Menendian instead brings to the stage a carefully thought-out, modern-feeling play that is nonetheless authentic to another time and place. - See more at: http://newcitystage.com/2014/02/12/review-playboy-of-the-western-worldraven-theatre/#sthash.PCSm5ZFf.dpuf
a carefully thought-out, modern-feeling play that is nonetheless authentic to another time and place. - See more at: http://newcitystage.com/2014/02/12/review-playboy-of-the-western-worldraven-theatre/#sthash.zZIyOexm.dpuf
a carefully thought-out, modern-feeling play that is nonetheless authentic to another time and place. - See more at: http://newcitystage.com/2014/02/12/review-playboy-of-the-western-worldraven-theatre/#sthash.zZIyOexm.dpuf
a carefully thought-out, modern-feeling play that is nonetheless authentic to another time and place. - See more at: http://newcitystage.com/2014/02/12/review-playboy-of-the-western-worldraven-theatre/#sthash.zZIyOexm.dpuf
a carefully thought-out, modern-feeling play that is nonetheless authentic to another time and place. - See more at: http://newcitystage.com/2014/02/12/review-playboy-of-the-western-worldraven-theatre/#sthash.zZIyOexm.dpuf

CAST: Matt Bartholomew (Michael James), Conor Clark (Bellman, Peasant), Graham Emmons (Shawn Keough), Leah Frires (Susan Brady), Larry Garner (Old Mahon), Sarah Hayes (Widow Quin), Darren Hill (Jimmy Farrell), Sam Hubbard (Christy Mahon), Dean La Prairie (Philly Cullen), Martha Reddick (Honor Blake), Jen Short (Pegeen Mike), Lindsay Tornquist (Sara Tansey).

The creative team includes Cathy Darrow (stage manager), Andrei Onegin (set designer/technical director), Mary O’Dowd and JoAnn Montemurro (props/set dressing), Kurt Ottinger (lighting designer) Alaina Moore (costume designer),  Joe Court (sound designer), Leif Olsen (original score),  Conor Clark  (assistant stage manager), Kristen Abhalter, Zhanna Albertini (scenic artists), Justin Castellano (master electrician), David Woolley (fight choreographer), Jason Martin (dialect coach),  Deborah Blumenthal (dramaturgy).

SEE OUR VIDEO TRAILER

“Out at Raven” performance: Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
From the Page to the Stage:
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Touch Tour:
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:45pm
From the Stage to the Screen:
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7pm

 

West Theatre Production
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
directed by Cody Estle

This show has closed.

It ran March 11 - May 3, 2014

Will Kiley and Derek HermanWho is the young man in a salacious video of a teenage couple making the rounds at St. Joseph's Preparatory School for Boys? The face that remains out of view resembles the football team captain and the Ivy League-bound son of two doctors who repeatedly deny it's him. A story about the culture of privilege that reveals its dark side through sexuality.

See our video trailer here to learn more!

Here's what the critics say about our Jeff-Recommended production -

" 'Good Boys' Scandal Has Only Become More Timely' - Chicago Tribune" (3 Stars)

 “I've seen the play three times since it debuted at the Steppenwolf in 2007, and each time I've liked it better...“Will Kiley finds just the right mix of tones for Brandon. The guy is charming and infuriating; poised and wildly self-justifying. It's a terrific performance, as is that of Sophia Menendian who is sharp and empathetic as the girl from the mall he seduced under false pretenses.” - Nina Metz

"Sex, Lies and a Videotatpe" - Chicago Theater Review (Highly Recommended)

Maggie Cain, so moving as Amanda in Mary-Arrchie’s recent production of “The Glass Menagerie,” is heartbreakingly believable” – Colin Douglas

“Kiley gives a beautifully drawn portrait of a handsome young man who wields his studied charisma like a machete.” - Aaron Hunt, New City (Recommended)

“…a strong, emotional ride...suspenseful and disturbing" - Chicagoland Theater Reviews (3-1/2 Stars)

"a well thought out and powerfully acted production that’s well worth a visit.” Dan Zeff.

FEATURING:  Maggie Cain (Elizabeth), Derek Herman (Justin), Will Kiley (Brandon), Sophia Menendian (Cheryl), Karl Potthoff (Coach Shea), Kelli Strickland (Maddie)

Stage Manager: Sara Carranza, Set Designer: Jeff Kmiec, Props Designer: Mary O’Dowd, Co-Lighting Designers: Nick Belley & Garvin Jellison, Costume Designer: Izumi Inaba, Sound Designer: Chris LaPorte, Assistant Director: Alexander Lavelle, Dramaturgy: Cassandra Rose.

Kiley and Sophia

by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Cody Estle

This show has closed. It ran May 6 - June 28, 2014 

Running Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes (includes a 10-minute intermission)

The story of a nameless, newly-transplanted, innocent — an aspiring writer who is struggling with his literary career, poverty, and homosexuality who survives alongside other starving and ailing tenants of a rooming house in 1930's New Orleans. This auto-biographical tragicomedy is filled to the brim with sexuality, desperation and loneliness as well as Williams’ unique brand of poetry.

Chicago Tribune - 3-1/2 Stars

"Estle and his ensemble create increasingly rich and emotionally effective sketches about desperate people attempting to "negotiate a truce with life" in the shadow of death"

Chicago Theater Review - Highly Recommended

“….Raven Theatre’s excellent, much-welcome production provides clues to what may have molded one of America’s greatest playwrights into an artistic genius.”

Centerstage - Recommended

“(Raven Theatre is)… one of the best interpreters of the classic American theatrical canon around. Without theaters like them, relative deep cuts from American masters like Tennessee Williams’ 1977 “Vieux Carré” would languish in obscurity."

See our video trailer here!

Vieux Carre

FEATURING:  Ty Olwin, JoAnn Montemurro, Will Casey, Joel Reitsma, Eliza Stoughton, Sandra Watson, Debra Rodkin, Kristin Collins. Christopher Borek, Lane Flores, Miles Barrett.

PRODUCTION TEAM: Stage Manager: Kate Masiak, Set Designer: Ray Toler, Props Designer: Mary O’Dowd, Co-Lighting Designers: Greg Hofmann & Garvin Jellison, Costume Designer: Alaina Moore, Sound Designer: Christopher Kriz, Fight Choreographer: David Woolley, Technical Director: Andrei Onegin, Assistant Director: Jack Bourgeois, Assistant Stage Manager: Shane Murray-Corcoran  Dramaturgy: Lukas Brasherfons.

Back for its fourth year -  with additional performances by popular demand!

Back for its fourth year, this delightful holiday mystery concerns the disappearance of a gem known as the Blue Carbuncle, which has been stolen and hidden inside a Christmas goose. The jewel's trail leads Holmes and Watson all over wintry London to a surprising conclusion. This holiday treat comes complete with songs, dances and a closing sing-a-long.

Many performances sold out in 2013, so this year we''re adding more shows to meet the demand. But, please book early to ensure seats will be available for your desired dates!

Sherlock & Watson

Previews December 10 & 11, 2014 - All Seats $10.00

Regular run: December 12, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Running time: Approximately 1 hour

General public seats $20.00, Raven subscribers, students, seniors and military are $15.00

Performance dates and times vary -- click here to see dates, times and to order tickets. (Subscribers must log in to receive discounted tickets)

CAST: Graham Emmons (Sherlock Holmes), Damian Conrad (Dr. Watson), Lanes Flores, Matt Bartholomew, Sarah Hayes, Rudy Galvan, Sophia Menendian, Symphony Sanders, Conor Clark, Leah Frires.

CREATIVE TEAM: Michael Menendian (Director), Chris Logan (Music Director, Choreographer), Hana Rickert (Stage Manager),  Geno Franco (Set Design & Scenic Art), Alaina Moore (Costume Design), Justin Castellano (Lighting Design), Kate Masiak (Assistant Stage Manager), Conor Clark (Technical Director)

 

Holmes Watson & Hayes

Dancing

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A World Premiere

MAGGIE: ON STAGE AND SCREEN

A One Woman Show featuring Maggie Shryer

Two women. Five centuries apart. Together for one memorable night.

Chicago native and Northwestern University alumna Maggie Shryer takes to the stage
and screen in an evening that illuminates the lives of two resilient, remarkable women.

Maggie on Stage and Screen

MIRIAM PHELPS: Octogenarian, WWII widow, gun owner. Tired of being ignored by
society, she takes the law into her own hands in the award winning short film
LOOKING PAST YOU.

KATHARINA VON BORA: nun and wife of Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, shares
her story of resolve in the one-woman play THE RUN-AWAY NUN.

Performance Dates
Friday April 25, Saturday April 26 at 2:00 PM.
Sunday April 27 at 7:30 PM.

(The previously announced show on Monday, April 28 has been cancelled)

Q and A with Playwright/Actor Maggie Shryer and Film Director Jennifer Kramer
follows each show. Total running time 75 minutes.

Ticket price: $15

Raven Theatre

Call 773-338-2177 or click here for tickets

 

Book by Kalena Victoria Dickerson

Music and Lyrics by Steve Clark and Ed Plough

Musical Direction by Roy A. Freeman

Choreography by Kathleen Dennis

Directed by Michael Rashid

Join best friends Jim and Dave, two ordinary earthlings, as they are whisked away by two extraordinary extraterrestrials on a cosmic quest!  Could the fate of the universe really be in their hands?  Find out in Jim and Dave (’s Blood Meets Jupiter)!  Featuring humans, puppets, and a live band, this is not your average sci-fi, buddy-comedy, road-trip musical!

Minimum Age Recommended – 10 years old    Mild profanity and cartoon violence

Featuring:  Jorge Bolanos, Mike Mazzocca, Conor Clark, Kathleen Dennis, Gabriel Fries, Gracia Gillund, Hillary Gokenbach, Amy Gray, Joseph Lugosch, Kalina Kitten McCreery, Pete Navis, and James Stanton

And the Band:  Roy A. Freeman, Joe Dummitt, and Christian Perez

Costume and Make-Up Design by Tiffini Sarver
Scenic Design by Ryan Emens
Lighting Design by Richard G. Fields
Sound Design/ Mixing by Sam Guardalabene
Puppets and Properties Designed by Adena Rice
Stage Managed by Michelle X. Taylor

June 13 to July 6

To buy tickets, click here or call 773-338-2177.

Griffin Theatre Company presents

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 10 through Sunday, August 10

Running Time:  Approximately 2-1/2 hours

Set in Glasgow's tenements during the 1930s depression, Men Should Weep follows the misfiortunes of the Morrison family, Care-worn matriarch Maggie finds herself supported and challenged by a network of neighbors and family from whom it is impossible to keep any secrets. She does her very best in the worst of circumstances - always putting herself last in this searing and often funny depiction of the working class.

Featuring: Katherine Banks, Maggie Cain, Christina Gorman, Ada Gray, Curtis Jackson, Jodi Kingsley, Tim Martin, Lori Myers, Ashley Neal, Amanda Powell, Ellie Reed, Michael Saguto, Roxanne Saylor, Isaac Sherman and Scott West.

Tickets: $35 general, Seniors/students $30. Previews July 5 - 12 $25.00

Click here for performance times and ticketing info.

 

The Unexpected Labortory presents

Surrounded

Thursday, July 10 through Saturday, July 12

Surrounded graphicTen artists from across the United States have met in Colorado to access Surrounded, a melding of theatre, film and dance. Their KILLER extravganza confronts "unprovoked" violence in a "civilized" world.

Join them in their first international tour as they lead you past the point of no return,

Directed by Unexpected Laboratory Executive Director Joe Hill

Featuring company members: Bartley Booz, Travis Coe, Samie Johnson, Shaun Sutton. With special guest: Caleb Wimbrow.

During this performance there will be profanity and partial nudity.

Recommended minimum age is 14.

There is no late seating.

For additional information, call 720-530-0613

For performance times and ticketing, click here.

 

 

 

JEFF RECOMMENDED!

One of Chicago's Top-Rated Plays by Theatre in Chicago.com

READER RECOMMENDED! - "This... undeniably powerful American classic crackles under Michael Menendian's direction thanks to intense and honest performances by the entire cast—in particular Chuck Spencer as Joe, Matthew Klingler as his son, and the superb JoAnn Montemurro as Joe's wife. " - Albert Williams, Chicago Reader.

RECOMMENDED - "This poignant story, which centers on a man grappling with the choices of his past and their impact on his present, is done proud by this exceptional production at Raven Theatre." - Mary Kroeck, New City Stage

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic

5 of 5 stars - Lawrence Riordan, Around the Town Chicago

3-1/2 of 4 stars - Clint May, Chicago Theater Beat


Businessman Joe Keller is haunted by the knowledge that defective parts his manufacturing company sold to the Air Force caused the deaths of 21 airmen. Though Joe has been exonerated by the court system, the incident threatens the cohesion of his family two years after the war's end.

All My Sons was previously produced by Raven Theatre in 1990, with longtime Raven ensemble member Chuck Spencer and Co-Artistic Director JoAnn Montemurro playing the brother and sister George and Ann Deever. Spencer and Montemurro will return for thsi production, but this time playing the husband and wife Joe and Kate Keller.

Cast: Chuck Spencer (Joe Keller), Matthew Klingler (Chris Keller), JoAnn Montemurro (Kate Keller), Jen Short (Ann Deever), Greg Caldwell (George Deever), Matt Bartholomew (Dr. Jim Bayliss), Kristen Williams (Sue Bayliss), Shane Murray-Corcoran (Frank Lubey), Hallie Peterson (Lydia Lubey), Daniel Pass (Bert).

Creative Team: Michael Menendian (director), Ray Toler (set design), Alaina Moore (costume design), Diane Fairchild (lighting design), Luke Sword (sound design), Mary O'Dowd (properties deisgn), Kiley Morgan (stage manager), Deborah Blumenthal (dramaturgy) and Laura Zarougian (assistant director/assistant stage manager).

See scenes from the show and interviews with cast and director here!

Performance Schedule

Now through November 15. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm.

"Page to Stage"  post-show talkback Sunday, October 19

Tickets: $36 general admission ($22 for previews September 16-21); Seniors $31, Students and Teachers $15)

To order, click here or call 773-338-2177

Running time: 2 hours, including one 10-minute intermission.