The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) open their 36th season with the Tony Award-winning musical Oliver! with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. Bringing the beloved Charles Dickens novel to life, this wild adventure through Victorian England, spotlights young orphaned Oliver Twist navigating London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and, most important, love. When a boy named the Artful Dodger picks up Oliver on the street, he brings him to join a gang of child pickpockets, led by the conniving but charismatic Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, a kind and wealthy gentleman rescues him, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warmhearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver.
Performances of Oliver! take place October 21-November 13, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at Marshfield just west of Ashland, in Chicago. Free parking is available in two lots. WTTW members may purchase two full-price tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago welcomes choreographer-performer Nora Chipaumire with her most recent artistic investigation of the black body, Africa, and the self – portrait of myself as my
father – co-commissioned by the Dance Center. Performed by Chipaumire, Senegalese dancer Kaolack (who danced with Compagnie Jant-Bi for many years) and Shamar Watt, the evening-length portrait, considers the African male through the lens of cultural traditions, colonialism, Christianity, liberation struggles—and how these ideas might impact the African family and society on a global scale. The work takes place within a boxing ring and invites the audience to sit close as well as at a distance in witnessing the performance.
Performances are October 20-22 at 7:30 pm at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Seating for these performances is general admission. WTTW members may purchase two tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
WTTW Members have the exclusive opportunity to receive $10 off tickets to THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge, beginning a limited engagement September 15 at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago.
It is 1974. We join the Bradys and the Partridges just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles. It was a summer when these beloved TV families, no longer under America’s watchful eye, met on a collision course in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions.