Things to do in Chicago March 10-16, 2022
Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) stars in Doug Wright’s world premiere “Good night, Oscar” a drama about actor, pianist and one-liner master Oscar Levant, who also suffered from mental illness. The 1950s stage play features a night in the life of Levant as he prepares for an appearance on Jack Paar’s evening talk show. Lisa Peterson directs. March 12-April 17 at the Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn. Tickets: $25 to $98. To visit goodmantheatre.org.
- “Downton Abbey” fans take note, Ms. Patmore is coming to town in the guise of her real-life counterpart, actress Lesley Nicol. The British singer shares his journey from rising star to big screen sensation in the autobiographical musical “How the hell did I get here? » She is accompanied by composer and collaborator Mark Mueller. Luke Kernaghan directs. March 12-April 3 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $30 to $89. To visit howthehellmusical.com.
- A new staging of “Tosca”, a tale of doomed love, political intrigue and murder, comes to the Opéra Lyrique starring Michelle Bradley as the impassioned heroine Tosca, with Russell Thomas as her lover Cavaradossi and Fabian Veloz as of his evil pursuer Scarpia. From March 12 to April 10 at the Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker. Tickets: $39+. To visit lyricopera.org.
- The Théâtre de l’Ensemble Noir presents “It’s like coming to church (Welcome to the church of YOU).” A musical story about the power of forgiveness, self-love and faith, it features music from many different genres including gospel, spiritual, soul, jazz, hip-hop and blues . Written and directed by Jackie Taylor. March 12-April 24 at the Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark. Tickets: $55. To visit blackensemble.org.
- Definition Theater presents the Chicago premiere of James Ijames “White,” a drama that explores white privilege, racial politics, and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity. Ericka Ratcliff directs. March 17-April 10 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted. Tickets: $20 to $40. To visit steppenwolf.org.
- The Rivendell Theater stages Madison Fiedler “SPAY”, an unflinching look at addiction, Appalachia, and the families whose system has failed us. Georgette Verdin leads a cast with Rae Gray, Tara Mallen, Krystel McNeil and Spencer Huffman. March 12-April 17 at the Rivendell Theater Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge. Tickets: $25. To visit rivendelltheatre.org.
- Théo Ubique Cabaret Théâtre stages the musical “Once upon a time there was a mattress” a rowdy version of the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea”. From March 11 to May 1 at the Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard. Tickets: $42 to $54; dinner is an additional $29. To visit theo-u.com.
- Music Theater Works presents the Tony Award-winning musical by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein “The Crazy Cage.” From March 10 to April 3 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $19.50 to $106. To visit musictheatreworks.com.
- San Sebastian players present the Tony Award-winning “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” From March 11 to April 3 in Saint-Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey. Tickets: $30. To visit saintsebastianplayers.org.
Puerto Rican Reggaeton Superstar bad bunny, the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2021, is coming to town for a three-night stand at the Allstate Arena. His most recent album, “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” was released in 2020, and he has since released a handful of new songs. The internet is currently on fire with the trailer for the upcoming David Leitch-directed movie “Bullet Train,” in which Bad Bunny takes on Brad Pitt in what’s being described as a “bloody, sleek action flick.” At 8 p.m. March 10-12 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont. Tickets: $200 and up. To visit ticketmaster.com.
Marisa Monte, one of Brazil’s most adventurous singer-songwriters, spins behind his new album, “Portas.” Her voice has the rhythm and delicacy of bossa nova, but her songs are driven by an intelligent curiosity about the human condition. She hopes the new songs, written during the pandemic, will “heal and help people through this time.” At 8 p.m. March 15 at the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. Tickets: $50+. To visit jamusa.com.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova first rose to prominence after starring in the 2007 film “Once,” now considered a modern classic. The duo’s collaboration continued as The Swell Season with the critically acclaimed “Strict Joy” album in 2008. They are now reuniting for the first time in 10 years in a short series of concerts featuring a career-spanning set of songs from The Swell Season, “Once” and their individual careers. At 7 p.m. March 12 at the Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W. Randolph. Tickets: $39.50 to $75. To visit ticketmaster.com.
Tao Drum is known for his fiery and athletic Japanese taiko drum routines that have wowed audiences around the world. The large-scale performance features heart-pounding drum routines, Japanese flutes and harps, and energetic choreography. At 3 and 7 p.m. on March 12 at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn. Tickets: $40 to $49. To visit atthemac.org.
JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival returns March 10-27 with 18 films — some streaming, some in theaters. The festival opens with two Chicago premieres from March 10-13: “Plan A,” a thriller based on the true story of Jewish vigilantes plotting revenge for the Holocaust, and “The Un-Word,” a darkly humorous film about a Jewish student who gets embroiled in a fight in the schoolyard. Tickets: $15. For a full list of movies, visit jccfilmfest.org.
PrideArts Spring International Film Festival features 32 short films from around the world that reflect the diversity of queer communities. The films are presented in four 90-minute streaming programs, the first of which (March 14-21) offers 10 musical films including a music video inspired by marriage activist Edie Windsor. The festival airs from March 14 to May 1. Tickets: $10, festival pass $25. For a full list of movies, visit pridearts.org.
“Beautiful Diaspora / You Are No Lesser Party” brings together 15 global artists of color who together challenge notions of global segregation and dividing lines. The artist’s perspectives range from drag performers in the Ivory Coast, to the family life of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, to the traditional festivals of the Zapotec community of Yalálag, Mexico, and the imagined utopias of politics and life of black Americans. Through June 26 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan. Free entry. To visit mocp.org.
It’s time again for step dancers, pipers and marching bands. the St. Patrick’s Day the festivities begin March 12 with the Chicago River Dye at 10 a.m. and the downtown parade at noon on Columbus between Balbo and Monroe. The longstanding tradition of the South Side Irish Parade, a family celebration of Irish heritage, begins at noon on March 13 on Western between 103rd and 115and. For more St. Pat’s fun, visit choosechicago.com.
Old St. Pat’s Church presents Shamrock’n the Block, an event featuring live music, Irish dancing, food, beer garden, kids activities and more. Performers include Liam Durkin, Chicago Garda Bag Pipes, Character Fleadh, Healy Academy of Irish Dance, Whiskey Mick, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance and St. James Gate. Noon to 6:30 p.m. March 12 at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for children under 5. To visit oldstpats.org.
“Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Stage Musical Adaptation” features everyone’s favorite honey-loving bear and his friends – Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Piglet and Roo – and their adventures in Hundred Acre Wood. Rockefeller Productions brings the story to life with impressive life-size puppets. March 15 through June 12 at the Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport. Tickets: $34+. To visit winniethepoohshow.com.
The National Geographic Live series presents “Wild Hope” featuring photographer, filmmaker and global storyteller Ami Vitale, who shares her personal journey from documenting the tragic realities of war to awe-inspiring wildlife stories involving white rhinos, pandas, elephants and giraffes. At 2 p.m. March 13 at the Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive. Tickets: $44+. To visit auditoriumtheatre.org.