Playtime Chicago Theater Report 9.15.2019

Chicago Theater Report starts around 8:36.

Lightly edited show transcript below. My segment starts at around 8:36:

Big news from the Lyric Opera this week as music director Sir Andrew Davis announced his plans to leave the company at the end of the 2020/2021 season. Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola has been named as Lyric’s music director designate, effective immediately, and he will assume the role of the Lyric’s music director beginning with the 2021/22 season. 

Once again, I’d like to remind our listeners that the Lyric’s 2019/2020 season begins with The Barber of Seville and tickets are now available. For those of you who have not been to the Lyric, or haven’t been there in a while, keep in mind that while the experience is elegant, it is also entirely accessible. Yes, many operas are written in languages other than English, but translations are screened above the stage so that you can follow along. 

We’ve also got some news from our friends at Invictus Theatre: Artistic Director Charles Askenaizer, announced his cast for the company’s production of Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Askenaizer will himself direct Shakespeare’s tale, and Joseph Beal stars as Shylock. 
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE will be performed on the Buena stage of the Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway with previews running from October 17-20 and the show concluding on Sunday, November 17. Tickets are available at

Finally, G-Xers will rejoice in the knowledge that THE FACTS OF LIFE – Satan’s School for Girls, a musical parody of the‘80s TV sitcom, will debut on September 29 2019 at Mary’s Attic, running through November 2nd. 

From the press release: “Mrs. Edna Garrett – the house mother with a deep dark secret. Her school, The Eastland,  seemed to be the place for the best and the brightest girls. But when several students die mysterious and accidental deaths, ace reporter Claudia Collins goes undercover to avenge her kid sister’s death.” 

Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets at or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm.

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