CST Insider - October 2013

On Stage

Cyrano de Bergerac Charms Audience and Critics Alike

Roundly commended for every aspect of the production, Chicago Tribune notes the scenes with “Harry Groener, one of North America's leading classical actors… are enjoyably erudite and flamboyant, especially the comic scenes.” The Daily Herald adds, “Groener's timing is impeccable and he swashbuckles with the best of them.” Time Out Chicago says that “the actors tackle the text with a plainspoken naturalism that gives each performance an air of comfort and confidence.” And the Chicago Sun-Times lauds the entire production as ‘immensely beautiful—from Kevin Depinet’s dark, wood-beamed set artfully lit by Jesse Klug, to the resplendently textured costumes by Susan E. Mickey and the superb character-defining wigs and makeup by Melissa Veal.”

Video: Interview with Harry Groener
Video: Preview the action on stage


Behind the Scenes

New Publication Examines CST's Artistry

The Fall Season launch included the publication of Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Suiting the Action to the Word, a collection of original essays examining the first twenty-five years of Chicago Shakespeare’s artistry. The collection brings together critical and scholarly examinations of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines’s productions as well as collaborations with world-renowned directors who have worked at CST, including Michael Bogdanov, Edward Hall and Josie Rourke and many others.

Learn more   |   Buy Online


Around the World

CST Welcomes the UK’s Blind Summit

Continuing its mission to bring extraordinary international works to Chicago through its World’s Stage Series, CST presents a production universally acclaimed in Chicago and abroad: The Table, from the UK’s Blind Summit Theatre. Called “not to be missed!” by Chicago Tribune, this imaginative performance introduces audiences to Moses, a cantankerous puppet with a cardboard head immersed in an existential crisis on a table. Through October 27.

Video: Meet Moses, Star of The Table


In the Community

CPS Shakespeare! Beyond the Stage

This month, the CPS Shakespeare! ensemble of 21 students and 9 teachers from 11 Chicago Public Schools has turned our rehearsal studio into a learning lab. Working with a full team of professional artists, they have devised a unique 60-minute production of Shakespeare’s Othello to be performed on the CST stage November 1 and 2. This annual program reinforces these young adults’ potential as learners and leaders.

Two students’ experience  |  Learn more




Up and Coming:

Cyrano de Bergerac
September 24–November 10, 2013

The Table 
October 16–27, 2013

The Merry Wives of Windsor
December 3, 2013–January 19, 2014

February 6–March 23, 2014 

Road Show
March 13–May 4, 2014

Short Shakespeare!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
February 22–March 22, 2014

Tristan & Yseult
March 30–April 13, 2014

Henry V
April 29–June 15, 2014

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