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Chicago Theater: Small Equity Theater Companies Around Chicago

Below are our recommendations for the best small equity theaters in and around San Francisco, with information on location, ticket prices, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest.


American Theater Company

American Theater Company

This company was founded in 1985 as American Blues Theatre, and its first several seasons featured productions of such works as Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape; Rick Cleveland’s Bad Moon; andMonsters and Monsters II, collections of commissioned monologues by Chicago playwrights including Douglas Post, Dwight Okita, David Mamet, and Paula Killen. ...more...

Chicago Dramatists

Chicago Dramatists

Chicago Dramatists is dedicated to the development and advancement of playwrights and new plays that will contribute to the established theatre repertoire and enrich the lives of future theatre audiences. It provides both beginning and established writers with opportunities to expand their professional affiliations, showcase their work, and collaborate with actors, directors, dramaturgs, and audiences throughout the creative process, all under the administrative and artistic leadership of Chicago Dramatists’ staff. …more…

Congo Square Theatre

Congo Square Theatre

Now in its tenth year, the Congo Square Theatre Company presents productions that explore African-American heritage, the entire African Diaspora, and the world at large. This financially struggling company suffered the departure of founding artistic director Derrick Sanders in January 2010, and it was then announced that Congo Square would produce only one show in its 2010 season: a revival of The Colored Museumby George C. Wolfe, to be performed in …more…

Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Drury Lane is a well established theatre and conference center in Oakbrook Terrace. The theatre is a subscription house that has offered popular productions of such shows as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Funny Girl, The Odd Couple, Something’s Afoot, Ragtime, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Patrons can purchase tickets for the performance only or avail themselves of a specially priced dinner/theatre package. ...more...

Hypocrites Theater Company

Hypocrites Theater Company

Contrary to its name, which is meant to be taken ironically, this company bills itself as a “Theater of Honesty.” It consists of actors who “employ a genuine emotional vulnerability rather than manufacturing a disconnected, intellectual version of emotion” while performing in productions that “embrace high theatricality.” Recent presentations in various venues have ranged from Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex to Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms and The Hairy Ape to the Brecht/Weill musical The …more…

Illinois Theatre Center

Illinois Theatre Center

Since it opened in 1976, the Illinois Theatre Center has been devoted to bringing quality professional theatre to the south suburbs of Chicago. ITC productions feature some of the Chicago area’s finest actors, and many performers who made their professional debuts here have gone on to successful careers on Broadway, on television, and in movies. Representative shows in ITC’s intimate, 179-seat theater range from Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie to Tom Stoppard’s The Real …more…

Next Theatre Company

Next Theatre Company

Founded in 1981, the Next Theatre Company has presented more than 100 productions in its 167-seat space, playing to nearly a quarter of a million theatergoers. Its audience includes Evanstonians as well as Chicago and North Shore residents. Focusing on culturally progressive work, Next has been hailed by Dan Zeff of Copley Newsas quickly becoming “the venue of the edgiest theater in the area.” Recent productions of note have included Peter …more…

Pegasus Players

Pegasus Players

Formed in June 1978, this company grew out of performances of original student writings by both faculty and students at the city colleges. The troupe began to tour in order to serve the Uptown area and to reach people who otherwise would have no access to live theatre. After becoming incorporated as a not-for-profit company in 1979, the Pegasus Players found a home in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church. In 1984, …more…

Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight Music Theatre

Since its foundation in 1994 as Porchlight Theatre Ensemble, this company has produced nearly 40 shows, including five world premieres and four Chicago premieres. In 1996 the company refined its mission to focus exclusively on musical theatre, and in 2000 its name was changed to Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago. Over the past decade, Porchlight has gone from performing in a mix of venues to a three-year tenure at the Athenaeum to its present home ...more...

Stage 773

Stage 773

Stage 773 seeks “to embody the vibrant spirit of Chicago off-loop theatre as a multi-theatre performing arts venue,” providing rehearsal and performance space as a nurturing environment to help actors, directors, designers, writers and other artists reach their full potential. The theater is determined to remain true to its storefront roots, offering quality shows at low ticket prices. Among the companies that perform here are Porchlight Music Theatre, the Griffin …more…

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TimeLine Theatre Company

TimeLine Theatre Company presents plays inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. Among its recent productions: Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, Arthur Miller’sAll My Sons and The Crucible, Athol Fugard’s “MASTER HAROLD”…and the boys, the Chicago premiere of Thomas Gibbons’ A House With No Walls, and the world premiere of Masha Obolensky’s Not Enough Air. TimeLine Theatre is celebrating its14th season in 2010-2011. ...more...