The Glenwood Avenue Arts District once again established itself as Chicago’s pre-eminent live theater destination. The Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre garnered six of the prestigious Jeff Non-Equity Awards handed out at Monday night’s annual ceremony at the Park West Theater. The awards honor excellence in those Chicago area theaters not operating under a union contract.
Theo Ubique led the pack with the most awards given to any single production or theater company for its revival of the musical “The Light in the Piazza.” The show racked up a total of six awards, including best musical production, best director (Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier), principal actress (Kelli Harrington), supporting actor (Justin Adair), music direction (Jeremy Ramey) and, in a new award recognition, dialect coach (Eva Breneman).
Theo Ubique operates its cabaret out of the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood. The Light in the Piazza is currently running until July 14, but all shows are sold out. To get on the waiting list, contact the theater athttp://www.theo-u.com/contact.
Though it did not receive any awards Monday night, The Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, received an impressive nine Jeff nominations for its productions of “Watership Down,” “Hunger,” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
Not only do Theo Ubique and Lifeline offer great live theater, they serve as important anchors for the revitalization of the Morse/Glenwood area. I urge you to visit their web sites and order tickets for their upcoming productions. It will be well worth your while.
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, http://www.theoubique.org
Lifeline Theatre, http://www.lifelinetheatre.com
Congratulations to the awardees. You make our neighborhood proud!