The Glenwood Avenue Arts District once again established itself as Chicago’s pre-eminent live theater destination. Theaters in the district garnered nearly half the non-Equity Jeff Awards handed out at last night’s annual ceremony at the Park West Theater.
The Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre led the pack with the most awards given to any single production or theater company for its revival of the 1986 musical “Chess.” The show racked up a total of seven awards, including best musical production, best director (Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier), choreographer (Didier), principal actor (Courtney Crouse), principal actress (Maggie Portman, who received the award last year for her role in “Evita”), supporting actor (John B. Leen) and music direction (Ryan Brewster).
The Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, received two Jeff Awards last night, including best new adaptation (Frances Limoncelli, “Busman’s Honeymoon”) and best fight choreography (Geoff Coates, “Treasure Island,”), and the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, 7016 N. Glenwood, also captured two awards for best scenic design (John Zuiker, “I Am My Own Wife”) and best costume design (Theresa Ham, “The Glorious Ones”).
Not only do all three companies 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
Bohemian Theater Ensemble, http://www.bohotheatre.com
Congratulations to the awardees. You make our neighborhood proud!