The Glenwood Avenue Arts District established once again its status as the premier location for trendsetting live theater in Chicago when the nominations were announced last week for the non-Equity Jeff Awards. The awards honor excellence in those Chicago area theaters not operating under a union contract.
All three theaters in the district blew away the competition. Lifeline Theater at 6912 N. Glenwood led the pack, garnering 14 nominations for three shows–the most overall for the 2009-10 Chicago theater season. These include six nominations for the new adaptation of “Treasure Island,” five nominations for “Busman’s Honeymoon,” and three nominations for “Mrs. Caliban.”
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater at 6970 N. Glenwood and the Bohemian Theater Ensemble (BoHo) at 7016 N. Glenwood followed closely behind with 11 nominations each. Theo Ubique’s revival of “Chess,” the musical about Cold War politics and romance, and BoHo’s “The Glorious Ones,” the Chicago premiere production about a 17th century Italian theater troupe, captured eight nominations apiece, the most for any single production.
Established in 1968, the Jeff Awards honors outstanding local theaters and theater artisits. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 7th, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage, and is open to the public. For complete ticket information, visit www.jeffawards.org.
Congratulations to the nominees!