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Marriott revives classic 'Fiddler on the Roof'
By Barbara Vitello | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 2/10/2010 12:01 AM

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Ross Lehman and Paula Scrofano star as the milkman Tevye and his wife Golde in Marriott Theatre's production of "Fiddler on the Roof," the Sheldon Harnick-Joseph Stein musical about Russian Jews who find their world upended on the eve of the Russian Revolution. David H. Bell directs and choreographs the production.

Info: Previews begin Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The show opens Feb. 24. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com.

Cocktails with Larry

Actor/comedian Larry Miller ("Pretty Woman," "The Princess Diaries") muses on marriage, children and modern life in his show "Cocktails with Larry Miller: Little League, Adultery and Other Bad Ideas." Miller brings the show to Aurora's Copley Theatre for a brief run.

Info: Through Sunday, Feb. 21, at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com.

Haiti benefit

Steel Beam Theatre hosts "Give Love to Haiti" to benefit CARE, an organization assisting victims of the recent earthquake. Organized by Pascale Trouillot, a native Haitian who performed in Steel Beam's "Working" and "A Christmas Carol," the benefit will include performances by Kate Brown, Amy Steele, Mercy Pattawi and others.

Info: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; and Sunday, Feb. 14, at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com.

What's new

• Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater celebrates its 23rd anniversary by re-enacting the St. Valentine's Day Massacre after its regular, lighthearted, performances Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, 2114 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago. (312) 225-0273 or tommygunsgarage.com.

• Previews begin Friday, Feb. 12, for A Red Orchid Theatre's production of "Abigail's Party," Mike Leigh's comedy of manners about what happens between parents whose teenage children are gathered down the street for a party. Shade Murray directs the production which opens Monday, Feb. 15, at 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago. (312) 943-8722 or aredorchidtheatre.org.

• The fate of the world rests with the brothers who inhabit a secluded monastery in the horror comedy "Monks in Trouble." The American Demigods' production opens Friday, Feb. 12, at the Apollo Studio Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (312) 902-1500 or (773) 935-6100.

• Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his Chicago directing debut with Goodman Theatre's world premiere of "The Long Red Road," Bret C. Leonard's play about a man who uses alcohol to assuage his guilt over a tragic accident involving his family. Tom Hardy ("Blackhawk Down," "Band of Brothers") stars in the play which begins previews Saturday, Feb. 13, at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. The production opens Feb. 22. (312) 443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org.

• The Building Stage re-imagines Richard Wagner's four-opera, 16-hour cycle, "The Ring of the Nibelung" as a six-hour theatrical experience incorporating original music, puppetry and circus arts and titled "The Ring Cycle." Inspired by Wagner's original libretti the mythic story centers on a ring forged by a dwarf from gold stolen from the Rhine River. Wotan, king of the gods, obtains the ring which he intends for his grandson Siegfried, who is slain over it, after which his lover (and Wotan's estranged daughter) Brunhilde returns the ring to its rightful home. The production opens Saturday, Feb. 13, at 412 N. Carpenter, Chicago. Pre-ordered box dinners are available for purchase during the extended dinner break. (312) 491-1369 or buildingstage.com.

• National Pastime Theater teams up with Sweet-and-Lowbrow Productions to celebrate the art of burlesque with an ongoing series of performances beginning Saturday, Feb. 13, at 4139 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago. (773) 327-7707 or npt.com.

• Samantha Martin's trained domestic cats return to Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, for another "Circus Cats of Chicago" performance at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. (773) 598-4549 or gorillatango.com.

• A woman escapes her loveless marriage by taking up with a fugitive from another world in "Mrs. Caliban," Lifeline Theatre's world premiere adaptation of Rachel Ingalls' 1983, postmodern novel. Ensemble member Frances Limoncelli adapted the story about a woman who learns to love unconditionally. Previews continue through Saturday, Feb. 13. The production, directed by Ann Boyd, opens Monday, Feb. 15, at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. (773) 761-4477 or lifelinetheatre.com.

• The national tour of "The 101 Dalmatians Musical," featuring 15 talented canines, begins a limited run Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Based on the book by Dodie Smith, the musical tells the story of how pet lovers Charles and Catherine Dearly and their Dalmatians try to protect their pups from Cruella de Vil. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com.

• Previews begin Tuesday, Feb. 16, for Raven Theatre's production of "Twelve Angry Men," Reginald Rose's examination of prejudice and intolerance over the course of a jury's deliberations over the fate of a young man on trial for murder. Congo Square Theatre's Aaron Todd Douglas directs the production which opens Sunday, Feb. 21, at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 338-2177 or raventheatre.com.

• Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company also examines racial bias and justice in its Midwest premiere of "The Rant," Andrew Case's drama about a detective investigating the case of a black, autistic boy shot by police in the Bronx. Previews begin Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 18. (773) 871-0442 or maryarrchie.com.

• Michael Frayn's madcap farce "Noises Off," a behind-the-scenes-look at a hapless theater company touring Britain's provinces, begins previews Thursday, Feb. 18, at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, IN. The show, directed by artistic director William Pullinsi, opens Sunday, Feb. 21. (219) 836-3255 or theatreatthecenter.com.

• Steppenwolf Theatre welcomes the Pavement Group as part of its visiting company initiative dubbed Garage Rep. Three area ensembles present productions in rotating repertory beginning Thursday, Feb. 18, in Steppenwolf's Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted St., Chicago. The productions include "punkplay," by Pavement, "Adore" by XIII Pocket and "The Twins Would Like to Say," by Dog & Pony Theatre Company. The series kicks off with "punkplay" about a couple of mid-1980s, suburban teens whose discovery of punk rock changes their lives. It opens Sunday, Feb. 28. (312) 335-1650 or steppenwolf.org/garagerep.

• James Anthony Zoccoli, a Strawdog Theatre Company member, examines his interracial family in his autobiographical "Wiggerlover (white boy + black dad = gray areas)" running through Feb. 22, at the Studio Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 742-8497 or dcatheater.org.

• Comedy teams from Libertyville's Improv Playhouse raised $400 for Haiti earthquake relief during special performances last month. Improv Playhouse donated 100 percent of the ticket sales from its Jan. 15 and 16 shows. For more information on Improv Playhouse shows call (847) 968-4529 or see improvplayhousec.com.

• Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has extended its Chicago premiere of "Mary's Wedding." The production runs through March 6 at the Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 334-7728 or rivendelltheatre.net.

• Just in time for the Winter Olympics comes Gorilla Tango Theatre's latest parody, "Whack! The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan Story, A Karaoke Musical." The show runs through Feb. 25 at 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 598-4549 or gorillatango.com.