New home for the Artistic Home
by Hedy Weiss Theater Criticemail@example.com August 25, 2011 5:22PM
Updated: August 26, 2011 2:08PM
The Artistic Home, which has spent most of its highly productive artistic life in storefront theaters (most recently the former Live Bait space at 3914 N. Clark in Wrigleyville), is making a change.
This fall, the company, which is known for its excellent productions of such plays as “Sweet Bird of Youth” and “Juno and the Paycock,” will be a featured resident theater at Stage 777, the multiplex at 1225 W. Belmont that is now undergoing an elaborate rehab and modernization. In making the move it will increase its seating capacity (from 70 at Live Bait’s mainstage to 80 at Stage 773), and gain marketing and box-office support, a concessions operation and valet parking.
The company’s first show in its new home will be Eugene O’Neill’s tale of an Irish-American family, “A Touch of the Poet,” directed by Kathy Scambiatterra and running Oct. 2-Nov. 6. For tickets call (773) 327-5252. Along with the Goodman Theatre’s revival of “The Iceman Cometh” and Remy Bumppo Theatre’s production of “Mourning Becomes Electra,” this promises to be quite the season for O’Neill.
One additional piece of news: Robin Witt (responsible for Steep Theatre’s splendid productions of “Pornography” and “Harper Regan”), will direct the Artistic Home’s third play of the 2011-2012 season, Richard Greenberg’s “The American Plan.”