A few months ago, the 2011-'12 season for Theatre Three was announced at a luncheon celebrating the theater's 50th anniversary, which next season will be. But there was one title on the mainstage season that wasn't filled in, and the lineup for Theatre Too, T3's basement space, was undetermined.
But now it's all good to go.
The additional show in the mainstage season, for spring 2012, is Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro, best known for the book and lyrics for Theatre Three’s longest running show, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He also wrote Over the River and Through the Woods, another hit for T3, as well as The Kiss at City Hall, presented by Circle Theatre a decade ago. Here DiPietro dives into the rarified world of high priced art, towering ego clashes and high style intrigue. Critics called it “a scintillating hit [that is] hilarious, suspenseful, surprising and dazzling in every way.” It runs April 12-May 12, 2012.
The Theater Too! season, which kicks up in another month, has some anticipated shows, including the area premieres of Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Want To See and Tracey Letts' Superior Donuts. Interestingly, Donuts overlaps with WaterTower Theatre's area premiere of Letts' Pultizer Prize-winning August: Osage County; and See will offer a peek at the music of LaChiusa, who is doing the music for Giant, which Dallas Theater Center will present in January, in a world premiere co-production with the Public Theater.
See What I Want to See
A multimedia musical by Michael John LaChiusa
July 15 – August 14, 2011
Michael John LaChiusa weaves three Japanese short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawe into a modern musical about murder, lust, guilt, faith, desperation, and ultimately rekindled hope and redemption. In the first act, the horrendous murder of a husband in New York’s Central Park is examined through the perspectives of the janitor of a movie house who may know more than he claims, the dead man’s wife, a vicious thief, and finally the murdered man himself. The second act focuses on a priest struggling with his faith after failing to comfort his own people after a great tragedy. He creates a hoax, posting messages that a stunning miracle will occur in a pond in Central Park and is astonished to meet several people who find joy and purpose in his prophetic claims, including his dying atheist aunt. Will his hoax destroy the faith and hope he longs to find in himself and inspire in others?
An international comedy by Peter Quilter
September 3 – October 9, 2011
Love isn’t easy at any age, but it seems especially complicated if you’re over the age of 50. Jonathon and Wendy find themselves on an awkward blind date. Janet admits having feelings for her boss, Gary, just as guests start arriving for a party. Shelly and Bobby go on vacation together to Spain despite recently getting their divorce finalized. Angela confides to her brother, Toby, she is having cold feet only minutes before her third wedding is scheduled to begin. Two actors play all eight roles in this fast-paced romantic comedy.
It’s Only Life
The songs of celebrated cabaret and Broadway composer, John Bucchino
November 11 – December 11, 2011
This revue provides a catalogue of romance approached with high expectations, high anxiety, and open hearts. Musical numbers include “The Artist at 40”, “Painting My Kitchen”, “Playbill”, “Love Quiz”, “A Contact High”, “What You Need”, “When You’re Here”, “I’m Not Waiting”, “Progression”, “It’s Only Life”, “Love Will Find You In Its Time”, “On My Bedside Table”, “I’ve Learned To Let Things Go”, and “A Glimpse Of The Weave”.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
The annual bring-back smash hit revue for all romantics by Jimmy Roberts & Joe DiPietro
January 20 – February 19, 2012
It’s a hugely entertaining show that Theatre Three revives every year around Valentine’s Day -- and it sells out! It’s the perfect revue of courtship and marriage that has earned its place as a signature piece by Theatre Three, and featuring gifted sketch comedy players who sing and dance their way through all the phases of romance and marriage.
A witty, seductive, and greatly entertaining dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy Letts
March 16 – April 15, 2012
Arthur Prybyszewski doesn’t care anymore. He opens his donut shop in a diverse area of Chicago whenever he pleases and generally lives his life passively, quietly haunted by regrets of the past. Change is finding its way into Arthur’s rundown donut shop in the form of Franco Wicks, Arthur’s enthusiastic college drop-out employee. Franco wants to spruce up the shop and even include healthy options on the shop’s menu. Franco’s arrival also brings an unexpected change: the reawakening of compassion in Arthur’s heart for an improbable friend.
An astonishing docudrama by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
May 11 – June 10, 2012
Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six people sent to Death Row for crimes they did not commit. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.